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House in multiple occupation (HMO) licence

If you rent a property to 3 or more unrelated people who share a kitchen, bathroom or a toilet, you must have a House in Multiple Occupation (HMO) licence from the council.

How to apply

Before you begin, please read our HMO guidance pack (Word, 38kb)

Complete and return a HMO application form (Word, 171kb).


Multiple occupancy licence fee: £926 (or £695 if already licensed)

Please include the fee with your completed application form. Cheques made payable to North Ayrshire Council. If your applications is refused or granted for a shorter period than you applied, the fee will not be refunded or reduced.

What happens next?

When we have received your application and fee we'll consult with Police Scotland and council departments. We'll arrange to carry out an inspection on your proposed premises to make sure they meet the required standards.

Your application will be advertised on this website to allow for objections or representations.

If there is any comment from the public, Police Scotland or any council department, you will be told and your application will be referred to the Licensing Committee for a decision. If the Committee decides to have a hearing, you will be invited to that and you will be able to speak to the Committee. The majority of applications do not require a hearing and are granted by council officers.

It may take up to 3 months to process your application. If you haven’t heard from the Licensing Office in this time please contact us.

How long does the licence last?

If granted, this licence lasts 3 years from the date of issue and can be renewed.

If you already hold a licence and you apply again to renew it before it expires, the licence continues even after expiry, until North Ayrshire Council make a decision on the renewal.

Does the licence have any conditions?

The licence will have the council's Standard Conditions. In some cases the council may apply special conditions appropriate to your particular circumstances.

Any conditions which apply to you will be set out in the licence document you will be given. If these are broken, then the licence holder can be charged by Police Scotland and the Licensing Committee can suspend the licence after a hearing. You will be invited to such a hearing and will be able to speak to the committee.

Contact Licensing



01294 324305


Licensing Section, Legal Services, North Ayrshire Council, Cunninghame House, Irvine, KA12 8EE