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How to apply for a HMO Licence

House in Multiple Occupation (HMO) Licence

In terms of the Housing (Scotland) Act 2006 a licence for a House in Multiple Occupation is required for premises where there are three or more persons living together, who are not all members of either the same family or of one or other of two families.

Guidance on Applying

The Licensing Service Desk remains closed however applications can now be lodged by email to or by post to Licensing Section, Glasgow City Council, City Chambers, Glasgow, G2 1DU

*If you lodge an application by email the Licensing Section will contact you as soon as possible to arrange payment of the fee by BACS. If you send the application by post, please include payment by cheque or postal order. Please do not send cash by post.

Important Information relating to renewal applications:

Please do not lodge renewal applications until the month of expiry.

Please note that where a licence holder is intending to renew more than five (5) HMO applications at the same time ("bulk applications"), please email of this intention, with the email title "HMO Bulk Applications". A member of the licensing team will then be in touch with you as soon as possible to discuss your bulk applications prior to you lodging them. Please do not submit bulk applications until a member of the licensing team has responded to your email.

Read our Guidance on Applying [92kb] for information on the application process including details of:

  • How to lodge an application
  • Supporting documents required
  • How the application will be processed
  • The time it will take to get a decision
  • What to do if you are unhappy with the decision

How much does it cost?

Refer to our pdf icon Fees and Charges [256kb] document for the current fees and payment methods.

The application will not be accepted without the correct fee.

How to make Payment

Completed applications should be emailed to Licensing Section and payment should be transferred by BACS (electronic banking).  When making payments please quote your licence reference number if you are a current licence holder or quote HMO/Premises Address if you are a new licence holder as detailed below:-

Account Name: Glasgow City Council Licensing
Account No. 00116224
Sort Code: 83-44-00
Reference: HMOxxxxx or HMO/premises Address e.g. HMO/231 George Street

Please note your application will not be processed by the Licensing Section until the fee payment has been made. The fee is non-refundable.

Can someone make a representation to the application?

Any person can make representation for or against the grant or renewal of an application during the 21 day consultation period. 

Read our guidance on making a representation for more information.

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