Selective Licensing

What is Selective Licensing?

Landlords who rent out or let residential accommodation that is not a Mandatory or Additional HMO (House in multiple occupation) in the borough (except for Bridge, Clayhall, Fullwell, Monkhams,& Wanstead Park wards) will be required to apply for a selective licence from the council. A selective licence is required for properties rented to single households. 

Selective Licensing Requirements in Redbridge

Scheme 3 - 2 Wards

Since 1 November 2023 Selective Scheme 3 has been in operation. This scheme applies to rented properties with postcodes in the Valentines and Ilford Town wards.

Check if your property is located in a Scheme 3

Scheme 4 - 15 Wards

On the 20 December 2023 the Council received approval from central government confirming the designation for Selective Scheme 4. From the 8 April 2024 Selective Scheme 4 will be in force and apply to 15 additional wards in the borough. These wards are: Aldborough, Barkingside, Chadwell, Churchfields, Clementswood, Cranbrook, Fairlop, Goodmayes, Hainault, Loxford, Mayfield, Newbury, Seven Kings, South Woodford, and Wanstead Village.

This scheme requires all landlords or agents of most private rented properties in these areas to apply for a selective property licence. This requirement will begin on Monday 8 April and will cease to have effect on 7 April 2029 or earlier if the Council revokes the scheme under section 60 of the Act. 

View the designation notice A copy of this notice may be inspected at London Borough of Redbridge, Lynton House, 255-259 High Road, Ilford, IG1 1NY. 

The introduction of this new scheme comes after a  full consultation.  The council’s response to consultation comments can be reviewed here.  Overall, it was found that there are significant issues including poor housing conditions and anti-social behaviour persisting within private rented properties in the borough.

If you already have a selective licence for a property in these wards and it is still in date, these licences remain in force until the expiry date printed on the licence. Please remember it is important you continue to comply with all the licence conditions. Not complying with these licence conditions and failing to licence are criminal offences. This could lead to a Financial Penalty Notice fine of up to £30,000 per offence or prosecution in Court, where the fine is UNLIMITED. Additionally, not having a licence may prevent you from evicting tenants using the ‘section 21’ process and tenant may be able to claim back up to 12 months’ rent via a rent repayment order (RRO)

Check if your property is located in Scheme 4

Official designations and public notices

The following are the official designation notices for all Selective licensing that are in place now and upcoming.  

Scheme 3 currently in force since 1 November 2023

Public Notice Official Designation For Selective Licensing Scheme 3 (PDF 203KB)

Scheme 4 upcoming and in force from 8 April 2024

Public Notice Official Designation for Selective Licensing Scheme 4 (PDF 805KB)

Existing & Previous Licence Holders

If you have a selective licence which is still in date, your licence is still active and valid.

If you have a selective licence that has expired, and the property is located in a Scheme 3 ward you will need to apply for a property licence now.

If you have a selective Licence that has expired, and the property is located in a Scheme 4 ward you can make an on-line application from Monday 4 March 2024.

If in doubt, please use the postcode look up maps for Scheme 3 or Scheme 4

How to apply for a licence

Please read all of the below information before you click on the "apply for a Selective Licence" button found at the bottom of this page.

What is a household?

A household is either a single person or members of the same family who live together. A family includes people who are:

  • married or living together - including people in same-sex relationships
  • relatives or half-relatives, for example, grandparents, aunts, uncles, siblings
  • step-parents and step-children
  • a foster child living with a foster parent (s) is treated as living in the same household

Fees and charges


Fee on application

First instalment

Grant of a licence 

Second instalment 

Total fee

One household or

two unrelated individuals

£320 £540 £860

Discounted fee for accredited landlords **

£320 £505 £825

**Discounts:   Landlords who submit evidence of accreditation at the time of the application submission (and not after the submission date) will receive a £35 discount on the second instalment.  This will reduce the set fee to £825.  The discount is not available after the application has been submitted.   

Applications for a selective licence may be made by submitting a paper licence.  However, there is a £120 processing fee for this service.  

Documents required before making your application

Selective Licence

You will need to upload copies of the following certificates:

Photos or scans of documents are acceptable, providing the relevant information is clear.

  • A Gas Safety Certificate is required every year for all Gas appliances.
  • An Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR) is required every 5 years.  The NRLA  provides advice and guidance on EICR's. 
  • Portable Appliance Test Certificate (PAT Test optional) or declaration submitted.
  • An Energy Performance Certificate is required (Grade A-E only acceptable).  For EPC grades F or G, licence will be refused. 
  • Evidence of landlord/managing agent accreditation: The licence holder and/or the property manager must complete a Landlord Accreditation course organised by the London Landlord Accreditation Scheme (LLAS), or similar organisation or attend a minimum of 5 CPD hours training provided by another recognised training provider within 18 months of the date of issue of the full licence to prove their competency in managing the property well.

Guidance notes for renting out a property

Please ensure you read the Guidance Notes for Renting Out A Property before applying for a licence. 


When you are granted your selective licence it will be subject to conditions that you will be required to comply with. A compliance visit may be carried out during the length of your licence period to ensure that licence conditions are complied with.

Scheme 3 and Scheme 4 Selective Licence Conditions


Your rented property is exempt from selective licensing if the tenancy or licence to occupy the property is granted by a body which is registered as a social landlord.

Your rented property may also be exempt from selective licensing if the tenancy or licence to occupy the property meets the exemptions listed in the following regulations:

List of Exemptions


Apply for a Selective Licence


Refund policy

You may be entitled to a refund of the application fee in certain circumstances.

For more information on refunds view the Redbridge Refund Policy (PDF 264KB)


Contact us

Telephone: 0208 708 4845 


Property Licensing Team
2nd Floor Front
Lynton House
255-259 High Road
Ilford, IG1 1NY