Selective Licensing

Check the property licensing map to see if you require a licence for a home you rent out privately within Scheme 1 and Scheme 2 in Redbridge. All properties in these 2 locations must have a licence in place before they can be rented out.

It is an offence to rent out a property to tenants without a licence. If your property is not licensed you must submit an application now to avoid being penalised up to £30k or prosecuted.


Selective licensing applies to private rented properties located in specific areas across the borough to single households only. These areas are split as Scheme 1 and Scheme 2.

Check if your property requires a selective licence

Public notice Official Designation For Selective Licensing Scheme 2 (PDF 1MB)


Fees and charges for applications created before 1 January 2019

Scheme 1

For Scheme 1 applications created in 2018, the cost of a selective licence for one property is £500. The licence will be valid for 5 years.

Scheme 2

For Scheme 2 applications created in 2018, the cost of a selective licence for one property is £500*. The licence will be valid for 5 years.

*If you apply for a selective licence under scheme 2 before January 2019 you will receive a 50% discount. The cost of the licence will be reduced to £250. 


Changes to selective licence fees from 1 January 2019


Fee on application

First installment

Grant of a licence 

Second installment 

Total fee

One household or

two unrelated individuals


£390 £604

Paper applications are available for selective Licences, however, there is a £100 processing fee for this service. 

Redbridge Property Licence Refund Policy (PDF 267KB)


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

Apply for a Selective Licence


Minimum standards 

Please ensure you read the Redbridge minimum property standards (PDF 425KB) before applying for a licence. 



When you are granted your selective licence there are conditions that you will need to meet to keep the licences valid. The conditions will be attached to your licence when you complete your online application. We can ask to see evidence you meet these conditions at any time during the length of your licence period.

Selective Licence Conditions (PDF 719KB)



You should enquire about renewing your licence if it is about to expire and you still wish to privately rent the property in the same way it was being rented before. We recommend you enquire 3 months before your current licence expires.

Similarly, you should also inform us if your property is no longer licensable.


Your rented property is exempt from licensing if the building is:

  • used as a care home or hostel
  • controlled or managed by a Local Authority
  • not for profit registered provider of social housing
  • a body which is registered as a social landlord under Part 1 of the Housing Act 1996 (c. 52)
  • police and crime commissioner
  • Mayor's Office for Policing and Crime
  • fire and rescue authority
  • National Health Service

    If a building is occupied by:
  • freeholder or long leaseholder
  • a resident landlord with up to two tenants
  • religious communities
  • students

    Contact Us


    Property Licensing Team
    10th Floor rear
    Lynton House
    255-259 High Road,
    Ilford, IG1 1NY

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