Selective Licensing

Service update


The government has announced measures to protect renters and landlords given the current situation. Please read our information pages for the latest news.


The processing team will continue to issue selective licences and answer enquiries. Applicants will still be able to apply for licences online and make application fee payments.


Applications for temporary exemptions and requests for licence fee refunds will also continue. 


HMO licence applications will continue to be processed and if the information provided with the application suggests that the

HMO is likely to be compliant then the licence may be granted with appropriate conditions and a compliance visit carried out when possible afterwards.


Selective Licensing

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

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


Official designation and public notice

The following are the official designations for the selective licensing schemes:

Scheme 1 came into force on 13 July 2017

Scheme 2 came into force on 1 October 2018

Public Notice Official Designation For Selective Licensing Schemes I and 2 (PDF 929 KB)


Fees and charges

Selective licence fees from 1 January 2019


Fee on application

First instalment

Grant of a licence 

Second instalment 

Total fee

One household or

two unrelated individuals





Applications for a selective licence may be made by submitting a paper licence. However, there is a £100 processing fee for this service.


Minimum standards 

Please ensure you read the Redbridge minimum property standards (PDF 141KB) 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.

Selective Licence Conditions (PDF 81KB)


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


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


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 fined up to £30k or prosecuted.


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