Article 4 Direction C4 HMOs
Confirmation of the Borough-wide, non-immediate Article 4 Direction for small HMOs in the C4 use class
Following consultation on the proposed Article 4 Direction for small HMOs earlier this year, the Council, at its Cabinet meeting on 23 April 2019, confirmed the introduction of the Direction. Subsequently the Article 4 Direction will come into force on 6 December 2019, which means that permitted development rights will no longer apply to small HMO development in the borough and planning permission will be required for such development proposals.
The Article 4 Direction documents can be viewed via the links below, which includes a complete copy of the Article 4 Direction with a map defining the boundary to which the Direction applies; a copy of representations received during the consultation period; and the Notice of Confirmation.
- Article 4 Direction (246 KB PDF)
- Notice of making for the Article 4 Direction (345 KB PDF)
- Supporting Evidence: HMO Research Paper (1.5 MB PDF)
- Article 4 Consultation Responses (5.2 MB PDF)
- Notice of Confirmation (333 KB PDF)
Certificates of Lawfulness
Certificates of Lawfulness (Proposed) issued before December 2019 regarding the conversion of C3 dwellings to C4 small HMOs are only valid if the conversion and/or works on site take place before the Article 4 Direction comes into effect in December 2019.
If the conversion has not taken place by this time, the Certificate of Lawfulness would refer to a legal situation that no longer exists, and it will be necessary to apply for full planning permission.