Article 4 Direction C4 HMOs

Borough-wide, non-immediate Article 4(1) Direction for London Borough of Redbridge

On 3 December 2018, Redbridge Council made a non-immediate, borough-wide Article 4(1) Direction, that will have the effect of withdrawing permitted development rights for small houses in multiple occupations (HMOs) in the C4 use class. The Council ran an eight-week public consultation that ended on Thursday 31 January 2019.

The Council is now considering representations made and will decide whether Article 4(1) Direction is to be confirmed. If confirmed the Direction will come into force 12-months after the start date of the eight-week consultation on 6 December 2019, whereby permitted development rights will no longer apply to small HMO development in the borough and planning permission from the Council will be required for such proposals.

A timetable for the consultation and confirmation of Article 4(1) Direction, and when it is likely to come into effect, is set out in the table below. Public notice of the confirmation will be arranged when the Direction comes into effect.

A complete copy of the Article 4(1) Direction with a map defining the boundary of the London Borough of Redbridge, to which the Direction applies; and a notice of the making of the Direction can be accessed via the links below.

Process for the Article 4 Direction



Dec 2018 to Jan 2019

An eight-week public consultation process for the non-immediate, borough-wide Article 4(1) Direction was held.

Spring 2019

(Next stage) Report back to Cabinet on the results of the eight-week consultation, and after taking all responses into consideration, a decision will be taken on whether to confirm that the Article 4(1) Direction will come into effect in December 2019.

Dec 2019

The Council will give notice of the confirmation of Article 4(1) Direction.

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 confirmation of the Article 4 Direction 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.


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