House in multiple occupancy licence

A house in multiple occupancy (HMO) is where:

  • three or more people who do not form a single household live
  • there are shared facilities such as a bathroom or kitchen

Only HMOs of three or more storeys need to be licensed. For an overview of HMOs, visit: Gov.UK, licensing of HMOs A list of fees can be found in the related documents section.

You will need to apply to the licensing authority where the HMO is located. This is usually the local council, if you do not know who that is, see: Gov.UK, find your local council

In West Suffolk, there are two licensing authorities, Forest Heath District Council and St Edmundsbury Borough Council.

Applying for an HMO licence from Forest Heath District Council

Read the accompanying notes and complete the form:

Applying for an HMO licence from St Edmundsbury Borough Council

Read the accompanying notes and complete the form:

For information about guidance and standards and the public registers visit Houses in multiple occupation