Selective Licensing: Current Schemes

The following schemes came into force on 1st November 2019 and will end on 31st October 2024:

From 1st May 2024 the council is no longer accepting licence or exemption applications for the above four areas.

The following schemes came into force on 21st July 2022 and will end on 20th July 2027:

Whilst the schemes are in operation, private landlords must obtain a licence for each tenanted property.

Why has selective licensing been introduced in these areas?

The council sought to introduce selective licensing in several parts of Burnley because there is sufficient evidence that these areas are suffering from low demand for housing and/or poor property condition. These areas contain higher than average levels or privately rented homes, lower average house values, higher levels of antisocial behaviour, environmental crime and vacant properties, plus poorer property conditions; selective licensing gives councils the tools to help raise standards in the private rented sector.

Before introducing a scheme, the council must consult with all those likely to be affected by it.

All of the selective licensing areas required confirmation by the Secretary of State. Read the approval letters here:

Do you have concerns about privately rented homes?

Each of the above licensing schemes has it’s own dedicated officer, responsible for monitoring the area, ensuring every privately rented property is licensed, and enforcing the conditions of that licence. Our officers are here to support and assist residents, landlords and letting agents with any concerns surrounding privately rented properties. Contact or phone us on 01282 475810 for more information.

You can also read more about the work of the licensing team by visiting our News page.