Selective Licensing

The Gainsborough South West Ward selective licensing scheme ends on 18th July 2021. From the 1st April 2021, we are no longer accepting applications for selective licenses under the Gainsborough South West Ward selective licensing scheme. If your property is within the designated selective licensing area and is operated within the private rented sector, an application should instead be made for a temporary exemption from the scheme. You may be asked to provide Gas Safety, Energy Performance and Electrical Installation Condition certification to demonstrate the safety of your property as part of this process.

Licence fee

£375 - upfront cost for the first property (£355 for any subsequent property, to account for only having to do some parts of the ‘fit and proper’ compliance checks against a landlord once.

If you encounter any difficulties in accessing the online portal, a downloaded version of the application form is available in the Downloads section. To send completed application forms via email or for any advice and guidance please contact –

Please send completed application forms via post to: 

FAO Selective Licensing Team
West Lindsey District Council
Marshall's Yard
DN21 2NA

Properties will be inspected by West Lindsey District Council and any identified deficiencies dealt with in accordance of Part 1 of the Housing Act 2004.


In some specific circumstances properties are exempt from Selective Licensing, such as when the property is managed or controlled by a Registered Social Landlord/ Public Body, or the building is regulated under other legislation (E.g. licensed houses in multiple occupation, care homes, etc). If you feel your property may be exempt, please contact us to discuss this. A full list of exemptions can be found in the Selective Licensing of Houses (Specified Exemptions) (England) Order 2010 No.370. You can apply online for:

The key documents relating to the scheme are available in the documents section at the bottom of this page. Additional information can be found on the on the Selective Licensing background information page.