Selective Licensing

The Selective Licensing Scheme for the South West Ward of Gainsborough commenced on Monday 18 July 2016. The application stage has now closed and licenses are being processed – an abridged version of the Public Register of licensed Properties and Licence Holders is available to download

To make an appointment to view the full register, please email

The extended deadline for applications was 30 November 2016 – if you missed the deadline and did not submit an application please get in contact as soon as possible. Operating a licensable property in the designated area without a licence is a criminal offence which may result in prosecution and a fine of up to £20,000 per licensable property, or be subject to civil penalty proceedings and a fine up to £30,000.

If you have recently purchased property in the area you will need to take steps to become a licensed landlord in the area, please make an application using the link below: 

Apply for a Selective Licence

In order to make a completed application you will need to have in place and provide a copy of the following for each property:

  • Current Gas Safety Certification
  • Energy Performance Certificate

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.