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*.

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 only recently become a landlord in the area, you will need to contact us ( prior to making an application.   

In order to make an 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        
  • A valid Electrical Installation Certificate (no more than 5 years old and completed by a suitably qualified electrical contractor)  

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 a temporary exemption or full exemption.

The key documents relating to the scheme are available on this web page and the background information in regards to the scheme can be found here.

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

Report an unlicensed landlord

If you have reason to believe that a landlord is operating in the area without a licence, please use our online form to report an unlicensed landlord or if you have any questions in regards to the scheme please contact