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 only recently become a landlord in the area, you will need to contact us 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:

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.

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