Private Rented Sector Licensing Consultation

The Council has considered options to tackle problems of poor housing, anti-social behaviour, crime and deprivation to protect the health, safety and welfare of the occupants, and to improve the areas where these problems are most significant.  The private rented sector in Sefton has grown considerably over recent years, with a number of landlords providing poorly managed and unsafe homes.To deal with this, the Council propose to:

Introduce Selective Licensing
This is where any privately rented property in Bootle will require the landlord to apply to the Council for a licence.

Introduce Additional (HMO) Licensing
Additional (HMO) Licensing requires all privately rented Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMO), which are located in parts of Southport, Waterloo, Brighton-le-Sands and Seaforth to be licensed.

Further details of the schemes the areas they cover and conditions of licences, can be found below:

To access the full business case and supporting documents, please click here.


Please give us your views

  • To access the online survey for landlords, tenants, residents, agents, businesses and community groups in Sefton, please click here.
  • If you are from a neighbouring borough, please click here to take part in the consultation.

Alternatively, if you wish to send a detailed response, please email If you want to contact M·E·L Research by telephone to undertake the survey or would like to receive a large print copy of the survey, please contact our freephone number on 0800 073 0348.

If you have any questions about the licensing schemes or would like to be kept updated on the proposed licensing schemes, please contact the Council on: or phone


Frequently asked questions
Please click on the following links to access some of the FAQs you may have:

MRS Evidence Matters