Selective licensing in Scarborough South

This is a selective licensing scheme for privately rented properties within the Scarborough South area.

The scheme requires landlords who privately rent out properties in the designated Scarborough central area to get a licence from us. Landlords must meet a range of licensing conditions, including safety checks and that they have appropriate management arrangements in place.

The selective licensing scheme, approved by the Secretary of State, is in place until 30 April 2027.

Where does the scheme cover?

It covers parts of the Weaponess and Ramshill ward in Scarborough.

Map showing selective licensing areas

A full list of the streets it covers can be seen here

Selective licensing register

See the  register of properties that hold a selective licence in this area (pdf / 243 KB).

How to apply

With your application you need to provide:

  • the licence fee payment (the application form will automatically calculate your licence fee)
  • a copy of your gas safety certificate, should you have a gas supply to your property

If you do not apply for a licence, then you will be liable for prosecution, which can result in a fine of up to £20,000.

Apply online

Apply for a selective licence online.

Apply online


The fees are for the whole period of the selective licensing scheme designation, which is from now until 30 April 2027. Fees are based on the running costs and management of the overall scheme. There are a range of fees, which differ for single and multiple unit properties. There are also discounts and penalties.

The licence fee is split into two payments.

The first payment is paid when the application is submitted to us and covers the cost of determining the licence and is non-refundable if the application isn’t successful or you withdraw. This is a fixed amount of £180 and will apply to all licence types, no matter what the size of the property is or whether it is subject to a discount.

The second payment is payable on your successful application but before the licence is issued - from when the draft licence is issued. The second payment is based on the type of property to be licensed and whether any discounts apply. The full licence will not be issued until the second payment is made. 

There are three types of fees, depending on the type of building and ownership:

  1. Single unit properties – these are dwellings which are single unit properties, which could be a house, or a self-contained flat or non-self contained flat. The standard fee of £550 applies and this requires only one licence. After your initial payment of £180 a final payment of £370 is needed, making a total fee of £550.
  2. Multiple unit properties where the landlord controls the freehold: Where the landlord has the freehold of a block of flats a single licence will be issued for all the flats owned by the landlord plus the common parts of the building. The standard fee of £550 applies for the first flats plus £100 for each extra flat within the same building. So, if a landlord with the freehold owns four flats in the block, then the total licence fee will be £850 (£550 for the first flat and £300 for the other three flats). Where they apply discounts will be applied to the total cost of the licence. After your initial payment of £180 a final payment of £370 is needed, plus £100 for each additional flat within the same building.
  3. Multiple unit properties where the landlord does not control the freehold:  Where the landlord owns multiple flats within a building but does not own the freehold, then each flat will require a separate licence. The licence fee for the first flat will be £550, and the licence fee for any extra flats in the block will be £100 for each extra flat. So, if a landlord who does not own the freehold owns three flats in the block, then they will pay a sum of £750 (£550 for the first licence and £100 each for the other two licences). Discounts will only be applied to the total cost of the flats to be licensed in the block and will not apply to each individual flat in the block, as the licence fee for the extra flats has already been substantially reduced. After your initial payment of £180 a final payment of £370 is needed, plus £100 for each additional flat within the same building.


You can receive a discount of £50 if you are a member of these organisations: 

  • Scarborough Borough Council Landlord Accreditation Scheme
  • National Residential Landlords Association
  • Eastern Landlord Association
  • National Approved Lettings Scheme
  • Association of Residential Lettings Agents

There is a multiple application discount of £50 that applies to each licence application after an initial licence application. This does not apply to multiple licences in a block of flats where the landlord does not own the freehold of the block as a reduced fee of £100 already applies to these licences.

The council can only issue a single buildings licence when the landlord is in control of the whole building. Where a landlord owns more than one flat, but is not in control of the freehold, the council cannot issue a single licence for the whole building and requires individual licence applications for each flat.

Where applicable, all discounts can apply to the same licence application. In the case of multiple flats within the same building where the landlord is not the freeholder, the discount will only apply to the initial application.

Refunds are not normally granted should the licence be revoked or refused for any reason during the course of the licensing period. The only circumstances in which we would consider the refund of part of the licence fee is if the licence is revoked or refused before the council carries out an inspection of the licence. We will still charge for the processing and issuing of the licence and any other costs incurred up to the point that the licence is revoked or refused.

Licensing conditions

You can find the range of licensing conditions for the selective licensing scheme here.

Refusal of licence application

We can refuse your licence application if we decide you are not a fit and proper person or if the property does not meet the licensing conditions. Your licence application may also be refused if there is no reasonable prospect of an alternative licence holder being appointed, or of the property being brought up to the required standards within an acceptable time period.


You may appeal if we decide to:

  • refuse a licence
  • grant a licence with conditions
  • revoke a licence
  • vary a licence
  • refuse to vary a licence

You must appeal to the residential property tribunal within 28 days. You can find more information on the housing tribunals section of the Government website.


It is an offence if the landlord or person in control of the property:

  • fails to apply for a licence for a licensable property
  • allows a property to be occupied by more people than is permitted under the licence

An unlimited fine may be imposed.  In addition, breaking any of the licence conditions can result in fines of up to £5,000 per offence.

Scarborough South: selective licensing street list

  • Albion Crescent
  • Albion Road
  • Alga Terrace
  • Back Crown Terrace
  • Back Oriel Crescent
  • Back South Street
  • Back Trinity Road
  • Belmont Road
  • Cambridge Terrace
  • Carlton Terrace
  • Craven Street
  • Cromwell Gardens
  • Cromwell Parade
  • Cromwell Road
  • Cromwell Terrace
  • Crown Close Back Road
  • Crown Crescent
  • Crown Crescent Back Road
  • Crown Terrace
  • Esplanade (1-30 inc.)
  • Esplanade Gardens (37 only)
  • Filey Road (1-19 odds only)
  • Fulford Road (1 - 5a and 17 odds and just 2a, 2b and 2c evens)
  • Greenfield Road
  • Grosvenor Crescent
  • Grosvenor Road
  • Montpellier Terrace
  • Oliver Street
  • Oriel Crescent
  • Prince of Wales Terrace
  • Princess Royal Lane
  • Princess Royal Terrace
  • Ramshill Road
  • Royal Avenue
  • Royal Crescent
  • Royal Crescent Lane
  • South Street
  • St Martins Avenue
  • St Martins Place
  • St Martins Road
  • St Martins Square
  • Trinity Road
  • Valley Road (evens only 32-58)
  • West Street (1-15 odds and 2-8 evens)
  • West Terrace
  • Westbourne Grove
  • Westbourne Road

List of exemptions

There are certain types of tenancies which will be exempt from selective licensing. These exemptions are:

  • properties which are either mandatory licensed Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs) or additional licensed HMOs as per the council's current additional licensing scheme
  • a temporary exemption notice is in force - s.62 or s.86 Housing Act 2004
  • a management order is in force - s.102 or s.113 Housing Act 2004
  • the tenancies and licences are subject to a prohibition order whose operation has not been suspended - s.20 / s.21 Housing Act 2004
  • the tenancy is a business tenancy
  • certain premises licensed for alcohol consumption - only on-licences not off licences
  • certain agricultural tenancies
  • tenancies and licences granted by registered social landlords and housing provideres
  • buildings controlled or managed by the local housing authority
  • buildings controlled or managed by the police
  • buildings controlled or managed by the fire service
  • buildings controlled or managed by the health service body
  • tenancies and licences regulated by other enactments - a full list of these can be found within 'The Licensing and Management of Houses in Multiple Occupation and Other Houses (Miscellaneous Provisions) England Regulations 2006 lists'
  • certain university / college accommodation occupied by students
  • where the owner or their relatives occupy a property on a long leasehold
  • where the landlord lets to certain relatives
  • holiday homes
  • where the landlord / licensor or their relative lives at the property and shares facilities