Houses in multiple occupation

Planning permission is not normally required to convert a family house into a shared house or house in multiple occupation (HMO) for up to six people.

Further information

However, in some areas we've introduced an 'Article 4 Direction' which removes permitted development rights.  That means you need planning permission to change the use of any homes to an HMO.

The direction came into force on 20 August 2014. Any house that was already in multiple occupation use before that can continue to be used as a shared house.

You can view the Article 4 Direction by opening the attachment at the bottom of this page. There are also links to maps of the areas affected.

If you live within an affected area please use the contact details below for more information.

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Write to us: Planning, Leicester City Council, City Hall, 115 Charles Street, Leicester, LE1 1FZ
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