Following a six-week period of consultation in Summer 2019, Birmingham City Council’s Cabinet have recently resolved to enforce a new city-wide Article 4 Direction, meaning a planning application will need to be submitted for proposals to convert family houses (C3 Use Class) to small Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs) accommodating between 3 and 6 people (C4 Use Class). This will cancel existing Article 4 Direction which has been in place for some time across the Selly Oak, Harborne and Edgbaston areas of the city.

The new Direction will come into effect on 08 June 2020, with the existing Direction being cancelled on the same day.

The Council are also requesting that landlords of existing small HMOs declare their properties online by 8 June; after this date, existing HMOs which have not already been declared may require the submission of an application for a Certificate of Lawful Use or for retrospective planning approval.

For more information, including on how to declare an HMO property, please visit the Council’s website, or do get in touch with Sarah Smith or Jeevan Thandi in our Birmingham office for advice on planning implications.

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