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Denbighshire County Council consults on additional licensing scheme

Article Posted - 20th March 2020

Denbighshire County Council is seeking views on proposals setting out an additional licensing scheme and the consultation will close on 11 May 2020. A link to complete the online application can be found here.

The additional licensing scheme will cover Rhyl, Prestatyn, Llangollen and Denbigh. The proposal document highlights factors such as fire safety and property standards based on the housing health and safety rating system (HHSRS) as having influenced the decision to seek this designation. However, a strong case is made about the impact of anti-social behaviour (ASB) given that Rhyl had 2,903 cases of ASB which equates to 45 percent of all incidents in Denbighshire.

The council has confirmed that the fees for licensing under the new designation will remain the same due to minimal changes in costs since they were last reviewed. The licensing fees for various properties are as follows:

Habitable rooms (Living spaces/ bedroom/bedsit)

Five-year licence fee for three storey building or more

Five-year licence fee for two storey building or more

Five-year licence fee for single storey building

Five or less

£820

£620

£420

For properties with between six to ten habitable rooms the applicant will have to pay an additional £30 for each habitable room. Properties with 11 or more habitable rooms will attract an additional £40 for each habitable room. More information about the licensing fees can be found in Appendix 6 on the council website.

First time licence fee applicants will be eligible for £200 discount if they submit an application within eight weeks of being licensable. Those renewing existing licences will be eligible for a 50 percent discount provided a full application is received eight weeks prior to the licence expiry date. Applicants renewing their licences will not be subject to additional discounts.

What you can do

Landlords are encouraged to respond to the consultation which can be accessed on the council website and submit their applications early in order to take advantage of the discounts available.

 

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