If your application is valid (application form fully completed and all supporting documentation provided and in date) you will receive an email from the HMO Licensing team confirming the date and time the property will be inspected by a member of our Economy, Planning and Employability Services (EPES) team. For new applications a member of Scottish Fire and Rescue Service will accompany the EPES officer at the inspection. EPES and Scottish Fire and Rescue Service may make recommendations for any necessary work to be carried out to bring the property up to a standard suitable for habitation. In these circumstances a report will be sent to you from the HMO Licensing team. Please note Scottish Fire and Rescue Service will send their report directly to you.
We will also confirm the date on which the public notice of application should be displayed outside the property. Please note public notices should only be displayed once advised to do so by Fife Council.
Valid applications are passed to Police Scotland in order to undergo the necessary fit and proper person checks to ensure the landlord(s) and agent (if applicable) are considered fit and proper to manage a HMO property.
The HMO Licensing team will also consult Fife Council’s planning and building standards & public safety departments as part of the HMO application process. This is to ensure any property for which a HMO Licence is being applied for has the necessary planning permission to operate as a HMO and has the required certificates of completion or building warrants for any additional work carried out to the property.
Applicants who are unsure of whether their property has planning permission to operate as a HMO are urged to contact Fife Council’s planning department at email@example.com or call 03451 551122 for guidance.
Applicants who are unsure of whether their property has the necessary certificates of completion or building warrants for any additional work carried out to their property are urged to contact Fife Council’s Building Standards and Public Safety Team at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 03451 551122 for guidance.
Only once the HMO Licensing team receive satisfactory comments from EPES, Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, Police Scotland, Planning and Building Standards and Public Safety will the HMO Licence be issued.
If your application is invalid (application form incomplete or supporting documentation missing or expired) your entire application will be returned to you including the fee (if paying by cheque). No payment will be taken by BACS or telephone for invalid applications. Back To Top