Proposed introduction of selective licensing scheme for Scarborough Central

We are proposing to designate parts of the Castle and Central wards of Scarborough as a selective licensing area under Section 80 of the Housing Act 2004.

This consultation document invites comments and views on the proposals for designation of the Selective Licensing area, which will be known as “Scarborough Central”.  The area of designation and list of streets can be accessed via the links at the end of this page.

The consultation period will run for a period of 12 weeks from 11 June 2018 to 3 September 2018.

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What is selective licensing?

Selective licensing is a discretionary licensing scheme, which requires all landlords operating within a designated area to license any privately rented property within that area. Selective licensing was introduced within the Housing Act 2004 under Part 3, Section 80 and allowed local housing authorities to designate areas suffering from either significant and persistent anti-social behaviour and/or low housing demand. 

However in March 2015 the Government expanded the criteria for selective licensing to cover areas experiencing “poor property conditions, large amounts of inward migration, a high level of deprivation or high levels of crime.”

The period of designation lasts for 5 years and will include mandatory and discretionary conditions aimed at ensuring licensed properties are safe, meet basic standards and they are managed in a satisfactory way. Draft licensing conditions for the Scarborough Central designation can be found in the attached documentation.  


When is the consultation taking place?
Start: 11 June 2018 to 3 September 2018
Which audience or groups are being consulted?
  • All Residents and Businesses within the proposed designated area
  • All Private Landlords who own and manage residential property within the proposed designated area
  • Key stakeholders including North Yorkshire Police, Fire and Rescue Service, National Landlords Association etc
  • Community and Voluntary Groups including Community and Police Groups
  • Local ward members
  • Internal services (Safer Communities, Regeneration, Planning, Cleansing, Commercial Regulation Team etc.)  
How are we consulting?
  • On-line questionnaire
  • Questionnaire to all residents, business and landlords within the proposed designated area
  • Meetings with key stakeholders
  • Presentations to stakeholders
  • Public  Drop in events
  • Meetings with Community and Voluntary Groups

Area covered by the consultation?

  • Parts of Castle and Central ward as per the attached map

Drop in events

We will be having a series of drop in sessions, where you can find out more about the scheme. All of the drop in sessions will take place at Scarborough Town Hall on the following dates:

Tuesday 26th June from 2.00 pm to 5.00 pm

Thursday 28th June from 2.00 pm to 5.00 pm

Monday 9th July from 2.00 pm to 5.00 pm

Wednesday 11th July from 2.00 pm to 5.00 pm


John Burroughs - Housing Strategy and Development Officer
Housing Services
Town Hall
St Nicholas Street
YO11 2HG

How will the results be used?

Following the consultation period, a full report on the findings and outcomes of the consultation will be presented to the council’s Cabinet in October 2018, who will make a decision on whether to implement the scheme.

Should the council decide to go forward with the designation, then the designation will commence on 1 April 2019 following a period of notice. The designation will last for five years in accordance with the legislation. If the designation is approved then all privately rented properties within the designated area will be required to apply to the council for a licence to be able to rent out their property.

Outcomes of the consultation

Full outcomes can be viewed on the Scarborough Central webpage.