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For a local authority to declare a selective licensing area the area must be -

From April 2015 an area which contains a high proportion of properties in the private rented sector (in relation to the total number of properties in that area) can also be designated for selective licencing. This can only be done if one or more of the following conditions apply:-

Whole area designation

Local authorities have been criticised for designating the whole of their areas as being subject to selective licensing. As from 1st April 2015 if a local authority intends to designate more than 20% of the geographic area or more than 20% of the privately rented properties in their area then approval will be needed from the Department for Communities and Local Government before the designation can proceed.

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