NOTTINGHAM CITY COUNCIL ARTICLE 4 DIRECTION RELATING TO HOUSES IN MULTIPLE OCCUPATION (HMOs)

Under the Town & Country Planning (General Permitted Development) Order 1995 as amended (GDPO) enables councils to issue a direction under article 4 of that Order - an 'Article 4 Direction' - which specifies types of development that will no longer be permitted to take place, unless planning permission is first obtained.

On the 9 March 2011, Nottingham City Council made an Article 4 Direction (which applies to the whole of the Nottingham City Council area) removing permitted development rights for change of use of a building from a use falling within Use Class C3 (dwelling houses) to a use falling within Use Class C4 (houses in multiple occupation).

A consultation period followed and, after consideration of the representations received, the City Council confirmed the Article 4 Direction on the 8 December 2011. The Direction became effective on the 11 March 2012.

From that date it has been necessary to obtain planning permission to convert a family dwelling (Use Class C3) to an HMO with between three and six unrelated people sharing (Use Class C4) throughout the whole of the City of Nottingham.

It should be noted that planning pemission was already required for properties shared by seven or more unrelated people, and this continues to be the case.

To view and download full guidance on Nottingham City Council's Article 4 Direction on HMOs, follow this link:

http://www.nottinghamcity.gov.uk/CHttpHandler.ashx?id=43776&p=0