Selective licensing: Darwen area

A new selective licensing area was designated for the Darwen Area on 16 February 2017 and came into force on 16 May 2017.

Fees

Fees for period designation date (16th February 2017 to 16th May 2022 (5 years after designation comes into force).

Applicants will be charged the full amount to accompany the application form. At the Council’s discretion a payment plan or direct debit may be established to agree to payments being made over an agreed period of time.

Landlords of the licensing schemes that have now been completed who have failed to pay their previous licensing costs in full will not be eligible to pay in instalments.

Reduced Fees

Applications for licences in the last six months of the designation (17th November 2021 to 16th May 2022) will be eligible for a reduced fee of 50%, this is where properties have not been licensable prior to the 6 month deadline.

Fees for applications for a property during the designation will be based on the agreed fee structure.

Applications resulting from a change in licence holder of a licensed property will be charged the full fee applicable at the date of application. The new licence holder will not incur the £150 additional charge as long as the application form, fees and all documentation are received within three months of the date of change of ownership/manager.

Fee Reimbursements

Applications will be charged the full amount to accompany the application form. At the Council’s discretion a payment plan may be established to agree to payments to be made over an agreed period of time any such plan/agreement can only be repaid by direct debit.

Where a licence is revoked, the licence holder will not be entitled to any refund of fees and will still be required to pay any outstanding charges.

Payment Methods

Payment in full should be made with the application documents. Payment can be made by cheque, cash or card payment. Cheques should be made payable to Blackburn with Darwen B.C.

Where the applicant experiences difficulty in paying the full amount, a payment plan may be agreed, enabling the full amounts to be paid in instalments, at the Council’s discretion. Any such plan/agreement can only be paid by direct debit.

Prices

Single occupancy households

Single occupancy households
Single occupancy households. Fee Instalments x5
Each unit of accommodation. £750 £150
Additional charge of £150 (Application form received after 12 months after designation date) (16th February 2018) £900 £180

Multiple occupancy households

Multiple occupancy households
Multiple occupancy households. Standard fee Instalments x 5
Fee for property up to and including 4 units. £900 £180
Additional charge of £150 (Application form received after 12 months after designation date). (16th February 2018) £1050 £210

Owners should give careful consideration to the person designated as Licence holder as licences run for a maximum of 5 years and are non-transferable. If the licence holder changes for any reason, the full licence fee is payable by the first licence holder and the new licence holder will also need to pay the full fee.