Selective licensing: Infirmary area

The designation of the infirmary area was confirmed on 17 December 2015 and came into force on 17 March 2016.

If you would like to discuss how selective licensing will affect you, please contact us.

Fees

Fees for period designation date (17th December 2015 to 17th March 2021 (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.

Fee Discounts

A discount of £150 will be applied to the overall cost of the fee if the applicant submits a fully completed application form and all requested documentation within 3 months of the designation of the area coming into force. Payment must be received in full or a direct debit payment plan agreed. Failure to continue to make the annual direct debit payment will result in the loss of the early application discount linked to the application. 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 for the discount or to pay in instalments

Reduced fees

Applications for licences in the last six months of the designation (18th October 2020 to 17th March 2021) 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 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 refused or revoked, the applicant or 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.

Single occupancy households

Single occupancy households
Fee Annual Payment
Each unit of accommodation. £750 £150
Early response discount of £150 (Application form and all requested documentation must be received fully completed by Blackburn with Darwen Council by 6 months after designation date) (17th June 2016). £600 £120
Additional charge of £150 (Application form received after 12 months after designation date) (17th December 2016) £900 £180

Multiple occupancy households

Multiple occupancy households
Fee Annual payment
Fee for property up to and including 10 units. £900 £180
Fee for each additional unit over 10 units. £50 pu £10 pu
Early response discount of £150 (Application form and all requested documentation must be received fully completed by Blackburn with Darwen Council by 6 months after designation date)(17th June 2016) £750 £150
Additional charge of £150 (Application form received after 12 months after designation date). (17th December 2016) £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.