An Article 4 Direction requiring property owners to make a planning application to convert their property into a House of Multipole Occupancy (HMO) came into force 14 October 2019.
The decision to introduce the direction followed a huge amount of work being undertaken aimed at improving the quality of housing in the Central Wards of the town. This was undertaken by the Housing Team, Building Control and the council’s Enforcement Teams.
The Direction relates to development comprising change of use from a use falling within Class C3 (dwellinghouses) to a use falling within Class C4 (houses in multiple occupation). The Order removes permitted development rights for this type of development from the 14 October 2019.
This means that property owners within the defined area who wants to convert their property (Class C3) into a small HMO (Class C4, 3-6 persons) are required to apply for planning permission, whereas prior to Article 4 Direction coming into force, they did not need to.
It is important to remember, however, that other restrictions apply for Listed Buildings and other consents may be required.
The Article 4 Direction applies to land within the areas of Town, Town Fields, Wheatley, Hexthorpe, Balby, Wheatley Hills, Intake and Belle Vue shown edged red on the map.
- Boundary of Article 4 Direction
- Download (2.65MB - PDF)
Or alternatively can be viewed on the Article 4 Interactive Map.
We served notice on the "making" of the Article 4 Direction and carried out consultation which ended on 14 September 2018. A consultation statement has been produced outlining the consultation, representations and comments received and officer responses to the issues raised.
Frequently asked questions.
What is a House in Multiple Occupation (HMO)?
Where can I find the definitions of the planning use classes?
Planning Use Classes:
Use Class C3 (Dwelling Houses) - These generally include self contained houses or flats occupied by a single person, a couple or a family.
Use Class C4 (Small HMOs) - These include self contained houses and flats shared by between 3 and 6 unrelated people as a "house in multiple occupation".
What is a Sui Generis HMO?
Do all HMOs require planning permission?
Planning permission is required for HMO developments comprising the following:
New build Class C4 or Sui Generis HMOs
Changes of use to Sui Generis HMOs
Proposals to intensify or enlarge existing HMOs (where planning permission is required)
Changes of use to Class C4 HMOs (from 14th October 2019)
Proposals for flexible C3/C4 uses (from 14th October 2019)
What is Article 4 Direction?
An Article 4 Direction does not prevent the development to which it applies, but instead requires that planning permission is first obtained from the Local Planning Authority.
What is the effect of the Doncaster Article 4 Direction
Planning permission will therefore be required for any changes of use from a house (Class C3) to house in multiple occupation with 3-6 occupants (Class C4) from 14th October 2019, where the property is within the area covered by the Article 4 Direction.
What area is covered by the Article 4 Direction?
Why has the Article 4 Direction relating to HMOs appeared on the Land Charges Search for my property?
When did the Council make the Article 4 Direction relating to HMOs?
When does the Article 4 Direction relating to HMOs come into effect?
I own or operate one or more HMOs within the affected area, how will I be affected?
I have an HMO with more than 6 occupants. How will the Article 4 Direction affect me?
How do I declare my property as a HMO?
What would happen if I do not declare my property as a HMO?
I own or intend to purchase a Use Class C3 property that I am intending to use as a Use Class C4 HMO, to be occupied after 14th October 2019. Do I need to apply for planning permission to change the use?
If my property has been let as a HMO in the past, but is now being let to a family or less than 3 unrelated people, do I need to apply for planning permission to let as an HMO again?
If an HMO is empty for a period of time between lettings, will it lose its Use Class C4 HMO status?
Do I need to apply for planning permission to change the use of my property from a Use Class C4 HMO to a Use Class C3 dwelling house?
How can I avoid the need for a planning application?
How do I apply for planning permission for an HMO?
Can I get any advice before applying for planning permission?
Further details are available here Pre-Application.
Free general planning advice can also be obtained from the Planning Portal, an online service that offers information on the planning system.
Process and documentation so far -
The process which led the Council to pursue the consideration of an Article 4 Direction for the area proposed, for the purpose of houses in multiple occupation and an accreditation scheme for private sector housing is summarised below:
Summary of key milestones for implementation -
- 5 June 2018 – Cabinet
- 9 August 2018 - Notice of "making" of an Article 4 Direction. Followed a 6 weeks consultation period ending on 14 September 2018, Consultation Summary.
- A4D HMO Consultation statement Feb 2019
- Download (3.37MB - PDF)
- 14 October 2019 – Confirmation of Order Sealed.
- A4D HMO's - Sealed Order
- Download (403KB - PDF)
Additional Licensing for Houses in Multiple Occupation
The council has introduced additional licensing, which applies to certain Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs) not already covered by mandatory HMO licensing, which came into effect from 1 October 2018.
Further information can be found at Additional Licensing for Houses in Multiple Occupation.
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