Councils sign up to Idox licensing service ahead of HMO legislation change

A further three local authorities will implement an Idox service designed specifically to deliver efficiencies for both councils and their customers when submitting and processing licensing applications.

Local authorities in Bexley, Newport and Barnet are transitioning to Idox’s iApply – the only national platform offering a single point of access for all local government online applications – allowing them to effectively manage and process licensing applications in their areas, while delivering an enhanced online service to their citizens.

This timely adoption comes just months before new legislation surrounding the licensing of houses in multiple occupation (HMO) is introduced – a change likely to present significant time, management and resource challenges for local authorities.

The Government predicts the extension in scope of the HMO licensing scheme – expected to be implemented later this year – will bring an additional 141,000 properties into the licensing remit. Councils that are implementing Additional Licensing Schemes or even Selective Licensing Schemes under the Housing Act 2004 could see numbers rise from hundreds of licensable HMOs to thousands in an effort to improve housing conditions.

These forthcoming legislative changes are a key driver prompting many local authorities to review their digital capabilities, ensuring they have the right tools in place to manage the expected hike in licensing applications submitted for approval.

Idox is experienced in providing innovative digital solutions to help councils overcome the challenges of increased demand and need and growing online expectations. The iApply service offers a fully-digitised process, allowing citizens to complete, share, pay for and submit applications online with ease, making the licensing process quicker, more efficient and cost-effective for all parties involved. The service currently supports application submission and processing in the areas of planning, building control and licensing.

You can learn more about the expected impact of the new HMO legislation by reading our HMO market update.

For more information, please visit the iApply website.