From 30th November 2014, Birmingham Council has implemented an ‘Article 4’ direction requirement on planning permission for private properties in parts of Selly Oak, Harborne, and Edgbaston ward of the city. The RLA opposed proposals during the consultation period but the council has proceeded with the scheme.
Article 4 direction require planning permission to be obtained before being able to change a ‘family house’ (Use Class C3) into a House in Multiple Occupation (HMO) for up to six people (Use Class C4).
The designation was confirmed in September 2014 and came into force on 30th November 2014. All property owners looking to change use of dwellings should double check whether or not they are required to obtain permission to do so.