Selective licensing consultation

We’re proposing to introduce a Selective Licensing Scheme across four key areas of the borough. It would give us greater powers to make sure that private landlords provide good, well managed accommodation by making sure they meet a series of licensing conditions.

We’re proposing to introduce the scheme in the following locations:

  • Elsecar - Welland Crescent
  • Goldthorpe - Beever Street, Victoria Street, Cross Street, Cooperative Street and Claycliffe Terrace
  • Measbrough Dyke - Pindar Street, Sunderland Terrace, Seth Terrace, Osbourne Street, Evelyn Terrace, Ivy Terrace, Burton Terrace, Junction Street and Terrace, Jubliee Terrace, Victor Terrace, Doncaster Road (174-278) and King Georges Terrace.
  • Wombwell - John St, Mount Terrace and William street, Blythe Street, Main Street, Bond Street, Myrtle Road, Victoria Road, York Street, Frederick Street, Princess Street, Bartholomew Street, Barnsley Road (1-99), West Street, Western Terrace and School Street

What selective licensing is 

Selective Licensing is a regulatory tool provided by the Housing Act 2004. It gives councils greater powers, over a five year period, to make sure that landlords provide good, well managed accommodation by issuing licensing rules. This could include making sure landlords provide written tenancy agreements, undertake safety checks and respond to tenant requests for repairs. 

The aim of the licensing scheme is to improve the management of private rented properties to make sure that they have a positive impact on the area.  

Why we're proposing to introduce the scheme 

As part of our priority to create more and better housing, the Selective Licensing Scheme would make sure private rented properties are well managed and up to decent standards. Landlords would have to demonstrate they can effectively deal with any complaints about their tenants. The scheme would help to: 

  • address problems of anti-social behaviour.
  • support the council’s wider work around housing, homelessness, environmental crime and dealing with housing management.
  • target poor landlords and support responsible ones.
  • help tenants to easily identify who is responsible for their home. 

Helpful documents 

Give us your views 

Between Wednesday 5 July to Sunday 24 September, you can give us your feedback by completing the consultation online here. You can also come along to one of our events where the Selective Licensing team will answer any questions you might have. Events will take place at the following times and locations:

Location Date Time
Gray Street Community Centre, Elsecar Tuesday 15 August 3pm to 7.30pm
Wombwell library Thursday 17 August 2pm to 6.30pm
Goldthorpe library Monday 21 August 3pm to 7.30pm
Galtee More Care Home, Measbrough Dyke Wednesday 23 August 3pm to 7.30pm
Barnsley Town Hall (public open day for landlord and residents) Wednesday 16th August Drop in anytime between 10am and 4pm

What happens next?

Once the consultation has closed, we will gather the results and update this page in due course. A decision won't be made until the results of the consultation are known and have been out forward to the council’s Cabinet Members. If you have any questions on the scheme please contact the Selective Licensing team.