Earlier this year the Scottish Parliament approved legislation to introduce a new mandatory licensing scheme for short term let properties from 1 October 2022
After 1 October 2022, new operators of short-term let accommodation must have a licence before taking any bookings or receiving guests. This also applies to existing operators who establish new short-term let accommodation after 1 October 2022.
Update 7 December 2022
We have received information from the Scottish Government that there is a plan to amend The Civic Government (Scotland) Act 1982 (Licensing of Short-term Lets) Order 2022 to extend the date by which existing hosts must apply for a short-term let licence from 1 April 2023 to 1 October 2023. The Scottish Government stated that:
This is a one-off six month extension which recognises the wider economic circumstances of the cost of living crisis that is placing pressure on existing short-term let hosts and businesses without significantly delaying our primary aim of ensuring consistent safety standards and addressing issues faced by residents and communities. This will not amend the timescales local authorities have to determine licence applications from existing hosts - this will remain at 12 months.
If this amendment passes, then existing hosts will have another six months (until 1 October 2023) to apply for a licence. We will update this page when the amendment passes.
Short term lets
If you are an existing host or operator (operating before 1 October 2022) you can continue to accept bookings and receive guests while your application is being determined and have until 1 April 2023 to apply for a licence. It is a criminal offence to operate a short-term let without a licence, and you could be fined up to £2,500.
There are four types of licence for short-term let accommodation:
- Secondary letting - The letting of property where you do not normally live, for example a second home that is let to guests
- Home letting - Using all or part of your own home for short-term lets, whilst you are absent. An example of this could be whilst you are on holiday
- Home sharing - Using all or part of your own home for short-term lets, whilst you are there
- Home letting and home sharing - Operating short-term lets from your own home while you are living there and for periods when you are absent
Please visit the Short-term lets (campaign.gov.scot) site for more information and to check if you need a licence.
Before you begin your application
Before you begin your application, read through the following documents:
Applying for a licence
Please ensure that you select the correct licence type for your Short-Term Let premises as you cannot legally operate your Short-Term Let using an incorrect licence type.
Please Note: It is important that the property address that you seek a Licence for is exactly the same address that appears on all of the appropriate supporting documents and certificates.
Short Term Lets - Public Register
The register of applications shows a summary of current licences and applications.
Licensed Short Term Lets Complaints
Please note this only relates to complaints where a Short Term Let is licensed. Unlicensed Short Term Let complaints should be directed to Police Scotland.
In the first instance, the council would expect any concerns from guests to be raised with the host or operator and where this cannot be resolved they should contact the council by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org The email should state the licensed Short Term Let address and the concerns around the operation of the licence.
In the first instance, the council would expect concerns from neighbours to be raised with the host or operator and where this cannot be resolved they should contact the Licensing Department by emailing email@example.com . The email should state the licensed Short Term Let address and the concerns around the operation of the licence.
Objections to a current application must be received in writing within 28 days of a Public Notice of Information being displayed by the applicant outside a property. Email objections can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org stating the reason for objection. The objection must be signed. All applications that receive an objection must be heard at the Council's Licensing Committee.