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A Guide to Scotland’s Short-Term Let Licensing

As holiday accommodation providers in Scotland, we’re all aware of the new short-term let licensing scheme that came into effect on October 1st, 2023. While navigating the regulations might seem daunting, we’re embracing these changes, and be assured that our units are always up to date and compliant with today’s current standards.

It’s important to do your own research on licensing regulations to ensure you fully understand them. You can also contact your local council for specific guidance.

What’s the Deal with Licences?

As of October 2023, all short-term let accommodations in Scotland require a licence from the local council. This applies to everything from cosy B&Bs and charming holiday cottages to unique yurts and pods. The aim? To ensure guest safety, responsible neighbourhood conduct, and a fairer playing field for the tourism industry.

What Does This Mean for Me?

Here’s a breakdown of how the licensing scheme might impact you:

Finding Out More:

Feeling a little overwhelmed? Don’t fret! The Scottish Government offers a wealth of resources to help you navigate the licensing process. Here are some handy starting points:

Short-term lets licensing scheme guide: https://shorttermlets.campaign.gov.scot/

Short-term lets checker tool: https://www.mygov.scot/short-term-let-licences

Your local council website: Most local councils have dedicated sections on their websites outlining the application process and specific requirements for your area.

What Now?

To start the application, you’ll need to have the following pieces of information to hand:

You will also need to provide the following documentation (where applicable):

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