What is the new licensing scheme?
From 1 October 2022, all short-term let accommodation will need a licence, unless specifically excluded. This will ensure there is a mandatory set of standards that apply to all short-term lets across Scotland.
The new licence is a legal obligation, even if hosts occasionally let out a spare room or sub-let while on holiday for example.
When do I need to apply for a licence?
Existing hosts (those that have received guests before 1 October 2022) have until 1 April 2023 to apply for a licence. Hosts can continue to offer lets until their application has been determined.
From 1 October 2022 all new hosts need to apply for, and obtain, a licence before they accept bookings and welcome guests.
How do I apply for a licence?
You will need to apply for a licence from the local council in which your accommodation is located.
If you offer more than one short-term let, each may need a separate licence even if they are in the same council area.
What do I need to know before applying?
- Your accommodation will need to meet mandatory conditions. Your local council may also set additional conditions.
- If your accommodation is in a short-term let control area, it is a condition of the licence to have, or have applied for, planning permission. If it is not in a control area, and you do not have planning permission, you may still require this in order to obtain a short-term licence. You should check with your local council planning department to find out.
- Licence fees will likely vary across different local councils and depend on the size and capacity of your accommodation.