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Short-term lets in Scotland – Licensing Scheme

Following the Scottish Parliament’s approval of The Civic Government (Scotland) Act 1982 (Licensing of Short-term Lets) Order 2022, local authorities in Scotland are required to establish a short-term lets licensing scheme from 1 October 2022.

From 1 October 2022, new hosts and operators will need to have a licence and cannot accept bookings or have guests stay until their application is granted.

If you are an existing host or operator, you can continue to operate a short-term let without a licence however you will need to apply for a licence by 1 October 2023 if you wish to continue operating while your application is being processed.

You can download a copy of our Short-term lets policy and also search the Licensing register of applications – select the “Civic licence” tab and at “Licence type” select “Short Term Lets".

By 1 July 2024, all short-term lets will require to be licensed in order to continue operating. 

Further information can be found at:

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