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 April 2023 if you wish to continue operating while your application is being processed.

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

An online application is currently being developed. In the meantime, you can request an application form by emailing

Application fees are being considered and will be published on this page shortly. 

Further information can be found at:

If you need further assistance, please email 

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