Short term lets

Licensing of short term lets

The Civic Government (Scotland) Act 1982 (Licensing of Short-term Lets) Order 2022 came into force on the 1 October 2022. This legislation places a requirement on dutyholders, of short-term let (STL) premises, to apply for a licence in order to operate.

The Scottish Government has produced guidance for those applying for an STL licence, practical fire safety guidance for existing premises with sleeping accommodation with particular attention drawn to Annex 2: Small Bed and Breakfast and Self-catering Premises. Premises which sit outside the scope of Annex 2 may present higher risk to occupants and advice should be sought from your local Fire Safety Enforcement team.

In addition, dutyholders should be aware that changing the use of a dwelling house to provide short-term lets may constitute a material change of use and requiring planning permission. Further information is available at