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Short Term Lets Licensing

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 a SLT 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