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Short Term Lets

UPDATE - Shona Robison, the Cabinet Secretary for Social Justice, Housing and Local Government, announced that the application deadline for short-term let licencing has been extended by six months, until 1st October 2023.  Below you will find advice on what you need to do.

For any community tourism organisations offering accommodation it is important to stay-up-to date with what is happening nationally, and in your local council area.

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VisitScotland has a guidance page on what you need to know and do regarding short-term lets. As well as step by step advice there is a FAQs section and a link to their customer service if you still need further help.

View VisitScotland guidance page on what you need to know and do >


Association of Scotland’s Self-Caterers has a useful page on short-term licensing and planning control areas. They will be adding details of each council's policy (fees and forms) as they are released.

About the Association of Scotland’s Self-Caterers

"Founded in 1978, the Association of Scotland’s Self-Caterers (ASSC) is the leading source of knowledge on short-term letting and holiday homes in Scotland. The ASSC is the only trade body representing the interests of the traditional self-catering sector. It has more than 1300 Members, operating tens of thousands of self-catering properties throughout Scotland, from city centre apartments, to rural cottages, to lodges and chalets, to castles."


Association of Scotland’s Self-Caterers >

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