- Licence Type
- Short Term Let Licensing
- Additional information
The Scottish Government has recently introduced mandatory licensing for short-term lets. This requires all Scottish Local Authorities to have a suitable licensing scheme in place by 1 October 2022. Existing operators will be able to apply for a licence from 1 October 2022 until 1 October 2023.
Licensing is being introduced under the
- Civic Government (Scotland) Act 1982 (Opens in a new window or downloads a file)
- Civic Government (Scotland) Act 1982 (Licensing of Short-Term Lets) Order 2022 (Opens in a new window or downloads a file).
- Scottish Government regulation (Opens in a new window or downloads a file)
What is and isn't a licensable short-term let?
The Scottish Government has issued Guidance for Hosts and Operators which can be found on their website here . This includes a detailed definition of what is and what is not a licensable short-term let and further information on matters such as mandatory conditions.
Short Terms Let Register
Shetland Islands Council is required by the act to publish a list of applications, Short Term Let Register
- Application pack
- Online Application (please review the application form guidance to help complete the application). Please Note: When accessing the Form the “or, continue without an account” option can be used if you experience any difficulties in using your MyGovScot account.
- Scottish Fire and Rescue Checklist (A risk assessment must be done first and then the checklist completed and returned with your application)
- Fire Precautions Log Book
- Legionella Risk Assessment
- Objections and Complaints
Objections to a short term let can be made as detailed in the Short Term Let Policy (section 8.7, page 12) 28 days from when the Public Notice was first displayed, our Objection Form (DOCX) can be used
- Further information contact