Short-term lets licensing scheme

Short-term lets licensing scheme

The Scottish Government has passed legislation, following consultation, that requires all short-term lets in Scotland to go through a licensing process.

The licensing scheme applies to the whole of Scotland and is implemented by local authorities. Those operating short-term lets before 1 October 2022 were required to apply for a licence by 1 October 2023. Existing operators who wish to establish new short-term let accommodations must obtain a licence before taking bookings. New short-term let hosts must have a licence before operating.

More details about the legislation, what it is and steps you need to take to apply for a licence are available on

The Scottish Government has published guidance for hosts and operators which you can read in the following link: Short-term lets – licensing scheme part 1: guidance for hosts and operators.


Listing your short-term let on

If you are a short-term let operator, you are required to display your licence number on your business listing once it has been issued by your local authority. 

To add your licence number to your listing, please log in through the online portal here. You can add your licence number in the description box in the "Where to stay" section.

If you have any questions about this process, please email