Short term lets - planning guidance for hosts and operators

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What does this involve?

The Scottish Government has published guidance for hosts and operators of short-term lets in Scotland to help them understand and comply with planning laws.

The guidance explains the purpose of the planning regulations and provides a glossary of terms. It also covers:

  • how to know if you require planning permission to create a short-term let
  • what is considered a material change of use
  • when to apply for planning permission
  • material planning considerations
  • letting rooms in your own home
  • letting rooms in other situations
  • making a planning application
  • certificate of Lawfulness of existing Use or Development (CLUD)
  • how your planning application will be determined
  • appeals

What does this cost?

This is a free service.

Who is this for?

Hosts and operators of short-term lets in Scotland.

How long does this take?

It will take around 35 minutes to read this guidance.

Important information

Separate guidance is available for the short-term lets licensing scheme. Hosts and operators must comply with both planning and licensing law.

This guidance is non-statutory and should not be interpreted as offering definitive legal advice. If in doubt, you should seek your own legal advice.

Next steps

Visit the Scottish Government website for more information and to read the guidance.

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