Short term lets

The Scottish Government has introduced Short Term Lets Licensing under legislation approved by the Scottish Parliament in January 2021.

What this means

All short-term let properties in Scotland will require a license. This is to ensure they are safe and the people providing them are suitable. The Civic Government (Scotland) Act 1982 (Licensing of Short-term Lets) Order 2022 came into law on 1 March 2022.  


There will be four types of Short Term Lets Licenses:

  • secondary letting - a short-term let involving the letting of property where you do not normally live
  • home letting - using all or part of your home for short-term lets whilst you are absent
  • home sharing - using all or part of your own home for short-term lets whilst you are there
  • home letting and home sharing - hosts principal home

What we are doing

The licensing scheme will require all licensed short-term lets to comply with mandatory conditions which will apply across Scotland. Dumfries and Galloway Council will check that the premises are compliant with all conditions.

  • Dumfries & Galloway Council will establish a Short Term Lets Licensing Scheme by 1 October 2022
  • Existing hosts and operators will have until 1 April 2023 to apply for a license
  • All short-term let properties will require a license by 1 July 2024

Further information

If you have any specific queries please email


Page last updated: 05/08/2022
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