Short term lets

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


From 1 March 2024 all private rented properties and short term lets in Scotland will be required to have fixed central heating, a kitchen with adequate space and facilities to prepare and store food. This brings together both existing and new duties included in the Repairing Standard. New duties cover kitchens, fixed heating systems, common parts, and fuel supplies.

For further information: Repairing Standard: statutory guidance for private landlords - (

All short term let properties in Scotland will require a licence. 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 Licences:

  • 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 licenced 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 established a Short Term Lets Licensing Scheme from 1 October 2022
  • On 01 March 2023 the Scottish Parliament approved the date that existing hosts and operators will have to apply for a licence changed from 1 April 2023 to 1 October 2023
  • All short-term let properties will require a license by 1 January 2025.

Processing applications 

Please be aware the maximum period for processing applications set out in the Scottish Government legislation is 9 months for new hosts and 12 months for existing hosts, however the Council will endeavour to process applications as soon as possible within this timescale. This is subject to all mandatory conditions being met by the host and consideration by statutory referees Police Scotland and the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service.

Additionally, you must ensure that Building Standards and Planning regulations are met for your property prior to submitting your application. For further information please see below:

Application checklist 

This is included as Annex B as part of the following document:

The list helps you check you have the relevant information to submit an application for a licence. Getting your application right first time will help you to get a decision more quickly.

Floor plans

To enable an assessment of the maximum number of guests which can be accommodated safely, and to support the formal consultation with Scottish Fire and Rescue, applicants must submit floor plan(s) for their property. There is no need for professional plans provided that submitted plan (hand-drawn or computer generated) are sufficient in detail to support the application.

The floor plans should include reference to:

  • Room sizes of all rooms and an indication of room occupancy for bedrooms
  • The location of any steps, stairs, elevators or lifts in the premises
  • An indication of the purpose of each room (e.g living room, kitchen, sleeping accommodation)
  • Fire escape routes
  • Accommodation intended for guests with mobility impairment
  • Smoke and heat detector locations
  • Carbon Monoxide detectors (if an open flued appliance is fitted)


We are increasing our fees and charges by 6.7% from 1 April 2024 in line with Dumfries and Galloway Council's recently approved Budget for the financial year 2024/25.

What this means for you is that Short Term Lets Licence application fees will increase for a new 3-year licence application or licence renewals from this date. The new fees are listed below:


Full 3 Year Licence


Maximum Number of Guests

Home sharing and home letting licence

Secondary letting licence

Renewal - Home sharing and home letting licence

Renewal - Secondary letting licence

Up to 6





7 to 12





13 +





Licensing fees are non-refundable.

Apply for a Short Term Lets Licence >>

Object to a Short Term Lets Application >>

Short Term Lets Public Register >>

Short Term Lets Policy

Planning for Short Term Lets

Further information

Call: 01387 273164

Page last updated: 29/05/2024
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