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Short Term Lets Policy Consultation

The Civic Government (Scotland) Act 1982 (Licensing of Short-term Lets) Order 2022 came into force on 1 March 2022 to require short-term lets to be licensed. 

From 1 October 2022, new hosts and operators will require to have a licence and will not be permitted to take bookings or receive guests until they obtain a licence.  If hosts and operators have already been using their property to provide short-term lets before 1 October 2022, they will have until 1 April 2023 to apply for a licence and will be able to operate in the meantime by continuing to advertise and promote their premises, take bookings and receive guests while their application is processed. 

As part of the licensing scheme, the Council must publish a licensing policy for short term let licensing in The South Ayrshire Council area.  

The Council's draft policy sets out its approach to the implementation of the short-term Let scheme, and the Council is proposing:

  • Not to have any Short-term Let Control Zones at this time, which would mandate any change of use for a premises to obtain planning permission for a particular area.
  • Temporary exemptions will not be granted; however, temporary Licences will be granted.
  • A licence duration of 3 years
  • A range of fees depending on the type of short term Let as set out in the draft policy.

Please read through the South Ayrshire council short term let licencing scheme (PDF) [399KB] .

Responses must be received by 8 August 2022 and can be accessed by the following link. When making comments, please reference the paragraph number and then your comments. 

Consultation closed on 8 August 2022.