Short term lets

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

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 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 licence
  • All short-term let properties will require a license by 1 July 2024


Licensing authorities are required to charge fees in respect of processing and determining, the consideration of applications. The fees are calculated on a cost recovery basis and are reviewed periodically. Currently they are:



Three Year License


Number of bedrooms

Home sharing and home letting licence

Secondary letting licence

Renewal - Home sharing and home letting licence

Renewal - Secondary letting licence

1 to 3





4 to 6





7 +





Licensing fees are non-refundable.

Fees discount offer

The Council is pleased to offer an initial period of discounts on the submission of a short term lets licence application at the following rates:

  • 20% discount for applications received prior to 30 November 2022
  • 10% discount for applications received from 1 December 2022 to 31 January 2023
  • Reverting to the full charge from 1 February 2023

Apply for a Short Term Lets Licence >>

Object to a Short Term Lets Application >>

Short Term Lets Public Register >>

Short Term Lets Policy

Further information

Call: 01387 273164







Page last updated: 30/09/2022
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