Short-Term Let Licensing Scheme

The deadline for existing operators to get a short-term let licence is fast approaching. Those operating before 1 October 2022, must apply by 1 October 2023.
The new licence is a legal obligation for all hosts, even if occasionally letting out a spare room or sub-letting while on holiday.

A Comhairle spokesperson, said:

“There are less than 30 days left for existing hosts to apply for a licence if they want to continue operating legally after 30 September 2023. Even if hosts are finished for the season and are not planning to operate again until next year, they legally need to have made a competent application for a licence to take future bookings; we are also aware that the main online platforms have been asking for short-term let licence numbers.”

“We are seeing increasing numbers of incomplete applications and queries over the last few weeks with hosts unable to get the electric and gas checks done as so many have left it so close to the deadline. We are asking that all operators get their applications in as soon as possible, with as much information as they have available so that we can work with them to make their application competent before 1st October”

“We are currently processing over 180 applications, with another 65 pending determination and 236 granted. It is estimated that there at least another 100 hosts who have not applied for a licence yet”.

The current public register (1.5MB) (Opens in a new window or downloads a file) of short-term let licence applications is online and further information is available from the Comhairle’s short -term let web page.