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D&G Council Short-Term Let Licence Webinar

12th October 2022 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm



Webinar Hosted by the South of Scotland Destination Alliance (SSDA)

How to Apply for your Short-Term Let Licence – with Dumfries & Galloway Council

The SSDA in partnership with Dumfries and Galloway Council invite you to a webinar – ‘How to apply for your Short-Term Let Licence’

Please join us for this informative session which covers everything you will need to know about how to make a short-term let licence application;

– what documentation you will need to provide

– details of the mandatory conditions & making sure you are compliant

– access to the guidance for hosts and operators

– the cost of a licence

– how to apply.

Melanie Allen, Interim Chief Executive of the SSDA, said: “The short-term let sector plays a hugely important role in bringing visitors to the South of Scotland, with thousands of stunning and unique places to stay right across the region. It’s vital that all businesses operating in this sphere are fully informed about the new legislation that’s about to come into effect across Scotland so that they can adapt and thrive, which is why we are delighted to team up with Dumfries & Galloway Council to host a webinar detailing a step by step guide to the application process. We hope that this informative session will help operators easily understand short-term let licensing and everything involved in making an application”.

This session is FREE and open to all short-term let operators based in the Dumfries and Galloway Council Area Only. (A session with the Scottish Borders Council will follow soon.)

A recording of the session will be available to all SSDA Members on the SSDA Website – find out more how to oin: SSDA Membership Info

Background InformationDo you need a Short-Term Let Licence?Applications for the new licensing regime for short-term lets in Scotland open in October- If you are a new operator, looking to operate a short-term let for the first time from 1 October 2022 will need a licence before you can do so. – If you are an existing operator, already operating short-term lets before 1 October 2022 must apply for a licence by 1 April 2023 if you wish to continue doing so.

What is a Short-Term Let?The providing of residential accommodation by a host to a guest in the course of business and for commercial consideration where:• the guest does not occupy the property as their main home and they are not an immediate family member of the host; and• the guest is not occupying the accommodation principally to facilitate work or services by the guest to the host, or sharing accommodation with the host as part of an educational arrangement.

Three basic types of short-term letting will need a licence:• home sharing – where the host is sharing their home;• home letting – where the host is letting their own home but is absent during the let; and• secondary letting – where the host is letting premises which are not their own home.Short-Term Lets include:• Self-catering units,• B&Bs, • Un-licenced Guest Houses, • Glamping pods, • Shepherds huts, • Caravans on un-licenced premises.• ‘Airbnbs’For more information on Short-Term Let Licensing: SSDA Toolkit Short-Term Lets Legislation

In advance of this webinar Dumfries & Galloway Council highly recommends that you set up a mygovscot Account – this will help you track your application and will provide a useful resource with tools to help you navigate through the licensing scheme