Short-Term Let Licensing

The Scottish Government introduced mandatory licensing for short-term lets in January 2022 requiring the Comhairle to have a fully functional licensing scheme in place for 1 October 2022; existing operators will be able to apply for a licence from 1 October 2022 until 1 April 2023 and new operators who have not traded prior to 1 October 2022 will need a licence before they can operate. The Scottish Government has provided detailed guidance for hosts and operators (Opens in a new window or downloads a file).

What is a licensable short-term let?

The Scottish Government has a detailed definition what is and what isn’t a licensable short-term let (Opens in a new window or downloads a file).  This flow diagram (124.9kB) (Opens in a new window or downloads a file) will also help determine if accommodation requires a short-term let licence. There is also further information on our FAQ Page.

Applying for a licence

Application Deadlines
Description Deadline
Comhairle Nan Eilean Siar Short-term Let Licensing scheme goes live 1 October 2022
New short-term lets (i.e. those that will become operational for the first time post 1 October 2022)
New hosts & operators will need to have a licence; they can advertise but not take bookings or receive guests until they have obtained a licence.
From 1 October 2022
Short-term lets operating prior to 1 October 2022
Hosts and operators of premises can continue to operate but must apply for a licence by this date.
1 April 2023
All Short-terms lets to be licensed 1 July 2024

Although paper applications are accepted it is preferred that you apply online.  You must complete all the mandatory parts and provide all the documents requested in the form. Whether you are applying for the first time or renewing an existing licence please read the guidance on this page before you apply.

There are different application fees based on the type of licence and the number of guests.

The fees are:

Short Term Lets - Application Fees
Licence Type 1 - 2 Guests 3 - 4 Guests 5 - 6 Guests 7+ Guests
Home Letting and/or Sharing Licence £130 £150 £200 £300
Secondary Letting Licence £300 £350 £375 £400

These and associated short-term let fees will appear on our Fees and Charges page.

The preferred option is to apply online or alternatively you can apply using a paper form.

Further Information

Licensing is being introduced under the Civic Government (Scotland) Act 1982 (Opens in a new window or downloads a file) by the Civic Government (Scotland) Act 1982 (Licensing of Short-Term Lets) Order 2022 (Opens in a new window or downloads a file).

Scottish Government regulation (Opens in a new window or downloads a file) information is available on their website.


We held several webinars in September for hosts that provided a brief overview of the scheme and gave the opportunity for hosts to ask questions about it.  We will be holding more webinars over the next couple of months and will publish details below when available:

If this webpage and our FAQs don’t provide you with the information you need, please email us at   (Opens in a new window or downloads a file)