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Consultation on Licensing Order for Short Term Lets

A third public round of consultation on licensing laws for short-term lets is live at the moment and will run until 13th August,

The draft legislation was published at the end of June with guidance documents on how the legislation would work in practice.

Under the proposed legislation, local authorities will have until 1 October 2022 to establish a licensing scheme, with all short-term lets to be licensed by 1 April 2024.

Existing hosts and operators must apply for a licence by 1 April 2023.

Many of you will already be very aware of the Consultation on Licensing Order for Short Term Lets but for those of you who are not as familiar please see information provided by the ASSC here and here is the link to the Scottish Government web information page: https://www.gov.scot/publications/short-term-lets/.

There are mixed views across the tourism sector and we are keen to capture the views of Wild Scotland Members in order to frame a response to the consultation on behalf of our members and the wider sector.

As an organisation we are not against regulation – but we are of the opinion that Short Term Licencing will be incredibly damaging for the tourism sector in Scotland and for our members who rely so much on the availability of accommodation or run their own accommodation whether that is a small guest houses, yurt of self catering accommodation.

We recognise that there will be differing views across the outdoor sector so we are very keen to hear from as many of you across the outdoor sector as possible – especially in relation as to how you think this could impact on you and your business?

Please respond by email to victoria@wild-scotland.co.uk by the 9th August 2021. Thank you.

You can also respond directly to the consultation by Friday 13th August here: https://consult.gov.scot/housing-and-social-justice/short-term-lets-draft-licensing-order-and-bria/consultation/subpage.2016-07-07.1474135251/

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