Licences and permits applications

Short Term Lets Licensing

The Scottish Parliament approved the short term lets legislation on 19 January 2022.  Edinburgh Council  is required to establish a short term lets licensing scheme by 1 October 2022.

You can register your interest in the new Short Term Lets licensing scheme and receive updates and notifications by email and we have also produced a list of frequently asked questions about the new licensing scheme which you may find useful 

Existing hosts and operators

Existing hosts and operators will have until 1 April 2023 to apply for a licence.

You are an existing host or operator if you have already been using your property to provide short term lets prior to 1 October 2022.  Existing hosts and operators have until 1 April 2023 to apply for a licence however, you will need to be able to prove that you used the property for short term lets during this time.  

Update - 7 December 2022

The council recognises the intention by Scottish Government to extend the application deadline for existing hosts to the 1 October 2023 and await confirmation of this.

If this amendment passes, existing hosts will have another six months (until 1 October 2023) to apply for a licence. We will update this page when the amendment passes.

New hosts and operators

If you were not using your premises to provide short term lets before 1 October 2022, you cannot take bookings or receive guests until you have a licence. 

All hosts and operators need to have a licence by 1 July 2024.

There are four types of licence for short term let accommodation

  • Secondary letting - the letting of property where you do not normally live, for example a second home that is let to guests
  • Home letting - using all or part of your own home for short-term lets, whilst you are absent. An example of this could be whilst you are on holiday
  • Home sharing - using all or part of your own home for short-term lets, whilst you are there
  • Home letting and home sharing - operating short-term lets from your own home while you are living there and for periods when you are absent


Licensing authorities are required to charge fees in respect of processing and determining, the consideration of applications. Fees vary depending on the category and type of licence applied for download our fee list for details of the application fee payable.

Short Term Lets Policy

Download our current Short Term Lets Policy 

Apply for a Short Term Lets licence

Download an application pack - Please ensure you read the guidance notes before completing an application form.

You can upload your completed application form, together with all required supporting documentation and make payment using the Civic and miscellaneous licensing submission form. You can find more information and the online submission form our Upload an application form and make payment webpage.

Short Term Lets Public Register

The register of applications shows a summary of current licences and applications.

Additional information

You can find the latest information about the regulation of short term lets at

Read the current Scottish Government guidance for hosts and operators.

We will continue to update this page with updates on implementation as the scheme progresses.