Short Term Lets

About Short Term Lets

As a result of the Civic Government Scotland Act 1982 (Licensing of Short Term Lets) Order 2022 being passed by the Scottish Parliament, local authorities in Scotland must introduce a licensing scheme for properties operating as short term lets.
The licensing scheme will start on 1 October 2022.  

The Scottish Government have extended the deadline for existing hosts and operators to apply for a licence from 1 April 2023 to 1 October 2023, with all short term let properties requiring to be licenced by 1 July 2024.  

From 1 October 2022, any new hosts/operators cannot operate a short term let before their licence application has been determined.   

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


Property Standards

As part of the scheme, the Council must publish a licensing policy for short term lets in the area. Properties must conform to a minimum safety standard.  Standards will be detailed throughout the application process and they are also available online through the Scottish Government’s website.

Planning Permission

Planning Permission may be required before submitting a Short Term Let application.  Please see the Planning Guidance note for further information.  If you have any Planning related queries, please fill in the Planning Supporting Information Checklist and email along with your query to 


Please ensure that you have checked to see if your property requires Planning Permission before applying for a Short Term Let Licence.

Apply for a Short Term Let Licence

Application guidance is available to read here before applying for a Short Term Let Licence. 

If you require a Short Term Let Licence, please complete the online application form below


Fees & Charges from 1st October 2022 for Short Term Lets:

Guest Capacity Home sharing and/ or Home Letting Licence Secondary Letting Licence
1 - 2 £420 £420
3 - 4 £630 £630
5 - 6 £840 £840
7 - 8 £1120 £1120
9 - 12 £1490 £1490
13+ £2980 £2980


Temporary Licences 

Applications for temporary licences will not be granted by Aberdeen City Council under any circumstance. This will be reviewed on an annual basis in line with the Policy review.


Temporary Exemptions

Applications for temporary licences will not be granted by Aberdeen City Council under any circumstance.  This will be reviewed on an annual basis in line with the Policy review.


Objection Process

Objections to a current application must be received in writing within 28 days of a public Notice being displayed by the applicant outside a property.  Email objections can be sent to stating the reason for objection.  The objection must be signed.  All applications that receive an objection must be heard at the Council’s Licensing Committee.


Licence Conditions

Mandatory conditions will be attached to every Licence and detail the Licence Holder(s) responsibilities. Aberdeen City Council have approved the addition of two additional conditions that will be applied to every Short Term Let Licence alongside the mandatory conditions.  Please see all Licence Conditions here. 



Complaints regarding unlicensed short term lets should be emailed to where the Council will then investigate. 

Anti-Social Behaviour complaints should be directed to 0800 0510434 or email 


Short-Term Lets Policy

Our Policy sets out how we will exercise our functions under the relevant legislation in respect of the licensing of short term lets in Aberdeen City.

The Policy is designed to provide information on the Council’s general approach to the making of licensing decisions in respect of short term lets and the policy will ensure that applications are administered in an open, transparent, and consistent manner. 

A copy of our Short Term Lets Policy is available here.


Public Register of Short Term Lets

The Council is legally required to maintain a public register of Short Term Let licence applications and granted Short Term Let licences. The register can be searched here. 


Related Guidance and Further Information:

Visit Scotland have published guidance for hosts and operators to help them get ready for the licensing scheme which is available here.  

You can find out more about the legislation and read the Scottish Government guidance for hosts and operators here.

The Scottish Government guidance for Licensing Authorities, Letting Agents and Platforms is available here.

The legislation is available here. 


If you have any queries regarding Short Term Lets within Aberdeen City, please contact

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