Residents of Highland Perthshire and across Perth and Kinross are being asked by the council, alongside visitors, interested groups and organisations to take part in a consultation regarding the Council’s short term let draft policy statement.
The consultation is open till Thursday 25th August 2022 with the response being considered by the Licensing Committee for the council.
The short term let draft policy statement relates to the Civic Government (Scotland) Act 1982 (Licensing of Short-term Lets) Order 2022, which is set to come into effect from the 1st of October 2022 and requires that all short-term lets in Scotland are licensed while providing discretionary powers to licensing authorities to address the needs and concerns of local communities.
The legislation from the Scottish Parliament will apply to a wide range of accommodation including self-catered properties, B&B’s, guest houses, glamping pods and yurts.
Under the legislation any Host operating before October 2022 can continue to operate their premise as a short-term let complying with existing laws and regulations but must apply to the Licensing Authority for a short-term let license by the 1st of April 2023, which if denied means they must stop using the premises as a short term let within 28 days.
Anyone who has never operated a short-term let before October 2022 must apply for a license and cannot operate without it.
Under the 1982 Act, anyone applying for a license must display a public notice at or near the premise which the short-term let licence relates to, with the notice being displayed in a place where it can be conveniently read by the passing public. The notice must be displayed for 21 consecutive days from the date the application was made.
The Notice will include information pertaining to the application including who the applicant is, details on the property, details of any other short-term let licenses that have been granted to the applicant and where objections to the application can be made.
To read the draft policy from PKC further visit https://consult.pkc.gov.uk/corporate-democratic-services/short-term-lets-licensing-scheme-consultation/ where you will also find a link to the consultation where you give your views.