07 September 2022

Views sought on Aberdeenshire Council's new short-term lets policy

Aberdeenshire Council is seeking the views of residents, visitors and other interested stakeholders on its draft short-term lets policy statement and proposed additional conditions for a licence.

Local authorities in Scotland are legally obliged to introduce a licensing scheme for properties operating as short term lets. 

And under the new Civic Government Scotland Act 1982 (Licensing of Short Term Lets) Order 2022, all short-term lets must be licensed by July 2024.

There are four types of licence for short-term lets accommodation:

The online engagement process asks a number of questions around the proposed new short-term lets policy statement and additional conditions for a licence.

Among the topics are proposed fees, occupancy levels and children, the introduction of temporary licences and temporary exemptions.

The council is also proposing a number of additional conditions covering several specific areas of lets including antisocial behaviour, noise, waste collection and disposal, failure to maintain common areas and guest safety.

The consultation runs from now until October 7 and can be accessed via the Engage Aberdeenshire online platform here: https://engage.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/licensing-of-short-term-lets-consultation

If you require a paper copy of the consultation for completion then please contact us by email at STL@aberdeenshire.gov.uk or call us on 01467 539039.