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On 19th January 2022, the Scottish Government passed the Civic Government (Scotland) Act 1982 (Licensing of Short-term Lets) Order 2022. This new legislation means Fife Council has introduced a Short-term Let Licencing Scheme from 1st October 2022. We have developed publications to provide information and guidance to hosts and operators.
Existing hosts that have been trading on or before 30th September 2022 may continue to accept bookings after 1st October 2022. However, they must apply for a licence by 1st April 2023.
From 1st October 2022, new hosts and operators cannot accept bookings until they have obtained a licence. After this date, letting agencies and platforms should not allow a booking to be made by a new host/operator until a licence number can be provided.
There are four types of licence for short-term let accommodation:
We are currently developing an online application form. In the meantime, we have an application form, which you can print off and complete. It can be found in the publications below. Alternatively, you can request a paper copy by emailing email@example.com
It is a requirement to provide the following documentation with the application form, if it's relevant for the premises to be licenced:
Floor plans may be required if requested.
Return Application Forms to:
Address: Short-term Let Licencing, Housing Services, Fife House (3rd Floor), Glenrothes, KY7 5LT
The Council have up to 12 months to determine these applications, beginning with the date on which the valid application was made. Existing hosts who make an application before 1st April 2023 can continue operating whilst their application is being determined.
The Council have up to 9 months from the date on which the valid application was made to consider and determine each valid application.
Our online consultation survey is now closed. Thank you to everyone who took part and gave us their views on which discretionary elements of the legislation should be included to reflect the Fife context. This will help shape the way we deliver the scheme.
Fife Council Short-term Let Licencing Scheme received formal approval by Cabinet on 22nd September 2022.
The Public Register of applications shows a summary of current licences and applications.