Short-Term Lets Licensing in Scotland

Kevin Clancy, a Partner in our regulatory team, has written a series of articles to guide you through the new short-term let licensing scheme which came into force in Scotland on 1 October 2022.

Shepherd and Wedderburn Licensing Lawyers

Our highly experienced licensing lawyers are independently recognised for their breadth of expertise in contractual and contentious matters relating to alcohol, gambling, civic government and taxi licensing, and are highly regarded by our clients, who include many household names in hospitality, retail, education, transport, and leisure, as well as sports clubs, sole trader businesses, individuals and community organisations. Our clients include hotels, restaurants, garden centres, convenience stores, landlords, petrol filling stations and taxi operators.

Our licensing team, led by Partner and Solicitor Advocate Kevin Clancy, collaborates with clients and works with Licensing Boards across Scotland in order to achieve a successful outcome. The team has particular expertise in contentious licensing matters, representing clients at hearings for new applications, major and minor variation hearings, review hearings, personal licence hearings, appeals to the Sheriff Court and judicial reviews.

Frequently asked questions

If you currently operate short-term lets in Scotland, you are likely to have many questions about the new scheme. We have compiled a list of Frequently Asked Questions to help guide you through the process. 

Article guides

The new short-term let licensing scheme requires hosts of short-term lets in to have a licence to take bookings and accept guests at their property.  If you have a short-term let and have questions about the new licensing scheme, Kevin Clancy, a partner in our regulatory team, has written a series of articles to guide you through the process.