Short-Term Let Control Area

Closed 5 Nov 2021

Opened 2 Sep 2021

Feedback updated 25 Feb 2022

We asked

The council engaged with residents, visitors and organisations to seek views on a proposal to designate the entire City of Edinburgh Council area as a Short-term let Control Area. 

You said

Over 3,000 responses to the online survey were received.   Three focus groups took place.  One session for operators and hosts, a separate session was attended by community groups and residents.  A third session was held for visitors. 

The questionnaire asked about the principle of the designation and the area of designation. 

  • 88% of respondents supported the principle of the designation of a STL control area.
  • 85% supported the inclusion of the entire area.   

Further information can be seen in the Planning Committee Report

We did

The designation cannot come to effect without the approval of Scottish Government. A request will be submitted to the Scottish Government requesting that the new powers are implemented in the whole of the Edinburgh area.

Results updated 18 Jan 2023

The proposal to proceed to designate the entire City of Edinburgh Council area as a Short-term Let Area of Control was approved by Planning Committee on 23 February 2022. 

Following submission to Scottish Ministers a decision was issued on 22 July 2022 agreeing that the Council could proceed with the designation.  

The whole of the City of Edinburgh Council area has been designated as a Short-term Let Control Area for the purposes of Section 26B of the Town and Country Planning (Scotland) Act 1997. View the statutory notification.

The designation came into effect on 5th September 2022.



In April 2021, government introduced laws which allow councils in Scotland to designate all or part of their area as a Short-Term Let Control Area. If councils choose to do this, they must get approval from Scottish Government.

On 11 August 2021, the Planning Committee approved a proposal to ask people for their views on whether we should have a Short-Term Let Control Area for the entire Council area.

If a short-term let control area is approved by the Council and by Scottish Government, a property owner who is letting out a residential property (which is not their principal home) on a short-term let basis would have to apply for ‘change of use’ approval through the planning application process.

This does not mean a blanket ban on short-term lets.  It will mean that the change of use from residential properties to short-term lets will be controlled under planning regulations. This allows decisions to be taken in line with the council’s local development plan and other material considerations.

The Short-Term Let Control Area would not affect letting rooms or letting out the whole residential property where it is the owner’s principal home and the owner is absent.

The proposal is supported by the following:

You can see a copy of the Statement of Reasons, Background Report and map of the proposed area of designation in City Chambers reception, 249-253 High Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1YJ, Monday to Thursday between 9am and 5pm and Friday between 9am and 3:.0pm.

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Why your views matter

Your responses will be used to inform the decision on taking forward a Short-Term Let Control Area for formal designation. While it is the Council’s decision to designate a control area, it must be approved by Scottish Ministers.   

We will read and consider all responses we receive to this consultation, before presenting a proposal to the Planning Committee. If the committee approves that there should be a Short-Term Let Control Area, we will submit the final proposal to Scottish Ministers for their approval.

You can give us your views using this online survey.

We will treat the responses you give confidentially and no comments you make can or will be linked directly to you, unless you are responding on behalf of an organisation. You can view our Privacy Notice for Planning and Building Standards

What happens next

Following consultation, the proposal will be reviewed and subject of a further report to Planning Committee.  Consultation responses will form part of this report, which will be publicly available.  Should it be decided to progress with a designation the proposal will require to be submitted to Scottish Ministers for their approval. 


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