Short-term Let Planning Guidance for Edinburgh

Closed 22 Dec 2022

Opened 29 Sep 2022

Results updated 25 Apr 2023

Thank you for taking part in our consultation.  We received over 1,200 responses and a report on the proposed changes to Short Term Let Guidance for Business was approved at Planning Committee on 19 April 2023The revised guidance can be viewed here


We want to know what you think about our proposed planning guidance for short-term lets in Edinburgh. We have updated the guidance to give more detail on how we will make decisions on planning applications.

In 2021, the Scottish Government brought in new legislation which allows councils to have a short-term let control area. In a control area, these new laws mean if you offer a flat or a house for a short-term let that is not the home you live in, you will need planning permission for it.

We are the first council in Scotland to apply for a short-term control area. This covers the whole of the Council’s area. Scottish Government approved our request and the control area started on 5 September 2022.

Why your views matter

Now that Edinburgh is a control area, we have proposed guidance which we’d like to get your views on. The Planning Committee asked us to get views on this from residents and businesses. Download the full report from that committee meeting.

When people apply for permission to run short-term lets, we will assess applications with:

We will use your responses to shape the final version of the guidance which we aim to have in place in early 2023. Your responses will be confidential. We will not link them to you unless you are responding on behalf of an organisation.

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  • All Edinburgh


  • Anyone from any background


  • Local plans and guidelines