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Houses in Multiple Occupation: Guidance on Planning Control and Licensing

Houses in Multiple Occupation: Guidance on Planning Control and Licensing

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

ISBN: 9781780458618

Circulars contain Scottish Government policy on the implementation of legislation or procedures. This is a revised Circular to take in to account the commencement of provisions contained with the Private Rented Housing (Scotland) Act 2011.

Executive Summary

The purpose of this Circular is to give guidance on the provision and management of houses in multiple occupation (HMO) through the planning system, as well as advice on the interface between the HMO licensing scheme and the planning system.

This revised Circular takes in to account the commencement of further provisions contained with the Private Rented Housing (Scotland) Act 2011, namely that local authorities can now consider issues of overprovision in determining HMO applications, and that there is a discretionary link between planning and licensing systems in operation.