Short-Term Lets Stakeholder Working Group
The short-term lets stakeholder working group has been established to:
- assist the Scottish Government in the production of guidance for hosts and local authorities on the short-term lets licensing scheme and planning control areas;
- identify and resolve stakeholder issues and concerns; and
- make suggestions to the Scottish Government on any changes to legislation which may be needed.
Developing the guidance
The working group provides valuable input to the process of developing guidance that is comprehensive, helpful and easy to understand for those who will be administering schemes within local authorities, and for applicants and operators of short-term lets.
Members of the group are using their knowledge and experience to provide both broad steers on the scope and style of the guidance as well as specific advice and assistance on the drafting of the guidance.
The Scottish Government chairs and provides secretariat support to the working group. Scottish Government officials will make every effort to find appropriate solutions to issues identified by stakeholders. Ownership of the guidance documents rests with the Scottish Government and the final decisions on the guidance and any changes to legislation rest with the Scottish Ministers.
Resident and community engagement
The working group is principally comprised of industry and local authority representatives to get the guidance aimed at hosts and operators and local authorities right. This will help them navigate the planning and licensing processes. There are many aspects of the process that will be important to work through in detail with industry and local authority representatives that are not directly relevant to resident and community groups.
However, we know that certain parts of the process will be important to residents and communities, such as how to object to a planning or licensing application and how to raise issues around licensed (or unlicensed) properties.
The next residents’ and community group meeting will take place on 20 May 2021 at 16:30.
Residents or community groups who wish to attend the meeting on 20 May can book a place by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org
Working group meetings
The first meeting of the stakeholder working group was held on 18 February 2021 the second meeting on 17 March 2021; and the third meeting on 13 May 2021. No further meetings have been scheduled at present. Working group papers and minutes of meetings are listed under the Documents section on this page.
The working group is principally comprised of industry and local authority representatives to get the guidance aimed at hosts and operators and local authorities right:
- Andrew Mott, Scottish Government (Chair)
- Marie Lorimer, Airbnb
- Tony Cain, Association of Local Authority Housing Officers (ALACHO)
- Fiona Campbell, Association of Scotland’s Self-Caterers
- James Foice, Association of Serviced Apartment Providers
- Sarah Farnham, for Booking.com (Ketchum)
- Ryan Pearson, Booking.com
- Chris McKee, City of Edinburgh Council
- Ailsa Raeburn, Community Land Scotland*
- Laura Caven, COSLA
- Wayne Mackay, Electrical Safety First
- Jean-Philippe Monod, Expedia
- Barry McCulloch, Federation of Small Businesses
- Jo Millar, Gilson Gray
- David Littlejohn (Perth and Kinross Council), Heads of Planning Scotland
- Alastair McKie, Law Society of Scotland
- Hazel Stevenson (Aberdeen City Council), Local Authority Environmental Health Officers
- Kirsten Henderson, PLACE*
- Geoffrey Smith, Police Scotland
- Gavin Percy, Quality in Tourism
- Professor Russel Griggs, Independent Chair of the Scottish Government Regulatory Review Group
- David Weston, Scottish Bed & Breakfast Association
- Chris Getty, Scottish Fire and Rescue Service
- James Clark, Scottish Fire and Rescue Service
- Gavin Mowat, Scottish Land & Estates
- Marc Crothall, Scottish Tourism Alliance
- Gary Munro (Fife Council), Scottish Local Authority Lawyers and Administrators (SOLAR)
- Kimberley Langley (Fife Council), Scottish Local Authority Lawyers and Administrators (SOLAR)
- Leon Thompson, UK Hospitality
- Shomik Panda, UK Short-Term Accommodation Association
- Patrick O’Shaughnessy, Visit Scotland
* PLACE and Community Land Scotland joined the working group to represent urban and rural residents’ interests and first attended at the third meeting, on 13 May 2021.
Membership will be kept under review.