Civic Government (Scotland) Act 1982 (Licensing of Short-term Lets) (Amendment) Order 2024: impact assessments

The Civic Government (Scotland) Act 1982 (Licensing of Short-term Lets) Order 2022 requires local authorities to establish a short-term lets licensing scheme. The 2024 Order includes provisions which have a practical effect on the licensing scheme.

8. Pre-screening for the Strategic Environmental Assessment

A pre-screening notification was issued on 24 April 2024 with the following brief summary of the likely environmental consequences:

“The SSI will clarify existing short-term lets legislation in regards to the licensing scheme. There will be no likely direct or indirect environmental consequences of the SSI. This SEA pre-screening builds upon the pre-screening issued on 9 October 2020 as part of the Short-Term Lets Licencing Scheme legislation, which stated:

‘These new powers provide local authority with the means to manage short-term lets in order to improve safety and to try to provide a quality experience for visitors. It is our view that new powers would have no impact on most environmental receptors. Those receptors such as Human Health, Population and material assets which are likely to experience some positive effects from these new powers are still considered to be safely within the minimal threshold and therefore exempt from Strategic Environmental Assessment as per Section 7 of the Environmental Assessment (Scotland) Act 2005.’

The position remains the same with regards to the licensing scheme and the SSI does not alter this.”

No issues were raised.



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