Planning circular 1/2023: short-term lets and planning

This circular provides guidance on the establishment of short-term let control areas and the need for planning permission for short-term letting.

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1. Glossary

In this circular, the following terms are used:

"the 1997 Act" means the Town and Country Planning (Scotland) Act 1997;

"control area" means a short-term let control area designated under section 26B of the 1997 Act, as introduced by section 17 of the Planning (Scotland) Act 2019;

"the Control Area Regulations" mean the Town and Country Planning (Short-term Let Control Areas) (Scotland) Regulations 2021 (SSI 2021/154);

"GPDOmeans the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (Scotland) Order 1992 (SI 1992/223)

"licensing scheme" means the scheme established by the Civic Government (Scotland) Act 1982 (Licensing of Short-term Lets) Order 2021 (SSI 2021/32);

"short-term let" what constitutes providing a short term let is set out inregulation 2 of the Control Area Regulations read with section 26B(3) of the 1997 Act, see also Annex A .



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