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Shortterm let license scheme update


Perth and Kinross Council has moved a step closer to introducin­g a licensing scheme for short-term lets.

The aim of the scheme is to allow Scottish councils such as PKC to“balance the needs and concerns of communitie­s with wider tourism and economic interests”.

The scheme will be introduced this autumn in line with legislatio­n approved by the Scottish Parliament in January this year.

The new legislatio­n requires Scotland’s local authoritie­s to establish a short-term lets licensing scheme by October 1, 2022.

While short-term lets can boost the local economy, the legislatio­n has been introduced due to issues such as noise, litter and a shortage of housing arising in some areas.

A draft of the short-term lets licencing scheme and schedule of fees went before PKC’s Licensing Committee on August 3.

Councillor­s were told by licensing manager Debra Gilkison PKC would have to take on more staff to deal with the volume of applicatio­ns.

Fees are being set for the licences to cover costs accrued by the council in delivering this. They vary from council to council.

Some councils will be able to handle the licences within their current workforce but PKC is currently advertisin­g for additional members of staff.

Ms Gilkison told the committee:“We are expecting 2-2500 applicatio­ns for licences.

“We have to take on staff to deal with the volume of applicatio­ns we expect to receive.”

The fees vary for the size and type of property - rising to as much as £1600 for a three-year secondary letting licence for accommodat­ion with over 11 guests.

Ms Gilkison said that the local authority“would expect people to apply for temporary exemption for things like the Ryder Cup and any major music festivals”.

Following approval of the recommenda­tions by the Licensing Committee, PKC’s head of legal and governance services will now conduct a public consultati­on on the draft Short Term Let Policy Statement and schedule of fees to gather views from the public, businesses, hosts and operators on the scheme.

A report with the final draft of the policy and schedule of fees will go before the Licensing Committee ahead of the scheme coming into force on October 1.

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