The Scottish Mail on Sunday

Treehouses, wigwams, caravans, castles and yurts join fee-for-all


THE licensing scheme will apply to every type of residentia­l or commercial accommodat­ion in Scotland that is available for shortterm let – from caravans to castles.

Among the most common types of property to be hit with the levy will be flats and houses where the owner chooses to rent out a spare room through a website such as Airbnb.

Traditiona­l B&Bs and guesthouse­s across the country will also be forced to apply for a costly annual licence, as will holiday cottages and self-catering flats

Guidance from the Scottish Government highlights that other more unusual short-term lets will also be affected, including canal boats – so long as they are fixed and not used for transport.

Other accommodat­ion covered by the rules includes cabins, chalets, farmhouses, lodges, lighthouse­s, shepherd huts, tipis, treehouses, wigwams and yurts.

Holiday caravans and glamping pods will also need a licence, unless they are already covered by a caravan site licence.

Under the scheme, which comes into force in April next year, each council sets its own fees, with rates varying according to the potential occupancy, meaning a flat that sleeps one or two guests is cheaper than a ten-bedroom castle.

Fees are lower if guests share the property with the owner – and higher if the property is not owner-occupied, such as a holiday home.

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CANVAS CHARGE: Permit scheme covers yurts
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HIRE COST: Treehouses are hit

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