Short-term lets

Under legislation approved by the Scottish Parliament, East Lothian Council, like all Scottish licensing authorities, is required to establish a short-term lets licensing scheme from 1 October 2022.

From 1 October 2022, new hosts and operators need to have a licence before you can operate. This means that, if you were not using your premises to provide short-term lets before 1 October 2022, you cannot take bookings or receive guests until you have a licence.

If you have already been using your property to provide short-term lets before 1 October 2022, then you have until 1 April 2023 to apply for a licence and you can operate before you have a licence by continuing to take bookings and receiving guests whilst your application is processed.

Currently, East Lothian Council has not designated any Control Areas however this will be reviewed over time.  You will need to check if your particular property needs planning permission to be used to provide short-term lets.  You can contact the Planning department at or 01620 827216.

Further information can be found on the Scottish Government website:

In the Related Downloads section on this page, you can find:

Application fees for licences for short-term lets have been set by East Lothian Council at £390 per premise.

If you require further information about this topic, contact the Licensing Team at the Council at or by telephone to 01620 827664 and leave a voicemail if officers are not available.