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Licensing of Short Term Lets - FAQ

Attached here is a frequently asked questions document which provides information in relation to the forthcoming licensing of short terms lets in Scotland.  


Consultation on the licensing of Sexual Entertainment Venues

The responsibility of licensing certain activities, including Sexual Entertainment Venues (SEVs) is delegated to The Highland Council. Licensing Committee.

Under the Civic Government (Scotland) Act 1982, the Local Authority is required to produce a Sexual Entertainment Venue Policy where it has passed a resolution to licence SEVs.

On 26 October 2021, following a wide scale evidence gathering process, the Committee passed a resolution to licence Sexual Entertainment Venues within the Highlands, coming into effect on 1 January 2023. The Committee is therefore required to produce a Sexual Entertainment Venue Policy. On 26 October 2021, the Committee also agreed to instruct the preparation of a draft Sexual Entertainment Venue Policy Statement for public consultation and to carry out an evidence gathering process on the draft Policy.

This draft Policy identifies the Committee’s potential approach to the regulation of SEVs and the processes to be followed relating to applications for licences of this kind. It is intended to provide guidance for applications and members of the public on the licensing of SEVs. A copy of the draft policy is available here.

A copy of the draft standard conditions of licence is also available here.

The Committee is keen to hear your views on the draft Policy. Please submit all your views by completing our survey:

The closing date for response is Monday 28 March 2022

The Council will process any personal data you provide in response appropriately and in line with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The Council intends to publish a summary of responses received to the consultation exercise.

The Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 gives the public a right of access to information held by the Council; this includes any responses we receive to the consultation exercise. The Council may disclose your response to third parties on request. In disclosing responses the Council will take appropriate steps to redact personal data subject to relevant provisions of the 2019 and 2002 Acts.

If you require any additional information about this Policy or would like this document in an alternative format or language, please contact Rhoda Banfro, Solicitor,


Gambling Policy Statement 2022-25 

The Highland Licensing Board (HLB) has now finalised its Gambling policy statement 2022-25 under the Gambling Act 2005 which will become its policy statement for the period 2022-2025.  This will come into force on 1 January 2022.  


Taxi Tariff Review 2021 

At the Highland Licensing Committee meeting held on 22 June 2021 Members agreed a draft tariff for public consultation which included the following:

  • No change to any of the current tariffs or extras charges.

The proposed draft tariff would take effect from late October 2021.

A full copy of the draft tariff for public consultation can be found here.

Members of the public are invited to submit their comments about the above proposals by 27 July 2021. This can be done via an e-mail to or in writing to:

Iain Meredith, Principal Solicitor (Regulatory Services), The Highland Council, Council Offices, High Street, Dingwall, IV15 9QN

All representations received will be considered by the Highland Licensing Committee at their meeting of 7 September 2021.

Taxi Tariff Review 2021 

All Taxi Operators have been written to regarding the review of the Council's taxi tariff and have been invited to submit their responses. A copy of the Council's current taxi tariff is available here. You will also find information regarding inflation figures from the Office of national Statistics (ONS) and other information here which will assist you with your responses.

Please send your views on whether you wish to see any change to the current tariffs, along with any supporting evidence you wish the Highland Licensing Committee to consider to by 12 May 2021.

Licensing of the public performance of a play 

From 27 January 2021 a public entertainment licence will be required for the public performance of any play.


Read our guidance