Published 05 October 2022

Businesses offering short-term lets in West Dunbartonshire will require a licence before accepting bookings and welcoming guests on their premises.

New businesses offering overnight accommodation in the area will be legally required to have a short-term licence which came into force on 1 October, in line with Scottish Government legislation.   

Existing businesses will have until 1st April 2023 to apply for a licence, and can continue operating whilst their application is being processed.

Licences cost £766 and will be valid for three years and the Council will work with colleagues and external stakeholders, including Police Scotland and Scottish Fire and Rescue to ensure everyone applying for a licence is a fit and proper person and the premises operate safely.

Convener of Licensing, Councillor Lawrence O’Neill, said; “We live in a very beautiful part of Scotland and every year we welcome tourists and visitors to share the stunning scenery on our doorstep. This new legislation will make sure that all premises offering overnight stays on a short term basis in West Dunbartonshire are safe and the accommodation has passed all the required safety checks. A licence being in place means that the operator must comply with a number of conditions attached by the Licensing Committee. These conditions should give comfort to guests and the wider community that premises must operate in a safe and responsible way.” 

Vice Convener of Licensing, Councillor Gurpreet Singh Johal, said: “This new legislation makes it a legal requirement for anyone hosting guests overnight at their accommodation for a short-term let to be properly licenced. While we understand and recognise  the important role that short-term accommodation – from Bed and Breakfasts to Guest Houses – play in West Dunbartonshire in providing safe and welcoming home for visitors, it is important that local neighbours are protected from any adverse impact where the premises are poorly managed. I would encourage all businesses to make sure they take the necessary steps to  ensure they are licensed to operate their business in West Dunbartonshire.”

To apply for a licence or for further information visit Short-term let licences | West Dunbartonshire Council (