New planning rules for short term lets

New planning rules for short term lets

Almost a year ago we pointed out the Government’s consultation on introducing a new planning use class for short-term lets and associated permitted development rights.  We expected that the consultation was highly likely to lead to changes to allow local planning authorities to control future short-term holiday lets if deemed necessary.

In response to the consultation, the Government recently announced that it will introduce a mandatory national register to provide local authorities with information about short-term lets in their areas.  In addition, as we anticipated, a new planning ‘use class’ will be established for short-term lets not used as a sole or main home.  Existing dedicated short-term lets will automatically transition into this new use class.

The Government also intends to introduce permitted development rights to allow a property to convert from a short-term let to a standard residential dwelling, and vice versa.  However, if they find it appropriate to do so, local planning authorities would be able to revoke these rights and require full planning permission to be obtained to move between the use classes.  Homeowners will be able to let out their main or sole home for up to 90 nights a year without needing planning permission.

The changes are set to be introduced from this summer.  Further details of the measures, including the timeline for implementing the register, the use class and individual permitted development rights, will be outlined in the Government’s response to the consultation.

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