If you were operating before 1 October 2022 and have no issues with enforcement, even if there has been a material change of use, planning will confirm that no enforcement action will be taken, giving a clear path to apply for a licence.
This is a pragmatic approach, and one that we fully endorse and celebrate as best practice. The planning authority has recognised that in the past things were not clear, so it is now not fair to ask for retrospective planning on this basis. Further, they do not believe that planning should be involved as part of a licence application consideration.
Short Term Lets prior to October 2022
With regards to properties which have operated as a Short Term Let without the benefit of Planning Permission prior to October 2022, if the applicant can demonstrate that the Short
Term Let has been in operation for a continuous period of 10 years or more and the use is
ongoing they may apply to the Planning Authority for a Certificate of Lawfulness for an existing use, to continue operating as a short term let.
With regards to properties which have operated as a Short Term Let without the benefit of Planning Permission prior to October 2022, but for less than 10 years, owners will be advised to seek confirmation in writing from the Planning Authority that no planning enforcement action will be taken against their property or they may apply for retrospective planning permission.
Members will note that Planning enforcement is a discretionary matter and it is for the Planning Authority to determine if enforcement action should be taken on any breach of Planning control.
In considering such “no enforcement action” requests, the Planning Authority shall take account of all relevant considerations, including the following: