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How to apply for an Airbnb planning permit in London

Since the 26 May 2015, a change in UK laws has made it mandatory for private individuals who wish to rent out their homes for more than 90 days per calendar year to get planning permission from their Council beforehand. Short-let renting is known as Temporary Sleeping Accommodation and anyone providing this service must obtain a planning permit before doing so. So, if you rent out your home on booking platforms such as Airbnb, make sure you that you go by the rules!

Who needs to apply for a planning permit?

The planning permit just concerns the short-term rental of entire homes. If you just want to let a room, you won't need it.

What do I need to apply for a planning permit?

You need to submit your application online through the government site and select your borough. Each borough has its own procedure but you will probably be asked to provide at least:

You should get a reply from your council within the following two months.

How likely is it that my planning permit will be approved?

Most Councils have Local Plans with measures in place to restrict any activities that may adversely affect the neighbourhood.

Since short-term letting involves a high turnover of visitors, it does not add to the sense of community. The increased number of visitors, at all hours of the day and night, can also mean more noise and disruption, so many Local Plans are seeking to cut down on short-term lets in favour of permanent housing.

What happens if I rent out my property without a planning permit?

Booking platforms like Airbnb have created restrictions on their sites in order to comply with the regulations. They will block your listings from taking any additional bookings once it has reached its 90-day limit. 

If there is an investigation into your property and the Council believes you are in violation of these rules, an Enforcement Notice may be sent to you ordering you to cease your activities. If you do not comply, you could be liable for a fine of up to £20,000!

Instead, why not consider getting a permanent lodger once your 90-day limit is up? Any stay of 90 days or more is not considered to be a short-let stay, so it will not count towards your allowance for the year. Plus, the limit applies only to "entire home" listings, so you can always just let out a room or two!

Still not sure about planning permissions?

Don't worry; it is confusing. But you definitely want to ensure you are doing things according to the book. So, Luckey is always here, ready, and willing to give you a helping hand!

Please don't hesitate to get in touch with us if you have any questions about planning permits or short-let regulations in London.

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