The Crofting Commission regulates
and promotes the interests of crofting in Scotland
to secure the future of crofting.


Apportionment is the term used when someone who shares in a common grazing wants to take part of the common grazing for their own exclusive use.

If you are intending to use the land for a development that requires planning consent, you must send us a copy of your planning consent or at least your planning reference with your application.

Please note:  we revised our procedures for applying for an individual apportionment of a common grazings in May 2017. 

If you wish to use the common grazings for another purpose other than cultivation (eg for a renewable energy project), the Grazings Committee will need to apply under section 50B of the Crofters (Scotland) Act 1993. 

Similarly, if you wish to use the common grazings for a communal woodland/forestry proposal,  then the Grazings Committee will need to apply under section 50 of the Crofters (Scotland) Act 1993. If, however, the woodland/forestry is to be for your exclusive use as a crofter, then you can still apply for an individual apportionment for this purpose.

Delegated Decision Making Parameters

Apportionment (Section 52(4)) of the Crofters (Scotland) Act 1993


A straightforward approval can be made if:

The purpose for the apportionment is:

  • For stock management and the applicant currently has stock
  • An agricultural building (existing or proposed)
  • The site of an existing or proposed dwelling house which is less than 0.40 hectares
  • Planting trees/use as woodlands for the exclusive use of the  crofter
  • The applicant is or will be ordinarily resident with 32 kilometres of the croft
  • There are no negative submissions from the landlord or owner of the      common grazings
  • There are no negative submissions from the grazings committee
  • There are no negative submission from shareholders
  • There are no concerns over access to the remainder of the common grazings or other croft land.

If any of these conditions are not met, the application will be escalated.          


Please ensure you submit your Registers of Scotland (RoS) Registration Application form along with your application, if required.

Please note that when you are completing the Registration Application for RoS you are required to advise them of persons who own/occupy any adjacent croft or land, as our ROC is not mapped based the Commission cannot assist you with this information.

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