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Common Grazings Census

The Crofting Reform (Scotland) Act 2010 imposed new requirements on grazings committees to report every 5 years on the condition of their common grazings, the condition of every croft of tenant and owner-occupier crofters sharing in the grazings and on any other matter affecting the common grazings or crofting in any township associated with the grazings.

We have created a template form for the Grazings Census to help grazings committees comply with their Duty to Report and have consulted with crofters and crofting stakeholders to make the form as easy and simple to complete as possible.

The final part of the form allows grazings committees to highlight specific concerns they may have about misuse, neglect or non-residency of crofts in the township. The Commission will normally only investigate matters further where they consider that crofting duties are not complied with. However, section 26B of the Crofters (Scotland) Act 1993 allows the Commission to investigate potential breaches of duty of its own accord.

It is in the interest of crofting as a whole that these issues are addressed to ensure that croft land continues to be worked for the benefit of generations of crofters to come.

A copy of the Grazings Census form can be found below along with Frequently Asked Questions. Hard copies of the form are available on request.

Please complete the form and either email to GrazingCensus@crofting.gov.scot or return a copy by post. Any questions regarding the Grazings Census should also be emailed to GrazingCensus@crofting.gov.scot or write to us at the address at the bottom of the page.

Common Grazings - Common Grazings Census

Common Grazings Census

Public Holiday Closure

We will be closed on Friday 3rd and Monday 6 July for a public holiday.

UPDATE: CORONAVIRUS
The Commission is now accepting new applications, but as all staff continue to work from home and the office remains closed, these will be processed more slowly than usual. Any applications that relate to statutory deadlines, or which concern a Crofting Register form to notify the Commission that an event has taken place, will be given priority over other applications.

Where applications require a site visit, it will not be possible for any site visit to be carried out until the government eases the current restrictions on movement.Where any application involves a hearing, no hearings will take place until the current restrictions on movement are eased and the government has advised that public meetings (with appropriate physical distancing) can take place.

Approved Applications:

If you are a crofter who has had an application approved by the Commission within the last 3 months
Please read this important information regarding effecting Commission regulatory decisions.

You can continue to contact us by email info@crofting.gov.scot and although we are now in a position to deal with phone calls to our reception line, few staff have access to work phones to make return calls and therefore the service will be limited. We would therefore ask that you continue to contact us via email. You can of course continue to use the mobile numbers on the Contact Us page of this website to speak with us.

The Commission understands that this is a difficult time for all concerned, but we wish to reassure crofters and their agents that we will continue to work to restore normal levels of service. It is unlikely that this can be fully restored until the government permits offices to reopen and for various restrictions on movements and meetings to be eased.
20 May 2020.

Crofting Commission, Great Glen House, Leachkin Road, Inverness, IV3 8NW 

 

 

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