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Acquiring Croft Land


Have you acquired croft land? Have you informed the Crofting Commission you are the new owner of the land?  If not, you could be losing out on vital information about your croft.

Chief Executive of the Crofting Commission, Bill Barron explains: “Many people do not realise it is essential the Commission is informed of any changes to the ownership of a croft so the Register of Crofts (ROC) can be updated.  If this is not done any correspondence regarding that croft will be sent to the person who is named in the ROC and if we have not been informed of a change, this could be the previous owner, and new owners are missing out on information.  Also, if any application for grant aid is made to SGRPID and you are not recorded in the ROC as the owner-occupier crofter your claim may be rejected.

The issue has been further highlighted through the recent Crofting Census returns when over 100 people contacted us to say the land had been sold and they no longer have an interest in the croft.  However, we are unable to update the ROC on the basis of information provided by the outgoing owner, as details of what has been acquired and by whom must be provided by the new owner.

It is also very important that anyone who buys croft land tells us if grazing shares were included in the purchase. The reason for this is, if grazing shares were not included in the purchase they are then “deemed” to be a croft in their own right and have a separate entry in the ROC. 

We would therefore urge anyone who has acquired croft land over the last few years to check our ROC Online to make sure the correct details are entered against their croft and if the details are not correct to complete and return a Notification of Change of Ownership of Croft Land form to the Commission, which is available from our website.


Covid -19

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 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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