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Crofting Census

The Crofting Commission is required to give notice to crofters to make an annual declaration regarding their croft through the Crofting Census.  This is a legislative duty which was implemented as part of the Crofting Reform (Scotland) Act 2010.

Crofters are asked to provide information on whether they  are complying with their duties.  This will help to establish a clear picture of the current state of crofting and enable the Commission to build up the evidence base for the value of crofting.  With the information provided, the Commission will be able to better understand and raise issues facing the future of crofting.

Crofters can contribute to the future of their crofts and communities by:

  • Completing the Crofting Census form and providing the Commission with valuable information
  • Understanding their responsibilities as a crofter
  • Making sure they fulfil the duties of a crofter
  • Taking steps to put things right if they are not fulfilling their duties.

What are the duties of a crofter?

  • A duty to be a resident on, or within 32 kilometres of, their croft
  • A duty not to neglect their croft
  • A duty to cultivate and maintain their croft or to put it to another purposeful use

The Crofting Commission are on hand to support and advise crofters on the various options available to them in complying with their duties.

Download the Crofting Census leaflet and see Crofters Duties for more information. You can also view our Crofting Census Privacy Notice here.

All crofters must have completed and returned their 2019 census form(s) by 31 March 2020. If you have any questions please call, or email, and we’ll be happy to assist you with your query. T:01463 663439





Crofting Census


Given last night’s announcement from the UK and Scottish Government the Crofting Commission’s office is now effectively closed.

Working without an office base presents us with many practical challenges and we will not be able to offer a normal service. We cannot deal with any new applications for the time being, though we will keep this under review. Meantime, our staff who continue to work from home, will process existing applications as far as possible.

You can continue to contact us by email Messages received in this inbox will find their way to the right person.

We cannot take phone calls on our normal office number or respond to any voicemails that are left on that number. Instead we have added mobile numbers to the Contact Us page of this website so crofters can continue to speak with us.

These are certainly unprecedented times and the proposals outlined above may change but we will keep you updated if they do.

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



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