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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

Crofting Census

Your Crofting Census forms will be posted out today don't forget you can now complete them online, details are enclosed with your form.

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



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