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Want to learn more about our Regulatory Application Process?


In order to give people a better understanding of the process and timescales involved for dealing with regulatory applications we have added information to this website  which explains the timescales involved for a straightforward case and why some cases which initially seem straightforward can become complex requiring more investigation and thus increasing the processing timescales. 

 We should stress these timescales and processes are dependant on the croft being registered with Registers of Scotland (RoS). If the croft is not registered with RoS, this will add a considerable time to the process and in some cases we cannot start the application process until the registration is completed.

Rod Mackenzie, Convener of the Crofting Commission, said, “As a board over the last 18 months we have delegated decision making of some of the more straightforward cases to the regulatory staff within agreed parameters. This system of delegated decision making works well only when the application is properly presented and doesn’t exceed the agreed parameters. I urge anyone who is in doubt about what they want to do and how they make a regulatory application to browse the Crofting Commission website where there are guidance leaflets and the appropriate forms along with details of the parameters for straightforward cases.  If your application is not within these parameters then it will be escalated and take longer to process."

"For example if you are wanting to assign your croft you will find the list of parameters for Assignation on the website page along with the assignation application forms and guidance.  If your application fits all the necessary parameters, and providing there are no objections during the 28 day public consultation period the application can be dealt with under Tier 1 as a straightforward case and you should have our decision in approximately 16 weeks.

 However, if the application does not meet the necessary parameters and further investigation is required, for example a report from Rural Payments & Inspections Directorate, or if the croft is not registered with RoS, this can add a lot of time to the overall process.  We’ve had a lot of criticism over the time we take to process applications, and we fully appreciate that it can be frustrating for folk but hopefully having a better understanding of what we are required to do by law will help.”



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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