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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. 

You can view the frequently asked questions about the census, and download the leaflet on Crofters Duties for more information. You can also view our Crofting Census Privacy Notice.

Here are two short videos to update, and explain some questions we are commonly asked about the Crofting Census.  and how to complete your Census form online.


The 2020 census will be issued in January 2021 and all crofters must complete and return their form(s) by 31 March 2021.   

If you have any questions please call, or email, and we’ll be happy to assist you with your query. T:01463 663439  E:    




Crofting Census

Covid -19

The majority of our staff continue to work from home but we do NOT have access to our office at present. We will continue to give priority to applications that relate to statutory deadlines, or which concern a Crofting Register forms to notify the Commission that an event has taken 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.

Site visits are still not possible until the government eases the current restrictions on movement. Similarly, no hearings will take place until public meetings (with appropriate social distancing) can take place.

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