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Crofting Census


Only a week since the Crofting Census forms were issued and already we’ve had over 330 completed online and just over 1,000 hard copy returns. 

Our Convener, Rod Mackenzie has filled in his census form online and said, “the online service is quick and easy to use so I’m really pleased we’re able to offer a more convenient service to crofters.  If anyone has any problems or queries about filling in their forms, please get in touch with us.  The issue and return of the Census, by 31 March 2020, is obligatory under section 40A of the Crofting (Scotland) Act, so we want to make the process as easy and straightforward for crofters as we can.”


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.

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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