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Decrofting Directions have been added to our ROC Online


As of today entries in the ROC Online will hold details of historic decrofting Directions that have been issued in respect of the crofts.  Historic in this case means all decrofting Directions from 1977 up to and including the 31/08/2019. 

Decrofting Directions between 1955 and 1976 were issued by the Secretary of State for Scotland and are not held by the Commission and are not currently available online, if you require a Direction that was issued during that period you should contact the Agricultural Development & Crofting Branch, D Spur, Saughton House, Broomhouse Drive, Edinburgh, EH11 3XD  T: 0300 244 4000.

Directions in the ROC Online will be listed against the croft entry and appear in chronological order, with the oldest presented at the top of the list.  Information on new Directions will be uploaded to the ROC Online on a quarterly basis.

However, you should note:

Advance of purchase Directions will not be displayed online until the area has been purchased from the landlord, in such cases the following message will appear

“There may be advance of purchase applications outstanding against this croft which will not be available online until they are effected. Please contact the Crofting Commission if you require further details.”

In instances where a decrofting Direction exists but the file is not in a format, as yet,  to display electronically in the ROC Online this message will appear

“File not available online yet, please contact the Crofting Commission if this is required”

There may also be some instances where you know a decrofting Direction has been issued but the ROC Online does not show the Direction and neither of the above messages appear.   If this happens please drop us a note  to so we can investigate.

A similar situation will occur where the whole of the  croft has been decrofted either in parts or as a whole.  In these circumstances the croft record is removed from the ROC as the land is no longer subject to crofting tenure and you should therefore contact us to obtain a copy of the decrofting direction(s).

We’ll continue to add to the information available through the ROC Online.  The next set of additions, planned for the spring, will be to include apportionment orders that have been granted.


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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