Community asset transfer
The Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015 aims to empower communities by giving them control over assets so they can work together to make better communities.
The Act moves asset transfer from a voluntary approach by public bodies to one which introduces a right for community bodies to make requests for ownership, lease, management or use of publicly owned buildings or land whether or not they are available for sale or considered surplus to requirements .
We have a responsibility to assess requests transparently against a specified list of criteria, and to agree the request unless there are reasonable grounds for refusal.
The category ‘non-operational’ refers to property which is held which is not used to deliver (directly or indirectly) a council service.
How to submit an asset request to us
We encourage groups to submit an initial transfer request expression of interest in order to understand your interest, direct you to appropriate supports and provide you with a contact for accessing any relevant information that you may need to submit a complete asset transfer formal application
- Asset transfer request process guidance
- Community asset transfer flowchart
- Process and procedure - review of decision
- Expression of Interest Privacy Notice
- Asset Transfer Request Privacy Notice
Validated Asset Transfer Requests are evaluated using an Assessment Framework.
- Strathnaver Museum - Bettyhill Visitor Centre
- Strathpeffer Residents' Association - Land and playpark adjacent to Ord Terrace
- Ardnamurchan Lighthouse Trust - Site Surrounding Ardnamurchan Lighthouse
- Helmsdale & District Development Trust - Coupers Yard
- Seaboard Community Polytunnel Group - Portion of Harbour Green, Balintore
- Nairn Citizens' Advice Bureau - Buildings at 60-62 King Street, Nairn
- Inverness Men's Shed
- Staffin Community Trust - Storr Project
- Seaboard Memorial Hall - Balintore Harbour Toilets
- Wick MS Centre - Wick MS Centre
- Highland Third Sector Interface - Former Assessor's Office, Dingwall
- Gairloch Area Development Ltd - Car Park Toilets
Support and advice
- Scottish Government-Asset Transfer
- Community Ownership Support Service
- Highland Third Sector Interface