Service standards 2019-20

Published: 13 January 2020
Freedom of information class: How we're performing

We are transparent and publish statistics showing how well we perform against our service standards.

KPI quarterly update

In our Corporate Business Plan 2019-2024 we outlined our four strategic objectives and identified a series of key performance indicators (KPIs) that would act as targets to ensure we achieve them.

We are committed to being transparent and will be sharing our progress against our KPIs outlining what the target is and when it is due to be achieved on a quarterly basis.

In our first edition, as well as sharing our detailed progress towards the KPIs, we have added a key to help you see at a glance what’s been delivered over the quarter:

  • the green tick indicates we have met our target
  • the amber tick that we are making good progress
  • the amber cross shows that we have some work to do in this area
  • the red cross denotes that we have missed this target

KPIs April - September 2019


The Keeper of the Registers of Scotland addressed our registration backlog in 2018. These are all cases that have fallen outside our service standard.

The backlog is stable or trending down apart from a small proportion of complex cases.

We're working towards a target of 2020 to clear the majority of these complex cases.

Our corporate plan addresses how we plan to meet these targets.

The figures below show monthly progress on how we’re completing cases in the backlog.

 November 2019December 2019
Total arrears 55,73357,130
Oldest case 18 August 201612 September 2016
Cases older than 2 years completed 92%94%
First Registrations complete against 2016 target4,365 (99%)4,372 (100%)
Transfer of Parts complete against 2016 target3,527 (87%)3,638 (90%)

Service standards by register

Here's how we have performed from 31 March 2019 to 11 January 2020 (end of week 41 of 2019-20):

  Service standard Applications completed2019-20
Enter new land register applications on the application record 1 working day 457,825100%
Chancery and Judicial Registers 3 working days 61,508 100%
Crofting Register 3 working days 770100% *
General Register of Sasines 20 working days 9,509 100%
Land register applications for deeds affecting registered land 20 working days 181,055 99.4%
Land register applications for deeds affecting unregistered land 20 working days11,06731.2%
Land register applications for deeds affecting part of registered land where the keeper has given development plan approval 20 working days 5,543 100%
Register other applications for deeds affecting unregistered land 6 months 15,12843.7%
Register applications for deeds affecting part of registered land 9 months 13,781 40.3%

* Note: this value was previously reported incorrectly due to an issue with the supporting data which has since been corrected.