Community bodies' right to buy

This part of the register is governed by the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003. This allows community bodies to register a community interest in land, which enables them to buy the land for the benefit of the local community when it becomes available to purchase. When this happens, Scottish ministers will appoint an independent valuer to assess the market value of the land.

While we maintain this part of the register, entries onto it are controlled by Scottish ministers.

Register an application

Applications to register a community body's right to buy should be sent to the community right to buy branch of the Scottish government.

Registration status

An entry into the community bodies' part of the RCIL will have one of four statuses:

  • pending – where ministers are deciding whether to register the entry
  • registered – where ministers have agreed to register the community interest
  • activated – where the right to buy all or part of the land has been trigged
  • deleted – where the entry has been removed from the RCIL

The register does not show whether the right to buy has been activated over all or only part of the land. To see this, you'll need to refer to the copy documents attached to each entry.

Want to know more?

Contact the community right to buy branch of the Scottish government.