Community asset transfer

In January 2017, Part 5 of the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015 came into force. This part allows a community group to make an asset transfer request to the Council - or another public body. The request can be for any land or buildings that the Council owns or leases. The community group can ask to buy or lease the property. They can also ask to have other rights. For instance, they can ask to use the property for a particular purpose. In making the request, the group will have to say what they want to do and how having the asset will be good for their community. Please find here a list of icon asset transfer sites [120Kb]. This list of assets is currently being reviewed and may not be completely accurate.

The Benefits

Ownership or control of local land and buildings can bring a range of benefits to communities, helping them to address issues that are important to them and to bring about positive change.

For example, communities are better able to:

  • bring activities and services closer to local people;
  • provide training and create jobs;
  • generate income and boost the local economy; and
  • involve more people in their local communities.

Our Policy

Our two-stage process is designed to support communities in developing their requests. The first stage is an expression of interest. The expression of interest stage is intended to support communities in understanding what is needed to make an Asset Transfer Request. During this stage the relevant Council services can also begin to gather and share relevant information. The second stage is the legal start of the Asset Transfer Request and this is when communities provide more detailed information including the reasons of the request, the expected benefits and funding.  We will consider all requests for asset transfer on the potential benefits, looking at the economic, social and environmental wellbeing of the community.

For more information please contact the Community Planning Team Tel 01738 477834 or email