Land Rights and Responsibilities Protocols
Our series of protocols around the Scottish Government's Land Rights and Responsibilities Statement sets out practical advice on how land owners, land managers and communities can work together to make better – and fairer – decisions about land use.
The protocols are intended to be used by everyone to improve the transparency, accountability and governance of our land:
- Community Engagement in Decisions Relating to Land
- Transparency of Ownership and Land Use Decision-Making
- Land Ownership by Charities
- Land Ownership by Private Trusts
- Diversification of Ownership and Tenure
- Negotiating Transfer of Land to Communities
- Good Stewardship of Land
- Common Good Land
Further protocols are planned for the future in line with our Strategic Plan 2020-23.
Our Good Practice Team hosted a four-part webinar series, Putting into Practice Land Rights and Responsibilities, introducing the key messages and practical expectations of each of the new protocols. These were recorded and are available for you to view on our YouTube channel. Click on the links below to open each webinar in a new page:
- Community Engagement and Transparency in Ownership and Land Use
- Land Ownership by Private Trusts/Charities
- Diversification of Ownership & Tenure and Negotiating Transfer of Land to Communities
- Good Stewardship of Land
We are always keen to hear about positive examples of good working relationships and welcome information about successful collaboration that can inform case studies to help others. Get in touch with our Good Practice Team to share your stories, or to find out more on how you can improve your practices, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 01463 423 300.
If you have an enquiry about the protocols and how to use them, please contact us. We can provide information and support or signpost you to another organisation. If there is a situation where the way land is owned, used and managed in your area does not meet the principles and expectations set out in our protocols, speak to the relevant landowner or community organisation to find a resolution. If there is a relevant regulator you should also approach them.
If landowners or community organisations need further support or information to understand or apply the protocols, contact the Good Practice Team. When you get in touch with us about a potential case, we ask that you are open and honest, share all relevant information about the issue, and that you are open to working constructively with other parties.
Enquiries and potential cases should be raised with the Good Practice Team at email@example.com, by calling 01463 423 300, or by filling in the form below.