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Asset transfer

Part 5 of the Community Empowerment Act introduces a right for community bodies to make requests to all local authorities, Scottish Ministers and a range of public bodies for any land or buildings they feel they could make better use of. They can request ownership, lease or other rights as they wish.

The public authorities must transparently assess requests against a specified list of criteria, laid out in the Act, and agree the request unless there are reasonable grounds for refusal.


We have developed asset transfer guidance for relevant authorities and community bodies:

We have also produced model documents, including forms, correspondence and notices, and case studies of successful asset transfer applications.

Any comments or questions on the guidance can be sent to

Regulating asset transfer

We have created amended versions of the legal regulations relating to asset transfer.