Crofting Commission

The Crofting Commission (Scottish Gaelic: Coimisean na Croitearachd) took the place of the Crofters Commission (Scottish Gaelic: Coimisean nan Croitearan) on 1 April 2012 as the statutory regulator for crofting in Scotland. Based in Inverness, it is an executive non-departmental public body of the Scottish Government. The Commission comprises six Crofting Commissioners elected from geographic areas in the crofting counties, and three Commissioners appointed by the Scottish Government. The Convener is appointed from among Commission members. The Commission is supported by around 60 staff led by a Chief Executive.

Crofting Commission
Coimisean na Croitearachd  (Scottish Gaelic)
Agency overview
Typeexecutive non-departmental public body
JurisdictionCrofting Counties
HeadquartersCrofting Commission, Great Glen House, Leachkin Road, Inverness, IV3 8NW
Agency executives
  • Convener
  • Bill Barron, Interim Chief Executive
Parent agencyScottish Government
Scotland in the UK and Europe

The vision of the Commission is to be a guiding regulator that uses its powers to support the crofting system. Its purpose is to regulate the crofting system fairly and reasonably to protect it for future generations.

The first Crofters Commission was established in 1886 by the Crofters' Holdings (Scotland) Act. The modern Crofters Commission was established by the Crofters (Scotland) Act 1955. The name of the Commission changed to the Crofting Commission in 2012 following the coming into force of the Crofting Reform (Scotland) Act 2010.

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