Register of persons holding a controlled interest in land

The Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2016 requires Scottish Ministers to make regulations for a new public register of controlling interests in land owners and tenants. We ran a consultation entitled improving transparency in land ownership in Scotland: a consultation on controlling interests in land in late 2016, and published the consultation analysis in June 2017.

On 20 June 2018 we laid before the Scottish Parliament the proposed draft regulations and an accompanying proposed explanatory document sets out proposals in detail under an enhanced affirmative process. Between June and November 2018 we ran a consultation entitled “Delivering improved transparency in land ownership in Scotland: consultation on draft regulations”, and published independent analysis on 3 April 2019. See an overview of the consultation and agreed responses to be published

On 23 January 2020 we laid before the Scottish Parliament the proposed draft regulations and accompanying explanatory document for a second time, as required under the enhanced affirmative process.

On 17 December 2020 we laid before the Scottish Parliament the proposed draft regulations and accompanying explanatory document and impact assessments for a third time. The regulations were unanimously passed by the Scottish Parliament on 10 February 2021, marking a significant step towards delivering greater transparency of land ownership. The register will be operational on 1 April 2022. It will be held by Registers of Scotland, and further information on the register is available from Registers of Scotland.

The purpose of the new register is to improve transparency about land ownership by making information about those who have a controlling interest in land publically available – those who ultimately make decisions about the management or use of land, even if they are not necessarily registered as the owner of the land.