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. The new regulations will seek to ensure that land in Scotland is sustainably used and developed in the interests of landowners, communities and wider society by delivering increased transparency about the individuals taking decisions about Scotland's land.