Resources: Getting Started

Asset Transfer Guidance for Community Transfer Bodies

This guidance has been developed for both relevant authorities and community bodies.  Relevant authorities are required to have regard to guidance issued by the Scottish Ministers in carrying out their functions in relation to asset transfer.

There is more guidance for community transfer bodies on completing the request form, and more for relevant authorities on the acknowledgement and notices they have to issue following receipt of a request.

PDF icon Asset Transfer CTB Guidance Notes.pdf

Asset Transfer Route Map - Helping you on your 'asset transfer journey'

This new PDF has been developed by Community Ownership Support Service (COSS). It is used by COSS advisors to identify where you are in the process, as laid down in Part 5; Asset Transfer, in the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015. It helps to guide you through the steps along the way to achieving your goals.  Side one of the poster shows the four phases of the asset transfer process and signposts each phase of the journey.  Side two gives more detail and links to relevant information for each phase.

PDF icon Asset transfer route map web.pdf

Guide for Landowners by the Community Land Advisory Service

A guide for public and private landowners considering use of their land for community growing. 

PDF icon Guide for Landowners

Common Good - A Quick Guide

Properly accounted for and properly managed, Scotland’s Common Good can be used to revitalise communities.

Read this Quick Guide and join the campaign to identify, document and restore your common heritage.

PDF icon Common Good - A Quick Guide

Scotland Community Gardens Starter Pack

If your group is looking to take on property to develop a growing project or community garden, The Federation of City Farms and Community Gardens has published a Community Gardens Starter Pack specifically for Scottish groups. It can be downloaded below.

PDF icon Scotland Community Gardens Starter Pack


Keystone is a quality award scheme that gives information and support to people who run village halls and community buildings. It will help you to make sense of legislation and regulation and put systems in place to keep things running smoothly allowing you to concentrate on providing the best facilities possible.

PDF icon Keystone

Managing Risks in Asset Transfer

Very useful guide that can be used to meet the concerns of both local authorities and communities

PDF icon Managing Risks in Asset Transfer

Pillars of the Community: the transfer of Local Authority Heritage Assets

Some helpful tips if you are looking to take on a heritage building

PDF icon Pillars of the Community

To Have and To Hold

A comprehensive and useful guide to asset development for community and social enterprises, but useful for Local Authorities too.

Produced by the Development Trusts Association (DTA).

PDF icon To Have and To Hold

Skills Self-Assessment Framework

This self-assessment framework covers a range of skills that a community organisation will require to successfully take on and develop an asset for their community. 

Microsoft Office document icon Skills Self-Assessment Framework