The Community Empowerment Act lays out timescales for each part of the process. The main stages of the process have the following timescales:

  • 6 months for relevant authority to assess and issue a decision notice from the date of a Validation Notice (an extension is possible through negotiation).
  • 20 days for community transfer bodies to lodge a request for a review or appeal if they do not agree any part of the decision notice.
  • At least 6 months for the community group to submit an offer, following issue of an acceptable Decision Notice (an extension is possible through negotiation).
  • Conclusion of contract - normally within 6 months of the date of the community offer.

When referring to the guidance notes and the detail of the Act, communities and relevant authorities should pay close attention to the time limits and the requirements for requesting extensions and reviews or appeals.



Related Resources

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

Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015 Asset Transfer Flowchart

A flowchart to guide you through the asset transfer process from relevant authority to community body under the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015.

PDF icon flowchart feb 2016.pdf