Identifying Apportionments, Resumption Areas and Decrofted Areas

The attached example plan shows a range of options
that should be considered when preparing your plan.
The land to be registered must be clearly indicated
by means of suitable graphic references, eg edging
or tinting.
On the enclosed example plan, Croft 1 has been shown
by a red edge and follows existing OS features.
Identifying Apportionments,
Resumption Areas and
Decrofted Areas
Croft 2 is slightly more complex and the main croft
extent has been tinted blue by shading in pencil
and the permanent apportionment has been edged
in yellow. For large areas of ground we recommend
that edging is used. There are no restrictions to the
colours you can use so long as each area shown on
the plan is clearly identifiable.
When edging or tinting the areas to be included
in your application, you should ensure that you
are consistent when following the OS feature that
represents the boundary of your croft. Do not
switch from the inside to the outside edge when
edging along a feature. Large nib or highlighter
marker pens should be avoided or used with care
if edging method is being used, as they can cover
several features on the map making it difficult to
determine the boundary feature that is intended
to be followed.
If your croft has been subject to decrofting or
resumption within the last 20 years, or includes an
apportionment, you can use the existing Decrofting
Direction, Resumption Order or Apportionment
Order plan to identify these areas, provided that
the plan meets with our criteria. Where possible,
RoS will work with existing plans so long as they
are of a suitable standard. Copies of Decrofting
Direction and Apportionment Order plans can be
obtained by contacting the Crofting Commission
( and Resumption
Order plans can be obtained by contacting the
Scottish Land Court (slcourtmailbox@scotland.gsi. Please note that the extent of the original
apportionment, resumption orders or decrofting
direction will take precedence over extents shown
on a plan prepared specifically for croft registration.
If the existing plans are not of a suitable standard,
any decrofting or resumption areas within the last
20 years and/or any apportionments will have to be
identified by means of suitable graphic reference
on your plan. These references must differ from
the reference provided for the main croft extent.
On the example plan an apportionment has been
edged yellow, a decrofted area with Decrofting
Direction dated 16/02/1999 has been tinted orange
and a resumption area with Resumption Order
dated 09/11/2004 has been tinted brown.
Provide an explanation of what
references are shown on the plan
A key should be added to the plan, or an
explanation of the references shown on the plan
should be given in the additional information
section of the application form.
Information relating to the features that make up
the boundaries of the croft is not mandatory but
can often be useful when multiple features exist
in close proximity. For example F-G is bounded by
the mean high water spring or “Where the croft
is bounded by a road, the croft boundary is the
verge of the road” or “Where the croft is bounded
by the river, the croft boundary is the east bank
of the river”.
If you think that the map is becoming too
cluttered or there is not enough space to write the
measurements on the plan, the measurements
can be added to the key or noted in the additional
information section of the application form.
Care should be taken when preparing a plan when the
boundaries do not follow OS features shown on the
extract. The following two paragraphs describe how to
do this for the Croft coloured blue, orange and edged
yellow on the enclosed extract.
Please note that the majority of application
plans will not be as complex as the croft
coloured blue on the attached plan.
Where tie-in measurements
are not required
Where a boundary is undefined and is not an extension
from an existing OS feature then additional references
to the perimeter dimensions are required. You may
need to include at least two measurements to fix the
position of an undefined feature, depending on the
complexity of the boundary.
On the example plan the boundary of the main croft
extent tinted blue and labelled I-J is undefined. In
order to fix this boundary to the existing features,
the measurements H-I and J-K are required.
The boundaries of the apportionment edged yellow
and labelled Q-R and R-B are also undefined. In
order to accurately fix these boundaries to the
existing features the measurements P-Q, Q-R, R-B
and cross diagonal A-R are required.
When an undefined boundary is an extension
of an existing feature, no tie-in measurement is
necessary. On the example plan, the boundary
labelled E-F is undefined but is a continuation of
defined boundary D-E. Therefore, the position of
the undefined boundary can be plotted accurately
by simply extending the defined boundary in a
straight line in a south westerly direction until it
reaches the mean high water spring (shown on the
plan by a thick blue line).
Centre line of a river or stream – no measurements
are required if the boundary follows the centre line
of a river or stream so long as this is noted on the
plan or in the additional information section of the
application form.
If you require further assistance in the
preparation of your plan please contact the
Crofting Register team at:
Registers of Scotland
Telephone 0131 659 4513
Undefined boundaries and
tie-in measurements
Crofting Register –
Preparation of a plan on an extract
provided by Registers of Scotland
Registers of Scotland (RoS) can supply paper
extracts of the Ordnance Survey (OS) map for
use as application plans for the Crofting Register.
Applicants can use these to plot the extent of their
croft land on to the extract. Our plans are produced
at the appropriate scale, and include sufficient
surrounding detail to enable the position of the
croft to be fixed with accuracy. They also display
the scale of the plan, a scale bar, orientation and
OS maptile reference for the area.
Our detailed criteria for the production of
application plans can be viewed in full on
our website.
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