Community Asset Transfer

Community Asset Transfer allows for the transfer by lease, ownership or other management arrangement of land or buildings currently owned by Dundee City Council provided certain criteria are followed.

Ownership or control of land and/or buildings can be a powerful way for communities to drive change and achieve their own goals.  It can provide opportunities for community groups to develop services or activities, provide stability and sustainability and create a stronger sense of community identity, cohesion and involvement.

Before you make an Asset Transfer Request you are strongly recommended to contact the Council’s Community Empowerment Officer and complete a Dundee City Council pre-application form.

Register of Assets

Section 94 of Part 5 of the Act requires each authority to establish and make available a register of land which it owns or leases "to the best of its knowledge and belief2.

View a copy of the Register of Assets (198KB MS Excel doc)

Support Organisations

Dundee Third Sector Interface which comprises of:

Further information about the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015

In 2009 the Scottish Government and COSLA published a Community Empowerment Action Plan.  The Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015 has replaced the voluntary approach used by the public sector with the introduction of a right for Community Transfer Body to make requests to all local authorities, Scottish Ministers and a wide ranging list of public bodies, for any land or buildings they feel they could make better use of.  Community Transfer Bodies can request ownership, lease or other rights, as they wish.  The Act requires public authorities to assess requests transparently. 

Part 5 of the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015 sets out the key rights and duties and provides a framework for the Asset Transfer process.  Under Section 96 of the Act, guidance has been provided for relevant authorities  and Community Transfer Bodies.

There is no legal requirement for all sales, leases and other arrangements with Community Bodies to go through the system set out in Part 5 of the Act.  Dundee City Council has agreed to continue, where both parties agree, to support community groups through its established voluntary process. A copy of the report is available here (138KB MS Word doc)

Contact Details

Carole Jenkins, Community Empowerment Officer
Community Partnership Team
Tel No: 01382 436929
Mitchell Street