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Property Enquiries

Contains information on Property Enquiry Certificates.

http://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/planning/property-enquiries/

Available property

Contains information on Property for sale and lease, Noted interest, Contact Property team.

http://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/business/available-property/

Available property

Legend  - Properties for sale - Industrial development sites - Properties to let - Miscellaneous Welcome to our property portfolio. We are the largest single provider of business land and premises in Aberdeenshire. We own and manage in excess of 500 sites/units in 41 business locations throughout the North-East of Scotland, from our offices...

http://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/business/available-property/available-property/

Renting a property

Contains information on Renting a council property, Renting from a registered landlord, Renting a private property, Renting sheltered housing, Housing support, Affordable rented housing.

http://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/housing/housing-options/renting/

Property and Facilities Management

Property has responsibility for the Council's property related interests and provides services for the following functions: cost planning and cost control of building construction projects design services for new and existing buildings electrical and mechanical building engineering services energy management management and development of the Counc...

http://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/council-and-democracy/about-us/service-structure/property-and-facilities-management/

Vacant property Council Tax discounts

We offer various exemptions or discounts from Council Tax for: Property undergoing major repair Vacant agricultural property Repossessed property Property vacant for care purposes Vacant caravan Household member in prison Property undergoing major repair If your property is unoccupied and undergoing major repair work to render it habitable or is ...

http://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/council-tax/exemption-or-discount/unoccupied-property/vacant-property/

Renting a private property

The local market What are my rights and responsibilities as a private tenant? What if the property I am renting needs repairs? Can I get help paying my rent? Rent guarantee scheme   The local market Aberdeenshire has a large private rented sector, rents can be high and deposits are usually needed to secure a property. Aberdeen Solicitor...

http://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/housing/housing-options/renting/renting-a-private-property/

Property Enquiry Certificates

A Property Enquiry Certificate (PEC) is a document produced by Aberdeenshire Council to collate various elements of information about the status of a property. The PEC is usually requested as part of a property search for conveyancing activities. The PEC provides information as to whether the property is subject to any statutory orders or notices a...

http://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/planning/property-enquiries/property-enquiry-certificates/

Purchase your council property

The Housing (Scotland) Act 2014 ended the Right to Buy on 31st July 2016 for all tenants in social rented properties in Scotland. Therefore, we can't accept any new applications to buy a council property received after this date.  

http://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/housing/tenant-information/house-sales/purchase-your-council-property/

Renting a council property

How are properties allocated? What sort of properties do you have? Where are the properties? How much rent will I have to pay? How do I apply for a council property? What happens once I have applied?   How are properties allocated? When a property becomes vacant it is offered to people on our waiting list. When we offer properties to ...

http://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/housing/housing-options/renting/renting-a-council-property/

Sub-letting your property

You can take someone in to live with you and charge them rent if your home is large enough; and you charge a reasonable rent. Before you take in a lodger or sub-let all or part of your home you need to obtain our written permission. You need to let us know who you intend to have as a lodger or sub-let to and the financial arrangements you have ma...

http://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/housing/tenant-information/tenancy-agreement/sub-letting-your-property/

What you can do with the property

Make the property your home and live in it as long as you wish. The property is let as a domestic residence and you should occupy it as your home. You are free to furnish and decorate it to your own taste. If you leave the property, we may ask you to redecorate if the decor is outlandish. You should: keep the property clean take care to preve...

http://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/housing/tenant-information/tenancy-agreement/what-you-can-do-with-the-property/

Exchanging property with another tenant

What is a mutual exchange? How do I look for a mutual exchange? What do I do when I find a tenant who wants to exchange with me? What should I check before I agree to an exchange? Can a mutual exchange affect my Right to Buy? Repairs What happens after the exchange forms are sent to the housing office? How long does the exchange ta...

http://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/housing/tenant-information/moving-house/can-i-exchange-my-property-with-another-tenant/

Transferring to another property

If you want to transfer from your current property to another one you need to fill in a housing application form. Your application is assessed based on our allocation policy. We look at your present housing circumstances and award points to reflect your housing need, such as overcrowding or under-occupation. A mutual exchange is another way to r...

http://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/housing/tenant-information/moving-house/can-i-transfer-from-my-present-property-to-another-one/

Empty and unfurnished property Council Tax discounts

Where a property is both unoccupied and completely unfurnished an exemption may be awarded for a period of up to 6 months from the date the property was last occupied, provided that the last period of occupation lasted for at least 3 months. To be considered unfurnished, a property must be devoid of all moveable items. Although white goods (built-i...

http://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/council-tax/exemption-or-discount/unoccupied-property/empty-and-unfurnished-property/

Empty Property Relief form submitted

Thank you for submitting your online Empty Property Relief form. We will endeavour to process this within the next 28 days. If however you do not hear from us within this timescaleyou should contact a member of the Business Rates team on 01346 519622. Further Business Rates information, including a list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) can be ...

http://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/business/business-rates/empty-property-relief-form-submitted/

Doing alterations or improvements to your property

You may carry out work to improve the property. You can carry out alterations and improvements such as installing: an alarm system central heating a dishwasher a new kitchen a shower, or a replacement bathroom providing you get our permission and the work is carried out safely and professionally. We will not refuse permission unreasonab...

http://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/housing/tenant-information/tenancy-agreement/doing-alterations-or-improvements-to-your-property/

Improvements to your property

Improvements done by you There's no change to your rent charge if you make your own improvements to your home. But remember to get written permission before you do any improvements or alterations. Improvements could include: fitting a new kitchen putting in your own vehicular access adding an over bath shower If you've got permission, we'...

http://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/housing/tenant-information/rent-and-service-charges/improvements-to-your-property/

House sales

Contains information on Purchase your council property.

http://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/housing/tenant-information/house-sales/

Disability banding reduction

Where your property contains certain facilities to meet the needs of a disabled person then you may qualify for a reduction in your Council Tax. Where certain conditions are met, Council Tax is charged as if the property had been placed in one band below that at which the property is currently valued. If the property is in band D and qualifies for ...

http://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/council-tax/exemption-or-discount/property-occupied-by-a-disabled-person/

Business

Contains information on Business Rates - Empty property relief, Business Rates - Small Business Bonus Scheme.

http://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/request/business/

Housing options

Contains information on Buying a property, Renting a property, Apply for housing, Rent Deposit Guarantee Scheme.

http://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/housing/housing-options/

Council tax reduction for householders residing in a band E, F, G or H property

From 1 April 2017 if you are living in a band E, F, G or H property and you are not currently in receipt of council tax reduction you may qualify for a reduction equivalent to the difference between the new multiplier and the old multiplier, as explained in the example below. Who can claim To qualify for the maximum reduction you must meet one of t...

http://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/benefits-and-grants/council-tax-benefit/council-tax-reduction-band-e-f-g-and-h/

Buying and maintaining a property

Contains information on Low cost homes for sale, Help to buy your home, Buying a home - legal process, Building your own home, Maintaining your home.

http://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/housing/housing-options/buying/

Planning and building

Contains information on Search for planning and building applications, Planning applications, Building warrants, Development plans and policies, Property enquiries, Masterplans, Listed buildings and conservation areas.

http://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/planning/

Tenancy agreement

Contains information on Keeping a pet, Sub-letting your property, Running a business or working from home, What you can do with the property, Doing alterations or improvements to your property, Gardens, Sheds and garages, Garages or sites you can rent, Allotments, Types of tenancy agreement, Joint tenancy, Tenancy succession and assignation, Length of tenancy, Change of circumstances, Tenants handbook, Ending your tenancy.

http://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/housing/tenant-information/tenancy-agreement/

Moving house

Contains information on Transferring to another property, Exchanging property with another tenant, Moving to smaller accommodation, Overcrowded house, Other options for moving house, Ending your tenancy agreement, Gas and electricity supply.

http://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/housing/tenant-information/moving-house/

Apply for Council Tax discount or exemption

Contains information on Single person Council Tax discount, Student Council Tax discount.

http://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/apply/council-tax-discount/

Council Tax discounts and exemptions

Contains information on Single person, Unoccupied property, Students, Young people and apprentices, Person in hospital or care home, Severely mentally impaired person, Disabled person, Care providers, Job related or second home, Low income households.

http://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/council-tax/exemption-or-discount/

Council Tax Reduction

Find out if you are eligible for Council Tax Reduction. New changes from 1 April 2017 for people living in Band E, F, G or H properties.

http://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/benefits-and-grants/council-tax-benefit/

Business

Contains information on Available property, Business rates, Health and safety, Procurement, Support and advice, Trading standards, Aberdeen City Region Deal, Apply for a licence or permit, Register food business.

http://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/business/

Council Tax

Find out how to pay Council Tax, report a change in circumstances, how to appeal against Council Tax charge or valuation band, view Council Tax bands, Council Tax exemptions and discounts, details on how to contact Council Tax team.

http://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/council-tax/

Residential Streets

Contains information on Road services charges, Street naming and numbering, Dropped kerbs, Driveway access, Works on residential streets.

http://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/roads-and-travel/roads/residential-streets/

Affordable housing for sale

We are committed to work with developers to provide quality affordable homes across Aberdeenshire that meet a wide range of needs. Low cost homes are available through Low Cost Shared Equity scheme.  Find out how it works including who can apply and how we prioritise applicants. 5 Bothiebrigs Drive, Marywell - £128,783 3 bed semi detached house Inc...

http://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/housing/housing-options/buying/affordable-housing-for-sale/

Rent and service charges

Contains information on Your rent, How your rent is set, How and where you can pay your rent, Your rent card, What to do if your rent is based on the wrong characteristics, Improvements to your property, Other charges, Rent arrears, Legal actions for non-payment of rent, Former Tenant arrears, Housing Benefit, Council Tax Reduction, Home contents insurance, Universal Credit.

http://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/housing/tenant-information/rent-and-service-charges/

Business rates

Contains information on Business rates charges, Pay business rates, Moving business, Reductions, Appeals, Contact business rates team, Business rates bill, Difficulty paying.

http://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/business/business-rates/

Energy Conservation

Contains information on Energy Policy, Energy in the Workplace, Energy and the Greenhouse Effect, Energy in the Home, Energy in Schools, Types of Heating Systems, Renewable Energy, Achievements and Progress.

http://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/environment/energy-conservation/

Request it

Contains information on Benefits and grants, Request private water supply sample, Hire Minibus, Business, Register for Music Tuition, Freedom of Information, Request a bulky waste collection, Lost library PIN, Request childcare training.

http://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/request/

Contact Us

You can contact staff dealing with a property, request a schedule of particulars or send in a noted interest by selecting the appropriate links on this site or by contacting us by post or telephone at: John Gahagan - Estates Manager Business Service (Property)Aberdeenshire CouncilWoodhill House, Westburn RoadAberdeen AB16 5GB Telephone: 01467 53750...

http://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/business/available-property/contact-us/

Council Tax appeals

You must continue to pay your Council Tax while your appeal is being considered. You can make a Council Tax appeal if: we are charging you Council Tax and you do not think that you are the person who should pay you think you should get a discount and we are not giving you one, or we are not giving you the correct amount of discount you think your ...

http://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/council-tax/appeals/

Street Naming and Numbering

Register new property Anyone who wishes to register a new individual property should submit a completed application form along with a location plan that highlights the property. The form should be sent to the relevant local office as indicated on the form. After consulting with The Royal Mail we will write to the applicant confirming full details o...

http://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/roads-and-travel/roads/residential-streets/naming-and-numbering/

Roles and Responsibilities

Flooding can have a devastating effect on people, property, businesses and land. The leaflet below provides guidance on the roles and responsibilities of the different organisations involved in managing and responding to flooding in Aberdeenshire. It also provides advice on what property owners should do to reduce their own flood risk and who to co...

http://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/environment/flooding/roles-and-responsabilities/

Security lights and CCTV

Security lights You need to get our permission first before fitting external security lights to your Council property. Any external lights should not adversely affect your attached neighbours.    CCTV You need to get our permission before installing your own CCTV for security.    

http://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/housing/tenant-information/neighbourhood-issues/security-lights-and-cctv/

Other charges

There may be other charges applied to your tenancy such as service charges which are payable along with your rent. Housing support is a chargeable service. If you use this service you will receive an invoice which is paid separately from your rent.    Service charges Service charges payable with your rent can be related to: The property and ...

http://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/housing/tenant-information/rent-and-service-charges/are-there-any-other-charges/

Landlord registration

All private landlords are legally required to be registered with their local authority. The landlord needs provide personal details, a list of all let properties and the name and address of any letting agent used. Letting agents are not obliged to register separately, but are encouraged to do so. You can apply online. The registration fee is £55, p...

http://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/housing/private-housing/private-landlords-registration/

New tenant

Each property is inspected and repaired before being offered for let. This is to meet our legal obligations and to achieve the standard agreed between us and Tenants groups. We will let you know if there are any further repairs scheduled. However, if you do find any other outstanding repairs when you move in, please let us know by phoning: 03456 ...

http://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/housing/tenant-information/repairs-and-maintenance/new-tenant/

Moving to smaller accommodation

If you are living in council accommodation, and have at least one spare room, we encourage you to move to a smaller property more suited to your needs. You can apply for a transfer, making larger family sized accommodation available to people on our housing waiting list. Depending on your circumstances, you may be eligible for assistance to help yo...

http://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/housing/tenant-information/moving-house/can-i-move-to-smaller-accommodation/

Upgrades to your home

Every year, we upgrade hundreds of properties where the fixtures and fittings are in need of repair or replacement. This is carried out on a pre-programmed basis. If the property is due to have improvement work carried out as part of an approved upgrade programme, such as a new kitchen or bathroom, related repairs will only be carried out if the fa...

http://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/housing/tenant-information/repairs-and-maintenance/upgrades-to-your-home/

Ending your tenancy

If you wish to end your tenancy you, and any joint tenants, should write to us. You must give at least 28 days notice before the date you intend to leave the property. You need to tell us if you normally live in the property with your husband, wife or partner because we also need their agreement. We will ask you to complete a termination notice wi...

http://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/housing/tenant-information/tenancy-agreement/ending-your-tenancy/

Council Tax - change of address

If you move house it is important that you tell us as soon as possible. If your moving date is within the next 21 days, we will process your form as soon as we can. If not, we will hold onto the information and process it within 21 days prior to your move. Please fill in the correct form: Moving into Aberdeenshire Moving within Aberdeenshire Movin...

http://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/council-tax/report-a-change/

Reductions and relief schemes

We offer various business rate reductions and rate reliefs: Small Business Bonus Scheme (SBBS) Empty property relief Charitable relief Discretionary relief Rural relief Disabled relief Renewable energy producers relief Fresh start relief New start relief Transitional Relief Local revaluation relief scheme Day Nursery Relief Small Business Bonus S...

http://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/business/business-rates/reductions-and-relief-schemes/

Health hazards

Environmental health Hoarding and hazardous waste Infestation and vermin   Environmental health If we receive a complaint that your garden, or property, may present a potential health hazard to others we will  inspect the garden and may contact Environmental Health to look into it. Generally, situations such as discarded household waste or ...

http://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/housing/tenant-information/neighbourhood-issues/health-hazards/

Historic Building Intervention Programme

The Historic Building Intervention Programme was set up to help and advise property owners of traditional buildings within the Outstanding Conservation Area of Banff. Within Banff, a wide variety of buildings dating from the 16th to the 20th centuries can be seen, reflecting the historic character of the town. Many of these properties are in multi...

http://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/environment/built-heritage/historic-building-intervention-programme/

Business Services

The Business Services directorate is responsible for ensuring the good governance of the council. It provides a range of essential services to Aberdeenshire residents and other stakeholders, the Council and its many services. These services cover Legal and Financial advice, Information and Communications Technology (ICT), Customer Service, Procurem...

http://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/council-and-democracy/about-us/service-structure/business-services/

Houses in Multiple Occupation licence

A House in Multiple Occupation (HMO) is a property occupied by three or more persons, from different families, who share facilities such as kitchens or bathrooms. The owner of the house is required by law to have an HMO licence from the local authority. The licence aims to make sure the property is safe, well managed and of good quality. Our applic...

http://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/housing/private-housing/hmo/

Council Tax bill explained

We send your Council Tax bill in February or March each year. Besides telling you how much Council Tax you have to pay, your tax bills contain quite a lot of other information: Your bill explained Who pays the bill Request a revised copy of your bill Your bill explained Your Council Tax bill will show details such as your current method of paymen...

http://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/council-tax/your-bill-explained/

Length of tenancy

You can stay in your home permanently as long as you do not break any of the conditions of your tenancy agreement. If you intend to be away from your home for any period of more than four weeks, you must let us know and tell us who to contact in the event of an emergency. Please advise your local Housing office in writing. Your tenancy may be end...

http://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/housing/tenant-information/tenancy-agreement/length-of-tenancy/

Tenancy succession and assignation

Tenancy succession Tenancy succession is where the tenancy is passed on to a qualifying person on the death of the tenant. A tenant's surviving spouse (or cohabiters) has first priority. The house must have been their sole or principal home for six months prior to the tenant's death. Or a joint tenant, if the house was their only principal home...

http://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/housing/tenant-information/tenancy-agreement/tenancy-succession-and-assignation/

Audible Intruder Alarms

If you have an intruder alarm or are planning to have one fitted to your property you should appoint two key holders and notify the police (101) of the key holders details. You should also ensure that the alarm system complies with British Standard 4737 and is fitted with a 20 minute cut-out. The alarm should be regularly maintained by a competen...

http://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/environment/environmental-protection/audible-intruder-alarms/

Private tenants - advice and support

Private tenant information leaflet Our leaflet explains your rights and responsibilities as a tenant renting from a private landlord: Information for tenants in the private rented sector leaflet (pdf 652KB) Getting a tenancy Information for tenants about your landlord's legal obligations for renting out private property. Tenancy agreement - if is...

http://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/housing/private-housing/private-tenants-advice-and-support/

Job related or second home Council Tax discounts

We offer discounts from Council Tax for: Job related dwellings Second home Job related dwellings Where you own or rent a property but live in another property due to reasons of your employment, you may apply for a discount where: it is necessary for the proper performance of the duties of your employment that you reside in that dwelling the dwel...

http://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/council-tax/exemption-or-discount/job-related-or-second-home/

Severely mentally impaired Council Tax discounts

When a property is occupied by a severely mentally impaired person(s), an exemption or discount may be applicable on the Council Tax charge. Council Tax regulations define a person as being severely mentally impaired if they have a severe impairment of intelligence and social functioning (however caused) which appears to be permanent. To apply for ...

http://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/council-tax/exemption-or-discount/severely-mentally-impaired/

Change of circumstances

You need to let us know if your circumstances change. For example, a member of your household may come to live with you or may leave your property. If there is a change to the number of people living in your house your housing benefit entitlement may be affected. People who come to live in your household over the age of 16 are likely to have certa...

http://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/housing/tenant-information/tenancy-agreement/change-of-circumstances/

Banff THI - No 2 Old Castlegate

Conversion of existing derelict townhouse into 2 dwellings 2 Old Castlegate is a three-storey, mid-18th century townhouse (category B Listed) in the centre of Banff, within the conservation area of the town. For decades it has been neglected and abandoned, and was featured on the Buildings at Risk Register for Scotland. The house was most recently...

http://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/environment/built-heritage/banff-thi-no-2-old-castlegate/

Keeping a pet

You can keep one domestic pet without our permission as long as you do not live in a: flat sheltered housing property If you live in one of these types of properties and you would like to keep a pet, you need to get our permission in writing.   More than one pet If you wish to keep more than one pet in any type of house, you need to get our permi...

http://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/housing/tenant-information/tenancy-agreement/keeping-a-pet/

Graffiti

Graffiti can be offensive, cause damage to property and can make our communities look untidy and uncared for. Whilst the Council has powers to enforce graffiti removal on certain organisations including education buildings and transport operators, partner organisations recognise that the owners of such property are also the victims of antisocial be...

http://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/communities-and-events/antisocial-behaviour/graffiti/

Getting help to buy your home

There are a number of schemes set up to help you buy a new home if you can't afford one: Low cost initiative for first time buyers (LIFT) Shared ownership Low cost shared equity Low cost initiative for first time buyers (LIFT) If you would like to buy your own home but can't afford to pay the full market price for a property, the low cost initiat...

http://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/housing/housing-options/buying/help-to-buy-home/

Safety checks

We carry out annual gas and oil services as well as 10-yearly electrical checks. We are required to do this by law. We need you to allow us reasonable access to your home so that we can carry out these essential safety checks. If you install a space or water heating system with written permission, we will maintain and service it. When you end you...

http://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/housing/tenant-information/repairs-and-maintenance/safety-checks/

Banff THI - No 36 Bridge Street

A“Gap Site” into which it is proposed to build 3 new flats 36 Bridge Street, built in the 1700s, was a 3-storey terraced townhouse (category C Listed) whose ground floor was converted to shop space in the 19th Century. It was one of the original houses constructed in the street. In 1997, the condition of the property was causing concern. The shop ...

http://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/environment/built-heritage/banff-thi-no-36-bridge-street/

Council Tax Reduction

Apply for Council Tax Reduction / Housing Benefit Online here To qualify for Council Tax Reduction and/or Housing Benefit, you must be: On a low income, whether benefits or low paid work You (and your partner, if you have one) don't have more than £16,000 capital or savings, unless you are getting Pension Credit(Guarantee Credit) We will need to...

http://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/benefits-and-grants/council-tax-benefit/council-tax-reduction/

Person in hospital or care home Council Tax discounts

If a member of your household is a patient in a hospital, residential or nursing home, an exemption or discount may be applicable on your Council Tax. Conditions To qualify for a discount the patient must: be resident in the hospital, residential or nursing home continuously for more than 6 weeks their residence must be permanent If you feel that...

http://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/council-tax/exemption-or-discount/a-patient-in-a-hospital-or-home/

Community mediation

Our Housing Service provides a free mediation service to all residents, irrespective of tenure. Mediation can help resolve disagreements between neighbours and other groups relating, for instance, to noise, parking, rubbish, children, pets, fences, damage to property.  We have used mediation with great success since 2004 and while it is often seen ...

http://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/communities-and-events/antisocial-behaviour/community-mediation/

Business rates appeals

You must continue to pay your Business Rates while your appeal is being considered You can make a business rates appeal if: we are charging you business rates and you do not think that you are the person who should pay you think you should get a discount and we are not giving you one, or we are not giving you the correct amount of discount How to...

http://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/business/business-rates/appeals/

Budget Savings 2018/19

The Revenue Budget 2018/19 was debated by Councillors on 8th February 2018. In preparing the proposed Revenue Budget, Equality Impact Assessments were undertaken and are available as listed below. A summary of all Equality Impact Assessments with supporting infographic, provides a high level overview. View the budget summary report (pdf 303KB) and ...

http://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/council-and-democracy/equalities/budget-savings-2018-2019/

Council Tax bands and charges

Council Tax is a form of local taxation in which householders make contributions towards council funding, to enable us to provide services to the community including education, roads, social care. It is not a direct charge based on usage of these services. We have produced this electronic leaflet to explain how bills are calculated and the role Cou...

http://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/council-tax/charges/

Aberdeenshire Care and Repair

Aberdeenshire Care and Repair provides a free service offering information, advice and help with repairs, maintenance and adaptations to Aberdeenshire owner occupiers and private landlords’ tenants who are over 60 and/or have a disability. Information, advice and practical help We can help homeowners by providing: advice and information on practic...

http://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/housing/private-housing/aberdeenshire-care-and-repair/

Private landlords - advice and support

If you are a landlord letting out your property to a private tenant, you can find help and practical support on: Setting up the tenancy  Managing a tenancy Ending a tenancy  Our private landlord information leaflet (pdf 899KB) explains your rights and responsibilities as a landlord renting to a private tenant. Setting up the tenancy Information f...

http://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/housing/private-housing/private-landlords-advice-and-support/

Dangerous and defective buildings

It is the responsibility of the building owner(s) to maintain it in a good state of repair and address any problems that may occur for instance as the result of extreme weather conditions. However, there are cases where owners fail to take appropriate steps or when emergency action is required. Report a dangerous or defective building Our Building ...

http://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/planning/building-standards/dangerous-and-defective-buildings/

Choose how to pay business rates

You can pay your business rates by: Direct Debit Pay online Over the phone Internet banking At a collection office In a lump sum Direct Debit Complete the Direct Debit form only if you have registered for business rates and have received a business rates bill for the property concerned. If you have not registered for business rates at the propert...

http://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/business/business-rates/ways-to-pay/

Energy Efficiency Standard for Social Housing

The Energy Efficiency Standard for Social Housing (EESSH) is the minimum energy efficiency level that we must make sure all our houses and flats meet by December 2020. It is set by the Scottish Government. There are different energy efficiency measures we can install in our homes. It is important to choose the right ones for each property. Decidi...

http://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/housing/tenant-information/energy-efficiency/energy-efficiency-standard-for-social-housing/

Emergency repairs

Emergency repairs should be reported by telephoning: 03456 08 12 03 When you report an emergency repair we will advise you of when you can expect a response, and whether or not you are likely to be charged for the work. You should make sure that a responsible person is present when the emergency service responds. Emergency repairs are restricte...

http://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/housing/tenant-information/repairs-and-maintenance/emergency-repairs/

Gardens

You are free to plant and cultivate the garden. If you have exclusive use of a garden you need to maintain it in a reasonable condition. You need to write to your local Housing office if you want to install: a patio decking paving or crazy paving If you want to remove, destroy, or chop down any bushes, hedges or trees you must get our writ...

http://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/housing/tenant-information/tenancy-agreement/gardens/

Joint tenancy

All Scottish secure tenants and short Scottish secure tenants are entitled to a joint tenancy. If you wish to become joint tenants you must both be living in the property as your only or principal home. If you are a single tenant and want to add another person to the tenancy you would both need to sign a new tenancy agreement. Your Right to Buy ...

http://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/housing/tenant-information/tenancy-agreement/joint-tenancy/

If you are a Landowner

Landowners are the custodians of the historic environment in which we live. It is important that the archaeology is looked after as it is part of the collective history of the area and allows us to understand our past. We encourage you, as a landowner, to find out more about whether you have archaeologically significant sites on your property. You ...

http://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/leisure-sport-and-culture/archaeology/what-to-do-if-i-am-a/if-you-are-a-landowner/

Choose how to pay Council Tax

You can pay your Council Tax by: Direct Debit Pay online Over the phone Internet banking At a collection office At a post office In a lump sum Direct Debit Complete the Direct Debit form only if you have registered for Council Tax and have received a Council Tax bill for the property concerned. If you have not registered for Council Tax at the pr...

http://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/council-tax/ways-to-pay/

Single person Council Tax discount

You may be able to get a 25% discount on your Council Tax bill if you are the only adult living in a property. This discount reduces your Council Tax, water and sewerage charges. How to apply To be able to apply for the single person Council Tax discount you must:  be aged 18 or over  live in Aberdeenshire and be registered with us Find out how t...

http://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/council-tax/exemption-or-discount/living-on-my-own/

Work charged to you

It is sometimes necessary for us to charge our tenants for work carried out. Examples of the work we may charge you for include: neglect such as leaving your home over the winter without heating or draining the water system wilful damage to the property including sheds and outbuildings (rather than general wear and tear) such as holes in inter...

http://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/housing/tenant-information/repairs-and-maintenance/work-charged-to-you/

Our repair responsibilities

As your landlord, we are responsible for repairing and maintaining the structure of the property that you live in and any installations provided by us. This includes: walls, floors and ceilings window frames and external doors, and locks roofs, drain pipes and gutters kitchen and bathroom fixtures - toilets, baths, basins, sinks, gas and wate...

http://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/housing/tenant-information/repairs-and-maintenance/our-repair-responsibilities/

Banff THI - Gordon's Granaries, High Shore

Conversion of disused granary into a flatted courtyard development containing 9 one, two and three bedroom flats The former granary buildings date to the Late 17th Century/ Early 18th Century (category B Listed), and were originally U-shaped in plan with the courtyard having been infilled later. The block is three-storeyed, rendered, and at its Ea...

http://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/environment/built-heritage/banff-thi-gordons-granaries-high-shore/

Banff Townscape Heritage Initiative (THI) and Banff Renaissance Project

The Townscape Heritage Initiative (THI) is the Heritage Lottery Fund's grant giving programme for the repair and regeneration of the historic environment in towns and cities throughout the UK. In May 2003, the Banff was forwarded as a candidate for inclusion in the Townscape Heritage Initiative programme.  A project was delivered which assisted th...

http://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/environment/built-heritage/banff-townscape-heritage-initiative-thi-and-banff-renaissance-project/

2016-17 Budget Savings

The 2016-17 Budget Savings were debated by Councillors on 11 February 2016. The Equality Impact Assessments for 2016 / 17 savings proposals were prepared and are available below. Alternative Service Delivery Better Use of Systems and Technology Catering Review CLD Strategic Review CPD Learning and Development Early Learning and Childcare Staffing ...

http://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/council-and-democracy/equalities/2016-2017budgetsavings/

Young people and apprentices Council Tax discounts

We offer various exemptions or discounts from Council Tax for: People under 18 School leavers People over 18 with child benefit  Apprentices People under 18 Exemption from Council Tax will be awarded if your property is solely occupied by person(s) under the age of 18 and if it's their main residence. The exemption will remain until one of the re...

http://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/council-tax/exemption-or-discount/people-in-education/

Student Council Tax discount

To qualify for a Council Tax discount as a student, you must either: study for 6 months for 21 hours per week in each academic year be a foreign language assistant working in a school or other educational establishment and be registered with the British Council be under 20 years old and be studying for a non-advanced course for at least 12 hours a...

http://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/council-tax/exemption-or-discount/occupied-by-students/

Reporting Antisocial Behaviour

Police Scotland Report Antisocial Behaviour to Police Scotland on their non-emergency number, 101 http://www.scotland.police.uk/contact-us/ Neighbour Complaints/Disputes and Other Forms of Antisocial Behaviour Aberdeenshire Council does not currently have one dedicated telephone helpline to report antisocial behaviour.  If you are a Council tenant ...

http://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/communities-and-events/antisocial-behaviour/reporting-antisocial-behaviour/

Report waste issues

You can report waste issues such as: Discarded needles and syringes Abandoned vehicles Fly-tipping Dog fouling Discarded needles and syringes We are unable to remove discarded needles or syringes from private land or from within someone’s property. Contact Wasteline if you find a discarded needle or syringe in a public place:  on the pavement or...

http://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/waste/report-rubbish-and-litter/

Roads we maintain

Public roads The Statutory List of Public Roads is a list of all public roads within Aberdeenshire that we maintain. Members of the public can visit their local roads office during normal working hours to view the list and associated plans. If information regarding the status of a road is required in writing (eg for a BT wayleave), then a standard ...

http://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/roads-and-travel/roads/maintenance/public-and-private-roads/

Adults with incapacity

  Adults with Incapacity (Scotland) Act Some adults (aged 16 or over) may not have the capacity to make important decisions about their finances or welfare. This may be because of a mental health problem, learning disability, or dementia. The Adults with Incapacity (Scotland) Act provides ways to help protect those who are, or may become, incapa...

http://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/social-care-and-health/community-care/protection-and-support/adults-with-incapacity/

Planning application - plans to include

There are a number of plans that you need to provide with your application. Before submitting your plans, please check that they:  show all scaled dimensions (in metric format), including the distance to boundaries don't say 'do not scale' have a title (including the site address) have a drawing number  show the revision number if you amend them ...

http://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/planning/planning-applications/apply-for-planning-permission/plans/

Low Cost Shared Equity - how it works

The Low Cost Shared Equity scheme is a scheme where the nominated purchaser buys the majority equity share in a property. It is administered by Aberdeenshire Council. Planning agreements between the council and developers enable properties to be offered for sale on an equity share basis. You will have full title for the property and will not have t...

http://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/housing/housing-options/buying/affordable-housing-for-sale/about-affordable-homes/

Industry Sectors

Agriculture and Rural Development The Council focuses on assisting the rural economy including forestry.   Energy Aberdeenshire Council recognises the importance of promoting Oil and Gas, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy .   Fishing The service provides advice on all development issues relevant to the fishing industry.   Food and Drink Aberde...

http://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/business/support-and-advice/industry-sectors/industry-sectors/

Communal or block repairs

As well as attending to emergency and routine repairs in your home, we also carry out repairs to certain communal areas in blocks where the Council still owns properties, such as stairs or roofs of tenement blocks or flats. The responsibility for repairs is shared between all the owners. To get non-urgent repairs done we will refer to the deed of c...

http://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/housing/tenant-information/repairs-and-maintenance/communal-block-repairs/

Repairs charged to you

We will normally meet the cost of repairs that are within our repair responsibilities.You are responsible for any damage that you, your family or visitors have caused. We may recharge you for any repairs that are required as a result from misuse of, or damage to, the house caused by yourself, members of your household or your visitors. We will giv...

http://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/housing/tenant-information/repairs-and-maintenance/repairs-charged-to-you/

Tree Issues

Trees enhance our natural environment by improving air quality and contributing to the beauty of the natural landscape. If you feel a tree is causing a problem the first step is to establish ownership of the tree, if the tree is in the ownership of Aberdeenshire Council then action will be taken on the following health and safety related issues: ...

http://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/communities-and-events/parks-and-open-spaces/tree-issues/

Portsoy Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme (CARS)

Portsoy CARS commenced in 2011 and completed in early Summer 2016. £500,000 was granted to the Council, provided by Scottish Ministers via Historic Scotland. It assisted the conservation and restoration of property in Portsoy's Conservation Area to help preserve the character and quality of its built heritage. Five major conservation projects were ...

http://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/environment/built-heritage/portsoy-conservation-area-regeneration-scheme-cars/

Reporting non-emergency repairs

If you need to report a non-emergency council house repair please use our online form. If you are in sheltered housing accommodation your Sheltered Housing Officer can help you to arrange repairs.   Requesting a repair When requesting a repair you should: Arrange a time when it is convenient for you to be at home Provide a contact numbe...

http://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/report/housing/reporting-non-emergency-repairs/

Dogs and the Law

Owning a dog is a large responsibility - not only within your home but also when you are outside walking your dog. Download our Responsible Ownership Leaflet Dogs and the Law Never allow your dog to stray. You or another responsible person must always be with your dog when it is in a public place. Dogs may be prohibited from certain recreational ...

http://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/environment/animal-health/dogs/dogs-and-the-law/

Bridge Street CARS (Banff)

Bridge Street CARS commenced in 2014 and will complete in March 2019. A grant of £500,000 is available to the Council, provided by Scottish Ministers via Historic Scotland. This will assist the conservation and restoration of property in Bridge Street and help enhance and preserve the character and quality of its built heritage.   Five major conser...

http://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/environment/built-heritage/bridge-street-cars-banff/

Business rates - change of address

If you move business property it is important that you tell us as soon as possible. Please fill in the correct form: Moving into Aberdeenshire Moving out of Aberdeenshire Landlords and letting agents If you are moving from one address within Aberdeenshire to another address in Aberdeenshire then you will need to complete both forms. Moving into A...

http://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/business/business-rates/report-a-change/

Local Housing Allowance for 2018/19

The table below shows the Local Housing Allowance rates for Aberdeenshire. This is the maximum weekly amount of housing benefit available if you live in private rented accommodation. The amount you get may be less depending on your income, and the number of bedrooms you are allowed depends on who lives with you. If you are under 35 and living alon...

http://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/benefits-and-grants/housing-benefit/local-housing-allowance/

Business rates charges

Business rates, or non-domestic rates, is a form of local taxation in which owners, tenants or occupiers of non-domestic subjects make contributions towards council funding, to enable us to provide services to the community. Business rates charges for 2018/19 The amount you pay is calculated by multiplying the rateable value of the property by the ...

http://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/business/business-rates/charges/

Business rates bill explained

Besides telling you how much business rates you have to pay, your tax bills contain quite a lot of other information: Your bill explained Who pays the bill Request a revised copy of your bill Your bill explained Your business rates bill will show details such as, your current method of payment, the amount of each instalment and the due date by wh...

http://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/business/business-rates/your-bill/

Budget Savings 2017/18

The Revenue Budget 2017/18 will be debated by Councillors on 9th February 2017. In preparing the proposed Revenue Budget, Equality Impact Assessments were undertaken and are available as listed below. A summary of all Equality Impact Assessments with supporting infographic, provides a high level overview. View the budget summary report and infograp...

http://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/council-and-democracy/equalities/budget-savings-2017-2018/

Flood Protection Products

The prime responsibility for the protection of properties against damage by flooding rests with the owner of the property. Though it will not always be possible to prevent flooding, there are products on the market which can be purchased to help reduce the risk of damage. Aberdeenshire Council retains a stock of a small selection of these products ...

http://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/environment/flooding/flood-protection-products/

Request bins or collection bags

Find out how to order new or extra bin and how to request bag collections.

http://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/waste/household-rubbish/request-bins/

Housing Benefit Frequently Asked Questions

Who can claim housing benefit? You can claim housing benefit if you are paying rent on the property you live in. This applies if you are: a council tenant a private tenant a housing association tenant a lodger or boarder living in a hostel, hotel or bed and breakfast living in a mobile home renting under a shared ownership scheme. Please note: yo...

http://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/benefits-and-grants/housing-benefit-frequently-asked-questions/

Grants

Community and Renewable Energy Scheme (CARES) CARES stands for Community and Renewable Energy Scheme and is the Scottish Government's rebranding of the previous ScottishCommunity and Householder Renewables Initiative (SCHRI) programme. Community Energy Scotland were awarded the contract to deliver CARES across the whole of Scotland on behalf of ...

http://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/environment/energy-conservation/cares-grants/

Neighbour Noise

Neighbour Noise Noise from neighbours is a common source of disturbance. The most frequent complaints are about loud music or TV, shouting, banging doors and DIY activities. Remember that no house or flat is totally soundproof, and gardens and garages can be particularly noisy.  You could be disturbed for the following reasons: The neighbours are ...

http://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/environment/environmental-protection/neighbour-noise/

Legal action

What could happen if you take legal action? We will always give you, and anyone in your household over the age of sixteen, at least four weeks notice of our intention to take you to court in order to re-possess your home for non-payment of rent. Two Housing Officers or a Sheriff Officer will serve you with a legal document we refer to as a Notice o...

http://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/housing/tenant-information/rent-and-service-charges/legal-action/

Road Services Charges

View our road services charges: Excavation permits Road occupation permits Traffic orders Road markings Road status enquiry outwith formal property enquiry system Cycle racks and lockers Charges for unauthorised housing development signs VAT is included at the current rate and may change due to alterations in the National VAT rate. If you're unab...

http://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/roads-and-travel/roads/residential-streets/standard-charges/

Homelessness Section 11 Notice

If you are a landlord (either a private landlord or a registered social landlord) or creditor (mortgage holder) you are legally required to tell us when you start taking court action that could result in making someone homeless. By giving us this early warning, you can help us to take action to prevent homelessness. Section 11 of the Homelessness ...

http://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/housing/homelessness/homelessness-section-11-notice/

Biomass Energy

Biomass, also known as bioenergy, biofuel or wood fuel, is quickly becoming one of the most cost effective renewable energy options; projects have been developed in schools, heating systems, hotels and greenhouse systems.  Biomass refers to recently living dead biological material that can be used as fuel or for industrial production.  It most comm...

http://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/environment/energy-conservation/biomass-energy/

Brief History of Banff

The Town of Banff was confirmed by King Robert II as a Royal Burgh in 1372 and is considered to be the finest small Burgh in Scotland.  Established in the 12th Century, it holds a historically important position on the main East-West route from Aberdeen to Inverness, and is one of Scotland’s ‘first generation’ of medieval towns which has until now ...

http://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/environment/built-heritage/brief-history-of-banff/

Small Grants Scheme

Small Grants Scheme - what it is Banff Townscape Heritage Initiative Area - map showing location Small Grants Scheme As part of the Townscape Heritage Initiative, a Small Grants Scheme was created with the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF). The Small Grants Scheme ran between 2008 and 2011. All available funds were committed. We r...

http://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/environment/built-heritage/small-grants-scheme/

Your Rights and Responsibilities

Rights.... Access rights apply to most land and inland water in Scotland for non-motorised activity including walking, cycling, horse riding and canoeing. There are some areas where access rights do not apply, including: Non residential buildings and structures and closely associated land Houses and sufficient adjacent land to provide reasona...

http://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/paths-and-outdoor-access/outdoor-access/your-rights-and-responsibilities/

Energy efficiency - advice and support

Home Energy Advice Team (HEAT) The Home Energy Advice Team (HEAT) provide free and impartial advice on energy efficiency and reducing fuel costs tailored to your property and circumstances. More information about HEAT and how they can help you is available on SCARF's website. Or you can call HEAT on freephone 0808 129 0888 or email heat@scarf.org.u...

http://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/housing/private-housing/energy-efficiency-advice-and-support/

Your rent

New tenants If you're a new tenant, we let you know how much rent to pay at your pre-tenancy interview, before you sign your tenancy agreement. Existing tenants We tell existing tenants of any rent increase annually, at least 28 days before the increase comes into effect in April of the same year. Improvements to your property Your rent may be affe...

http://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/housing/tenant-information/rent-and-service-charges/your-rent/

Building work completion

Once building work is complete you need to notify us so that we can perform a final inspection and issue you with your completion certificate. Find out more about the completion process: Applying for a completion certificate Final inspection Completion certificate Apply for a completion certificate  Once building work is complete you can apply fo...

http://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/planning/building-standards/building-work-completion/

If you are a Metal Detectorist

The current policy that the Archaeology Service adopts for Metal Detectorists in the North East of Scotland is as follows: No metal detecting on any council owned land or property without prior agreement with the Archaeology Service (including foreshore in council ownership). No metal detecting on or within 20m of any Scheduled Monument. Under cu...

http://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/leisure-sport-and-culture/archaeology/what-to-do-if-i-am-a/if-you-are-a-metal-detectorist/

Council Tax Reduction

Council Tax Reduction is a Scottish Government scheme which replaced Council Tax Benefit on 1st April 2013.  It is means tested, which means it is based on your income and savings and is available to people who are on a low income or benefits. From 1 April 2017 if you are living in a band E, F, G or H property and you are not currently in receipt o...

http://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/benefits-and-grants/welfare-reform/council-tax-reduction/

Oldmeldrum Disc Parking

Parking in Oldmeldrum’s town centre, Cowgate and The Square Car Parks is limited to two hours, to help free-up parking and boost visitor numbers to local shops. Users are required to display a parking disc. The discs are free to obtain and use, and aim to better manage the availability of parking in the town. Waiting times are only restricted betw...

http://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/roads-and-travel/car-parking/oldmeldrum-disc-parking/

Residents Permit

Residents Permits are available to those whose main residence is in an approved zone, subject to certain conditions. The permit allows residents living next to or in close proximity to a Council operated car park to park within the specified car park. Holders of a valid resident’s permit do not require to purchase a pay and display ticket when park...

http://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/roads-and-travel/car-parking/residents-permit/

Public access - planning and building register

You can view planning and building applications register (public access) to find applications in your area, view documents and drawings relating to them:  Planning applications Planning enforcement notices Building warrant applications  For assistance in using the public access system, you may refer to these frequently asked question (pdf 100KB)....

http://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/planning/public-access/

Second Adult Rebate

Second adult rebate is a form of council tax reduction, which can reduce your council tax bill by up to 25%. If your income is too high or you have too much in savings or investments to qualify for main council tax reduction you may be entitled to second adult rebate. Second adult rebate is a form of council tax reduction for people who are solely ...

http://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/benefits-and-grants/council-tax-benefit/second-adult-rebate/

Welfare Reform

If you are of working age and claiming benefits you may be affected by changes taking place as a result of Welfare Reform. This page provides you with some key facts about some of the changes. Universal Credit Universal Credit is a new benefit for people who are looking for work or on a low income. It will replace many existing benefits with a si...

http://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/benefits-and-grants/welfare-reform/welfare-reform/

Dee Catchment Management Plan

Catchment Management Planning for the River Dee The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) produced a consultation document of the Catchment Management Plan issues for the River Dee in 1999. There was then a lull in progression until early 2003 when a Dee Catchment Management Plan (DCMP) Steering Group was established. The Steering Group w...

http://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/environment/natural-heritage/dee-catchment-management-plan/

Light Pollution

Light pollution can be deemed to be a statutory nuisance under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 The best method of dealing with light pollution is at the planning stage. Contact planning@aberdeenshire.gov.uk if you have concerns about lighting in a new development. If you have a problem with light pollution contact us and officer will deal wi...

http://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/environment/environmental-protection/light-pollution/

Very Sheltered Housing

Very Sheltered Housing allows older people or people with disabilities to keep their independence and privacy while making sure care and support is provided. Tenants have their own flat in a secure complex with use of communal facilities. Meals are provided – lunch and tea – these are freshly prepared on site. Regular social activities are organise...

http://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/social-care-and-health/community-care/living-independently/very-sheltered-housing/

Listed Buildings

What is Listing? Listing is the recognition through the Planning (Listed Building and Conservation Areas) (Scotland) Act 1997 that a building or structure is of "special" interest. Historic Scotland lists buildings on behalf of Scottish Ministers. Further detailed information on all aspects of The List and Listed Buildings can be found on Historic ...

http://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/environment/built-heritage/listed-buildings/

Housing Improvement Programme

Improvement works are upgrades we do to your home as part of our 4 year Housing Improvement Programme (HIP). Year 1 of the HIP will run for 12 months from January 2018. The HIP is part of our 30 year business plan which allows us to plan for improving our council houses and flats. This planning helps us to meet statutory requirements such as the En...

http://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/housing/tenant-information/improvement-works/housing-improvement-work/

Conservation and building adaption

This design award category focuses on the re-use of existing building stock. The scheme will either demonstrate exceptional standards in the field of conservation or deliver an appropriate new use for a previously underutilised structure. It should also facilitate new life into the property whilst retaining its character and interest.  Entries must...

http://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/environment/built-heritage/design-awards-category-3/

Alford River Don fishing terms and conditions

When you fish salmon, sea and brown trout in the River Don at Alford, there are a number of rules that you need to follow.  You may be liable to prosecution or immediate loss of permit if you don't comply with our conditions.   We reserve the right to amend or make additions to these rules. View our formal fishing permit conditions (pdf 71KB). To c...

http://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/communities-and-events/fishing/terms-and-conditions/

CCTV privacy notice

The Data Controller of the information being collected is Aberdeenshire Council. The Data Protection Officer can be contacted at Town House, 34 Low Street, Banff, AB45 1AY. Email: dataprotection@aberdeenshire.gov.uk Your information is being collected to use for the following purposes: The prevention, investigation and detection of crime (particul...

http://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/online/cctv-privacy-notice/

Comment on planning applications

You can make comments to object or support a planning application within the prescribed public consultation period: Time period How to make a comment What happens to your comment Time period You can make comments within the prescribed public consultation period. This period is usually 21 days from valid receipt of the application. It may be longe...

http://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/planning/public-access/comment/

Types of Heating - Space

There are two main heating systems commonly found in Aberdeenshire Council properties. These are often referred to as Wet Systems or Dry Systems and the different types of systems are detailed below: For Wet Systems (normally involving a boiler): Gas central heating Oil fired central heating LPG central heating system ...

http://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/environment/energy-conservation/types-of-heating-space/

Aberdeenshire and Moray Records

Since local government reorganisation in 1996, the historic documents of Aberdeenshire Council along with some for the Moray Council have been administered by Aberdeen City Council. The records include those of the former counties of Aberdeen, Kincardine, Banff and Moray up to 1975 and Grampian Region from 1975 to 1996. From 1996 the holdings inclu...

http://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/registrars/aberdeenshire-and-moray-records/

Regeneration in Aberdeenshire

In Scotland, local authorities like Aberdeenshire Council have responsibility for Local Regeneration. The Scottish Government defines regeneration as “the holistic process of reversing the economic, physical and social decline of places where market forces alone won’t suffice.”  In March 2016, Aberdeenshire Council approved a new regeneration strat...

http://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/business/support-and-advice/communities/regeneration-in-aberdeenshire/

Gas Safety

My home has gas appliances installed, what precautions should I take? What should I do if I discover a gas leak? What should I do if there is a problem with my gas appliance? What is the Gas Safe Register?   My home has gas appliances installed, what precautions should I take? Make sure that you know where the main gas stop valve in your ...

http://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/housing/tenant-information/healthy-safe-and-secure-home/gas-safety/

Home Security

It is important that you think about the security of your home. If you are going to be away from home make sure you take adequate precautions to maximise security, such as cancelling milk or newspaper deliveries. If possible, ask a friend or neighbour to open and close your curtains each day and use timers to set lamps to switch on in the evenings ...

http://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/housing/tenant-information/healthy-safe-and-secure-home/home-security/

Antisocial behaviour

What are my responsibilities as a tenant? How do I report incidents of antisocial behaviour? What happens if I am evicted because of antisocial behaviour? Our commitment to you on antisocial behaviour   What are my responsibilities as a tenant? You have the right to the peaceful enjoyment of your home You, members of your household, or your visi...

http://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/housing/tenant-information/neighbourhood-issues/antisocial-behaviour/

Banff & Macduff Sports, Leisure and Community Facilities

Aberdeenshire Council is committed to delivering the best possible sport, leisure and community facilities for Banff and Macduff. It is important that these facilities meet the needs of the communities now and in the years to come.   Review of Community Engagement on Replacement Community Facilities in Banff and Macduff Aberdeensh...

http://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/council-and-democracy/public-consultations-and-engagement/banff-amp-macduff-sports-leisure-and-community-facilities/

Supported Lodgings Scheme - information for hosts

What is supported lodgings? Who can apply? What accommodation is required? How long will a placement last? What kind of support do young people need? What can supported lodgings hosts expect from the tenant? How do I become a supported lodging host? How are placements arranged? What about finances? Further information  What is supported lodging...

http://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/social-care-and-health/children-and-families/throughcare-and-aftercare-service/supported-lodgings-scheme-provider/

Processing a building warrant application

Once we have received and registered your building warrant application, we will allocate your application to a building standards surveyor who will look after your application from start to finish. Your assigned surveyor's contact details will appear on all correspondence. Your assigned surveyor will be responsible for:  acknowledging receipt and ...

http://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/planning/building-standards/processing-a-building-warrant/

Homeowners - advice and support

Scheme of assistance We have produced a scheme of assistance for private homeowners and tenants of private sector landlords. Section 72 of the Housing (Scotland) Act 2006 requires all local authorities to produce a scheme of assistance for private homeowners and tenants. It sets out the circumstances in which we will provide information, advice, an...

http://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/housing/private-housing/homeowners-advice-and-support/

Finance

The Finance Service exists to provide a range of financial services to: the Council its committees and working parties Councillors services taxpayers clients communities Scottish Executive other external bodies The overall aim of the Finance Service is to provide a forward looking and innovative range of quality financial services to clients. Qua...

http://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/council-and-democracy/about-us/service-structure/finance/

Scottish Welfare Fund

The Scottish Welfare Fund is administered by councils in Scotland to provide financial support to people who are facing a crisis or need help to live in the community. It is normally a one-off grant for living expenses or household goods: Crisis Grants Community Care Grants Who can apply How to apply Appeal a decision View The Scottish Welfare Fu...

http://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/benefits-and-grants/welfare-reform/scottish-welfare-fund/

Discretionary Housing Payments

If you are receiving Housing Benefit but are still having difficulty paying your rent you may be able to claim a Discretionary Housing Payment: Who can apply How we decide who gets a payment Duration of payments How to apply Appeal a decision Contact Payments can also be made towards a rent deposit or removal costs if you are moving home. View th...

http://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/benefits-and-grants/council-tax-benefit/discretionary-housing-payments/

Ready Aberdeenshire

The arrival of winter can bring a number of challenges for individuals and communities. Darker nights, bad weather and illness can all cause disruption, but there are some simple steps all of us can take to be best prepared for the season.   Your home Is your home ready for winter? Any odd jobs and basic repairs are best completed before the weathe...

http://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/communities-and-events/ready-aberdeenshire/

Online services

We offer a range of online services from automatic alerts for jobs through to school meal payments.  These can all be accessed by signing in to myAberdeenshire, powered by myaccount: What is it? Available now and next Registering Signing in Help What is it? It is a simple, secure way to access a range of Scottish public services online using jus...

http://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/my/help/

High Hedges

The size of garden hedges can be the cause of disputes between neighbours. The High Hedges (Scotland) Act 2013, was introduced with the aim of resolving these disputes. It also gives homeowners or occupiers of domestic properties the right to apply for a High Hedge notice if necessary: High Hedge definition How to get advice Actions to take before...

http://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/planning/planning-applications/high-hedges/

Window cleaner licence

A window cleaner licence is required to operate as a window cleaner either on your own account or as an employee of a window cleaning business, within Aberdeenshire. Conditions We may impose conditions (pdf 53KB) on the licence, including conditions fixing the days and hours of working. You must be a fit and proper person and not be disqualified fr...

http://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/licensing/licences-and-permits/window-cleaner-licence/

TaxiCard

TaxiCard offers reduced fare taxi and rail travel to those who cannot use conventional bus services because of severe or complex disability or infirmity. A TaxiCard entitles the holder to make a maximum of 52 single taxi trips per 3 calendar months at one half of the normal fare. Trips may be made within, and between, Aberdeenshire and Aberdeen, an...

http://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/roads-and-travel/public-transport/concessionary-travel/taxicard/

Examples of Grant Funded Work

Please note - the Small Grant has now closed, and all funds are fully committed. Repair work to roof, chimneys and cast iron rainwater goods Repairs to roofs in natural materials traditional to the area, normally to match the historic covering, using new materials and/or re-using sound existing material where possible are grant eligible, with up ...

http://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/environment/built-heritage/examples-of-grant-funded-work/

Renting from a registered social landlord

Housing associations are ‘not-for-profit’ organisations who offer affordable accommodation. Some specialise in accommodation for particular groups of people such as older people or disabled people. Many are registered social landlords which means they are required to register with the Government. Housing association rents are generally cheaper than...

http://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/housing/housing-options/renting/renting-from-a-registered-social-landlord/

Renting sheltered housing

Sheltered Housing allows older people or people with particular needs to live independently, with the right support, in a comfortable and secure environment. It also gives the opportunity for social contact and companionship, but equally respects an individual’s right to privacy. Security and peace of mind are offered through an alarm system and a ...

http://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/housing/housing-options/renting/renting-sheltered-housing/

Pressure Systems

If pressure equipment fails in use it can seriously injure or kill people nearby and cause serious damage to property. Examples of pressure systems and equipment are: Boilers and steam heating systems Pressurised process plant and piping Compressed air systems, fixed and portable Heat exchangers and refrigeration plan...

http://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/business/health-and-safety/legislation-and-guidance/pressure-systems/

Electricity Safety

  Who is responsible for checking the electrical wiring in my home? What should I do if the lights or sockets fail? How can I tell whether my home is equipped with a fuse box or circuit breaker? What should I do if all the power in my home fails? What should I do if there is a power cut? What other safety precautions should I take in respe...

http://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/housing/tenant-information/healthy-safe-and-secure-home/electricity-safety/

Energy Saving Tips for the Workplace

Energy Tips for your Workplace Reducing energy use has many advantages – it saves money, reduces carbon emissions, can improve a working environment and will enhance the council’s reputation. We don’t always need to invest in expensive new technologies to reduce our energy consumption and lower our energy bills. Here are some of things you can do...

http://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/environment/energy-conservation/energy-saving-tips-for-the-workplace/

Drainage - Septic Tanks

If you live in a rural area and your home is not connected to mains drainage it is likely to have a septic tank. When working properly a septic tank provides an effective way of treating wastewater from baths, sinks and toilets.  The purpose of a septic tank is to treat wastewater from a house or several houses which are not connected to the mains...

http://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/environment/environmental-protection/drainage-septic-tanks/

Purchasing Services

Conditions of Contracting with the Council The Council have terms and conditions that suppliers are required to adhere to when they deal with the Council. Where there are larger value contracts that deal with particular goods, works or services specific bespoke terms and conditions may be issued with tender documents for these. However, attached...

http://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/council-and-democracy/about-us/purchasing-services/

Becoming a Foster Carer

Who are foster carers? What does a foster carer do? How do I become a foster carer? How do I find out more?   Who are foster carers? Foster carers are ordinary people and, like the children they care for, come from a variety of backgrounds. Foster carers need to be warm, patient, understanding, flexible and have the ability to care for children s...

http://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/social-care-and-health/children-and-families/fostering/becoming-a-foster-carer/

Charitable collection licence

Anyone who organises a collection of money for charity, either in a public place or house to house, needs permission from the council by applying for a public charitable collection licence. A public charitable collection is defined as a collection from the public of money (whether given by them for consideration or not) for charitable purposes take...

http://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/licensing/licences-and-permits/public-charitable-collection/

Odours

An odour can be defined as a smell that is detectable. People have different abilities and tolerances of odours, and as such, we are faced with an often difficult task of establishing whether the odour is bad enough to cause a 'nuisance' or simply causes annoyance. There are no laws that relate specifically to odour, nor is there a fixed level whic...

http://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/environment/environmental-protection/odours/

Air Quality in Aberdeenshire

Air Quality in Aberdeenshire is generally very good.  A 3 day forecast of air quality is now available on the website Air Quality in Scotland.  Why not enter your post code on the website and check what the air quality is like near you? Local Air Quality Management  Aberdeenshire Council’s Environmental Health Officers have responsibilities under t...

http://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/environment/environmental-protection/atmospheric-pollution/

Adult protection and support

We all know that children need to be protected but sometimes adults, due to their vulnerabilities, need to be protected too. Adult protection is everyone's responsibility. What you need to know The rights of every individual Who are adults at risk? What is harm? Where does harm take place? What to do and who to contact What support is available? ...

http://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/social-care-and-health/community-care/protection-and-support/adult-protection-and-support/

Trees

Trees are a vital component of our landscape, enhancing the environment of our towns and villages and making a positive contribution to the quality of life. In certain situations they are protected by legislation. Trees can help integrate new development into its setting, but they can easily be lost or damaged through lack of consideration while th...

http://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/environment/natural-heritage/trees/

Household bin collections

Find out when and what rubbish and recycling we collect, how to put bins out, additional collection services we offer.

http://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/waste/household-rubbish/rubbish-collection/

Equality Impact Assessments

This page contains the following information: - 1. Equality Impact Assessments (EIAs) 2. Justification statements explaining why an EIA is not required If the document opens with a Committee Report, please refer to section three 'Equalities, Staffing and Financial Implications'. This will detail whether an Equality Impact Assessment has been carr...

http://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/council-and-democracy/equalities/eias/

Fire Safety

  How should I look after my smoke detectors? What should I do if my house has a battery powered smoke alarm? What steps can I take to prevent a fire in my home? Fire safety outside the home What should I do if I discover a fire in my home? What should I do if my home suffers fire damage?   Fire is a major cause of injury and death in ...

http://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/housing/tenant-information/healthy-safe-and-secure-home/fire-safety/

Private Water Supplies

Financial assistance may be available to improve private water supplies The Aberdeenshire Council area has approximately 8000 private water supplies serving both domestic and commercial properties. Safe drinking water is essential to good health. All private water supplies can pose a threat to health unless they are properly protected and treated....

http://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/environment/environmental-protection/private-water-supplies/

Scams

To keep up to date with all the latest scams follow us on Twitter @AberdeenshireTS  Get Safe Online Get Safe Online recently launched A Rough Guide to Online Safety. This is a joint initiative between the Government, law enforcement, leading businesses and the public sector. The aim is to provide computer users and small businesses with free, indep...

http://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/business/trading-standards/scams/

Occupational therapy service

What the service offers Rehabilitation and enablement Occupational therapy assessment Equipment How long can I keep the equipment? Direct payments What do I do if I no longer need the equipment? Is there any equipment you will not provide? Adaptations Funding Information and advice Contact us Referral to other agencies Occupational therapy servi...

http://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/social-care-and-health/community-care/living-independently/occupational-therapy-service/

Highway Construction Drawings

Refer to the table below to download relevant drawing. Series A - Highway Sections Series B - Edge of Pavement Details Series F - Drainage Series H - Fences, Stiles and Gates Series I - Underground Cable Ducts Series K - Traffic Signs Series K - Road Lighting  Series A - Highway Sections Drawing NumberTitle Group 1: Flexible/Composite Cons...

http://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/roads-and-travel/roads/maintenance/highway-construction-drawings/

Children's rights service

The children's rights service helps children and young people who are being looked after. We help you understand your rights and make sure that they are being respected. The service is independent from social workers, teachers, residential care staff, foster carers, educational psychologists and all other adults concerned with your care. In this se...

http://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/social-care-and-health/children-and-families/children-s-rights-service/

Procurement

View procurement information on: Contracts register Conditions of contracting with the council Tender opportunities Other publications Larger contracts Community Care and Support Services Schools Tender documents Tender return and evaluation Contract award Seeking feedback Payment Contact Find out more about Positive Procurement Programme (PPP). ...

http://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/business/procurement/

Street trader licence

A street trader licence is needed by any person who carries on street trading, to any person in a public place in or from a vehicle, kiosk or moveable stall, whether on their own account or as an employee. We may impose conditions on the licence. Exemptions You will not require a street trader licence for: The sale of newspapers only The sale of m...

http://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/licensing/licences-and-permits/street-traders-licence/

Latest News

Follow us on Twitter @AberdeenshireTS for all the latest scam alerts and news daily.  You can also visit www.businesscompanion.info for some detailed guidance on the legislation which has been prepared by The Chartered Trading Standards Institute. Undertakings In April 2016 the proprietor of a local landscape gardening business gave assurances to A...

http://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/business/trading-standards/latest-news/

Stonehaven Flood Protection Scheme

Why is the Scheme Needed? Major flooding events over the last century have significantly impacted local residences and businesses within lower reach of the River Carron, Stonehaven. Major flooding events have occurred in Stonehaven over many years, most recently 1988, 1995, 2001, 2002, 2007, 2009 and 2012 which have caused the evacuation of nearby ...

http://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/environment/flooding/stonehaven-flood-protection-scheme/

Electricity at Work

Electrical safety is an important issue for ensuring the safety of employees and the working environment whether it is through the use of electrical equipment or the safety of the main distribution system. Find out about Safety, Earthing and Other Suitable Precautions, Inspections Sample Visual Checklist (pdf 108 kb) Blank Visual Electrical Checkl...

http://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/business/health-and-safety/legislation-and-guidance/electricity-at-work/

Terms and Conditions of Hire for Leisurelend and Event Attractions

Please read these carefully as you will be asked to sign to say you have done so before the booking commences.  1.             Interpretation 1.1          The following definitions and rules of interpretation apply in this agreement. Application to Book the application form completed and submitted to the Council for the hire of Equipment. Booking C...

http://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/leisure-sport-and-culture/sport-and-fitness/book-sport-activities-and-equipment/leisurelend/terms-and-conditions-of-hire/

Local Heroes

A celebration of some of the region's architects who have helped to make Aberdeenshire what it is today. William Liddle Duncan George Gray George Gordon Jenkins A. G. R. Mackenzie George Marr  James Matthews George Bennett Mitchell William Robertson  Archibald Simpson John Smith  William Liddle Duncan Born 1870, Turriff. Died 1951, Turriff....

http://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/leisure-sport-and-culture/archaeology/projects/2016-year-of-innovation-architecture-design/aberdeenshiresarchitects/localheroes/