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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 us.

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

Repossessed Property

When a property has been repossessed, the defaulting borrower(s) remain responsible for the Council Tax until such time as the property is sold. However, exemption may be awarded from the date the property has been repossessed. You will be required to provide evidence to show this e.g. the date of repossession and the name and address of the compa...

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

Buying a property

Contains information on Affordable housing, Low Cost Initiative for First Time Buyers (LIFT), Low cost homes for sale, Shared Ownership, Buying an existing property, Buying a new build property, Building your own property, Aberdeenshire and Moray Mid Market Tenure system.

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

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/

Vacant Agricultural Property

When an agricultural property becomes vacant, under certain circumstances, it may be exempt from Council Tax. To qualify for exemption the property must: be unoccupied and unfurnished be situated on land used for agricultural or pastoral purposes when last occupied the occupant must have been employed as an agricultural worker To apply for...

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

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/

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/

Empty and Unfurnished Property

Where a property is both unoccupied and unfurnished exemption from Council Tax may be awarded for a period of up to 6 months. The 6 months exemption period will be from the first day the property becomes both unoccupied and unfurnished, provided that the last period of occupation lasted for at least 3 months. To be considered unfurnished, a propert...

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

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

Property Undergoing Major Repair

When a property is unoccupied and is undergoing major repair work to render it habitable and/or is undergoing (or has undergone) structural alteration it may be exempt from Council Tax for a period up to 12 months from the last date of occupation, provided that the last date of occupation was for a period of 3 months or more. Exemption can only be...

http://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/council-tax/exemption-or-discount/property-undergoing-major-repair/

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/

Buying an existing property

Scotland has its own legal system and the law governing the ownership of land and property is different from the law that applies to the rest of the United Kingdom. The concepts of leasehold and freehold do not generally apply in Scotland. Buying an existing property Repairs and maintenance Scheme of assistance Home buyers report   Buying...

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

Property Vacant for Care Purposes

If your property is left unoccupied because you are caring for someone in their home or you have gone to someone's home to be cared for you may be exempt from Council Tax. To qualify for a reduction you must leave your home to either: Go to someone's home to be cared for as a patient (Patient goes to Carer's home) Go to someone's home to care ...

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

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/

Building your own property

Acquiring a site and building a house Local knowledge is a considerable asset in finding and purchasing suitable sites on which to build. Sites or building plots are advertised in: local newspapers the Solicitors’ Property Centre estate agents solicitors, and possibly in the council itself. Some sites will: have outline planning cons...

http://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/housing/housing-options/buying/building-your-own-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 lon...

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 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/

Buying a new build property

Unlike existing or second-hand properties, most new build houses and flats are sold at a fixed price. Builders will often advertise the properties for sale before they have even been built and will normally have plans, drawings and perhaps a show home for potential purchasers to look at. Most builders have a standard form of offer that sets out th...

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

Housing options

Contains information on Buying a property, Renting a property, Apply for housing.

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

Business

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

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

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/

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/

Report a Council Tax change

Report a Council Tax change if you are moving house, moving in with someone or if you are a Landlord who wishes to report a change of tenancy.

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

Planning and building

Contains information on Planning Applications, Plans and Policies, Building warrant, Property Enquiries, Masterplans, Contact us, View planning applications.

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/

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/

Council Tax Payments

Pay your Council Tax online, set up Direct Debit, find other ways of paying Council Tax, view information on your bill, who has responsibility for paying and what to do if you are having difficulties making payments.

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

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/

Housing

Contains information on Housing options, Private housing, Tenant information, Homelessness, Find your local Housing office, Apply for housing, Affordable housing, Pay your housing rent, Housing policies and strategies, Gypsy/Travellers.

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

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/

Business rates

Contains information on Charges, Payments, Report a change, Reductions and relief schemes, Appeals, Contact us.

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/

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/

Request it

Contains information on Library Requests, Benefits and grants, Social Care and Health, Request private water supply sample, Hire Minibus, Business, Register for Music Tuition, Freedom of Information, Apply for active schools, Apply for sport grants, Apply for SWIM Aberdeenshire, Apply for a building warrant, Request a bulky waste collection, Apply for Blue Badge.

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/

Residents Permit Zones in Turriff

High Street Car Park Any residential property on: High Street Off High Street car park Turriff Map (pdf 136 kb)

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

Who Pays

The occupier of the property, or the party who has the right to occupy the premises should it be vacant, is responsible for paying Business Rates. This could be the owner, tenant, sub-tenant or the occupier.

http://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/business/business-rates/payment/who-pays/

Who Pays

Person(s) named on the Council Tax Bill The person or people named on the front of the bill is/are responsible for paying the Council Tax for the property. This will be the person who falls into the first category that applies in the following list: Resident owner - someone who owns the property and lives in it Resident tenant - someone who re...

http://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/council-tax/payments/who-pays/

Appeals

You must continue to pay your Council Tax while your appeal is being considered Council Tax Appeals You may appeal about the following Council Tax matters: If we are charging you Council Tax and you do not think that you are the person who should pay If you think you should get a discount and we are not giving you one, or we are not giving you the...

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

Residents Permit Zones in Fraserburgh

Saltoun Square Car Park Any residential property on: High Street, between Cross Street and Broad Street Broad Street, between High Street and Mid Street Saltoun Square Kirk Brae Mid Street car Park Any residential property on Mid Street, between Cross Street and Broad Street. Hanover Street (South) Car Park Any residential property on:...

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

Shared Ownership

What is shared ownership and how does it work? Who is eligible for shared ownership? What if I want to sell my shared ownership property? Where can I get more information on shared ownership?     What is shared ownership and how does it work? Shared ownership is a scheme where applicants part-buy and part-rent a property from...

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

Residents Permit Zones in Ellon

Schoolhill Road No.10 24/26 - 2 properties, but only one is applicable as one of the occupiers has a driveway 28/30 32/34 36/38 - 2 properties, but only one is applicable as one of the occupiers has a driveway Station Road (East) Any residential property on Station Road between the east boundary of the Ythan Centre and the junction with ...

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

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/

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/

Exemption or Discount

Some households are entitled to a reduction in their Council Tax based on the personal circumstances of the residents or the condition of the property. If you are having difficulty or would like advice on completing application forms please contact your Council Tax Team Exemptions Vacant Properties Empty and Unfurnished/Long Term Empty A Hospital...

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

Report a Change

Moving within Aberdeenshire Complete an online Moving within Aberdeenshire form if: You are moving or have moved within the Aberdeenshire area, or You have moved from one property to another within Aberdeenshire and are keeping the second property to rent out or use as as second (holiday) home, or You currently reside within Aberdeenshire and have...

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

Under 18 Exemption

Exemption from Council Tax will be awarded where a property is solely occupied by person(s) whose sole or main residence is in the dwelling and are under the age of 18. In such cases, there is no liability for Council Tax at the property by these person(s). The exemption will remain until one of the residents becomes 18 years of age. If another p...

http://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/council-tax/exemption-or-discount/under-18/

LIFT - low cost initiative for first time buyers

If you would like to buy your own home but cannot afford to pay the full market price for a property, the low cost initiative for first time buyers (LIFT) could help, details are included below. What is LIFT and how does it work? Who is eligible to apply for LIFT? Where can I get more information about LIFT?   What is LIFT and how does it wor...

http://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/housing/housing-options/buying/lift-low-cost-initiative-for-first-time-buyers/

Residents Permit Zones in Banff

St. Mary’s Car Park Any residential property on: Low Street (Nos. 1-27, 2-30) between A98 and Bridge Street Back Path (Nos. 1-8) Bridge Street (Nos. 13-55, 10-48) between Reid Street and Low Street High Street (Nos. 1-39 odds only) Institution Terrace (Nos. 1 and 2) Market Close Car Park Any residential property on Strait Path (Nos. 1-2...

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

Report a Change

Notifying a Change of Ratepayer If you are to become responsible, or are no longer responsible for a Business Rates subject within the Aberdeenshire area, or if you are a landlord of a property and want to report a tenant either moving into, or out of, a property you rent out, tell us of the change by: Completing the online Change of Ratepayer ...

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

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/

Private 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, pl...

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

Stonehaven webcam

We are currently working with our property team to install the new camera and expect it to be operational soon. Check back in the future to see the views. Stonehaven harbour was chosen by you as the most popular site for one our new webcams in our recent public consultation on webcam sites. The webcam will be located at the Stonehaven harbour offic...

http://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/local/webcams/stonehaven-webcam/

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 f...

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

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/

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/

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 the following conditions are met: Where it is necessary for the proper performance of the duties of the employment that the employee should reside in that dwelling Where the dwelling is provided for the better perf...

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

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/

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  Small Business Bonus Scheme (SBBS) The s...

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

Occupied by Students

If a member of your household is a Student, we may be able to give you a student discount on your Council Tax. To qualify you must be a 'full time' student studying at a recognised educational establishment. You must provide evidence to show this. Student discount Under certain circumstances students may be exempt from paying Council Tax. There...

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

Residents Permit Zones in Peterhead

Broad Street Car Park (East and West) Any residential property on: Marischall Street (Nos. 1-11, 2-8) between Chapel Street and Broad Street Broad Street (Nos. 1-83, 10-60) between Marischall Street and Union Street Union Street (Nos. 1-5, 2-4) between Broad Street and Seagate Rose Street (Nos. 1-17, 2-16) Narrow Lane (Nos. 2-12) St Andrew...

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

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/

Living on my own

Council Tax bills are calculated on the basis of two adults living in a household. (An adult is a person aged 18 or over). If you are the sole occupier of the property, a single person discount of 25% may be applicable on your Council Tax bill. To apply for a single person discount, please complete the form below. Application for Single Person...

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

Moving House

Depending on the valuation band of the house you are moving in to, you may pay less Council Tax. Please tell us as soon as possible so that we can send you a correct bill, or issue a refund if you have overpaid. The sooner you tell us about moving, the more time you have to pay your bill When moving you can either contact your Council Tax Team to...

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

Residents Permit Zones in Inverurie

Market Place/The Square Car Park Any residential property on Market Place (Nos. 3, 11, 13, 14a, 26b, 37b, c and d, 42, 47, 50, 52, 59, 65, 68a,b and c. No 1 and 2 Homely Cottage. Burn Lane Car Park Burnside Cottage (Adjacent to Burn Lane). Inverurie Map (pdf 81.3 kb) 

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

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/

Benefit Fraud

Is Someone Benefitting at Your Expense? Do you know someone: who is working but claiming to be unemployed? not living in a property but claiming rent for it? living with someone else but claiming to be on their own? If so, please contact the National Benefit Fraud Hotline on 0800 854 4400. Lines are open Monday - Friday from 8am to 6pm. You can a...

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

Council Tax bill explained

Your Council Tax bill will show details such as, your current method of payment, the amount of each instalment and the due date by which it must reach us. Our full explanation of your Council Tax Bill below will help you to understand it better. Select or click on the various parts of the form to find out more information about your Council Tax bil...

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

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 Deposit Scheme Th...

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

Low cost homes for sale

What is low cost shared equity? Who is eligible to buy a low cost shared equity property? How are applicants prioritised? What low cost home opportunities are currently available in Aberdeenshire? How do I apply for a low cost shared equity property? Where can I get more information on low cost shared equity properties for sale?   What...

http://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/housing/housing-options/buying/low-cost-homes-for-sale/

Private landlords - advice and support

Private landlord information leaflet Our leaflet explains your rights and responsibilities as a landlord renting to a private tenant: Private landlord information leaflet (pdf 899KB) Setting up the tenancy Information for landlords about the legal requirements for renting out private property: Tenancy agreement The tenancy agreement should be eas...

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

High Hedges Act Frequently Asked Questions

The High Hedges (Scotland) Act 2013 received Royal Assent on 2 May 2013.  Although some administrative elements of The Act came into force on the day after Royal Assent, the main provisions of the Act such as making an Application for a High Hedges Notice did not come into force until  April 2014.    The High Hedges (Scotland) Act 2013 (the Act),...

http://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/planning/planning-applications/high-hedges-act-frequently-asked-questions/

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/

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 St...

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

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/

Severely Mentally Impaired Discount

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/

Vacant Caravan

Caravans (touring and static) are included on the Council Tax Valuation List by the Assessor where they are considered to be a person's sole or main residence. A caravan which is no longer a person's sole or main residence and is not being used as a second home may be entitled to a reduction in Council Tax. When a caravan becomes unoccupied, 100%...

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

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/

Affordable housing for sale

Low cost home opportunities currently available in Aberdeenshire: Low cost homes for sale Low cost homes for re-sale LIFT - New supply shared equity properties Shared ownership properties   Low cost homes for sale New build properties for sale:  Development Malcolm Crescent, Kingseat Properties available 1 x 3 bed semi detached house P...

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

Appeals

You must continue to pay your Business Rates while your appeal is being considered Business Rates Appeals You may appeal about the following Business Rates matters: If we are charging you Business Rates and you do not think that you are the person who should pay If you think you should get a discount and we are not giving you one, or we are not gi...

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

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/

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/

Advice Leaflets

Leaflets on a number of topics have been prepared by Aberdeenshire Council to assist businesses comply with the law. These are listed below. There is further guidance available via the Trading Standards Companion Website   Unfair terms in Consumer Contracts  These short, animated videos will help businesses understand more about the law on using un...

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

External insulation works

If you've recently been told that external insulation is to be fitted to your home there's important information you need to know about the work to be done and how this will affect you. What work will be involved? The work will involve fitting external insulation to your property, including: fitting insulation panels to the existing wall surfaces ...

http://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/housing/tenant-information/improvement-works/tenant-guides-to-upgrades/external-insulation-works/

A Patient in a Hospital or Home

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. To qualify for a reduction the patient must: be resident in the Hospital, Residential or Nursing Home continuously for more than 6 weeks; or their residence must be permanent. If you feel th...

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

Second Home Discount

Where a property you own or rent is not occupied as your main residence but is used as a second home (e.g. Holiday Home, to live closer to work etc.) in an intermittent way, a discount may be applicable. Council Tax legislation defines a second home as 'a dwelling which is no one's sole or main residence, but which is furnished and in respect of w...

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

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/

Capital programme of improvement works

We have a 30 year business plan which allows us to plan our capital programme for improving our council houses and flats. This makes sure our council housing meets the Energy Efficiency Standard for Social Housing by December 2020. The main type of improvement works include upgrades to: kitchens bathrooms heating systems doors windows wall...

http://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/housing/tenant-information/improvement-works/capital-programme-of-improvement-works/

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/

Community Mediation

The Aberdeenshire Community Mediation Service is managed by SACRO and funded by Aberdeenshire Council Housing Service and the Community Safety Partnership, meaning that the service is currently offered free of charge to all Aberdeenshire residents, irrespective of housing tenure. Mediation can help resolve disagreements between neighbours and othe...

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

Report flytipping

What is Fly-tipping? Fly-tipping is the illegal dumping of waste on land, often seen in lay-bys, country lanes, fields or woodland. Please be aware that it is the householders responsibility to ensure that any waste produced on the property is only taken away by someone who is a registered waste carrier.  This may be relevant if a householder uses ...

http://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/waste/report-it/report-flytipping/

Council Tax Bands

What is Council Tax? 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. What Council Tax contributes towards Your Council Tax contributes towards the costs of Council services, including Education, Roads, Social Work and many other services pro...

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

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/

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/

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/

Solar photovoltaic works

If you've recently been told that new energy generating roof panels (solar photovoltaic) are to be fitted to your home there's important information you need to know about the work and how this will affect you. What work will be involved? The work will involve: a survey to identify the exact detail of the work to be done and where the solar photov...

http://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/housing/tenant-information/improvement-works/tenant-guides-to-upgrades/solar-photovoltaic-works/

Getting waste and recycling containers

Aberdeenshire Council provide the containers to enable recycling free of charge. Householders can request one or more recycling containers, for mixed dry recycling or food waste from a domestic property free. Contact the Wasteline to arrange. From 1 April 2017, Aberdeenshire residents can get a waste bin for household use for a delivery and admin f...

http://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/waste/book-and-buy/buying-a-wheeled-refuse-bin/

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/

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/

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/

Local Housing Allowance for 2017/18

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 alone...

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

Charges

What is Business Rates - 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 2017/18 The amount you pay is calculated by multiplying the Rateable Valu...

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

Inverurie Business Improvement District Ballot

A ballot is to be held on the proposal of We are Inverurie to introduce a Business Improvement District (BID) for Inverurie Town Centre. The ballot will be conducted entirely by post by the Independent Scrutineer, Electoral Reform Services, 33 Clarendon Road, London. Ballot Papers will be sent to those eligible to vote no later than Thursday 11 May...

http://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/council-and-democracy/elections/bid-ballot/

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/

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/

Roof covering replacement

If you've recently been told that the roof covering to your home is due to be replaced there's important information you need to know about the work to be done and how this will affect you. What work will be involved? The work will involve replacing the roof covering, including: removing the existing roof coverings recovering the surfaces with new...

http://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/housing/tenant-information/improvement-works/tenant-guides-to-upgrades/roof-covering-replacement/

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/

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/

Internal wall insulation works

If you've recently been told that internal wall insulation (IWI) is to be fitted to your home there's important information you need to know about the work to be done and how this will affect you.   What work will be involved? The work will involve installing internal wall insulation, usually in every room of your home. The work is extensive and in...

http://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/housing/tenant-information/improvement-works/tenant-guides-to-upgrades/internal-wall-insulation-works/

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. This is done by serving on you either personally, by recorded delivery or by Sheriff Officer, a legal ...

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

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/

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 Setting up Direct Debit Discover the benefits of paying by Direct Debit - simply fill in our online Direct Debit form and we will do the rest. Setting up a Direct Debit could not be easier. You can now sim...

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

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/

Your Bill

Confused by your Business Rates Bill? Your Business Rates Bill will show details such as, your current method of payment, the amount of each instalment and the due date by which it must reach us. Our full explanation of your Business Rates Bill below will help you to understand it better. Select or click on the various parts of the form to find ...

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

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/

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. No metal detecting on or within 20m of any Scheduled Monument. Under current legislation this is a criminal offenc...

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

What is 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...

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

Window upgrades

If you've recently been told that your windows are due to be replaced there's important information you need to know about the work to be done and how this will affect you. What work will be involved? The work will involve installing new windows, including: removing the existing windows replacing with energy efficient units meeting current British...

http://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/housing/tenant-information/improvement-works/tenant-guides-to-upgrades/window-upgrades/

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/

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/

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/

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 Additional charges VAT is included at the current rate and may change due to alterations in the National VAT r...

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

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/

Door upgrades

If you've recently been told that the door or doors to your home will be replaced there's important information you need to know about the work and how this will affect you. What work will be involved? The work will involve replacing your existing door or doors, including: removing and replacing the existing door or doors. Replacement doors will m...

http://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/housing/tenant-information/improvement-works/tenant-guides-to-upgrades/door-upgrades/

Electrical upgrades

If you've recently been told that your electrical system is due to be replaced there's important information you need to know about the work to be done and how this will affect you. What work will be involved? The work will involve replacing your existing electrical system, including: upgrading your existing electrical system to current standards ...

http://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/housing/tenant-information/improvement-works/tenant-guides-to-upgrades/electrical-upgrades/

Kitchen upgrades

If you’ve recently been told that your kitchen is due to be replaced there’s important information you need to know about the work to be done and how this will affect you. What work will be involved? The work will involve installing a new kitchen, including: replacing the existing fittings painting the walls fitting vinyl floor coverings rewiring ...

http://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/housing/tenant-information/improvement-works/tenant-guides-to-upgrades/kitchen-upgrades/

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/

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/

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/

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/

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 wea...

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

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/

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/

Bathroom and cloakroom upgrades

If you’ve recently been told that your bathroom or separate cloakroom is due to be replaced there’s important information you need to know about the work to be done and how this will affect you. What work will be involved? The work will involve installing a new bathroom or separate cloakroom, including: replacing the existing fittings installing a...

http://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/housing/tenant-information/improvement-works/tenant-guides-to-upgrades/bathroom-and-cloakroom-upgrades/

Gas heating upgrade

If you've been told that your heating is due to be replaced there's important information you need to know about the work to be done and how this will affect you. What work will be involved? The work will involve replacing your existing central heating system, including: removing your existing heating system. taking out a solid fuel or gas fired b...

http://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/housing/tenant-information/improvement-works/tenant-guides-to-upgrades/gas-heating-upgrade/

Quantum electric storage heating upgrade

If you've recently been told that your heating is due to be replaced there's important information you need to know about the work to done and how this will affect you. What are Quantum electric storage heaters? Quantum electric storage heaters heat overnight using low-cost, off-peak energy. What work will be involved? The work will involve replaci...

http://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/housing/tenant-information/improvement-works/tenant-guides-to-upgrades/electric-storage-heating-upgrade/

Shower room upgrades

If you’ve recently been told that your shower room is due to be replaced there’s important information you need to know about the work to be done and how this will affect you. What work will be involved? The work will involve installing a new shower room, including: replacing the existing fittings installing a new shower area (eg shower cubicle, l...

http://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/housing/tenant-information/improvement-works/tenant-guides-to-upgrades/shower-room-upgrades/

Choose how to pay Business Rates

Your Business Rates Bill will show your current method of payment, the amount of each instalment and the due date by which each payment must reach us. Each year payment of Business Rates is required to be made over ten monthly instalments, starting in May and finishing in February of the following year. Payments are due on the 21st of each month. A...

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

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/

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. Payments can also be made towards a rent deposit or removal costs if you are moving home. Claim Discretionary Housing Payments Online Who can get a Discretionary Housing Payment? To be considered for a Dis...

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

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/

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/

Supported Lodgings scheme provider

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 providers expect from the tenant? How do I become a supported lodging host? How are placements arranged? What about finances? Further information  What is supported lod...

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

Reduced Use of Resources

Ask yourself this question: "Is it possible to continue to do what I am doing in the long term?" If the answer is ‘no’, then what you are doing is not sustainable. Something is sustainable if doing it now does not make it more difficult or impossible to do it in the future. We all need to play our part in making the best use of the planet’s resou...

http://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/environment/green-living/reduced-use-of-resources/

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/

Procurement

Contracts Register and Information Contracts RegisterAberdeenshire Council in accordance with Section 35 of the Procurement Reform (Scotland) Act 2014 have a legal obligation to publish a Contracts Register as a statement of current and future opportunities. Aberdeenshire Council's Contracts Register is based on information and supporting documenta...

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

Advice and Guidance

Do I Need Planning Permission What is a Certificate of Lawfulness Making a Planning Application Planning Advice Categories of Development Pre-Application Consultation Scheme of Delegation Request to Speak at Committee Local Review Body Making a comment on a planning application Model Planning Conditions Planning Aid for Scotland (PAS) Guidance for...

http://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/planning/planning-applications/advice-and-guidance/

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/

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/

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/

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/

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/

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/

Building Warrant Advice

Building Standards ensure that work carried out on both new and existing buildings meets reasonable standards. These standards are set out in building regulations and are intended to: secure the health, safety, welfare and convenience of persons in or about buildings and of others who may be affected by buildings or matters connected with building...

http://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/planning/building-standards/advice-and-guidance/

Scottish Welfare Fund

What is the 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. The Scottish Welfare Fund offers two grants - Crisis Grants and Community Ca...

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

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/

High Hedges Act 2013

Frequently Asked Questions Downloadable Application Form On 1 April 2014 a new Act aimed at resolving disputes between neighbours over the size of garden hedges came into effect. The legislation is intended to provide a solution to problems caused by hedges which grow over two metres tall, and block out light. The legislation gives homeowners and...

http://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/planning/planning-applications/high-hedges-act-2013/

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/

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/childrens-rights-service/

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/

How can I get help with a community alarm or telecare?

What is the community alarm scheme? What is telecare? Aberdeenshire Lifeline Who is entitled to community alarm and telecare services? How can I get help with community alarm or telecare? Community alarm or telecare assessment   What is the community alarm scheme? The community alarm scheme allows you to call for help in an emergency at any tim...

http://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/social-care-and-health/community-care/living-independently/how-can-i-get-help-with-a-community-alarm-or-telecare/

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/

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/

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 Ch...

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

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/

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/