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Property Services - Fees and Charges

A range of fees and charges applies in respect of property related enquiries managed by the Estates Team. You are advised to review the undernoted list to determine if a charge is applicable to your enquiry, or seek advice from the Estates Team if required.

Service descriptionFee including VAT
Landlord consent for alterations where annual rent is under £10,000 (excluding VAT) per annum. £316.
Landlord consent for alterations where annual rent is £10,000 (excluding VAT) or more per annum. £630.
Landlord consent to vary lease including assignation, early termination, permission to sub-lease or any other change to terms and conditions. £394.
Request permission to temporarily use Orkney Islands Council land or property. £238.
Request to purchase land or property which is not currently for sale. £630.
Request for a servitude or a wayleave. £316.
Additional work required, charged at £79 per hour.  
Specialist advice (at the cost intimated by the Estates Manager).  

Third party specialist advice required by the Council to deal with your enquiry will be recharged at its actual cost. For example, a request to purchase land or property not currently for sale may require the Council to commission a valuation surveyor to provide a valuation report which enables the Council to fully consider your request. The cost of obtaining the property valuation is payable by the applicant in advance of work being carried out.

The commercial value (for example the sale price, rent or servitude value) of an agreed request is payable in addition to the fees noted above.

A discount of 50% is available for eligible charities and community groups requesting temporary use of land or property for fundraising purposes or for a community event.

On receipt of your application you will be informed of how long it may take to process your enquiry. You may be asked to provide more information about your enquiry. If the incorrect fee has been paid, or if additional fees are required, you will be informed and your application will be suspended until the appropriate fee has been paid.

Fees are not refundable unless in exceptional circumstances which will be at the sole discretion of the Council.

You can do a land or sasine register search to establish land or property ownership by visiting the Registers of Scotland website using the link from the ‘Related Sites’ section of this page.

For further information on any of the above information please contact the Estates Team at:

Corporate Services, Orkney Islands Council, School Place, Kirkwall, Orkney, KW15 1NY.


Telephone: 01856873535 Extension 2303.

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