The responsibilities of the Scottish Government include health, education, justice, rural affairs, housing and the environment.
The responsibilities of the Scottish Government include health, education, justice, rural affairs, housing and the environment.
Find out if you need to apply for planning permission to build an access ramp to your door.
Find out whether your planned extension needs planning permission.
Information on whether you'll need planning permission to build a porch.
Information on whether you need planning permission to add decking or a platform to the outside of your home.
Information on adopting a child from abroad (intercountry adoption) including how to adopt and where you can get support.
Information about adopting a child from fostering.
Information about adopting a child in Scotland including who can adopt, how to adopt and adoption leave and pay.
How to appeal if your local planning authority asks you to remove an advertisement from your building.
Your rights as a victim or witness of crime – includes information on the Victims' Code for Scotland and the Standards of Service for victims and witnesses.
What happens after a verdict at court, including information on sentencing, appeals and the Victim Notification Scheme.
Information for victims and witnesses about the police investigation, the prosecution process, the Scottish Children's Reporter Administration and how to ask for information.
Information on how to appeal to your local planning authority if you're ordered to tidy land you own.
A court can ban you from owning or keeping animals, dealing in animals, or transporting animals.
Find out why you can be given an ASBO, and what happens if you break it.
How to appeal if you don't agree with a compulsory care decision made by the Mental Health Tribunal.
Make an appeal to your local council if your request for a school place is denied.
How to appeal a sentence or conviction if you're found guilty of a crime at court.
You may be eligible if you get Housing Benefit but still can't afford your housing costs.
You have the right to ask for an 'interested person review' if you have questions or concerns about a family member's cause of death.
You need an exhumation licence if you are removing human remains from the ground.
How to apply for a student loan.
Find a place to live with a council or registered social landlord.
Apply for financial support to study at school or college if you're aged 16 to 19 and from a low income household.
How to apply online for tuition fees, student loans, bursaries, grants and allowances in Scotland.
Information about how to apply for university including when to apply to university.
How to apply for confirmation when someone dies.
Find out what a justice of the peace does and how you can apply to become one.
How to apply to court to reduce your driving ban. Includes who can apply and how much it costs.
Information on Approved Certifiers for Design and Construction.
Information about armed forces pensions and compensation from injury during service.
How to organise a funeral, including funeral directors, burials, cremations and funeral costs.
Information on how to get your landlord to carry out repairs if you're renting in Scotland.
See if you need planning permission to add something to the wall outside your flat.
See which additions to the external surface of your home need planning permission.
Information for landlords on checks you can make on new tenants renting your property. Includes proof of identification checks, credit checks, references and guarantors.
Get support if you're new to your caring role.
How to become the guardian of a child that isn't your own, including getting a court order and financial support.
Information on becoming a foster parent.
Includes powers of arrest, rights in custody, legal advice at the police station, young people and vulnerable adults.
Information for witnesses of criminal, civil and Children’s Hearing court cases. Includes where to get support if you're worried about giving evidence, and special measures for vulnerable witnesses.
What happens if the police charge you with a crime. Includes being released on an undertaking or kept in police custody until your first court hearing.
How the death of your husband, wife, civil partner or child affects your benefits, tax and pension. Includes Bereavement Payment, Bereavement Allowance and other benefits.
Find resources and support to help when you have to cope with a death.
Bereavement support for a child or young person who has lost someone or has a loved one who is dying.
Including booklets for adults, children and young people at criminal, civil and Children's Hearing court cases.
Check to see if you need planning permission to build or improve a structure around your flat.
Find out if you need planning permission to build a boundary around your home
Information on the permitted development rules for an ancillary building.
How to appeal if Historic Environment Scotland makes a change to its list of buildings of historical interest.
Information on planning permission for adding installations such as swimming pools or free-standing solar panels.
Information on what the building regulations are and how to follow them when doing building or conversion work.
Information on the Building Scotland Fund including what you can use it for and how to apply.
Find out what you need to do to meet Building Standards in Scotland.
A guide to the whole process of building your home, from design and land purchase to builder hire, the build process itself and reclaiming VAT.
Find out about the business rates reliefs (discounts) available in Scotland, including the Small Business Bonus Scheme, and how to apply.
All retailers in Scotland must charge customers for single-use carrier bags by law.
Information on dealing with tenant requests for repairs, as well as the Repairing Standard and Tolerable Standard.
Information on what a certificate of appropriate alternative development is and how to appeal if you get one.
How to appeal if your local planning authority doesn't send you a certificate of lawful use or development.
Find out about the changes to water and sewerage charges for businesses.
Information on changing a civil partnership to a marriage.
Support and advice for survivors of childhood and historical abuse.
What to do if you need to get child maintenance and one of you lives outside Scotland.
If you need to go to court and you’re not sure what will happen, you can get support to help you feel ok about talking at court.
Legal tribunals that help young people with problems, such as they're not looked after properly or are in trouble with the police or their school.
Information for employers of Children’s Panel volunteers, includes time off they might need from work.
Find out how to find a school for your child.
A guide to the different types of home you may wish to consider when building your own property.
Information on civil partnership including how to register a civil partnership.
Information on having a civil partnership outside of Scotland including in England and Wales and outside of England and Wales.
Apply for compensation if you or someone you know has been hurt in a violent crime, a crime abroad or a terrorist attack.
You could get Housing Benefit to help pay your rent if you’re on a low income.
Information on agreeing a method for a landlord and tenant to contact each other during a private residential tenancy.
Information about creating a community plan for emergencies.
How to complain about the behaviour of a judge, sheriff or justice of the peace.
Information on how to complain about an NHS service, such as a hospital, GP or dentist.
How to complain about a solicitor or advocate using their procedure or by contacting the Scottish Legal Complaints Commission.
How to complain if you aren't happy with the service being provided by Children's Hearings Scotland (CHS) or its partners.
How to complain to the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service (COPFS) if you’re unhappy with their service.
How to complain about the police using their procedure or by contacting the Police Investigations and Review Commissioner.
How to make a complaint about an article in the press, or a TV or radio programme.
How to complain to the Scottish Children’s Reporter Administration (SCRA) if you’re unhappy with their service.
How to arrange to have water, electricity and gas supplied to your new home.
How to get a refund, repair or replacement when something you buy from a shop is faulty.
Contact the police by calling 999 to report emergencies or by calling 101 for non-emergencies.
How to get contact with your grandchildren if their parents divorce or separate and won't let you see them.
Find out about registering for council tax, ways to pay, exemptions and tax bands in Scotland.
Find out what support is available if you're affected by crime in another country.
Why organisations may sometimes need to share your personal information.
Information on what to do if you receive a complaint about a tenant's behaviour.
Information for victims and witnesses of crime on dealing with the media and how to stop unwanted attention.
How to design your own home with the help of an architect.
Information about dog microchipping for businesses, such as dog breeders, dog dealers, dog importers, microchip implanters, vets and database operators.
Get help if you're experiencing or have experienced domestic abuse.
Find out how to donate your body to a university after you die.
Scotland's drink-drive limit, the law, getting home safely, and alternative alcohol-free nights out.
You can get funding for qualifications if you've been in the armed forces and are looking for another job.
Find out your options if you’re homeless and don’t have anywhere to stay tonight.
Packing an emergency kit will help you be prepared for any severe weather emergency.
Information on legally ending a tenancy on a property you're renting out.
Information on how to get an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) for a building in Scotland.
Find out how to make an appeal against a decision made by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) or Scottish Water.
Find out about Environmental Impact Assessments (EIAs) in your area.
Discretionary and hardship funding and emergency financial support you can get from your university or college.
Support for families and friends who've been bereaved as a result of a murder or culpable homicide.
Farm subsidies can be claimed by everyone who is eligible.
Female Genital Mutilation, known as FGM, is an illegal procedure where the external female genitalia are deliberately cut, injured or changed.
If you need care services that have a charge, the council will carry out a financial assessment to decide what you need to pay.
Search for and apply for full or part-time jobs in Scotland, Great Britain and abroad.
Find and register for business events, workshops, seminars and conferences in Scotland.
Support for veterans who are looking for a job or to improve their skills.
How to find and buy a plot of land you can build a property on.
How to find a will if someone dies.
Check to see how clean the air is in your area.
Find contact details and opening times for your local Children’s Reporter office.
Find contact details and opening times for your local procurator fiscal office.
Information on making sure older people's homes are protected against fire.
Prepare for flooding, get help during a flood and what to do after a flood.
A court can ban you from attending all football matches in Scotland, the rest of the UK and abroad for up to 10 years.
What to do if you're trying to stop a forced marriage in Scotland or overseas, or if you need help leaving a marriage you've been forced into.
Find out about the differences in furnished, unfurnished and part-furnished homes.
Ask your local police to give you a copy of the information they hold about you.
Get advice about business crime from Police Scotland.
Get a declaration of presumed death if a person has been missing for at least 7 years or you think they've died.
Find out how to get a loan to help build your own home.
Find out how to borrow a manual or powered wheelchair or a powered scooter through the Shopmobility scheme.
Find out how energy assistance can help you keep a warm and comfortable home.
Find emotional support and practical information if you have been the victim of crime.
Find out how to apply for a building warrant.
How to get a special mortgage for building your own home.
Information about getting free vitamins when you're pregnant.
Information on Scottish Government schemes to help you buy a new home.
How to get information about your adoption including tracing your birth relatives and the adoption contact register.
If you want to carry out building work you may need planning permission.
Information on organisations who can help in the event of an emergency or major disruption.
You'll normally be asked to give the police a statement so they can understand what happened.
Information on how to appeal a good neighbour agreement decision in Scotland.
Find out about growing your business - planning, deciding whether to grow, and the challenges of growing.
Help if you're asked to be a guarantor, or want to know more about what guarantors need to do.
Advice for Gypsy Travellers on access to services, eviction rights and discrimination.
Crimes committed against someone because of their disability, gender-identity, race, religion or belief, or sexual orientation.
Information on becoming a surrogate mother and your rights.
Information about having a child through a surrogate mother.
Find out about appealing a planning authority's decision about hazardous substances consents.
Find out about appealing a planning authority's decision about hazardous substances contravention notices.
Emotional help and practical advice after a divorce or separation, includes counselling and divorce support groups.
What you need to do and what help you can get after the death of your husband, wife or partner.
If you cannot afford to pay your mortgage, find information to help you stay in your home.
Getting help if your child is taken abroad without your consent.
Visit GOV.UK to find out what the Foreign and Commonwealth Office can do to help British nationals who are arrested abroad.
Help you can get with paying for registered childcare. Includes funded early learning and childcare and Tax-Free Childcare.
Information on how to get financial help from the Scottish Government when buying a new build home.
Who can help you if you need advice about a legal problem, such as debt, housing, benefits, employment, divorce or claims for money.
If you and your partner are having problems and you need extra support to sort things out, relationship counselling or mediation could help you.
Includes benefits calculators and finding local organisations that can help you with benefits and welfare rights.
Can help you cope with costs if you have a crisis or need some help living in your community.
Support if you have a mental health problem such as depression, schizophrenia or anxiety.
Apply for, renew or update a UK passport, use the Check and Send service, find a passport interview office.
Find out how to check title deeds or how to change them.
Appeal against a high hedges decision – includes deadlines, how to appeal and how long it takes to get a decision.
How to hire a contractor for a self-build, or how to build it yourself.
Information on employing a letting agent to help you rent out your home.
If you're at risk of having your home repossessed, the Home Owners' Support Fund may be able to help you.
What a judge considers when deciding a sentence – includes what the law says and sentencing factors.
If you feel your human rights have been abused, there are many ways you can report it.
Find out how to report human trafficking and how to get help.
Information about what happens when a death is reported to the procurator fiscal, including post mortems and fatal accident inquiries.
What happens if a child or young person gets in trouble with the police – includes the age of criminal responsibility and Children's Hearings.
The steps you must take when someone dies outside Scotland or abroad – register a death, post-mortems, funerals and support.
How to deal with rent arrears if you live in private, council or social housing.
Information on the eviction process and what to do if your council or social landlord wants to evict you.
Information on the eviction process and what to do if your private landlord wants to evict you.
Find out where to get homelessness help and advice.
Information for carers of witnesses with learning disabilities.
Information about how and when rent can be increased, and what you can do if you disagree with it.
If you have a dispute with someone or an organisation, there may be ways to deal with it without going to court.
Find out what intellectual property is and how to protect it in the UK and abroad.
Information about keeping your business safe from online threats.
Information on leaving your child on their own, safety at home, car safety and internet safety for children.
Information on how to gain access to a property if you're a landlord.
Find out if you need planning permission to lay a hard surface like paving around your home.
Choices when you leave school including university, college, jobs, modern apprenticeships, starting a business, armed forces, jobs and gap years.
Help with the costs of legal advice and representation in court if you can’t afford it.
Find out how to register as a letting agent, including information on the Code of Practice.
Keep up to date with the letting agent registration requirements.
Information on the Letting Agent Code of Practice and how to complain about your letting agent.
Information on the Letting Agent Code of Practice and how to complain about your letting agent.
Anyone who owns or uses an airgun needs to have a licence.
Information on how to appeal a planning authority's decision on works on a listed building or conservation area in Scotland.
Information on how to apply for housing benefit if you're renting privately.
Information about what to do in the event of a loss of electricity, water or gas.
How to carry out repairs and maintenance in the shared areas of a block of flats.
Complain to the Additional Support Needs Tribunal if you feel your child's school is discriminating against their disability.
How to appeal if you disagree with a decision made about Lands and Buildings Transaction Tax or Scottish Landfill Tax.
Information on how to apply to have a dispute about land or property resolved.
Making an agreement with your ex-partner about arrangements for your children, money and property if you're divorcing or separating.
Make a written statement that tells a court how a crime affected you.
Information on carrying out fire safety inspections and repairs on your home.
Getting married in Scotland including how to register a marriage and documents you need.
Getting married outside of Scotland including within the UK and abroad.
Information about microchipping your dog in Scotland, including how much it costs and where to get it done.
Information on the new minimum 50p per unit price for alcohol in Scotland, coming on 1 May.
How to apply for compensation for a miscarriage of justice. Includes the Statutory Scheme and the Ex Gratia Scheme.
Information for mobile home owners about the new site licensing system.
Information for mobile home site owners about the new site licensing system.
How to appeal if Historic Environment Scotland makes a change to its list of monuments of national importance.
The Neonatal Expenses Fund helps with the cost of travel and food for parents of premature and sick newborn babies in neonatal care.
How to get help to buy a newly built home by sharing the cost with the Scottish Government
How to get help to buy a home on the open market by sharing the cost with the Scottish Government
Order an official birth, marriage or death certificate from National Records Scotland if you need a copy or want to research your family tree.
Find out about bona vacantia, ultimus haeres and treasure trove.
Find out about what the law says about your responsibilities and rights whether you're a mother, father, married, living together or in a civil partnership.
Includes how to pay a court fine, what could happen if you don't pay a fine and what to do if you can't pay it.
Police Scotland give information on personal safety and protection from crime. Includes doorstep crime, online dating and substance misuse.
How to appeal if your local planning authority serves an enforcement notice.
Information on planning obligations and how to appeal one.
Information on how to appeal if your local planning authority refuses to give you planning permission.
How to plan your own funeral, including your funeral wishes, funeral payment plans and where to keep the information.
The police or procurator fiscal can give you a warning, penalty notice or another alternative to prosecution (direct measure) if you're accused of a crime.
Information about what happens if you're stopped and searched by police, and what your rights are.
How to appeal to your local planning authority if it refuses prior approval needed for some development work.
Information on hiring a property factor (also known as a property manager) to take care of maintenance in a block of flats.
Information about protecting your computer and devices against online threats and fraud.
Information about banking online, with your mobile and contactless, donating money to charity online and online transactions.
Find out about public and bank holidays in Scotland – including past and future bank holidays.
If you've been raped or sexually assaulted, the police and support organisations are there to help.
How to claim back VAT on building materials used to build your own home.
Find out who needs to register a birth and how and where to do it.
Find out how to register a death in Scotland, elsewhere in the UK or abroad.
You must register your agricultural land if you want to claim rural funding from the Scottish Government.
Information on how to register a stillbirth and what support is available for you.
Information on how to move in and move out of a home if you're renting privately.
A guide to renting out a property if you're a landlord.
Information on how to pay back your student loan and what you'll pay back.
In an emergency call 999, to report a crime call 101.
Find out what to do if you think you’ve seen a wildlife crime.
What to do if you're worried that a child is being neglected or threatened – call 999 if it's an emergency or they’re in immediate danger.
Find out how to report antisocial behaviour like noisy neighbours, litter and vandalism.
Information on how to resolve a dispute with your neighbour including noisy neighbours, nuisance neighbours, barking dogs and a boundary dispute like high hedges.
The Additional Support Needs Tribunal can investigate if your child has support needs or a disability and you aren't happy with their education.
Information on how to resolve a housing dispute when you're a private tenant or a private landlord.
Resources to help your employees be more environmentally friendly at work and at home.
How to appeal a prohibition or suspension order on the mining of minerals or deposit of mineral waste on a site.
Find out about the expired scheme which let people buy the home they were renting from a council or housing association.
Find out about claiming compensation if you've been bereaved or injured in a road crash.
Information and advice for people bereaved or seriously injured in a road crash.
Find out whether you need planning permission to add a dormer to your roof and gain extra space.
Information about the Rural and Islands Housing Funds including who can apply and how to apply.
Information about farming and agriculture in Scotland, including funding and inspections.
The rules for putting up scaffolding on your property - licence, checks, safety, builder, scaffold companies
How to appeal if Historic Environment Scotland refuses to let you carry out work on a scheduled monument.
How to appeal if Historic Environment Scotland serves you a notice for carrying out work on a scheduled monument.
School closure information can be found on your local council's website.
Gives money for projects to improve agriculture, the environment and rural life.
How to search for the progress of an ongoing planning appeal or find a previous planning appeal decision.
Search for business funding, including grant and loan options available in Scotland.
Find decisions made by the Lands Tribunal for Scotland relating to land or property disputes.
See decisions on appeals against decisions on Land and Buildings Transaction Tax and Scottish Landfill Tax.
How to get planning permission and a building warrant for a self-build project.
How to get site insurance and a structural warranty while building a home.
Information on how to serve or enforce a court order.
Guardianship allows someone to make decisions on behalf of an adult with incapacity.
What you need to do to set up a business - registration, licenses, banking, NI and VAT, employing people.
Setting up an LLP so you can run a business with 2 or more members - registration, LLP agreement, members and their responsibilities.
Explains your responsibilities, including choosing a name, having a registered address, appointing partners and registering with Companies House.
Register as a sole trader and find out your legal responsibilities if you run a business as a self-employed sole trader.
Check the background of someone involved with a child to see if they have a record of sexual offences.
If someone is convicted of a sexual offence, their details will be held on the Sex Offenders Register.
Information on getting help to buy your home if you're aged 60 or over.
How to share the cost of a new home with a housing association if you can't afford to buy it outright.
Information on how to share a house or flat with other people.
Find more information on the Scottish Business Pledge - a voluntary commitment Scottish businesses can make.
Find out how to report stalking and what support is available to you.
For people thinking about starting a business or becoming self-employed.
Information on starting a business from your home including setting up a home office, planning permission, title deeds, health and safety, trading standards and waste management.
Information on preventing and managing heat stress during extreme heat events.
Information on keeping safe during winter weather. Includes travelling, grit bins, loss of utilities, frozen or burst pipes and snow and flooding.
Information about staying safe online, including: social media, apps, online fraud, cyber bullying, deleting your browser history and reporting online crime to the police.
Help and support during storms and strong winds. Includes information on flooding, lightning, loss of utilities and insurance.
Find somewhere to live at college or university, including student accommodation or private renting.
How to get a student bank account including UCAS confirmation letter and when you can open one.
Financial support to help with costs at university, including bursaries, grants, scholarships and loans.
Student discounts available including student travel card, NUS extra card and ISIC Card.
Your student finance if you change course, go from full-time student to part-time or leave your course.
How to get support when you're studying including extra financial support, support for parents, help with your studies and health and wellbeing support.
Get support and advice if you know someone in prison.
Emotional support and practical information for bereaved parents of a baby or child.
Help if someone shares or threatens to share an intimate picture of you without consent – sometimes called 'revenge porn'.
Get support if you want to teach your child at home.
How to create a tenancy agreement for a private residential tenancy.
Information about the tenancy agreement requirements for a private residential tenancy.
Information on registering a tenant's deposit with a scheme and resolving disputes.
Information on how to pay a deposit when renting a property.
How to report suspected terrorism and information about planning for national emergencies.
Information on how to be prepared for travelling in bad weather.
Information on what a tree replacement notice is and how to appeal if you get one.
How to appeal if your local planning authority refuses your application to cut down or carry out work on a protected tree.
Find out about tuition fees for university, including eligibility and how to apply.
The range of prison sentences a court can give – including determinate sentences, life sentences and Orders for Lifelong Restriction.
Information on assured tenancies, short assured tenancies and private residential tenancies.
Issues like debt, housing disputes, bankruptcy, divorce, and parental rights are dealt with in the civil justice system.
Information for victims and witnesses on what happens at each stage of the criminal justice system.
Find out about the costs of university and how to get help with paying these costs.
Solicitors can give you legal advice and representation at court.
When an independent and impartial person discusses a problem with you and your ex-partner to try to find a solution.
Health benefits and support available to veterans of the armed forces.
Information for veterans on buying or renting property and homelessness.
Local council and health board contacts for veterans.
Support services for veterans and their families.
Organisations and charities that help veterans transition to civilian life.
What to do and how to get support if you’re being harassed because you’ve reported a crime.
Transcript of a video covering what help and support you can get when you're a witness at a criminal court case.
Transcript of a video covering 'What sort of information can I give' when making a victim statement.
Children's Panel members make decisions about how to help vulnerable children and young people.
How to get help with the cost of your water bill if you run a charity or Community Amateur Sports Club.
What happens when a Children's Hearing is sent to court – includes people in the courtroom, witnesses and what the sheriff can decide.
Information for witnesses on court processes at civil court cases.
A guide for victims and witnesses on what happens if a criminal case goes to court.
The steps you must take when someone dies – register a death, the procurator fiscal, funerals and bereavement support.
What your landlord needs to give you when you start renting from them.
Find out if you need a licence to copy a creative work, find out if a work is covered by copyright or an exception.
Information for witnesses on claiming expenses for travelling to court, meals and loss of earnings.
Find out whether the building work you want to carry out needs planning permission.
If you're a young carer or a young adult carer, you can get help, advice and support.
Advice and help if you’re a child or young person affected by crime, or their parent or guardian.
Information for businesses about the EU Referendum outcome including exports, employment, EU funding and how to get further support
Your rights and options for dividing the home you rent after you separate from your partner.
Find out about your rights as someone needing care.
Your rights if you're stopped by the police while driving – motoring offences, faults with your vehicle, stolen property.
How to report a crime committed by a person under the age of 16, and what support is available.