Scottish Government

The responsibilities of the Scottish Government include health, education, justice, rural affairs, housing and the environment.


Add decking to your house

Information on whether you need planning permission to add decking or a platform to the outside of your home.

Adopting a child from abroad

Information on adopting a child from abroad (intercountry adoption) including how to adopt and where you can get support.

Advertisement appeals

How to appeal if your local planning authority asks you to remove an advertisement from your building.

Amenity notice appeals

Information on how to appeal to your local planning authority if you're ordered to tidy land you own.

Background checks on new tenants

Information for landlords on checks you can make on new tenants renting your property. Includes proof of identification checks, credit checks, references and guarantors.

Building regulations

Information on what the building regulations are and how to follow them when doing building or conversion work.

Building your own home

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.

Business rates relief

Find out about the business rates reliefs (discounts) available in Scotland, including the Small Business Bonus Scheme, and how to apply.

Communication agreements

Information on agreeing a method for a landlord and tenant to contact each other during a private residential tenancy.

Environmental appeals

Find out how to make an appeal against a decision made by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) or Scottish Water.

Find business events

Find and register for business events, workshops, seminars and conferences in Scotland.


Help if you're asked to be a guarantor, or want to know more about what guarantors need to do.

Help with a legal problem

Who can help you if you need advice about a legal problem, such as debt, housing, benefits, employment, divorce or claims for money.

Help with benefits

Includes benefits calculators and finding local organisations that can help you with benefits and welfare rights.

Help with passports

Apply for, renew or update a UK passport, use the Check and Send service, find a passport interview office.

High hedge appeals

Appeal against a high hedges decision – includes deadlines, how to appeal and how long it takes to get a decision.

Hiring a builder

How to hire a contractor for a self-build, or how to build it yourself.

Microchip your dog

Information about microchipping your dog in Scotland, including how much it costs and where to get it done.

Neonatal Expenses Fund

The Neonatal Expenses Fund helps with the cost of travel and food for parents of premature and sick newborn babies in neonatal care.

Planning your own funeral

How to plan your own funeral, including your funeral wishes, funeral payment plans and where to keep the information.

Prior approval appeals

How to appeal to your local planning authority if it refuses prior approval needed for some development work.


You may be able to postpone or stop your home from being repossessed.

Right to buy

Find out about the expired scheme which let people buy the home they were renting from a council or housing association.

Scaffolding rules

The rules for putting up scaffolding on your property - licence, checks, safety, builder, scaffold companies

School meals

Information about who can claim free school meals and how you claim them.

Scotland's baby boxes

All newborn babies due on or after 15 August 2017 will get a free baby box from the Scottish Government.

Set up as a sole trader

Register as a sole trader and find out your legal responsibilities if you run a business as a self-employed sole trader.

Shared Ownership

How to share the cost of a new home with a housing association if you can't afford to buy it outright.

Starting a business from your home

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.

Staying safe in winter weather

Information on keeping safe during winter weather. Includes travelling, grit bins, loss of utilities, frozen or burst pipes and snow and flooding.

Storms and strong winds

Help and support during storms and strong winds. Includes information on flooding, lightning, loss of utilities and insurance.

Training for carers

Improve your caring skills or get training for your career outside your caring role.

Tree works consent appeals

How to appeal if your local planning authority refuses your application to cut down or carry out work on a protected tree.

Types of tenancy

Information on assured tenancies, short assured tenancies and private residential tenancies.

Veteran health

Health benefits and support available to veterans of the armed forces.

Veteran housing

Information for veterans on buying or renting property and homelessness.