Nominating an ACV
1. You must be an eligible community group
It is important that your community group is eligible to nominate. Eligible groups include:
- parish councils
- neighbourhood forums (as defined in Neighbourhood Planning regulations)
- unincorporated community groups of at least 21 members
- not-for-private-profit organisations (e.g. charities).
Community organisations must have a local connection. This means their activities are wholly or partly concerned with the local area, or with a neighbouring council’s area.
2. The building or land must be eligible
Buildings or land can be nominated as an ACV if their main use furthers the wellbeing or social interests of the local community.
There is not a definitive list of what can be listed as an ACV, but common nominations include:
- village shops
- community centres
- children's centres
Some buildings and land cannot be nominated by law. These include:
- homes and residential buildings
- Church of England land holdings
3. You will need evidence
For your listing to be successful, we will need lots of evidence of how the land or building furthers the wellbeing or social interests of the community.
You should gather as much evidence as you can before making your nomination. Common forms of evidence include:
- lists of the clubs or groups that use the facility and how often
- websites that show the history of the facility and how it is used
4. Know what an ACV listing will and will not achieve
Getting your asset listed as an ACV means if the owner wants to sell the ACV, they have to tell us first.
This starts a 6 week period where community groups can express an interest in bidding for the property. If none do, the owner can sell at the end of the 6 weeks.
If a community group does want to bid, a 6 month period begins. During these 6 months, the group can get together a bid for the property. The owner cannot sell, unless to a community group, until the end of these 6 months.
Remember, the owner does not have to sell to you, even if you put in a bid.
Being listed as an ACV does not restrict the seller’s rights to sell to whoever they choose, it only gives a community group some extra time to bid.
The owner can still close the business or change the property if they want to. ACVs only come into effect when the owner wishes to sell.
You’ll need the following details ready before you start the application form:
- the details of your community group and how you are eligible to nominate
- the details of the asset you are nominating should include:
- a Land Registry plan of the site with the boundary edged in red
- how it is currently used and how that benefits the community
- the current owners’ details
- your reasons for nomination, and all the evidence you have gathered to support this
Have our details for applicants guide open while you complete the form for help and guidance.