The Scottish Government introduced new legislation in July 2017 opening up opportunities for individuals, groups and businesses to build on public, private and community-owned land. Key resources and advice documents are linked below.

Scottish Planning Policy (SPP) defines a hut as: 

 
Simple, rustic buildings have long been central to Scotland’s cultural heritage. From shielings to mountain bothies and shepherds’ huts, they have played a crucial role as lively, temporary containers for music, poetry, learning, celebration, retreat, work and family time in Scotland’s countryside.
— Reforesting Scotland
 

RESOURCES

Sept 2017: Useful update and summary of hutting legislation

Planning and Building Regulations for Huts

Good practice guidance on the planning, development and management of huts and hut sites

Scot Gov Consultation Report (2016) on the introduction of regulatory concessions for huts and bothies in the Building (Scotland) Regulations

The campaign for A Thousand Huts was launched in 2011 by the charity Reforesting Scotland to promote the building and enjoyment of simple structures (usually wooden) for living, working and recreation in the countryside. They work with a wide range of organisations to deliver change to make hutting more accessible. In the video below, Karen Grant outlines recent policy and legislation, highlighting the cultural importance of the bothy or hut as a space for creativity.