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If you encounter a problem while taking access to the countryside in West Dunbartonshire, please complete an Access Problem Reporting Form and return it to the Access Officer.
The Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003 provides statutory access rights to most land and inland water in Scotland. Section 11 of the Act gives West Dunbartonshire Council the power to temporarily exempt areas of land or inland water from access rights within the Council area, outwith the Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park.
If you wish to temporarily restrict access to certain areas of land you will have to apply to the Council for an Exemption Order.
The main requirement for applying for an Exemption Order will be to exempt land from statutory access rights for outdoor events such as an agricultural show or a car rally in order to:
Not all outdoor events will require an Exemption Order. The Scottish Outdoor Access Code provides guidance for event organisers on how to ensure their event does not cause unreasonable interference with the rights and needs of land managers and other people, and on how to minimise any impact on the environment. Exemption Orders are only required if you believe people exercising their access rights will affect the event. A copy of the Scottish Outdoor Access Code can be obtained by contacting the West Dunbartonshire Council Access Officer.