Scottish Integrated Administration and Control System (SIACS)

The EU Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) requires the Scottish Government to set up an Integrated Administration and Control System (IACS) to support schemes covered by the Single Application Form and other farm subsidy applications. The Single Application Form is a declaration of all the permanent and seasonal agricultural and non-agricultural land parcels in the UK and is used to claim subsidies for the following:

- Basic Payment Scheme (including Greening and Young Farmers payments)
- Less Favoured Area Support Scheme
- Land Managers' Options
- Rural Priorities
- Scottish Suckler Beef Support Scheme (Mainland and Island)
- Scottish Upland Sheep Support Scheme

The IACS is updated annually and includes detailed land use information for each field receiving subsidy under any of the above schemes. The exact spatial extent of the data varies from year to year, but typically encompasses around three-quarters of the total land area of Scotland. The data are used to meet the statistical requirements of the June Agricultural Census and also provide the most detailed land use information available for agricultural regions of Scotland. Note that other land uses (woodland, managed estates etc.) are not comprehensively represented.
Publication date: 2016-01-11