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Community Right To Bid


Community Right to Bid is a scheme to give community groups a fairer chance to prepare and bid to buy community buildings and facilities that are important to them. The Right covers private as well as public assets.

Community Right to Bid scheme

From September 2012, local community and voluntary organisations, neighbourhood forums and parish councils can identify land and buildings, public or privately owned, providing an important service in their local community and nominate these to be placed on a list of assets of community value kept by us.

If an asset on the list comes up for sale, an interested group or groups will have up to six months to raise money and bid to buy the asset, before it can be put up for sale on the open market. These provisions do not restrict who the owner of a listed asset can sell their property to, or at what price. They do not give the right of first refusal to community organisations.

Reports and decision making

All decisions in relation to nominating Assets of Community Value can be found on the Officer decisions by selecting a data range and searching by the Reference Number indicated on the Nominations Log.

Notice of intention to dispose of a Community Asset

Please view the Icon for pdf List of Assets of Community Value (PDF, 387.5kb)   Nominations Log for updates on any Notice of Intention to Dispose of a Community Asset. 

Help and guidance

For further advice and guidance on how we administer and process the Community Right to Bid nominations please see the Frequently asked Questions document.

Application forms

Please use the application form to nominate an asset. Completed forms should be sent by post to the address provided.

Contact us
Community Right to Bid
Our address is:
  • Asset Management
  • County Hall
  • Durham
  • County Durham
  • United Kingdom
  • DH1 5UL
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