Register a care service

If you want to operate a care service in Scotland you must, by law, register with the Care Inspectorate.  Throughout your registration you must continuously meet the requirements of:


  • The Public Services Reform (Scotland) Act 2010
  • The National Care Standards, and
  • Any other legislation relevant to your service

If you are thinking about registering a service with us, you can find important information here, or contact us for general advice at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Before you apply to register a service you must make sure you have read and understood the associated guidance and legislation relating to the overall process.  Read the National Care Standards that apply to your service and read our guidance on applying to register a care service.

Our national registration team will help you through the application process and will check:


  • the information you give us in your application form
  • whether the provider and/or manager is fit to provide/manage the service
  • check the proposed premises is fit to be used for that purpose
  • that the service will make all the proper provisions for the health, welfare, independence, choice, privacy and dignity of everyone using the service.

We may also check the financial viability of the service. Any information we ask for during the registration process is in accordance with Public Services Reform (Scotland) Act 2010.

The initial stage of the process is to collate and assess the fitness of the applicant. It is in your best interests to ensure that you provide all the relevant information required as outlined within the application form in order to prevent any delays.

Once this step is complete, your application will be allocated to an inspector to progress therefore it is in your best interests to ensure all information is provided within the timescales outlined. 

Where information is not provided or is provided late we will move to either ask you to withdraw your application or we will move to refuse it. 



All application fees are non-returnable.