Single Application Form 2019

Date published: 19 March, 2019

For recent changes to this guidance, please see the bottom of the page.

Single Application Form
Opens: 15 March, 2019
Closes: 15 May, 2019

The Single Application Form is the form you need to fill in if you want to claim payments under the following schemes:

The easiest way to complete the Single Application Form is online. To do this, you must be registered with Rural Payments and Services.

How to register

Once you are registered with our online service, we will send you a reminder each year ahead of the application window opening. If you need help using our online service, contact your local area office to arrange a short tutorial.


If you require a paper copy of the Single Application Form, you can pick up a copy at your local area office.

You can download the Single Application Form blank base form (IACS (2)) and data sheets (IACS (3),(4) and (5)) below. Please note that we can only accept a base form that is bound by two staples down its left side.

We can accept data sheets you have downloaded and filled in, provided they are legible on A3 paper.

We will also accept computer generated data sheets if they are on A3 paper and:

  • they match exactly the same layout and headings shown on the IACS(3), IACS(4) and IACS(5) forms
  • the maximum number of land parcels recorded on them is five
  • they are easy to read, decipher and photocopy
  • each data sheet is signed and dated

Our offices will be happy to print blank forms and post them to you if you can't meet the requirements above.

We recommend that you submit your form online to get the benefit of our submission validation checks and you can find guidance on how to do that under the Submitting Online section.

  • if you are using the Single Application Form to apply for the Basic Payment Scheme, you should make sure you are familiar with the guidance for Greening and Cross Compliance
  • for the Scottish Suckler beef Support Scheme and the Scottish Upland Sheep Support Scheme, you will also need to submit a separate claim form
  • if you have a contract with the Beef Efficiency Scheme, you will need to tick the claim box in the Single Application Form
  • we'll use the information on your Single Application Form (plus any supporting information) to determine your eligibility for the schemes you are claiming for
  • if your claim is successful (each claim is assessed on its ability to meet the eligibility criteria) we will make payments into your business bank account

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Guidance Updated 2019 Guide to online SAF submission document uploaded

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