Information for Community Councils
For further information about Community Councils, including about the Scheme of Establishment see our FAQ.
For the latest news, events, and guidance see the Scottish Government Community Council Website.
Scheme of Establishment
The Scheme of Establishment details the rules and regulations governing community councils, including elections, membership, and conduct at meetings.
The Highland Council provides each community council with an annual administrative grant to assist with operating cost.
If a vacancy arises, this can be filled by a co-opted member who is voted in by at least two thirds of the elected community council members. They have full voting rights, except when voting on new co-opted members, and may serve until the next election. The number of co-opted members may not exceed a third of the elected community council membership. If the ratio of co-opted members exceeds one third, an interim election process shall be triggered.
Associate members may be voted in for a fixed time period to provide specific knowledge or skills. For example, to provide specialist information to help the community council make a decision. Associate members do not have to live in the area, cannot vote, and serve only for the allocated times
For information regarding using social media, see the guidance for social media do's and don’ts.
Recording of Meetings
See the guidance on recording of meetings for community councils own purposes and how to deal with any requests for recording of meetings.