Community Councils

Information for Community Councils

See frequently asked questions about the role of community councils and about the Scheme of Establishment.

Scottish Government Community Council Website

The Scottish Government have created a website to support and promote Scottish community councils. The website contains advice, resources, and success stories of the impact that community councils can have on their community. This website is for anyone interested in community councils as well as both new and experienced community councillors. The site has up to date information on news, events, guidance, and grants that are related to community councils as well as advice on how to be a community councillor.

Scottish Government Community Council Website

Newsletter for Community Councils 

A newsletter has been prepared setting out information on the planning process, and seeking feedback on performance. Read the 1st issue of Planning Matters.

Scheme of establishment

The scheme of establishment sets out how they must operate. It includes the following important information:

  • Standard Community Council constitution
  • Standard Community Council standing orders
  • Code of conduct for Community Councillors
  • Standard financial report
  • Standard election documentation

Membership of the Community Council

The criteria for becoming a Community Councillor are outlined in the get involved section. Councillors may be disqualified if they:

  • Move out of the area
  • Are removed from the electoral register
  • Do not attend meeting for 6 consecutive months (unless this absence is approved by other members)

As well as Community Councillors, there can be other members of the Community Council:

Co-opted members

  • If a vacancy arises, this can be filled by a co-opted member who is voted in by the Community Council. They have full voting rights, except when voting on new co-opted members
  • Only one third of the membership can be co-opted. This makes sure the balance of membership always lies with elected members
  • Co-opted members count towards the total membership of the Community Council
  • They will serve until the next election

Associate members

  • Associate members may be voted in for a fixed time period to provide specific knowledge or skills. For example, this could be to provide specialist information to help the Community Council make a decision
  • They do not have to live in the area
  • They cannot vote and will serve only for the allocated time

Members who hold other positions (ex-officio members)

  • Members of The Highland Council or Scottish, UK or European Parliament cannot be community councillors
  • They can become ex-officio members of their Community Council but cannot vote