How the council works

Councillors make decisions about policies that affect the Highlands as part of committee meetings.

Your Councillors


The council is also an organisation of thousands of staff who cover a wide range of services.

Many day-to-day decisions are made directly by council staff. Decisions made by council officers that are likely to be politically controversial or affect a particular ward must be made in consultation with councillors. These safeguards and a list of the decisions officers can make are described in our Scheme of Delegation.

Scheme of Delegation

Our organisational structure