Community Council elections

Community Councils

Scheme for the Establishment of Community Councils

Community Councils are voluntary organisations that express the views and concerns of local people within their area. These can be across a wide range of issues from new buildings and roads, to local services and facilities.

For more information, please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions or view the Community Council page.

The Elections Office is responsible for running the Community Council elections and Members are elected every four years to represent their Community council area. If there are less candidates than seats, then no election will be held. If membership of the community council falls to less than half, then the Community Council shall not operate until there are enough members. The maximum membership of each of the 154 Highland Community Councils is determined by the population it serves and varies from 7 to 13 members.

The last Community Council election was held in November 2019 and so therefore the next round of elections is not scheduled until 2023.

Interim Elections (Tuesday 9th – 30th August 2022)

Interim elections may be held for Community Councils when the membership falls to below the minimum membership.

The Notice of Election and Candidates Pack can be downloaded below, with the period for lodging nominations running between 9 August and 12noon on 30 August 2022.

Nominations are now invited to fill any vacancies that have occurred within the timeframe for persons seeking elections to the following Community Councils: -

  • Acharacle Community Council
  • Aviemore & Vicinity Community Council
  • Boat of Garten Community Council
  • Conon Bridge Community Council
  • Culloden Community Council
  • Duror & Kentallen Community Council
  • East Nairnshire Community Council
  • Glengarry Community Council
  • Kinlochbervie Community Council
  • Kinlochleven Community Council
  • Morvern Community Council
  • Raasay Community Council
  • Resolis Community Council
  • Shieldaig Community Council
  • Wick Community Council

If there are less candidates than seats, then no election is to be held and if the membership of the community council falls to less than half, then the Community Council shall not operate until there are enough members.

Notices and Candidates Nomination Pack

Below is the notice of Election and Nomination Form to be completed for Candidates wishing to serve on the Community Council.

Contact election@highland.gov.uk if you require copies of the nomination paper or guidance in another format or alternative language.

Completed nomination forms must be returned to the appropiate Ward Manager by 12noon on Tuesday 30 August 2022. 

Questions or advice

If you have any questions about the election process please contact the Elections Team

Email: election@highland.gov.uk
Tel: 01349 886657