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

Interim elections - Thursday 3 December 2020

Following the close of Nominations on Tuesday 11 November 2020 to try and reform Culloden and Maryburgh Community Councils the outcome was as follows:-

Culloden Communtiy Council - Uncontested 
Maryburgh Communtiy Council - Uncontested 

Interim elections - Thursday 8 October 2020

Following the close of Nominations on Tuesday 8 September 2020 at 12noon the outcome was as follows: -


A second attempt to try and reform * Maryburgh Community Council will commence in mid October 2020 and those community council's marked ** failed to form at two attempts so therefore a petition must be submitted listing signatures for twenty or more electors requesting the re-establishment of the Community Council, in accordance with Section 52(7) of the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1973, on receipt of which the Returning Officer shall arrange for elections to be held in accordance with this Scheme.