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Community Councils

Community Councils were established as a result of the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1973. They do not have statutory duties or powers, and are essentially voluntary bodies established within a statutory framework.

Highland Council is currently undertaking a review of community councils details of this can be found here


Community Council office-bearers' contact details

We are in the process of updating a current list of office-bearers.

Anyone seeking Community Council office-bearers' contact details in the interim period should contact their Ward Manager in the first instance.


The key roles of Community Councils are:

  • To represent the views of the community to The Highland Council and other public bodies operating in their area
  • To act to further the interests of their communities
  • To be consulted on planning applications within their area (The Town & Country Planning (General Development Procedure) (Scotland) Amendment Order 1996)
  • To consider exercising their powers to object to the granting, renewal or transfer of liquor licences. (The Licensing (Scotland) Act 1976)

A number of documents have been developed to assist Community Councils with these roles. For further details see 'Documents'

Community Council Websites (External)

Alphabetical list of Community Council Sites held on external websites

Community Council Websites (Highland Life)

Alphabetical list of Community Council Sites hosted on Highland Life.

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