Community Councils in Scotland

First established following the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1973, Community Councils are the most local tier of statutory representation in Scotland. They bridge the gap between local authorities and communities, and help to make public bodies aware of the opinions and needs of the communities they represent. Every local community in Scotland can petition their Local Authority to establish a Community Council in their area.

Community Councils have a key role in consultations on planning and licensing applications, and participate in community planning arrangements at a local level such as Ward Forums.

Councils also carry out other activities that are in the interests of the communities they represent including fundraising, organising community events, undertaking environmental and educational projects and much more.