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Community councils

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. There are around 1,200 active community councils in Scotland - you can find out more about them on the Community Council website.

Local authorities have statutory oversight of community councils and are required by statute to consult community councils about planning applications and licencing matters.

Guidance for community councils

We hold community council guidance documents in our archive providing model frameworks on good practice for both local authorities and community councils, available in English and Gaelic. The documents were jointly endorsed by the Scottish Government, the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (COSLA) and the Association of Scottish Community Councils (ASCC), and are available for adoption by local authorities across Scotland.