Community councils

Community Councils are statutory bodies introduced under the Local Government Scotland Act 1973. Their term of office is 4 years, with the next elections due to take place on Thursday, 22 October 2015. They have no executive powers although being close to and part of the local community they play a vital role in representing the views of the community to local authorities and other public bodies.

Community Council Elections in 2015

Elections for community councillors will take place in some areas of Dumfries and Galloway on Thursday 22 October.

There are over 80 active community councils in the region which will officially dissolve at 8am on Friday 23 October. New members will take over at this time following public nominations and elections if necessary.

Each election is organised by a Returning Officer from the area covered by the community council and administered by staff from our area offices.


You must be on the electoral register for your community council area to make a nomination or be nominated. Nominations will open during July. Further information will be available from this page and notices will also be published in local newspapers.


The number of community councillors varies based on the number of registered voters in each area. Ballots are only held in areas where the number of valid nominations is more than the number of vacancies to be filled.

Candidates can be elected unopposed in some situations. Uncontested elections take place when the number of nominations is more than half of the places available but less than the maximum number of councillors allowed.

You must be on the electoral register for your community council area to vote.

Further details on the ballots will be available from this page and notices will also be published in local newspapers.

Dumfries and Galloway's Community Councils

Dumfries and Galloway Council recognises the vital role that Community Councillors play and acknowledges the dedication, knowledge and expertise that they bring. There are 107 Community Council areas in Dumfries and Galloway, and usually around 90 Community Councils are operational at any time.

To find your nearest Community Council view details on My Community Council database. Community Councillors are responsible for telling their local Area Framework team about changes to their contact details and the database is updated as soon as we are advised.

How to get involved

There are different ways to get involved in your local Community Council:

  • attend your Community Council's regular public meetings 
  • email your local Community Council or visit their website 
  • become a Community Council member. 

To find out about Community Councils near you, and how to contact them, use the My Community Council database.

Nomination forms for Community Council By-Elections

Two Community Council by-elections will take place during July and public notices advertising them will appear in local newspapers:

  • Closeburn Community Council - 29 July
  • Thornhill Community Council - 27 July

Scheme for Community Councils

Community Councils are governed by the Scheme for Establishment of Community Councils in Dumfries and Galloway.  This sets out how they should operate including, elections, membership rules and meeting arrangements. The Scheme for the Establishment of Community Councils in Dumfries and Galloway was originally adopted in 1997. Since then various amendments have been agreed by Dumfries and Galloway Council and you can download the most up to date version of the Scheme below:

Information for Community Councils

We have developed a page to support Community Councils in their day to day role, as well as answer some frequently asked questions.

Related Information

Contact Details


Area Framework - Annandale and Eskdale

Council Offices
High Street
DG12 6AQ

Tel: 01461 207043

Area Framework - Stewartry

Council Offices
Daar Road

Tel: 01557 332524
Email this contact


Area Framework - Wigtown

Council Offices
Ashwood House
Sun Street

Tel: 01776 888423
Email this contact

Area Framework - Nithsdale

Municipal Chambers
Buccleuch Street

Tel: 01387 245960
Email this contact

Contact Dumfries and Galloway Council T: 030 33 33 3000

Council Offices
English Street

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