Community councils

Community councils are statutory bodies introduced under the Local Government Scotland Act 1973. Their term of office is 4 years and elections took 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.

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.

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. 

You can find your nearest community council and view contact details using the 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. 


Following the disestablishment of some of our local Community Councils, a number of by-elections will take place in July and August 2016.  The first step in the by-election process is for an Application for Re-Establishment of a Community Council form to be submitted to Dumfries and Galloway Council.  This requires 20 signatures of people who live within the Community Council area and who are on the Electoral Register.

Scheme for the Establishment of 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 councillors

We have developed a page to support community councils and councillors 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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