Community councils

Representing local people

Community councils are groups of people who care about their community and want to make their area a better place to live. 

Download documentation and information for community councillors (PDFs)

Download nomination papers for the community council elections 

Download maps of individual community councils and a list of returning officers 

Download the notice of election

Find your local community council

Community council contacts and meeting times

Ways to get involved

  • become a community council member
  • attend your community council's regular public meetings
  • email your local community council or visit community council website, developed by Improvement Service, as part of the Scottish Government's work, in collaboration with COSLA, to enhance the role of community Councils.

Find out your community council corresponds by using the City of Edinburgh Council Atlas

Community council elections 2019

Community councillors are elected on a four-year cycle. Elections will next take place in September to October 2019.  Each election is managed by a separate independent returning officer - generally a local ward councillor. The timetable for the elections in 2019 is as follows:

Individual community councillors

  • Monday 9 September -  publication of Notice of Election (start of nomination period)
  • Monday 30 September 4pm  -  deadline for nominations (forms to Returning Officer)
  • Monday 30 September 4pm  - deadline for withdrawal of nominations
  • Thursday 10 October - publication of Notice of Poll (if a poll is required)
  • Thursday 31 October - polling day (if a poll is required)

Nominated representatives

Community councils have both elected members and representatives from recognised local interest groups. The timetable for the election of representatives of local interest groups is as follows:

  • Monday 9 September - Notice of Election
  • Monday 30 September - Close of Registration

Distribution of nomination forms and other materials

Please note that forms and materials are not currently available, these will be produced nearer to the nominations period.

Individuals seeking election to a community council must be nominated by a proposer and seconder, both of whom must be on the electoral register for the community council area. Each elector may only propose one nominee and second one nominee. Nominations require to be submitted with the candidate's consent. Self-nomination is not permitted.  Individuals who wish to be nominated as elected members are sent the following by the Returning Officer or can obtain them from the Council website:

(i)         Nomination form for Elected Member;

(ii)        Copy of publicity leaflet; and

(iii)       Copy of the City of Edinburgh Scheme for Community Councils. (Also available online

Local interest groups, who wish to put someone forward as a nominated member must be registered with the Council.  They will be  sent the following by the Returning Officer or can obtain them from the Council website:

(i)         Nomination/Registration form for Local Interest Groups;

(ii)        Copy of publicity leaflet; and

(iii)       Copy of the Scheme for Community Councils;  

Close of nomination period -  30 September 2019

Nominations will close on 30 September 2019 at 4pm.   Nomination forms submitted to the Returning Officer will then be checked to ensure that nominees, proposers and seconders are all registered electors for the relevant community council area.   The Returning Officer will count the number of validly completed nomination forms.

At this point there can be three outcomes:

  1. Uncontested election - if the number of nominees is equal to or more than half the number of permitted members but does not exceed the maximum number of permitted members the candidates will be declared duly elected and no poll will need to be held.
  2. Contested election - if the number of nominees is more than the maximum number of permitted members then a poll is required.  Where an election is contested it will be conducted by secret ballot of local electors, organised by the Returning Officer in accordance with the Scottish Local Election Rules but subject to modification.  Voting in a contested election will be a combination of e-voting and postal voting.  Polling day would be 31 October 2019.
  3. Unsuccessful elections - If the number of nominees is less than half number of permitted members no community council will be established.

Local interest group - nominated members

Registration forms for local interest groups should be returned to the Council's Elections Team who will ensure that qualifying organisations are appropriately registered by the close of nominations (30 September 2019).  The Elections Team will inform the Returning Officer of the number of valid application forms received. Where the number of nominations does not exceed the maximum number of nominated members those nominees will be declared duly elected.

Should the number of nominees registered exceed the maximum number of nominated members, the Returning Officer will convene a meeting of representatives from all registered local interest groups and the elected members of the community council. Participants at this meeting will vote by ballot to determine which local interest groups will become members.

Questions or advice

If you have any questions about the election process please contact the Elections Team


Telephone: 0131 469 3126

or email the address below.

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