Orkney Islands Council
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Read the latest news from Orkney Islands Council. An Orkney Civil Marriage or Partnership ceremony - anytime, anyplace, anywhere.

As of 1st September 2014, Orkney’s registrars will be able to perform Civil Marriages or Civil Partnerships all year round, anywhere in the county. Read more.

Read the latest news from Orkney Islands Council. Sanday event launches search for our wilder side  

A weekend of community-based archaeological exploration and creative workshopping will aim to uncover what it means to be human on Sanday on August 30-31. Read more.

Read the latest news from Orkney Islands Council. Extra in-service day for Orkney schools

All of Orkney's schools will be closed on Monday 15th September to allow for an extra in-service day for school staff. Read more

For all news from Orkney Islands Council visit the 'News' tab at the top of this page.

Adverse weather alerts. Adverse weather alerts

OIC Updates: Links to information on disruptions to Council services and Churchill Barrier and school closures - as well as other handy numbers for when the weather is making life unpredictable.

What's New? 

OIC Community Learning Guide

Do you fancy learning a new skill or increasing your knowledge on a range of subjects.  The Council’s Community Learning Guide is out and you can start booking your place on a course NOW!  Check out the web page for more details.


Economic Development Grant Scheme

Are you a local entrepreneur?  Orkney Islands Council has updated and relaunched its Economic Development Grants Scheme. Why not check if your business or business idea qualifies for financial support.  Read more.


What do you think of the Local Development Plan?

Orkney Islands Council is seeking feedback on the county’s Local Development Plan. Views will be sought throughout July and August, with the consultation ending on the September 1. The Orkney Local Development Plan provides a planning framework and is the main document used in the determination of planning applications. Click here to read more.