Orkney Islands Council
Working together for a better Orkney


Read the latest news from Orkney Islands Council. Night time service to mark declaration of World War One

A late night vigil will be held at St Magnus Cathedral to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War. Read more.

Read the latest news from Orkney Islands Council. Council awards company opportunity to develop wartime tanks project  

A Banffshire company is seeking to bring wartime oil tanks in Orkney back into action as a modern-day fuel distribution base. Read more.  

Read the latest news from Orkney Islands Council. Aidan and James to join Glasgow 2014 opening ceremony 

Two local youngsters will play a part in the Opening Ceremony of the Commonwealth Games. 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? 

Stromness Customer Services - reduced hours this week

OIC’s Customer Services office in Stromness will be open in the morning only between 9am and 12.30pm for the remainder of this week, due to illness. The Council apologises for any inconvenience.

Council switchboard problems

We are working with BT in an effort to resolve problems we are experiencing with our switchboard.

Incoming calls are being routed to staff during office hours, but a recorded message with contact information will not be available overnight or at the weekend.

Out of hours, and for urgent business only, you should use the following numbers:

For roads, street lighting, footway defects and weather related problems, phone 876338.

For emergency repairs to Council owned housing and other council owned properties, phone 873430.

For Orkney Health and Care, contact the Balfour Hospital on 888000.

Should you become homeless, please phone a pager on 07699 705527.  If the pager is unavailable, you should phone 07921 582962.


Placemaking proposals consulation

A consultation is underway into draft proposals for placemaking projects in Kirkwall.

Follow this link to view a report about a range of potential new approaches to improving the public realm in Kirkwall through the delivery of placemaking initiatives in the town centre and adjacent areas. You can also find out how to take part in the counsultation.


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.


Stromness THI end-of-project survey results published

See what folk had to say about the £3.5m Stromness THI project. Click here to read the end-of-project survey results.


Public consultation on councillor numbers

A 12 week public consultation is underway on proposals for the number of councillors for each of Scotland's 32 local authorities.  Orkney Islands Council currently has 21 Elected Members and the Commission is recommending no change to this figure. More information is available on the Commission's website.


Have your say

The Council's draft Orkney Open Space Strategy has been published - it looks to highlight potential areas where new or improved provision of open space would be beneficial in each of the county’s five main settlements – Kirkwall, Stromness, Dounby, St Margaret’s Hope and Finstown. Take a closer look here.