Orkney Islands Council
Working together for a better Orkney


Read the latest news from Orkney Islands Council. Date set for West Mainland by-election

A by-election is to be held in August for the return of a Councillor for the West Mainland ward following the death of Alistair Gordon last month. Read more.

Read the latest news from Orkney Islands Council. Ferry company plans support for isles farmers

Orkney Ferries is putting contingency plans in place for the bulk shipment of animal forage and fodder if required by farmers in the North and South Isles. Read more

Read the latest news from Orkney Islands Council. Listen live or listen again … audio casting Council meetings

The latest broadcast of a Council meeting is set to take place on Tuesday (July 7). Find out how to listen live - and access our new listen-again service by following this link.

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?


Marine plan consultation

Members of the public now have the opportunity to give feedback on the draft plan that will be used to guide development activity in the Pentland Firth and Orkney Waters.

For more information on the consultation, and to find out how you can get involved, go to the Marine Scotland Blog.

Paper copies of the consultation information are available at OIC Customer Services and the Orkney Library in Kirkwall, the Warehouse Buildings in Stromness, and on mobile library vans.

Suicide - support for you in Orkney. Two new booklets offer help and advice

Orkney Health and Care and ChooseLife Scotland have joined together in producing two booklets to let people who have been bereaved or affected by a suicide - or those who may be having thoughts of taking their own life - know that they don’t need to cope alone. Find the leaflets here.

Hard copies of the booklets are available at various outlets across Orkney, including GP surgeries, Community Mental Health Team, The Blide Trust, and the Orkney Library and Archive.

Council Charges Register

The Council Charges Register is now available and includes all fees and charges in relation to the full range of Council services. The Register can be viewed in full on the Charges Register page.

Public Holidays

The Council Offices will be closed for public holidays on the following days this year: Monday 6 April, Monday 4 May, Thursday 6 August, Friday 25 December - Monday 4 January (inclusive). Check out our calendar page for more info.