Orkney Islands Council
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Read the latest news from Orkney Islands Council. New Councillor elected after by-election

Leslie Manson has been elected as Councillor for Kirkwall West and Orphir with 647 first preference votes.

Read the latest news from Orkney Islands Council. Looking for your ideas – take part in new public survey

Orkney Islands Council looking for feedback on the services it provides and ideas for improvements. Find out about the Council’s Change Programme – and take part in OIC’s new public survey here.

Read the latest news from Orkney Islands Council. Islands welcome Smith Commission findings  

The Leaders of Scotland’s three Islands Councils have welcomed the findings of the Smith Commission as a major landmark for the Our Islands Our Future campaign. 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? 

Christmas Grants

The Council is inviting applications to its yearly Christmas Grant of £53, open to people aged 60 years or over and receiving Pension Credit; disabled people aged 18 years or over; and parents of a disabled child under 18 years. Full details here


Staff Training

Staff from the Council’s Planning and Regulatory Services section will be involved in a staff training event next Wednesday (3 December). The following areas will therefore be closed between 2.00pm and 4.30pm on this day. You will be able to leave a message on answer machines.

Environmental Health; Trading Standards; Development and Marine Planning; Building Standards and Development Management (Planning)

We apologise in advance for any inconvenience.


Winter is coming

Orkney Islands Council is encouraging people across the county to make sure they are well prepared for whatever this winter brings. Read more.


Council’s planning and regulatory services seeking feedback

Have you lodged a planning application recently, applied for permission to carry out building works, or asked the Council for consumer advice?  Why not fill in our survey .


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.