There are three Community Councils covering the Forres Area:
Community Councils should aim to represent all people in the area without prejudice: they are non-party political and non-sectarian They must call for nominations publicly and hold contested elections. Any person over 18 years of age in the Community Council area, can be nominated to join their local Community Council.
Community Councils are regularly consulted by the local authority and public bodies on a wide range of issues which affect their area, such as planning, environment and health.
All Community Council meetings are open to the public. They receive a basic annual grant from their local authority towards running costs.