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Our work
We were established by the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1973. Since being passed, the Act has been amended by various pieces of legislation. Our duties and powers with respect to local government boundaries are detailed in Section 12 to 28 of the 1973 Act. The text of the relevant sections of the 1973 Act, incorporating current amendments, can be downloaded as a PDF file from here. File icon
Under the terms of s.8 of the Scotland Act 2016, responsibility for reviews of Scottish Parliament boundaries passed from the Boundary Commission for Scotland to the Local Government Boundary Commission for Scotland with effect from 18 May 2017. A link to the legislation is here.
The 1973 Act specifies that Scottish Ministers may direct us on various matters. A Direction is currently in force for us not to undertake reviews under section 14(1) of the Act in the period to 31 May 2022. File icon
Current boundaries 
Scotland is divided into 32 local authority areas as a result of the Local Government etc (Scotland) Act 1994. We have an Information Paper which explains the boundaries of these local authority areas, including the relevant legislation, which can be downloaded as a PDF file from here. File icon
Each local authority area is divided into electoral wards. These wards were defined by Scottish Statutory Instruments in 2016 following our Fifth Statutory Reviews of Electoral Arrangements.
Ministers have made Regulations under section 24 of the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1973 making provisions concerning the implementation of orders arising from our reviews of local authority areas: the Local Government Area Changes (Scotland) Regulations 1977 can be downloaded as a PDF file from here. File icon
Our use of the electoral register is governed by the Representation of the People (Scotland) Regulations 2001. The current text of the relevant parts of the regulations can be downloaded as a PDF file from here. File icon
Further information
Further details of legislation in the United Kingdom is available from  
Thistle House
91 Haymarket Terrace
Edinburgh, EH12 5HD
Phone: 0131 244 2001