Island communities impact assessments: guidance and toolkit

This guidance provides the tools to help you complete an Island Communities Impact Assessment (ICIA) as required under the Islands (Scotland) Act 2018 (the Act). In particular, this guidance is about the Section 7 duty of the Act where a Relevant Authority must have regard to island communities.


1. The object of this guidance is to help Relevant Authorities to comply with the duty under Section 7 of the Islands (Scotland) Act 2018 which relates to the need to have regard to island communities in carrying out your functions.

2. Islands (Scotland) Act 2018 Section 13

3. Islands (Scotland) Act 2018

4. The National Plan for Scotland's Islands

5. Islands (Scotland) Act 2018, Section 2(1) provides the following definition: "island" means a naturally formed area of land which is— "(a) surrounded on all sides by the sea (ignoring artificial structures such as bridges), and (b) above water at high tide."

6. Right First Time: a practical guide for public authorities to decision-making and the law - second edition

7. Islands (Scotland) Act 2018 Section 8

8. Islands (Scotland) Act 2018 Section 8

9. The Island Communities Impact Assessments (Publication and Review of Decisions) (Scotland) Regulations 2020 (

10. Islands (Scotland) Act 2018 Section 12

11. Islands (Scotland) Act 2018 Section 7



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