Local Government Services
The Shetland Islands Council offers all the usual local authority services, and you can find detailed information on the Council's website. This A-Z listing of services may be useful. A number of other agencies also provide public services in Shetland. These include Scottish Water and the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA). Scottish Hydro Electric generate the electricity locally but it's possible to buy your power from other companies.
In general the offices of all these are located in Lerwick. Some of the Council services you may experience locally, or wish to access, are:
The Shetland Library
Based in a former church in Lerwick it offers a mobile service which visits Fetlar every four weeks. Some materials are available online at www.shetland-library.gov.uk/index.asp
Electoral registration - which you need to do in order to be able to vote in elections - can be arranged by calling 01595 744550or via the firstname.lastname@example.org e-mail address. The polling place for elections is the fetlar hall.
You can access full details on council tax from the Council's website.
Fetlar Primary School is the only school on the island. However seconday pupils have a choice of either travelling daily to Unst, to Baltasound Junior High, or boarding during the week at the Anderson High School in Lerwick. There are contact details for all schools here.
If booking Passenger Service vehicles you will need to supply passenger numbers and vehicle length. For Heavy Good Vehicles, length and Gross vehicle weight will be required.
There is a small estate with 15 Council properties on the island.
Business start up
Local economic development agencies may be able to help if you're thinking of setting up a business.
The planning service website can help with information about:
Alternatively, you can e-mail email@example.com or telephone 01595 744140.