Swanage Town Council is the parish council for the town of Swanage, including the settlements of Durlston, Herston and Ulwell.

Its mission statement is to maintain and enhance Swanage for the well-being and prosperity of present and future generations.

The Town Council is one of two tiers of local government and works with Dorset Council to provide a wide range of services for residents and visitors alike.

The Town Council has direct responsibility for:

Unlike Dorset Council, the Town Council receives no direct government grant. It raises its income through the parish precept element of the Council Tax and the charges it makes for its services.

Dorset Council is responsible for:

  • Education and training
  • Social services
  • Highways and footpaths
  • Council Tax
  • Planning, buildings and land
  • On street parking
  • Environmental health
  • Economic development
  • Benefits
  • Libraries, history and culture
  • Trading Standards
  • Registration Service (births, deaths and marriages)

Further information can be found by clicking on the link above, or by visiting Dorset Council's website: www.dorsetcouncil.gov.uk/home.aspx

Refuse collection and recycling comes under the jurisdiction of Dorset Waste Partnership

For further information on waste services, please use the contact form below:

Decisions of the Town Council are taken by twelve Councillors elected every four years. However, at the election held in May 2019 Councillors were elected for a term of five years. The next scheduled elections will be held in 2024 and the term of office will again be five years. With effect from 2029, the term of office will revert to four years.

The Council’s decisions are implemented by the Town Council’s staff, headed by the Town Clerk, Dr Martin Ayres.

The Town Council encourages comments, queries and complaints regarding its services and invites you to e-mail us at admin@swanage.gov.uk

Alternatively you can contact us by telephone on             01929 423636, or write to us at:

The Town Hall
High Street 
BH19 2NZ


Town Hall Opening Times

The Town Hall reception is open to the public from Monday to Friday during the following times:

  1st April to 30th September 1st October to 31st March
Mornings 10.00am to 1.00pm 10.00am to 1.00pm
Afternoons 2.00pm to 4.00pm

2.00pm to 3.00pm

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