Town Hall


In response to Covid-19 and the measures introduced by the UK Government on 23rd March 2020, please be advised that from 3.00 p.m. on Tuesday 24th March 2020 the Town Council made the decision to close down the Town Hall’s reception desk.

This decision was made to protect the Council’s resources and to ensure that we could continue to deliver our core services.

Please be advised that the reception desk remains closed at the present time.

‚ÄčThis is an unprecedented, continually changing situation and we are all working to keep Swanage residents safe. The Town Council would like to thank you for your understanding and patience at this time.




Enquiries can continue to be made via email to: and by telephone to: 01929 423636.

Further information regarding Town Council services and other useful information can be found on the website's news page, and the Council's Facebook page.


Please note that the following is for information purposes only:

Swanage Town Hall is located in the High Street in Swanage and is home to a number of community services.

Swanage Town Council and Dorset Police have joined forces to provide a joint facility in the Town Hall Annexe. This is known as Swanage PaTHway. The reception staff are very knowledgeable and can provide guidance in respect of all Town Council services, including cemeteries and allotments. Forms can be collected for concessionary bus passes, and residents’ car parking permits can be issued to those who supply their Council Tax Bills and V5 Registration Documents.

Copies of all planning applications and relevant consultation documents affecting the town are also available.

Telephone: 01929 423636  or Email:


For further information regarding the Town Hall, please visit the following link:

History of the 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 10.00 a.m. to 1.00 p.m. 10.00 a.m. to 1.00 p.m.
Afternoons 2.00 p.m. to 4.00 p.m.

2.00 p.m. to 3.00 p.m.

                                                                                                     Purbeck Citizens Advice - please visit the useful information page for details about current services 

A meeting room in the basement of the Town Hall, with level access via the rear entrance from Town Hall Lane, is home to Purbeck Citizens Advice and the Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages.

On Mondays, Purbeck Citizens Advice hold a 'drop in' and appointments session between 10.15am - 2.00pm. Please come in and sit in the waiting area. Ring the bell for attention and the adviser will see you when she/he is available.

Purbeck Citizens Advice is also available on an appointment only basis on Wednesdays between 10.15am - 2.00 pm. Please note however that the office is closed every first Wednesday in the month.

You can also contact Purbeck Citizens Advice to seek advice, or to make an appointment, by calling the Advice Line 03444 111 444, Monday to Friday from 10.00am - 4.00pm.  

Alternatively for further information please visit Purbeck Citizens Advice website: This can also be used for email contact.


Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriage - please visit the useful information page for details about current services

If you wish to register a birth or death, or discuss marriage arrangements, the registrar is in attendance at the Town Hall on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10.00 a.m. to 12.00 p.m. An appointment is necessary and can be made by contacting the Dorchester Registration Office via telephone on 01305 225153, or via the Dorset Council's website via the link below:

Dorchester Registration Office


Ceremonies - please visit the useful information page for details about current services

The Town Hall is licensed to hold the following ceremonies:

  • Marriage
  • Civil Partnership

For further information or to make a booking, please contact the Dorchester Registration Office via telephone on 01305 225153, or via the Dorset Council's website via the link below:

Dorchester Registration Office


Local Authority Housing

Enquiries for local authority housing in Swanage can be made at Synergy Housing, Prospect House, Sandford Lane, Wareham BH20 4DY, or via telephone on 01929 558400.  Details of properties available via the Purbeck Home Swap service can be seen on the notice board outside of the Purbeck Citizens Advice office.