Southwark Council

Call 020 7525 5000

Southwark London Borough Council is the local council for the Borough of Southwark, one of the 32 councils in the Greater London area. It was created in 1965 from a number of smaller government units and is based in the Town Hall in Peckham.

The council operates a number of services for local residents as well as for businesses in the area. These include things such as emptying bins and sorting parking permits through to collecting council tax and helping with benefits.

The council is made up from 21 wards:

  1. Brunswick Park
  2. Camberwell Green
  3. Cathedrals
  4. Chaucer
  5. College
  6. East Dulwich
  7. East Walworth
  8. Faraday
  9. Grange
  10. Livesey
  11. Newington
  12. Nunhead
  13. Peckham Rye
  14. Peckham
  15. Riverside
  16. Rotherhithe
  17. South Bermondsey
  18. South Camberwell
  19. Surrey Docks
  20. The Lane
  21. Village

Contacting the council

There are two main ways to reach the council – one is the website and the other is through their main switchboard where you can be directed to the different departments. The website is and here you can get information about services, set up an account to pay for things like your council tax and also apply for different features offered.

The main switchboard number is 020 7525 5000.  If you need help outside working hours, you can ring this line and choose option 2 for environmental services or option 3 for other emergency services. All emergency repairs can be reported to either 0800 952 4444 or 020 7525 2600.

If you are worried that you may be made homeless or are already homeless, you can ring the council’s housing department on 020 7525 4140. This is available between 9 am and 5 pm Monday to Friday. For emergency homelessness help and advice, you can ring 0207 525 5000 and choose option 3.

For general information about what’s going on in the council area, you can also see their accounts on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram to get this information. You can also reach out to them via social media but be careful not to include any personal or sensitive information like card numbers via this method.