Surrey County Council

Surrey County Council is the county council administering certain services in the non-metropolitan county of Surrey in England. The council is composed of 81 elected councillors, and in all but one election since 1965 the Conservative Party has held the majority.[4] The leader of the council is Tim Oliver.[5]



Surrey County Council was created in 1889 by the Local Government Act 1888, which established the county council local government system in England and Wales. It replaced the Surrey Quarter Sessions for local government functions in the administrative county of Surrey. The council was originally headquartered in Newington where the quarter sessions court had been located.[6] However it moved to County Hall, Kingston upon Thames in 1893 as Newington and the part of Surrey that had been in the Metropolitan Board of Works district had become part of the County of London in 1889.[7]

Kingston upon Thames became part of Greater London in 1965, but the headquarters remained there. In November 2019 Surrey County Council announced that the headquarters would relocate to Woking.[8] The move to Woking was scrapped in 2020;[9] a move to Reigate was announced instead.[10]


The Local Government Act 1972 led to Surrey becoming a non-metropolitan county.[11][12]


The council is responsible for a number of local public services in Surrey. These include the standard responsibilities of county councils in England and Wales such as transport and highway management, waste disposal (but not collection) and education.[13]

District and borough councils

There are 11 borough or district councils that govern at a more local level than Surrey County Council.[14]


The public have elected a majority of Conservative councillors to its political body since 1965, with one exception — from 1993 to 1997 a status of no overall control in the declared affiliations of councillors prevailed.[15]

The most recent 2017 election altered the composition of the council chamber and committees to a total of: 61 Conservatives, 9 Liberal Democrats, 8 residents association councillors, 1 independent councillor, and 1 councillor each from Labour and the Green Party.[4][16]

The next elections will take place in May 2021.[17]

Coat of arms

The escutcheon is described as 'Per pale Azure and Sable two Keys in bend wards upwards and outwards bows interlaced Or between in dexter base a Woolpack and in sinister chief a Sprig of Oak fructed Argent', with the badge 'On a Roundel per pale Azure and Sable in chief a Sprig of Oak fructed Argent and in base two Keys [in saltire] wards upwards and outwards Or'. These arms were granted in 1974.[18]


  1. ^ "New chief executive starts at Surrey County Council". Surrey News. 5 March 2018.
  2. ^ a b "Election results declared". 5 May 2017.
  3. ^ "127 year chapter of history comes to an end as Surrey County Council moves home". Get Surrey. 23 December 2020. Retrieved 3 May 2021.
  4. ^ a b "Tories increase power in county amid UKIP wins". 3 June 2009. Retrieved 5 May 2013.
  5. ^ "Tim Oliver announced as new leader of SCC's Conservative group". 23 November 2018.
  6. ^ "Surrey History : Exploring Surrey's past - County Hall, Kingston". Retrieved 15 October 2011.
  7. ^ Peter Ward (31 May 2011). "County Hall". Archived from the original on 20 March 2007. Retrieved 15 October 2011.
  8. ^ Surrey County Council (1 November 2019). "Surrey County Council moves to Woking". Retrieved 25 September 2020.
  9. ^ "Coronavirus forces county council to pull out of Woking HQ move". 23 April 2020.
  10. ^ "County council base will be in Surrey for first time in 55 years". 15 October 2020.
  11. ^ "Surrey County Council". Retrieved 15 October 2011.
  12. ^ Peter Reed (2006). "Surrey". Retrieved 15 October 2011.
  13. ^ Nicola Morris (24 May 2011). "County district and parish council functions". Retrieved 15 October 2011.
  14. ^ Web Operations Team (11 October 2011). "District and borough councils". Retrieved 15 October 2011.
  15. ^ "Elections 2009 - Surrey council". 5 June 2009. Retrieved 15 October 2011.
  16. ^ "Surrey County Council elections 2017". www.surreycc.gov.uk.
  17. ^ Boxall, Tricia. "Surrey County Council elections". www.waverley.gov.uk.
  18. ^ "SURREY COUNTY COUNCIL". Robert Young. Retrieved 31 October 2019.

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