City of Alexandria
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Celebrate New Year's Eve at First Night Alexandria
Enjoy fun for the entire family at First Night Alexandria, the best New Year’s Eve party in the region! First Night Alexandria is hosting dozens of indoor venues throughout Old Town, featuring continuous musical performances until the fireworks on the river at midnight.
Mayor Euille Today
In the latest episode of the Mayor Euille Today show, Mayor Bill Euille highlights a few of Alexandria's most popular holiday events; discusses the City’s participation in the national Shop Small initiative; and explores programs that provide an opportunity for Alexandrians to give back to the community.
Discovering Alexandria: The Early Years
A year in the making, the new WETA documentary "Discovering Alexandria: The Early Years" tells the story of the city from its earliest origins through post-Civil War reconstruction and showcases beloved local historic sites: Carlyle House, Gadsby’s Tavern, the Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum and Christ Church. The film will air next on December 9 at 8 p.m., and December 30 at 8 p.m. on WETA TV 26 and WETA HD.
Fall Leaf Collection
The City's fall leaf collection program began on October 27, and runs through the end of December. Residents have the option of raking leaves to the curb for City vacuum trucks, bagging them for curbside collection, or composting their leaves. Free biodegradable leaf bags can be picked up at various locations throughout the City. The City has also expanded its Yard Waste program, and now collects yard waste on regular trash collection day, and by special request.
Historic Alexandria Museum Store

The museum shop offers great gift ideas, a wide variety of Alexandria-related merchandise and the very best selections from all the Office of Historic Alexandria museum stores. Special merchandise includes ornaments of Freedmen’s Cemetery, Friendship Firehouse, Gadsby’s Tavern, City Hall, Greetings from Alexandria  and many more. Visit the store online or at The Lyceum, located at 201 S. Washington St. Free parking available.

Upcoming Events
Monday Dec 29
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Join us for a special program for toddlers (walkers through 36 months) and their caregivers at Gadsby’s Tavern Museum.
Wednesday Dec 31
12:00 PM - 12:15 AM
Family friendly celebration of the new year through the performing arts.
Wednesday Dec 31
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Potter's Art Family Program: Learn about Alexandria's salt-glazed stoneware potters at this fun, hands-on First Night Alexandria program. Discover the unique styles and techniques between H.C. Smith ...
Thursday Jan 1
8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
City Offices Closed for New Year's Holiday
Monday Jan 5
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
This workshop is offered to new job seekers who are looking for assistance in their employment search. You will learn about JobLink programs and services and what programs may best serve your needs. TO ...
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Enjoy the season's fresh fruits, vegetables, baked goods, and more at Alexandria's farmers' markets! On weekends, the Market Square and Del Ray markets are year round on Saturdays; the West End Farmers' Market and the Four Mile Run Farmers' and Artisans Market are open on Sundays, May through November. Enjoy the season's fresh fruits, vegetables, baked goods, and more at Alexandria's farmers' markets! On weekends, the Market Square and Del Ray markets are year round on Saturdays; the West End Farmers' Market and the Four Mile Run Farmers' and Artisans Market are open on Sundays, May through November.
Events & Activities Events & Activities
Museums, libraries, parks, bike trails, recreation centers, classes, sports, farmers' markets.
  • Entertainment – Special events, attractions, tours, shopping, dining and nightlife on VisitAlexandriaVA.com.
  • Farmers' Markets - Farmer's Markets are held in Old Town, Del Ray, in the Upper King Street area, and on the City's West End.
  • Historic Alexandria - Museums, historic events and locations, archaeology, collections, exhibits and more.
  • Libraries - Branch locations, online booklists, book clubs, library cards and more.
  • Parks - Park locations, open space, pocket parks, landscape guidelines, City marina, athletic fields, outdoor courts, dog parks and more.
  • Recreation Centers - Neighborhood centers, adult centers, nature centers, swimming pools, facility rentals and more.
  • Recreation Classes - Summer camps, aquatics, art, dance, martial arts, swimming lessons, music, fitness and more.
  • Sports for Adults - Volleyball, aerobics, cardio, softball, basketball, flag football and more.
  • Sports for Youth - Tee-ball, soccer, cheerleading, little league, boxing, Titans football, track and field, tennis and more.
  • Trails - City biking and walking trail maps and other resources.
Community Life Community Life
Animal welfare, education and schools, emergency preparedness, volunteering, voting.
  • Animal Welfare League - Adopt a pet, license your dog or cat, have your pet spayed or neutered and more.
  • Development - Neighborhood plans, development projects, planning initiatives, green and sustainable buildings, zoning information and more.
  • Education & Schools - Alexandria public schools, private schools, and regional institutions of higher learning.
  • Emergency Preparedness - Be Ready Alexandria! Emergency management, fire safety, and disaster emergency information.
  • Know Your City - A guide to City of Alexandria government and organizations.
  • Volunteering  - Donate time to non-profit organizations, participate in charitable and special events and much more.
  • Voting - Upcoming elections, sample ballots, voter registration, absentee voting, poll workers and more.
Jobs Jobs
City employment opportunities, and resources for job seekers.
  • City Employment - Search CAREER opportunities currently available with the City of Alexandria.
  • JobLink - Job search assistance, services, resource centers, employment training and more.
Real Estate & Taxes Real Estate & Taxes
Payments, assessments, appraisals, property and sales data, tax maps and guides, vehicle registration.
  • Payments - Pay real estate or personal property taxes, parking citations, buy tickets, or make contributions to charitable programs and events.
  • Real Estate Assessments - Parcel appraisals, property and sales data, assessment information and appeals, tax maps and more.
  • Real Estate Taxes - Real estate assessment, computation and collection of tax, payment methods, contact information and more.
  • Personal Property Tax - Vehicle tax assessment, City decals, residential parking, exemptions and more.
  • Vehicle Registration - Online vehicle registration.
  • Tax Calendar - Important dates and information for City taxes.
  • Tax Guide - Property taxes, income taxes, City code, tax forms, licenses and more. (En Español)
  • Tax Guide for New Residents - Summary of issues of interest to new residents
  • Tax Relief & Assistance - Real estate and personal property tax relief for the elderly and disabled, and real estate tax relief for veterans with 100% service-connected disabilities.
Licenses & Permits Licenses & Permits
Construction permits and inspections, business licenses, marriage licenses, code enforcement, zoning information.
Utilities Utilities

The City of Alexandria does not operate any public utilities. The following companies providing service in Alexandria are regulated as utilities. Similar services may also be available from other providers.

The City of Alexandria does not operate any public utilities. The following companies providing service in Alexandria are regulated as utilities. Similar services may also be available from other providers.

  • For water main problems or other water problems, contact Virginia American Water at 800.452.6863 
  • For problems with your wired phone service, contact Verizon at 800.837.4966 
  • For cable-related issues, contact Comcast at 800.266.2278 
  • For power outages power line issues, or for miscellaneous items to be removed from power lines, contact Dominion Virginia Power at 866.DOM.HELP (866.366.4357)
  • If you smell gas, leave the area immediately and contact Washington Gas at 703.750.1000 
Transportation & Parking Transportation & Parking
Air, bus, rail, highway, King Street Trolley, parking, biking and walking trails, and alternative transportation.
  • Public Transportation - Air, bus, rail, and highway transportation serving the City of Alexandria.
  • Parking - Find parking locations in Alexandria, pay or contest parking citations, parking permits, reserved parking.
  • King Street Trolley - Alexandria's free trolley service connects the Potomac River to the King Street Metro station.
  • Local Motion - Biking and walking trails and tours, alternative transportation, regional transportation resources.
Public Works Public Works
Refuse and trash collection, recycling collection and guidelines, snow removal, hazardous waste disposal.
  • Recycling - Curbside recycling guidelines and pickup schedule, City recycling centers, request a recycling bin and more.
  • Refuse & Trash - Solid waste services, refuse collection schedule, leaf mulch, composting, household hazardous waste, spring clean-up and more.
  • Snow & Ice Control - Removal of snow and ice from public roads, sidewalks, walkways, and parking lots.
Public Safety Public Safety
Emergency preparedness, Citizen Corps Council, Police, Fire, Sheriff.
  • Emergency Preparedness - Be Ready Alexandria! Emergency management, fire safety, and disaster emergency information.
  • Citizen Corps Council - Preparedness and volunteerism efforts, Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), Medical Reserve Corps (MRC), Neighborhood Watch, Volunteers in Police Service (VIPS).
  • Police - Police data, traffic, crime reports, crime prevention programs, community involvement.
  • Fire - Fire suppression, emergency medical services, code administration, emergency management, marine operations, haz-mat response, fire stations.
  • Sheriff - Detention Center, courthouse and courtroom security, service of all court legal documents, execution of court orders, transportation of prisoners, execution of arrest warrants, general public safety and law enforcement.
  • Ethanol Transloading Information - The City's actions regarding the Norfolk Southern Corporation's Ethanol Transloading Facility, which began operation in April 2008.
Planning & Development Planning & Development
Neighborhood planning, development projects, historic preservation, green buildings, design guidelines.
  • Development - Recent and ongoing community development projects, green buildings, design guidelines.
  • GIS - Geographic Information Systems, standard and interactive City maps.
  • Historic Preservation - Historic districts, design guidelines, Board of Architectural Review.
  • Neighborhood Planning - Community-based long range planning, community involvement, Alexandria master plan.
  • Alexandria Railroad Bridge Replacement - CSX, and the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation are partnering with VRE and Amtrak to improve passenger service by constructing a new railroad bridge in Alexandria near 4500 Wheeler Ave.
Health & Human Services Health & Human Services
Housing, human services, human rights, environmental health, mental health, substance abuse, intellectual disabilities.
  • Consumer Affairs - Consumer and business complaint mediation, consumer advice and education, and more.
  • Health - Environmental health, medical services, vaccinations, mosquito control, vital records, family planning and much more.
  • Housing - Affordable housing, landlord-tenant relations, foreclosure prevention, tax relief and assistance, ARHA and more.
  • Human Rights - ADA Compliance, accomodating persons with disabilities, discrimination, sexual harassment, Human Rights Code, complaints, investigations and more.
  • Human Services - Family services, child care, JobLink, foster care, child welfare, aging and adult services, youth programs and much more.
  • Mental Health - Substance abuse, mental health, intellectual disability, depression, anxiety, Community Services Board and more.
  • Services for Seniors Citizens - Office of Aging & Adult Services, rent relief program, adult day service center, adult protective services, home delivered meals, companion services and more.
Environment Environment
"Green" initiatives, air quality, noise, water conservation, mosquito and rodent control.
  • Eco-City Alexandria - Learn more about what the City is doing to become a more "green" Alexandria and how you can participate.Environmental Quality - Air quality, water conservation, noise control, contaminated lands, watershed management, and more.Mosquito Control - Preventing mosquito-borne illnesses such as West Nile Virus, eliminating mosquito breeding habitats.
  • Rodent Control - Proactive programs and general information to control the rodent population.
For information about visiting Alexandria, go to VisitAlexandriaVA.com for shopping, dining, attractions, accommodations, evens listings and more. Plan your visit with the itinerary builder and interactive maps, then book a hotel room and make online restaurant reservations. For information about visiting Alexandria, go to VisitAlexandriaVA.com for shopping, dining, attractions, accommodations, events listings and more. Plan your visit with the itinerary builder and interactive maps, then book a hotel room and make online restaurant reservations.
Shop, Dine, Stay, Celebrate! Shop, Dine, Stay, Celebrate!
Historic boutiques and art galleries; unique restaurants and outdoor dining; historic, state of the art, and pet-friendly hotels; events and activities for the whole family.
  • Shop - Antiques, art galleries, boutiques, crafts, special gifts and more offered by Alexandria's unique shopping experience.
  • Dine - Alexandria offers an array of restaurants to meet every taste. Outdoor dining, unique locations, pet-friendly restaurants and more.
  • Stay - Accomodations featuring European-style manor houses, mid-size, full-service, dog friendly hotels or a state-of-the-art resort and conference hotel, all with reasonable rates.
  • Celebrate - Alexandria Convention and Visitors Association (ACVA) calendar of events and activities.
Events & Activities Events & Activities
Festivals, concerts, sports, special events, farmers' markets, libraries.
  • Events - Special events, festivals, tours, shopping, and more.
  • Community Activities - Sports, activities, meetings, community events and more.
  • Farmers' Markets - Farmer's Markets are held in Old Town, Del Ray, in the Upper King Street area, and on the City's West End.
Group Tours & Motorcoach Information Group Tours & Motorcoach Information

Alexandria welcomes motorcoaches with free parking and all the resources necessary for a successful Alexandria visit.

Historic Alexandria Historic Alexandria
Alexandria Visitor's Center, Alexandria's rich history, museums, and historic attractions.
Meet in Alexandria Meet in Alexandria
Easily accessible, surprisingly sophisticated and amazingly accommodating Alexandria is a "Capital Location" for meetings and group events.
  • Meetings – From intimate boutique hotels to state-of-the art conference hotels, Alexandria, DC's oldest neighborhood, is the ideal location for small to mid-size meetings.
  • After Hour Events – Known for its historic significance, critically-acclaimed restaurants, thriving art scene and inspiring unique venues, Alexandria promises to "wow" even the most discerning traveler.
  • At Your Service – Let destination experts at the Alexandria Convention and Visitors Association (ACVA) do all the work for you. They provide all the resources and tools to plan your meeting, build attendance and dazzle your attendees.
Parks & Recreation Parks & Recreation
Parks, dog parks, bike trails, City marina, athletic fields, swimming pools, nature centers, facility rentals, neighborhood centers.
  • Parks - Park locations, open space, pocket parks, City marina, athletic fields, outdoor courts, dog parks and more.
  • Recreation Centers - Neighborhood centers, adult centers, nature centers, swimming pools, facility rentals and more.
  • Biking & Walking - City biking and walking trail maps and resources.
Transportation & Parking Transportation & Parking
Air, bus, rail, highway, King Street Trolley, parking, biking and walking trails, and alternative transportation.
  • Public Transportation - Air, bus, rail, and highway transportation serving the City of Alexandria.
  • King Street Trolley - Alexandria's free trolley service connects the Potomac River to the King Street Metro station.
  • Parking - Find parking locations in historic Old Town Alexandria.
  • Local Motion - Biking and walking trails and tours, alternative transportation options, and regional transportation resources.
Weddings & Social Events Weddings & Social Events

Make your wedding an historic occasion. Steeped in romance and authentic charm, Alexandria offers a variety of distinctive sites from colonial to contemporary, on land or sea, in beautiful buildings or the great outdoors.

  • Traditional Hotels - Alexandria's eclectic assortment of hotels provides the perfect setting for the wedding of your dreams offering you everything from classic four-star elegance to modern, chic comfort.
  • Unique Venues - If you are dreaming of a unique, intimate or historic site for your reception, Alexandria offers an exciting selection of unique wedding reception venues.
  • MyAlexandriaWedding.com - Your one-stop shop for ideas, sites and services. Explore, the best venues and planning services, from chic boutique hotels to historic attractions, caterers and florists to transportation companies and photographers, all to help make planning your special day especially simple and enjoyable for your guests.
<p>The Alexandria Permit Center is a multi-agency center for citizens, businesses, and visitors to obtain construction related permits at one central location. The permit center includes staff members from the Departments of Code Administration, Finance, Planning & Zoning, and Transportation & Environmental Services. In our efforts to provide the best customer service in the region, the Alexandria Permit Center Team also has Small Business and Residential Facilitators to assist homeowners and small businesses through the construction permitting process. </p> The Alexandria Permit Center is a multi-agency center for citizens, businesses, and visitors to obtain construction related permits at one central location. The permit center includes staff members from the Departments of Code Administration, Finance, Planning & Zoning, and Transportation & Environmental Services. In our efforts to provide the best customer service in the region, the Alexandria Permit Center Team also has Small Business and Residential Facilitators to assist homeowners and small businesses through the construction permitting process.
Small Business Small Business
Resource guide, available space, comparative costs, consumer affairs.
Licenses & Permits Licenses & Permits

Construction permits and inspections, business licenses, code enforcement, zoning information, health permits.

Economic Development Economic Development
Alexandria Economic Development Partnership (AEDP), Economic Sustainability Work Group, economic indicators.
Real Estate & Taxes Real Estate & Taxes
Payments, assessments, appraisals, property and sales data, tax maps and guides, vehicle registration.
  • Business Taxes - Filing proceures, computation and collection of tax, taxpayer assistance, tax forms, proration policy.
  • Payments - Pay real estate or personal property taxes, parking tickets, buy tickets, or make contributions to charitable programs and events.
  • Real Estate Assessments - Parcel appraisals, property and sales data, assessment information and appeals, tax maps and more.
  • Real Estate Taxes - Real estate assessment, computation and collection of tax, payment methods, contact information and more.
  • Vehicle Registration - Online vehicle registration.
  • Tax Calendar - Important dates and information for City taxes.
  • Tax Guide for New Businesses - Property taxes, business license taxes, regulatory licenses, filing procedures, and more.
  • Licensing and Tax Guide for Non-Profit Organizations - A summary of issues of interest to non-profit organizations operating in the City.
Doing Business with the City Doing Business with the City
Vendor guide, purchasing division, solicitation board, invitations to bid.
  • Vendor Guide - How to do business with the City of Alexandria.
  • Purchasing - Management of City contracts for goods, services, insurance and construction.
  • eProcure - Upcoming purchasing announcements which have an estimated value of $50,000 or more.
Jobs Jobs
City employment opportunities, and resources for job seekers.
  • City Employment - Search CAREER opportunities currently available with the City of Alexandria.
  • JobLink - Job search assistance, services, resource centers, employment training and more.