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New Residents to Chesterfield County

Chesterfield County is a FIRST CHOICE community in which to live, work, raise a family and play. More than 318,000 people make Chesterfield their home, and we credit the county's popularity to the excellent programs and services it provides, as well as the overall quality of life. To help make your transition as smooth as possible, we've compiled the following information.

Utilities and Household Services 

Water and wastewater services: Call 804-748-1291. Chesterfield County provides water and wastewater services. No deposit is required, but an initial fee will be charged on your first bill.

Trash and Recycling

Private contractors (listed in phone book) provide weekly residential trash pickup.

Leaves: Leaf burning is prohibited in most of the county. For more information about leaf burning, please call the Fire and Life Safety Division at 804-748-1426.

Recycling: The curbside recycling program is available to every single-family home in the county. For more information, call 804- 340-0900. Also, collection containers are located throughout the county for drive-up and drop-off recycling of glass containers, mixed paper, aluminum and newspaper.

County Registrations, Taxes and Fees  

Automobiles: Vehicles must be registered within 90 days after moving into Virginia or the county. For more information, call 804-748-1281.

Personal property taxes: Personal property taxes are due on June 5 of each year. For more information, call 804-748-1201.

Real estate taxes: Real estate taxes are due and payable in two equal payments on June 5 and Dec. 5 of each year. For more information, call 804-748-1201.

Voter registration: Voter registration is available year-round at 9848 Lori Road. Office hours are 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday. For more information, call 804-748-1471.

Building Permits: Permits are required for erecting, or altering, a structure; enlarging finished space; and adding or installing new plumbing, gas, electrical or mechanical systems. Examples include construction of decks, porches, swimming pools, Florida rooms, sheds more than 150 square feet, carports and gazebos and the placement of mobile homes, finishing of unfinished space; installation of new wood stoves, gas logs, new central heating and air conditioning equipment; replacement of electrical panels; and installation of lawn sprinkler systems. A certificate of occupancy is required upon completion of a home prior to occupancy. For more information, call 804-748-1057.

Libraries  

The mission of the Chesterfield County Public Library is to bring people and information together in a cost-effective manner so that citizens may enrich their own lives. The library encourages and fosters reading at all age levels, whether for recreation or information, supports education and lifelong learning, and helps citizens obtain information at 10 library locations via books, resource materials, video tapes and the Internet.

  • Bon Air Library, 9103 Rattlesnake Road
  • Ettrick-Matoaca Library, 4501 River Road
  • Central Library, 9501 Lori Road
  • LaPrade Library, 9000 Hull Street Road
  • Chester Library, 11800 Centre Street
  • Law Library, 9500 Courthouse Road
  • Clover Hill Library, 6701 Deer Run Drive
  • Meadowdale Library, 4301 Meadowdale Boulevard
  • Enon Library, 1801 Enon Church Road
  • Midlothian Library, 521 Coalfield Road

Additional Services  

Animal tags: Must be purchased for dogs older than 6 months, with certification of rabies vaccination. For households with three or more dogs, special zoning and fees are required. For more information, call 748-1201.
Extension Service 804-751-4401

Health Department: 804-748-1691

Social Services: 804-748-1100

Youth Services: 804-796-7100

Parks

Chesterfield County has more than 30 public parks and offers a variety of recreation programs. For the parks near you, or to be added to a mailing list of programs and activities, call 748-1623. An abundance of woods, wetlands and wildlife may be found at the 810-acre Dutch Gap Conservation Area. It is believed to be the only county-owned conservation area in the nation. Pocahontas State Park also is located in the county.

Historic Landmarks

The 1611 Citie of Henricus, the second permanent English settlement in the New World, provides a glimpse into our nation's past. Pocahontas was brought here as a captive before marrying John Rolfe. Tobacco was first cultivated here and exported as a cash crop. Other beginnings include: the first hospital, first private ownership of land, first chartered university and the first library. Magnolia Grange and the Historic 1917 Courthouse are other historic sites in Chesterfield County. For more information about Henricus, call 706-1340. For information about other historic attractions, call 804-796-7121.

Type of Government

A five-member Board of Supervisors, elected by district, governs Chesterfield County. The board appoints a county administrator, who directs the county's day-to-day operations. The county has an annual budget of more than $812 million. Mail correspondence to your board representative or to the county administrator at P.O. Box 40, Chesterfield, Va., 23832, or call:

For Emergencies, Call 911  

The county has more than 400 police officers, 200 uniformed deputies, more than 400 career firefighters, approximately 155 active volunteer firefighters and 300 volunteer rescue-squad personnel.