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Parking is available across from the Fairgrounds in lots at Bird High School, Chesterfield Technical Center and Gates Elementary at 10300 Courthouse Road. Follow the parking attendants’ directions.
Fourth of July Celebration presented by Virginia Credit Union will take place at the
Chesterfield County Fairgrounds:
10300 Courthouse RoadChesterfield, VA 23832
Gates open @ 5 p.m.
Porta-potties units will be placed throughout the Fairgrounds. Accessible units will be available.
We’re sorry, only service animals allowed.
Yes, bring a chair or blanket to enjoy the music.
The event will take place rain or shine.
Medical service personnel will be on-site.
Contact the Mark Pinney @ 804-748-1992.
Yes, you can leave and return at any time. Entry is free.
Media contacts covering the event should enter at Gate 3 and show their media credentials.
Files will be posted by the 20th of the month for payments made the previous month. For example, payments made in October will be posted by November 20th. To ask questions or request more information, please email the Accounting Department.
Yes, certain state and federal laws require that some types of information be protected. This includes medical related information under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and exclusions identified through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). Good business practice also protects private and confidential information of citizens and business partners, information related to pending legal matters, and information that could jeopardize public safety enforcement.
To ask questions or request more information, please email the Accounting Department.
Generally, yes. If you can’t find a vendor there could be several reasons. If the nature of the vendor or of the County’s business with that vendor is protected under state or federal laws or is considered private or confidential, that vendor will not be shown in these files. If the vendor has provided goods or services to the County but has not yet received payment for those goods or services, then the vendor will not appear on the files.
Information about payments to employee benefit providers is available upon request. Payments to a vendor on behalf of Chesterfield County Public Schools (CCPS) can be found on the CCPS website. To ask questions or request more information, please email the Accounting Department.
Payments made for purchases against a Procurement Card prior to March 2018 will be shown as payment to Bank of America. After March 2018, payments will show the actual vendor. To ask questions or request more information, please email the Accounting Department.
The information shown is being displayed at the Department and Account code level. If a single payment is made for either multiple departments or multiple accounts the check number will be displayed numerous times. To ask questions or request more information, please email the Accounting Department.
Yes. Visit the Procurement Department's page where you can view contracts, and their associated solicitations, that the county has established with vendors through a competitive procurement process. Only repetitive type purchases utilize requirements contracts. One time purchases of goods, services and construction are not included in this listing.
The animal shelter has a large variety of dogs and cats available for adoption. Please visit the Adopt a Pet section for detailed information about the adoption process.
Any dog four months of age or older must have a license.
To obtain a dog license, you must:
Chesterfield County now offers a lifetime dog license for $10. The license will remain valid as long as the dog's rabies vaccination is kept up to date.
Kennel licenses are available for those residing in an agricultural district who own more than 3 dogs. Kennel licenses are still issued annually. The license tax is payable on January 1 and must be paid no later than January 31 of each year.
The fees are as follows:
You can obtain a dog license at several county businesses, or by mail.
To obtain a dog license by mail:
If your dog or cat is lost:
If you find a dog or cat:
Please call the 804-748-1251, the police non-emergency number, if you need to speak with an Animal Services officer about:
If you wish to speak with a shelter representative, please call 804-748-1683 Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
General email inquiries can be directed to the Animal Control Inquiries Email.
Animal Services does not handle calls for service related to barking dogs. Please call the police non-emergency number, 804-748-1251, to speak to a police officer.
Ownership of more than three adult dogs per family is prohibited in any residential district without a special exception permit. If you need a special permit, contact the Chesterfield County Zoning Office at 804-748-1050.
Under Chesterfield County's current leash law, dogs must be on a leash at all times when not on the dog owner's property.
Each fiscal year begins on July 1, with the prior fiscal year ending on June 30.
Triple AAA by all three rating agencies (Fitch Ratings, Moody's, and Standard and Poor's). The County has maintained a Triple AAA rating since 1997. Maintaining a Triple AAA bond rating means the County is well positioned to access the lowest available rates and competitively market Chesterfield for new business.
The Capital Improvement Program is published annually with the adopted budget (PDF).
The Board of Supervisors adopts the budget in April, as the County Charter requires the Board’s action by May 1.
Anytime! Feedback, comments, and input are welcomed anytime during the year. The budget office can be reached via email or online at Blueprint Chesterfield. The Board of Supervisors typically hosts community meetings during the Fall and early Spring time-frame to receive feedback directly related to the proposed budget.
Blueprint Chesterfield is a framework that helps to better organize longstanding county practices related to budget and strategic planning. It’s the County’s system for planning, establishing, and resourcing community priorities.
Property taxes make up nearly 60% of the revenue for general fund operations, followed by state funding around 18%, utility and other local taxes around 16%, and then the remaining 6% from departmental revenues, federal funding, and other miscellaneous revenues.
The current FY2018 Budget (PDF) allocates 46.5% or $345,263,200 of the total general fund budget to schools.
View Current Tax Rates (PDF).
We do not offer scheduled service (i.e. airlines). We do offer charter and private services. Visit Dominion Aviation or call 804-271-7793 for more information.
Yes. Visit Dominion Aviation or call 804-271-7793 for information.
Find out how to report a noise complaint.
Find out how to report a low flying aircraft.
Yes, we have hangers available for rent.
Find out how to report an issue.
FBO business hours are as follows:
Call 804-271-7793 for more information and for after-hours service.
Yes. For information, call 804-271-7793 or visit Dominion Aviation.
Yes, King’s Korner Restaurant is located in the airport terminal building.
Yes, the Chesterfield Pilots Association, Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) Chapter 231, and Wingnuts Flying Club are active organizations at our airport.
View more programs and events.
For information, call 804-271-7793 or visit Dominion Aviation.
No, we do not offer MoGas for sale.
Learn more about Unmanned Aircraft Systems.
View FAA Small Unmanned Aircraft Regulations.
Chesterfield LIVE! will be at the Chesterfield County Fairgrounds:
Morrissett Funeral and Cremation Service will be providing free bottles of water to attendees, while supplies last.
Check ChesterfieldLIVE site and social media for event status.
In addition to great music from four bands, there will be an area with vendor displays, samples and information, as well as food and beverage vendors. In addition there will be a children’s entertainment area.
Contact the Chesterfield Chamber of Commerce.
Contact the Chesterfield Chamber of Commerce.
Contact the Richmond Symphony.
Photo and Video Recording PolicyThe use of recording devices and flash photography is prohibited. You may take non-flash photos.
Divorces are handled in the Circuit Court; however, Circuit Court Clerk's staff members are not attorneys and therefore are not authorized to provide legal advice. In order to initiate a divorce in Chesterfield Circuit Court, the filing party must submit the appropriate pleadings prepared in accordance with Virginia law. There are no forms that the Clerk's Office can make available for this purpose. Parties proceeding without legal counsel would need to research the Code of Virginia and prepare the required pleadings. There are a number of steps which must be followed in accordance with the Code of Virginia in order to finalize a divorce matter.
A task force of Virginia legal aid attorneys has developed a technology-based solution to help pro se (i.e., self-represented) litigants filing simple, uncontested divorces. The system is made available at VA Legal Aid online. The Clerk’s Office makes this resource available as a courtesy and cannot guarantee that it will meet your needs.
Once a divorce filing is prepared, for information regarding filing fees, Sheriff’s fees, etc., we suggest speaking with a staff member in the Civil Division of the office, who routinely handle divorce matters. To speak with a staff member in the Civil Division, call 804-748-1241 during public service hours, which are from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday (excluding holidays).
Civil Fee Schedule
Guardians and/or Conservators are typically appointed by the Court at the time an individual is adjudicated as incapacitated. In order to initiate such an action through the Circuit Court, the filing party would need to submit the appropriate pleadings prepared in accordance with Virginia law. The Clerk's Office has no forms that can be made available for this purpose. An attorney would be able to advise as to what exactly is required. Parties proceeding without legal counsel would need to research the Code of Virginia and prepare the required pleadings.
Unless appealed, typically small claims and matters concerning rental property are handled by the Chesterfield General District Court. The General District Court is completely separate from Circuit Court and has its own Clerk and Clerk's Office. The General District Court has forms to use by which most actions can be initiated.
For more information:
Chesterfield General District Court Clerk's Office
Public service hours: 8 AM – 4 PM Monday through Friday, excluding holidays
Chesterfield Circuit Court Clerk's Office
9500 Courthouse Road
Chesterfield, VA 23832
Contact Jury Services at 804-751-4411 to get a replacement summons.
There is no statutory exemption for students. Specify any dates during the term that you will be unavailable. If you are summoned during a time when you do not have a break in class, you can postpone your jury service to later in the year in the Request Schedule Change section.
You were qualified to serve as a juror by a panel of jury commissioners after you completed the Jury Questionnaire. At that time, you were placed in a jury pool with thousands of qualified citizens. Now, you have been randomly selected from that pool to receive an official summons for jury service.
Yes. The Summons for Jury Service is an official court summons. You must respond to the summons by the due date specified on the summons. Pursuant to Virginia Code § 8.01-356 you could be held in contempt of court and/or ordered to pay a fine if you fail to respond to the summons.
Yes. If your juror number is selected, you must report for jury service on the date and time specified. Pursuant to Virginia Code § 8.01-356, if you do not report, you could be held in contempt of court and ordered to pay a fine of not less than $50 nor more than $200.
It is an optional way for Jury Services to electronically contact you regarding your jury service. You must authorize Jury Services to use this form of contact and provide all information requested in order to receive electronic notifications.
Former residents of Chesterfield County are not required to serve jury duty once they have moved their legal residence out of the county.
Any citizen who is 70 years or older may choose not to serve jury duty under the statutory exemption provided.
If you believe you qualify as exempt from jury service under either of these statutes, you will need to
You will be notified if your request is granted or denied within 10 business days of receipt of your request.
List your conflict dates in the Limitation of Service section. If your request is denied because of excessive conflict dates, you will be notified within 10 business days of receipt of your request. Otherwise, you are automatically excused from reporting for jury service on the dates you have listed and you do not need to check your reporting status to see if you are needed to report on those dates.
If you have significant scheduling conflicts (e.g., school, vacation, business, health), you may take advantage of a one-time schedule change option in the Request Schedule Change section of the Response to Summons. In the Request for Schedule Change section, select the term of service to which you are postponing. Each term is approximately 8 weeks. You cannot postpone your service to a different year. (Note: This option will no longer be available online after it has been used once during the calendar year.) You will receive a new summons for the new term of service prior to the start of the term.
The jury office cannot exempt you for not having transportation. Contact Jury Services so we may work with you to fulfill your jury service.
NOTE: In the event of a true emergency (sudden illness or a death in the family), contact the Jury Coordinator in the Circuit Court Clerk’s Office at 804-751-4411 as soon as possible.
Yes. While efforts are made to reduce delay and avoid waiting time, you may have to sit for some time before entering the courtroom. You should bring a
NOTE: Electronic equipment such as tablets, electronic readers, laptop computers, cameras and cell phones are not allowed in the main Courts Building.
You should wear comfortable, but appropriate attire that is neat and clean. T-shirts, shorts, and halter-tops are not considered appropriate. The temperature in the courtrooms is sometimes cool, so please plan accordingly.
Jurors with special needs may request reasonable accommodations to fulfill their jury service. This may be done in the Special Accommodations Request section of the Response to Summons or by contacting Jury Services.
Check local media or the Chesterfield County website for changes to the operating hours of the Chesterfield County Courts. Please note that the Chesterfield County government and the Chesterfield County Courts are separate entities and may specify different operating hours.
We do recommend bringing a book, magazine, or other activity to work on while waiting to be called to the courtroom.
9500 Courthouse Road, Chesterfield, VA 23832. 2nd floor Jury Assembly Room. The report time depends on the start time of the case and will be listed on the reporting message. Please allow yourself extra time to go through court security.
If it is determined that surety on a bond is required,
Chesterfield Circuit Court Clerk804-748-1241 - ask for Probate Division
The Commissioner of Accounts is an attorney commissioned by the Circuit Court Judges to oversee the actions of fiduciaries and is responsible for reviewing and approving inventories and accountings. His office is not in the Courts Building but is in an office building in close proximity to the courthouse.
Commissioner of AccountsBryan K. Selz, Esq.
Mailing address:P.O. Box 998Chesterfield, VA 23832Physical address:9512 Ironbridge Road, Suite 110Chesterfield, VA 23832
804-796-4891 phone804-796-4892 fax
There are several reasons why a will should be probated (or recorded). The three basic reasons are
By recording the will, it becomes a permanent record available for review by family members as well as potential beneficiaries and creditors.
NOTE: Include contact information; however, DO NOT write on the will itself.
Even though your permit is expired, you can still follow procedures for renewal. You will not need to produce proof of competency with a handgun again. If by chance you did not obtain your original permit in Chesterfield, you will need to include a copy of the existing permit so that it can be confirmed that renewal is appropriate.
Land records are available online by subscription service only; however, such service is typically not practical for occasional users since it requires an annual fee of $600.00/user.
For more information regarding the SRA system and subscription requirements, please visit Circuit Court Clerk's SRA.
As the Circuit Court Clerk's Office serves only as the repository for land records and we are not attorneys, we cannot perform title searches or provide legal information regarding the status of property. Deeds, liens, and other land records must speak for themselves and staff cannot interpret or restate information included in such records.
If you would like to visit to perform a search of our records, the public Record Room is open from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding holidays. The Record Room is located on the ground floor of the main Courts Building and staff would be happy to demonstrate how to use our automated system.
If you require an official title search and/or legal opinion, we would recommend that you contact an attorney or title company for assistance.
Deeds, liens, and other land records must speak for themselves and the staff of the Circuit Court Clerk's Office cannot interpret or restate information included in such records. If you are looking for a specific document and can provide the debtor's/lienholder’s name(s), type of document and approximate date, staff in the Record Room can provide a copy quote by phone at 804-748-1241.
If you would like to visit to perform a search of our records, please note that our public Record Room is open from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding holidays. The Record Room is located on the ground floor of the main Courts Building and staff would be happy to demonstrate how to use our automated system. If you require an official title search and/or legal opinion, we would recommend that you contact an attorney or title company for assistance.
If the survey was recorded, it can be obtained from the Circuit Court Clerk's Office. Individual surveys which show the lot with improvements (such as a house) are occasionally attached to deeds; however, since they are not required to be recorded, most often, they are not. Often surveys showing property lines are drafted at the time of sale and the homeowner receives a copy with other closing papers. If the survey was not recorded and you cannot find one with your closing papers, you may need to contact a surveying company if you need a survey showing the lot with improvements.
If you live in a subdivision and need to see the property lines only (not where the house is situated), copies of subdivision plats are available on this website. The online copy made available by the Assessor's Office is not considered the official recorded subdivision plat; however, it may be useful for informational purposes. The Circuit Court Clerk's Office is the official repository for subdivision plats that have been recorded. Land records are available for public inspection in our Record Room which is open to the public from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday (excluding holidays). The Record Room is located on the ground floor of the main Courts Building.
As there are no forms by which to prepare a new deed that the Circuit Court Clerk's Office can make available, it is recommended that you contact an attorney who handles real estate matters for assistance. There is no requirement to have an attorney prepare the document; however, to ensure it meets statutory requirements and meets your needs legally, it may be in your best interests to consult an attorney. Clerk’s Office staff are unable to provide legal advice. Once the deed is executed, it would need to be recorded here in the Circuit Court Clerk’s Office. If planning to present it for recordation personally, once you have the deed in hand, contact the Clerk's Deed Recording Division at 804-748-1285 for specific guidance. Once recorded, the Real Estate Assessor would be notified of the recordation and that office would update its records accordingly.
If a property owner has died and you wish to update the real estate records, determine if there was a Will and contact the Circuit Court Clerk's Probate Division at 804-748-1241 for assistance.
If the property owner(s) are living, typically a new deed must be recorded. As there are no forms by which to prepare a new deed that the Circuit Court Clerk's Office can make available, it is recommended that you contact an attorney who handles real estate matters for assistance. There is no requirement to have an attorney prepare the document; however, to ensure it meets statutory requirements and meets your needs legally, it may be in your best interests to consult an attorney. Clerk’s Office staff are unable to provide legal advice. Once the deed is executed, it would need to be recorded here in the Circuit Court Clerk’s Office. If planning to present it for recordation personally, once you have the deed in hand, contact the Clerk's Deed Recording Division at 804-748-1285 for specific guidance. Once recorded, the Real Estate Assessor would be notified of the recordation and that office would update its records accordingly.
No master list of pending private auctions/foreclosures is available through Chesterfield County. Private auction/foreclosure information is often printed in the Richmond Times-Dispatch and other publications that print legal notices. Official land records are available for review during public service hours of 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (Monday through Friday, excluding holidays) in the Circuit Court Clerk's Record Room which is located on the ground floor of the main Courts Building.
For information regarding the process by which the Chesterfield Treasurer's Office handles properties with significant back taxes due, visit the Treasurer's Office website.
The Circuit Court Clerk's Office does not maintain blueprints. We would suggest that you contact Chesterfield Building Inspection or the builder to determine if they can assist.
There is no one in the Clerk’s Office (or Judges’ Chambers) that performs wedding ceremonies at the courthouse. It is recommended that parties contact a civil marriage celebrant or a minister authorized to perform marriages in Virginia. An authorized marriage celebrant or minister should be able to produce a copy of the court order or clerk's order that authorized him/her to perform marriage ceremonies in Virginia. There are some civil celebrants appointed by the Court who are willing to perform ceremonies at the Courts Building (typically outside). Specific details regarding a ceremony would need to be discussed with the celebrant chosen.
Information regarding obtaining a marriage license in Chesterfield
When the notary commission has been issued, the Secretary of the Commonwealth will send a notice to the applicant.
Notary commissions expire if not claimed within 60 days of the commission date. Applicants who do not claim their commission within 60 days must re-apply through the Secretary of the Commonwealth.
"Gross receipts" is defined in the Code of Virginia, §58.1-3700.1, as "the whole, entire, total receipts, without deductions." This is generally the same figure as:
Each individually licensable activity, at each business location must have a separate license.
Rarely, but is true in the case of a business/nightclub that sells alcohol. Businesses who sell alcohol must obtain the following:
Note: These are in addition to state licenses required from the ABC Board. These businesses must include gross receipts for alcohol sales within the total gross receipts reported for the retail business license, even though they also obtain a separate business license for alcohol sales or nightclub activities.
Exceptions are noted on the back of the business license application, along with a list of flat-fee-based licenses. Here are a few notable ones:
Call our office at 804-748-1281 for questions regarding special circumstances that might affect your classification or the determination of the proper basis for your license calculations.
Before applying for a business license through the Office of the Commissioner of the Revenue, business owners must register the trade or "doing-business-as" name with the Office of the Circuit Court Clerk if the:
It is unnecessary to register the business name if the:
No, the state contractor’s license is separate from your local business license, and separate rules apply.
You pay only the minimum fee, according to the schedule on the back of the application form. Only if your business takes in $200,000 or more in gross receipts for the licensable activity must you calculate your license from the gross receipts.
Yes, but it is free!
No, but you may be considered delinquent! Once you have received your first business license, you are considered "in business" until you declare in writing that you are "out of business."
Business tangible personal property is any furniture, fixtures, tools, or equipment that is used or available for use in a business. It includes fixed assets, but does not include supplies (such as pens and paper) or real estate. For a more detailed list of applicable assets, see Sections One and Two of the BPP return form.
The due date for the business tangible personal property tax return is March 1.
Yes, but your request must come in writing and be faxed or postmarked by March 1. An extension will be granted for no longer than 60 days.
The current tax rate is $3.60 per $100 of assessed value (that is, 3.6% of the value). The rate is set each year by the board of supervisors.
You must notify our office in writing that you went out of business. If your BPP is on commercial property and is still available for use in business after you went out of business, you are responsible to continue to report it until it is removed or made unavailable for use in the business . Note that BPP is not pro-rated.
Report the item on the form and use a 90% assessment factor. Include a note on the "Total" line that these assets are included there.
You must still report any tangible equipment that is used or available for use in your business.
You must write "None" on the return and still send it in, along with an explanation of owning no equipment.
Yes, for certain computer equipment and peripherals, as described in Section Two of the return.
Note: "Computerized" equipment is not the same as a computer or peripheral and would usually be reported along with all other equipment (in Section One), not with computer equipment in Section Two.
Attach the following:
This is a determination made by the commissioner, based on a number of facts about the process and nature of your business activities.
You must notify our office in writing that you went out of business. If your M&T is on commercial property and is still available for use in business after you went out of business, you are responsible to continue to report it until it is removed or made unavailable for use in the business. Note that M&T tax is not pro-rated.
Machinery and tools may be reported as "Idle and Unused" if they:
Construction-in-progress, occasional, and seasonal use of machinery and tools would not constitute "idle and unused" property.
Submit with return:
Note: Once any property identified as "idle and unused" is returned to use, please contact our office immediately for proper reporting guidelines.
The Board of Supervisors establishes a personal property tax rate each year. The tax rate may vary according to category.
See Steps to Calculating your Tax.
Yes. All watercraft are taxable whether registered or not.
Note: As of January 1, 2017, non-motorized boats and watercraft shorter than 18 feet, non-business owned and used for pleasure, are no longer taxable in Chesterfield County.
If a car is being used by a college student the situs for personal property tax purposes is the domicile of the owner of the car. In this case, whether the car is owned by the student or the parent(s) the domicile is Chesterfield County; therefore, the car should be reported to Chesterfield County.
Yes. You must file a Volunteer Vehicle Certification Form (PDF) by January 31 of each tax year. There is a reduced tax rate applied to the vehicle's assessed value to determine the tax.
Note: If you purchase a vehicle after January 31st of the tax year there is no reduced tax allowed until the following year.
Yes, you must file a Volunteer Vehicle Certification form (PDF) with the Office of the Commissioner of the Revenue each time you replace a previously certified volunteer fire/rescue vehicle.
If your home of record is Chesterfield, Virginia then your vehicle(s) is subject to personal property tax in Chesterfield County, regardless of where the vehicle is garaged during active military service.
If your home of record is not Virginia, and your car is registered in Chesterfield County, you must provide our office with a Leave and Earnings Statement (LES) for January of the appropriate tax year to qualify for the military exemption. If you move your vehicle registration to Chesterfield County during the tax year you'll need to provide a current (LES).
Yes, if all of the following criteria are met:
No, to qualify for the tax exemption you must be a duly designated ecclesiastical officer of a particular church, religious association or denomination, and the vehicle must be used predominately for church purposes.
Proration is the method of taxation on a monthly basis for the portion of the calendar year personal property is owned and/or located in the jurisdiction.
See Vehicle Purchase or Disposal.
See Moved to or from Another Virginia Locality.
Yes, all personal property is taxable, even unlicensed and/or inoperable vehicles. This property must be filed on or before the first business day of March, each year, for as long as you own it. However, you may Appeal Your Vehicle Assessment.
The main criteria for tax relief are as follows:
An application can be obtained by:
The Tax Relief Section of the office will help in preparing this application during normal working hours, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m.
Due to the Privacy Act, in order for the Office of the Commissioner of the Revenue to be able to discuss your application, we will need a copy of a filed Power of Attorney.
If renewing your application documents can be sent after the April 3 due date, but the application must be postmarked by April 3. When filing your application we will need all documentation of income and net worth.
No. The tax relief is effective from January 1, 2013, or when the veteran was deemed to be disabled by the Department of Veteran Affairs."
There is no immediate deadline date to file.
Yes. The veteran must be an owner of the property and occupy it as his or her principal residence. Co-owners, other than a husband and wife, only get a percentage based on their percent of ownership.
Only the home the veteran occupies as his or her principal residence will receive the tax relief exemption.
The exemption will cover the real property taxes for the home and up to one acre of land upon which the home is situated.
Only if you have met the criteria needed for a mobile home to be converted to real property can the veteran receive the exemption. A veteran must own and occupy as his or her principal residence a mobile home that is being taxed as real estate and own the real estate upon which the mobile home is situated.
Yes, so long as the death of a veteran occurs on or after January 1, 2011, the surviving spouse does not remarry, and the surviving spouse continues to occupy the real property as his or her principal place of residence.
No. This tax relief program is not based on the amount of income you receive each year.
To apply for this exemption, an application should be completed:
Attach to your tax exemption application a copy of the documentation from the United States Department of Defense or its successor agency indicating the date that the member of the armed forces of the United States was killed in action or died of wounds received in action.
No. The tax exemption is effective January 1, 2015. You only need to re-apply if the:
Note: The Commissioner of the Revenue will need to be notified promptly of any remarriage.
Yes. The surviving spouse must be an owner of the property and occupy it as his or her principal residence. Co-owners only get a percentage based on their percent of ownership.
Yes, as long as the surviving spouse owns and occupies the mobile home as his or her principal residence, and the property is zoned as single family residential.
No. This tax exemption program is not based on the amount of income you receive each year.
Local taxes for rental businesses that become certified short-term rental businesses are affected in the following ways:
Certified businesses will receive a certificate which must be displayed in each qualified location.
The deadline to apply for renewal certifications is January 31 of the current tax year.
No. Applications for renewal of certification must be postmarked by January 31 of the tax year for which certification is sought.
The effects of certification are reversed.
Checks need to be made out to the treasurer of the city or county where you reside if you filed your return in your locality and did not e-file your return.
Virginia Individual Income Tax Returns are due to be filed by May 1 each year. Vouchers for Virginia:
The Office of the Commissioner of the Revenue offers free assistance with the preparation of your state tax return.
The processing time for most returns is 4 to 6 weeks.
You may send a letter providing your social security number, old address, new address, and your signature to:
Note: You may also update your address via secure messaging (email); updates sent via secure message must include an image of your signature.
If you move to a new address after filing your return, but before you receive your refund, be sure to file a change of address with your former post office so your refund or any correspondence from the department can be forwarded to you.
The local chapter of the AARP provides assistance to taxpayers over the age of 65.
The local number for the Department of Taxation is 804-367-8031.
If there is an incorrect amount, name or address on your refund check you can contact the Department of Taxation directly at 804-367-8031.
Yes, call 1-800-2PAY-TAX, or pay online. The jurisdiction code for Virginia is 1080. You will need this number when you arrange for credit card payment.
Note: The company processing the transaction will assess an additional fee. Prior to payment, you will be informed of the fee and will have the option to cancel the transaction at that time with no charge.
After you complete the transaction be sure to fill in the oval on line 30 of Form 760 indicating that you have arranged for this type of payment and mail your return directly to:
Department of TaxationP.O. Box 760Richmond, VA 23206-0760
M&T tax rebates are:
Note: Over the life of the zone, businesses may qualify for more than one qualifying expansion or renovation rebate.
Contact the Chesterfield County Department of Economic Development within one year of locating to a technology zone.
Potential clients who are the following may be eligible:
CORR services are self-paced. Core curriculum takes a minimum of four months to complete.
Treatment groups are two to three days a week, with frequent drug testing. In addition, there is a day track and night track of the program.
Potential clients can be referred to CORR from:
The types of orders are:
For more information, see Protective Orders.
The Anger Management class is a psycho-educational group suited for first-time offenders who do not have a violent criminal history, situations involving intimate partners or patterns of ongoing abuse. Class details include:
The Anger Management Program is for offenders who experience frequent problems with communication, easily angered, agitated, and frustrated resulting in violent behaviors. Class details include:
The Batterer's Intervention Program is a state certified program for abuser who use violence as a means to obtain power and control over another individual. Class details include:
Individuals who are incarcerated, of pre-trial status, with a major mental illness and substance abuse disorder are eligible. Participants must have verifiable housing and transportation.
Individuals are excluded based on a prior record of pending charges of the following:
services are self-paced. Core curriculum takes a minimum of nine months to complete.
Participants are required to attend the following:
Referrals can be made through the court, attorney, family members, or self-referrals. Ten business days are required to complete an evaluation.
By Judges in the General District / Circuit Courts in Chesterfield and Colonial Heights as a sentencing option, and an alternative to incarceration.
Available services to the court are:
Offenders who are 18 years old, or considered an adult at the time of conviction, of a misdemeanor or a non-violent felony for which the court may impose a jail sentence (in accordance with Virginia Code 19.2-303.3).
Yes, all offenders under local probation supervision will be charged a one-time fee of $150, unless waived for cause.
The main conditions are as follows:
Pretrial supervision is a condition of your bail, ordered by a judicial officer. If ordered, you will be:
Since Pretrial Services is a condition of your bail, the court is notified of your situation.
The CCJB proactively addresses criminal justice issues in the communities of Chesterfield County and the City of Colonial Heights. The impact over the years has been significant as the board moves toward a more coordinated and responsive criminal justice system.
Membership on the Community Criminal Justice Board shall consist of:
The meetings details:
The meetings are open to the public. Please call Chesterfield Community Corrections at 804-318-8220 for any further questions.
CERT stands for Community Emergency Response Team. CERT members are trained to help themselves, their families and those around them after a disaster. Upon graduation, CERTs will be invited to participate in additional training, exercises and contribute to community preparedness efforts through outreach opportunities.
You can fill out the online registration form. If we do not currently have a class scheduled, check the “notify me” box on the registration form to receive an alert when a class becomes open.
To record your volunteer and training hours, use the online record volunteer hours form.
If you have moved or changed your contact info, please email all updates to the CERT Team.
The CERT program is free.
Each CERT course is comprised of 8 classes that last 3.5 hours each. Evening classes are held either one or two nights per week. Morning classes are one morning per week. The specific day(s) of the week are chosen based on instructor availability but will be shown on each program schedule as it is released.
The CERT course is a comprehensive program where skills and topics build upon each other. We allow for 2 absences to minimize the material a participant misses. Those classes can be made up during a different course offering. All classes must be made up within 1 year. If a participant registers and realizes he or she cannot attend regularly, we ask that you notify the program coordinator as soon as possible and register again for a future course that will better fit the participant's schedule. Participants will be able to take their backpack and certificate home after all classes are completed.
The location of each program varies and will be displayed on each course schedule as they are released.
The County receives two annual federal grant allocations from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). They are the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and the Home Investment Partnerships Grant (HOME) programs. These two grant programs are managed by staff in the Department of Community Enhancement. Chesterfield receives approximately $1.6 million annually in federal grant funds, which can be used for a wide range of possible uses with the goal of benefiting low to moderate income residents of Chesterfield.
For a full list of programs / projects that the County is funding with its current grant allocations, please refer to the For Year 2019 Adopted Budget.
The county funds the following programs with its annual federal grant funding. If you want more information or wish to apply for assistance, please reference the program contact information.
The County administers a request for proposal (RFP) process each fall for the following fiscal year’s grant funding. Please note that the county’s fiscal year begins July 1st of each year. Organizations that are interested in applying for grant funding are required to attend a pre-proposal workshop that occurs prior to application availability, typically in early October. There is a 6-week application window before the submission deadline at the end of November.
The county vehicle registration is not connected with your state plates; it is issued by the Treasurer of Chesterfield County, not the Department of Motor Vehicles. This fee is included in your Personal Property Taxes.
This is a county registration included in your Personal Property taxes and required for all vehicles / trailers that are principally housed, parked or garaged in Chesterfield County.
Payment of all personal property taxes assessed or assessable may be required before a county vehicle registration may be obtained. To pay these taxes you must contact the Treasurer of Chesterfield County at 748-1201.
It is possible to avoid appearing in court by obtaining a valid county registration, by paying all your outstanding Personal Property Taxes and presenting evidence of this to the License Inspector before the court date. This process can be done:
Call 804-748-1229 and speak to the issuing inspector promptly. Last minute requests cannot be honored.
Failing to obtain a valid county vehicle registration is considered a class 4 misdemeanor and is punishable by a fine up to $250 plus any court costs. Each day the vehicle is not in compliance is considered a separate violation and can be charged separately.
If you have disposed of the vehicle in question, you must report this to the Department of Motor Vehicles at 804-497-7100 and the Chesterfield County Commissioner of the Revenue at 804-748-1281. After review by the Commissioner, you may still be required to obtain a registration for the vehicle for the year in question.
If you have moved out of Chesterfield County, you must report this to the Department of Motor Vehicles at 804-497-7100 and the Chesterfield County Commissioner of the Revenue at 804-748-1281. After review by the Commissioner, you may still be required to obtain a registration for the vehicle for the year in question.
If you are in an active duty status and your home of record is outside of the Commonwealth of Virginia, obtain a copy a copy of your Leave and Earnings Statement and contact the Commissioner of the Revenue for Chesterfield County at 804-748-1281.
Please contact the Treasurer at 804-748-1201 for the amount owed.
Contact the License Inspector at 804-748-1229. Most businesses operating in Chesterfield County are required to obtain a business license. It appears that you are operating a business without a valid business license. This could be based on several factors:
To comply with the notice or citation you must obtain the proper business license. Business licenses are issued by the Commissioner of the Revenue. Contact the Commissioner of the Revenue by calling 804-748-1281. Please be aware that to obtain a business license, in addition to any license fees, you must also pay all business tangible personal property taxes before the business license can be issued.
Even if you are no longer operating, you may still be considered "in business" until you notify the Commissioner of the Revenue, in writing, that you are "out of business." To provide us notification that you are out of business, please email the License Inspector and provide the date the business ceased operation and the gross receipts for the business in its last year of operation.
Yes. The project will:
Yes. The proposed access plan would relocate bus access to the east end of the site, using an existing driveway entrance at that location. This will separate bus traffic from parent and visitor areas, improving safety and convenience.
The project is in the early design phase. Construction should begin in 2016 and take approximately three years to complete.
Construction plans have not yet been completed.
Yes, these are major goals for the project.
There will be temporary trailers during construction to accommodate students displaced by construction activities. After construction is complete, there should be adequate permanent building space to accommodate student and program needs.
The school division and School Board will make every reasonable attempt to remain within the budget discussed during bond referendum presentations. However, we acknowledge that the school division and School Board have no control over any potential spikes in national construction cost trends.
The wireless bandwidth available at the school has been increased exponentially during the past three years as the school division prepared for additional technology to be distributed to students. At the start of the 2014-2015 school year, each Manchester Middle student received a Chromebook as part of the school division’s "Anytime, Anywhere" learning initiative. The renovation project will allow for further enhancement of instructional technology.
The project is in the early design phase. Detailed concept plans should be complete in late 2015.
Yes. The building and site improvements will be modernized, providing high-quality design at this important community gateway location.
Maintenance of the school grounds is provided by Parks and Recreation through a contract with the School Board.
The pupil-teacher ratio will not be impacted by this project. However, as a result of budget-related actions taken by the School Board and Board of Supervisors during the past two years, class sizes will have been reduced by 1.5 at the start of the 2015-2016 school year.
The Manchester Middle renovation project is $34.1 million.
Per environmental requirements, asbestos management plans are located in schools and school division offices where an issue has been identified.
As the architect noted, there are several options we can consider moving forward. These options are similar to steps taken while renovating schools like Robious Middle, Midlothian Middle and Salem Middle while school was in session. Day work will include limitations on noise, with the ability to relocate classrooms as necessary for safety and / or noise reasons. Work also can be done during the summer and at night to minimize impact. The construction team will work with building leadership to learn more about the school’s schedule, particularly testing, moving forward.
Programmatic needs have been reviewed with school leadership.
Stream restoration projects vary, based on a variety of factors (such as existing stream conditions, water quality and stream flow impairments, and available funds). Typical improvements may include restoration of natural stream habitats and measures to reduce polluting effects of storm water runoff into the stream.
Environmental engineering staff will evaluate the problem and explore potential solutions.
The residential rehabilitation tax credit program provides an incentive to owners of older properties who are seeking to significantly improve residential structures. An 8-year tax abatement for the value of certain improvements is available, subject to guidelines and limits. This program is administered through the Department of Real Estate Assessments.
Yes. County staff are available to speak to your homeowner or community organization. Project information will be updated and available in the Community Revitalization section. In addition, the County is planning to hold an informational community workshop during Fall of 2015.
Yes. Proposed site improvements include walkways and trail connections to playing fields.
The new access road will be limited to emergency vehicle use, to improve response time and ability to serve residential areas located south of Walmsley Boulevard. A full access public road would cost significantly more than a fire access road, and due to budget constraints was not feasible. Additionally, a full public access road would involve significant design constraints due to the impact upon environmental features and existing development to the south.
There is an existing crosswalk on Hull Street Road, adjacent to the main driveway. A flyover option would likely be cost-prohibitive. County staff are researching the feasibility of signalizing the crosswalk for pedestrians as well as the potential for a future underpass to improve safe pedestrian access across Hull Street.
The County is at the preliminary stages of evaluating sidewalk improvements in this area. The draft Bikeways and Trail Plan encourages pedestrian access along Hull Street Road, between Chippenham Parkway and Falling Creek (West of LaPrade Library).
There are currently no budgeted funds for sidewalk and trails improvements in the vicinity of the school. Future funding will be evaluated through the normal budget process, which typically includes long-term funding through the Capital Improvements Program for limited pedestrian access improvements.
Once we’ve had citizen input and a better understanding of community needs for these facilities, we can start the planning and budgeting. Costs for sidewalks and pedestrian crossings are highly dependent on the actual situation. Sidewalk construction costs can range from $100 to $500 per linear foot. A single crosswalk with pedestrian actuation and accessibility upgrades is estimated to cost approximately $15,000.
The County is at the preliminary stages of evaluating sidewalk improvements in this area. The draft Bikeways and Trail Plan does not recommend sidewalks along Walmsley Boulevard at this time.
Road maintenance is responsibility of the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT). VDOT has found that slurry sealing is the most cost-efficient method of extending the life of existing pavement.
The road improvement projects along Newbys Bridge Road will, in most areas, accommodate pedestrians with a flat, graded area adjacent to the road or behind the curb and gutter.
Sidewalk requests can be sent to Jesse Smith, Director of Transportation for the County, by email.
Yes. New restrooms will be built and additional fixtures will be installed to improve capacity.
Yes. The entire building will be made accessible via ramps and by an elevator.
A new entrance structure will be built between the two wings, creating an enclosed courtyard. The entrance will house the school offices at a central location, which will promote more secure access to the school.
The project will create a new drop-off and pick-up area at the front of the school. Existing parking areas on the north side of the school will be renovated. New parking areas will be installed along the Starlight Lane frontage of the existing stadium.
Yes. Student capacity will be increased to accommodate up to 1,150 students.
The renovation is not scheduled to be complete for three school years. During that time, Chesterfield County Public Schools will evaluate growth in the school attendance zone and be able to better determine if adjustments may be needed.
Construction is anticipated to begin in late Fall 2015 and is expected to span three school years.
Yes. Building improvements will include fire safety measures.
The schools portion of the project is budgeted for $25.9 million. Other county improvement projects are estimated as follows:
The proposed path would be separated from student activity areas, constructed beyond the existing driveway that runs along the south side of the school.
Yes. New lighting will be directional and incorporate shielding technology to minimize glare and adverse lighting impacts on adjacent areas.
The project would not affect the location or use of the stadium. Due to the school site shape and location, the stadium is located adjacent to the Irwindale and Tillers Ridge subdivisions, resulting in noise impacts from occasional stadium events. Events using the stadium public address system are generally limited to football September through November each year on Saturdays and one night per week.
Neighborhoods are selected by criteria developed by the Building Inspections Department. These criteria include: building age, condition of neighborhood, and citizen complaints regarding property maintenance violations. Inspectors will inform citizens in each neighborhood in advance of inspections. Inspectors will then field verify and notify citizens whose properties are in violation of property maintenance and zoning codes. Staff will work with property owners to address particular needs and to work towards compliance.
Items inspected through this program include:
The Neighborhood Enhancement program is aimed at improving areas that would most benefit from inspections, including areas for which the most input or complaints from citizens and county departments has been received. You may contact Barry White, property maintenance division supervisor for the Building Inspection Department, at 804-748-1057, to request that your neighborhood be added. Neighborhoods are continuously evaluated for program eligibility based on factors such as age of housing, extent of rental occupancy and property maintenance violations.
The Building Inspections Department has included Tillers Ridge subdivision and homes along Ruthers Road in the Neighborhood Enhancement program which will be conducted in conjunction with Providence Middle School renovations.
The Capital Improvements Program (CIP) identifies the following schools to be revitalized.
Providence Middle School
Monacan High School
Manchester Middle School
Beulah Elementary School
Enon Elementary School
Matoaca Elementary School
Harrowgate Elementary School
Reams Elementary School
Crestwood Elementary School
New Midlothian Area Elementary School
Ettrick Elementary School
The current project will include several improvements to the A.M. Davis site, but not to the building. Proposed improvements include a new sidewalk along Providence Road; turf, parking, driveway renovation, and new walkways in the play field area; and a trail connection running from Providence Middle School, along the south side of the A.M. Davis driveway, connecting to Providence Road.
Community input is being obtained through a series of workshops. A separate formal survey process is not planned.
Current plans include improvements along Starlight Lane, such as:
The next community meeting will be held on Monday, May 18, starting at 4:30 p.m., in the Providence Middle School cafeteria. This will be an open workshop style meeting, with information / discussion tables by topic, including school improvements and road and sidewalk improvements. The public is welcome to come any time between 4:30 and 7:30 p.m., and stay as long or briefly as desired.
Yes. This sidewalk project will include pavement and drainage repairs to adjoining road sections.
The project is not anticipated to create additional stadium-related traffic.
There are no current plans to widen roads in the area.
The need for sidewalks along Ruthers Road, as well as other roads in the area, will be evaluated. Any funds leftover from the Providence Road sidewalk project will be applied to additional improvements in the area.
The proposed sidewalk project along Providence Road will terminate south of Midlothian Turnpike and should not encourage students walking in unsafe areas.
The proposed revitalization activities will have different sources of funds, as identified through the county budget.
Revitalization is an important part of Community Enhancement, seeking to encourage reinvestment and help bring new life to our aging communities. Revitalization is important to maintain, preserve, and improve property values and the quality of life to our aging communities. Buildings, neighborhoods, commercial areas, and communities require continual reinvestment to remain attractive and vibrant.
The county encourages revitalization by:
Community partnerships are the most effective way to encourage revitalization. The county cannot do this work without our community partners.
The county has several incentive programs to encourage revitalization:
The County’s Comprehensive Plan actively supports and promotes revitalization. In addition, when Special Area Plans are updated, Community Enhancement staff include and address revitalization concerns where appropriate. Finally, Community Enhancement staff actively participate in the rezoning process, to encourage new development in revitalization areas to result in significant improvement compared to existing surrounding development.
Community Enhancement administers the program. The Assessor's Office is responsible for field inspections to verify the existing and rehabilitated, renovated, or replaced structure. The Assessor's Office will also determine the base value and the value after renovation.
You have four options - pick the one that works best for you:
You must first have a building permit issued for the work. Then fill out and submit your application.
There are several steps in the process:
The property owner.
The exemption is awarded for the calendar year after completion and inspection of the rehabilitation, renovation, or replacement of the structure. The time required varies based on:
Yes, if the building to be demolished meets minimum building age requirements and the replacement building meets applicable program standards (such as minimum increased assessed structure value).
Yes, if all the other program qualifications are satisfied. It is highly recommended to apply for the tax exemption before you demolish the existing structure. That way, the Assessor's Office may more accurately determine the existing building's value.
The book value of the structure, per the records of the Assessor's Office, will be used as the base value.
After the county receives a complete application for a project that may meet program qualifications, the Assessor's Office will contact you to arrange an inspection of the existing building. Please wait on demolition activities until after the inspection is made.
Two years from the date that the Assessor's Office determines the base value of the structure.
You may reapply, using a new application form.
Several rules apply, based on project type:
Yes, so long as the project meets applicable program criteria.
Rehabilitation, renovation, or replacement of a structure that is at least 25 years old (35 years for hotels and motels only). Commercial or industrial projects located in a Technology Zone may qualify for structures that are at least 15 years old.
Any improvement to the structure that increases its assessed value by at least 10% (residential), 15% (commercial and industrial), or 25% (historic). This typically involves:
Several types of improvements and/or replacement projects don't qualify for an exemption.
Community Enhancement will address questions about your application, program qualification, and other technical questions. The Assessor's Office will address questions related to inspections and assessed valuation.
The CSA is a local and state program operating the Children’s Services Act of Virginia. To preserve families in the community we:
FAPT assists families with outsourcing and funding services to meet their needs when CSA criteria is met and services and supports are not available within the family or local government’s resources.
The multiple teams are made up of representatives from the community child and family services system including:
Team members are responsible to:
Services under CSA may be available to a child who meets at least one of the following criteria:
To find out if your child is eligible, contact the CSA Administrator for Chesterfield and Colonial Heights, by emailing Karen Reilly-Jones, or by calling 804-768-7387.
The CSA can fund community based services such as:
Please note: A meeting may take a few weeks to occur.
You have the right to request a FAPT meeting. Please note that CSA eligibility requirements still apply. We suggest families contact mental health services. Case management will assess your child’s mental health needs and assist in service coordination.
Chesterfield Mental Health has open assessments for walk-in new clients:
If you have questions about intake services and process you may call 804-768-7228.
If your child is being unsafe to themselves or others, call 911 for emergency intervention.
You can also take your child into Chesterfield Mental Health for an assessment for crisis intervention:
Yes, after meeting CSA eligibility and determining if this is the best option for the youth.
Clinical mental health documentation that this level of intervention is needed to ensure safety, maintain stability, and return home including:
You may call 804-717-6114 to talk with a CSA staff person or contact the Program Coordinator, by emailing Karen Reilly-Jones.
Sign up today for a home visit by one of our Master Gardeners to evaluate present lawn conditions and collect a soil sample by enrolling in our Grass Roots Program.
Soil testing provides information on the proper amount of lime and fertilizer to apply to your lawn, garden, and other areas of your landscape, and aids in diagnosing common nutrient deficiencies or toxicities for plants that are growing poorly. It also specifies to gardeners how much lime and fertilizer is necessary and when to apply for minimizing nutrient runoff into surface or ground water, saving money, and optimizing plant health.
Soil test kits can be picked up at your local extension office any Chesterfield County Public Library. Kits are free.
Kits must be mailed by the resident to Virginia Tech for processing at:Virginia Tech Soil Testing Laboratory145 Smyth HallBlacksburg, Virginia 24061
There is a fee for processing the test ranging from $10 to $16 dollars per sample.
Take a soil sample a few months before initiating any new landscaping, whether you are seeding a lawn, starting a vegetable garden, putting in a flower bed, or planting perennials. Sampling well in advance of planting will allow time for applied soil amendments to begin making the desired adjustments in soil pH or nutrient levels. Sample established areas include lawns, trees, shrubbery, and other perennials - at any time of year.
Note: an ideal time to take samples is when the garden season has ended in the late summer to early fall. Sampling in the fall allows time for corrective pH and nutrient management before new growth starts in the spring. It is recommended that the soil be tested every three years.
Domestic violence is a pattern of abusive behaviors, used by one individual intended to exert power and control over another individual, in the context of an intimate relationship. Learn more about domestic violence.
A protective order is a document issued by a magistrate or a court to help you protect yourself, your children and other family or household members from someone who is hurting you or causing you fear. Learn more about protective orders.
A safety plan is a personalized, practical strategy to assist an individual in avoiding dangerous situations, yet prepare an individual to knowing how to best react if dangerous situations occur. Plans can be developed for individuals remaining in abusive relationships, or ending the relationship. Learn more about how to safety plan.
The Chesterfield Domestic and Sexual Violence Resource Center provides the following support to the County and the community at large:
Please contact the Resource Center with questions.
In addition to the fear many victims of abuse experience, abusive relationships are often complicated. Read more about why victims stay.
While all individuals can change, they should want the change to occur. An unwilling or uninterested individual cannot be forced to change. Change must be intrinsic, and can be difficult as behaviors are learned. Learn more about abusers.
No. Although the Chesterfield Domestic and Sexual Violence Resource Center provides oversight of the Chesterfield Domestic Violence Task Force, Inc., they are separate entities.
The Chesterfield Domestic Violence Task Force, Inc. is a 501c3 non-profit organization, comprised of agencies and concerned citizens dedicated to providing leadership in preventing and responding to domestic violence in our community. Please contact the Chesterfield Domestic Violence Task Force, Inc. with questions.
Chesterfield Victim/Witness is available to assist all types of victims and witnesses of crime, who are involved in the criminal justice process. The Chesterfield Domestic and Sexual Violence Resource Center assists victims of domestic and/or sexual violence, and stalking, whether they are involved in the criminal justice process or not. Both offices work closely to provide comprehensive services to victims of violence. View more information about the services we offer.
Yes, the Domestic and Sexual Violence Resource Center accepts financial donations. Checks should be payable to “Treasurer Chesterfield County”, with “CCS - DSVRC” indicated on the memo line. Please mail donations to:CCS - DSVRCP.O. Box 40Chesterfield, VA 23832
Participating in Drug Court is not just about staying clean, it is about getting your life back together. Being successful in drug court means you have an opportunity to:
To be successful in Drug Court, you must invest in yourself. You will be responsible for:
As designed, ADC is 11 months.
The first step to being considered for Adult Drug Court is review by the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office.
Defense Attorneys seeking additional information or request for case review, may contact:
The potential candidate will be interviewed / assessed by the drug court probation officer to determine appropriateness for the program. Upon completion of the assessment, the probation officer will advise the Commonwealth’s Attorney and Defense Attorney of acceptance / non-acceptance.
If accepted, a date to plead into the program will be set. If not accepted, the charge will continue to proceed through the traditional court process.
Participants are expected to pay $75 a month toward services.
We encourage individuals who are interested in learning more about Drug Court to attend a session.
Drug Cout is held each Wednesday from 8:30 a.m. to approximately 10 a.m. at:
Chesterfield Circuit Court9500 Courthouse RoadChesterfield, VA 23832
To schedule a visit, please contact the Drug Court Administrator, Melanie Meadows, at 804-717-6801 or by email.
As designed JDC is 9 or 12 months depending on the track.
To participate in Juvenile Drug Court youth can be referred by:
The Commonwealth’s Attorney reviews the case to approve the youth for assessment.
The potential candidate will be interviewed/assessed by the drug court probation officer and treatment clinician to determine appropriateness for the program.
There are no required fees to participate, except those collected at Chesterfield Mental Health for treatment services. Those fees are based on a sliding scale, and are quite minimal.
We encourage individuals who are interested in learning more about Drug Court to attend a session. Due to the age of the Juvenile Drug Court participants, observing court sessions can be complicated. If you would like to discuss the possibility of observing a session, please contact the Drug Court Administrator, Melanie Meadows, at 804-717-6801.
Text to 911 is available, see the Text to 911 information page here.
911 is the number to call to get help in a police, fire, or medical emergency. A 911 call goes over dedicated phone networks to the appropriate 911 answering point (PSAP) for the caller's location. A trained Emergency Communications Officer (ECO) then sends the emergency help needed.
911 is only to be used in emergencies, potential emergencies, or when an emergency is imminent. An emergency is any situation that requires immediate assistance from the police, fire, or rescue. Ask yourself the following:
If you are ever in doubt of whether a situation is an emergency, you should call 911. It is better to be safe. Do not call 911 to do the following:
When reporting an emergency please do the following:
The ECO answering 911 has been trained as to what questions to ask. Be prepared to follow the line of questioning:
ECOs ask for pertinent information first, such as address, type of call, name of caller, or individuals involved. Once the initial information is obtained, additional questions will be asked relevant to the type of incident being reported. The questions will not slow down the dispatching of the appropriate assistance.
In emergency cases, information is relayed immediately to the appropriate personnel to begin responding to the incident. The ECO remains on the phone to get additional details that are then relayed to the responding units as it is gathered, in real time. The ECO will continue to assist callers by doing the following:
For all non-emergency situations, please call the Police Department at 804-748-1251 or the Fire/EMS Department at 804-748-1431. Non-emergency example calls include:
If you call 911 by mistake, do not hang up. Stay on the line and tell the ECO that everything is all right. If a 911 caller hangs up without stating the problem, the caller must be contacted to ensure that no actual emergency exits.
If the ECO is unable to make contact to verify there is no emergency, a police officer will be dispatched if an address is available. The Emergency Communication Center (ECC) receives more than 20,000 hang-ups each year and must attempt to call back every one of these hung-up calls. Note: One common misconception that citizens have about dialing 911 by mistake is they will somehow get into trouble. This is not true!
Prank calls, joke calls or hang-ups not only waste time and money, but can also be dangerous. If 911 lines or ECOs are busy with prank calls, someone with a real emergency may not be able to get the help they need. Note: It is against the law to make prank 911 calls.
Yes. The ECO can add an interpreter from an outside service, Language Line Inc., to the line as necessary. This service provides over-the-phone interpretation of more than 140 languages, 24 hours a day.
Note: A non-English speaking caller may hear a short conversation in English and clicking sounds as the interpreter is added to the line.
Yes. The ECC is equipped with Telecommunication Device for the Deaf (TTY/TDD) for the speech/hearing-impaired callers. If a caller uses TTY/TDD, the caller should:
If a deaf or hearing/speech impaired caller does not have TTY/TDD, the caller should call 911 and stay on the line, do not hang up, this leaves the line open. With most 911 calls from a wire line (traditional home phone), the caller's address is displayed on the call taker's screen and help will be sent.
When 911 is dialed on a wireless phone, a call from within Chesterfield County will be routed to the ECC based on cellular tower site location. Note: Depending on the type of call, geographical area, and other factors, your call may need to be transferred to another jurisdiction or Virginia State Police. When using a wireless phone:
If you decide to use only a wireless phone as your home phone, keep these important tips in mind:
Even a cell phone that has no service provider but is charged and functional can dial 911. For additional information on cellular phone service, see Wireless E911 Services information (PDF).
Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) also called Internet, digital, broadband or cable phone service, is a rapidly growing alternative to traditional phone service. VoIP may look and appear to work like a traditional phone, but it connects to the internet, not a telephone line. Critical impacts and limitations to consider when calling 911 in an emergency include:
Yes. Local telephone service providers do not charge for calling 911 from all coin phones.
In fiscal year 2017, the ECC handled approximately 638,419 telephone calls. From these, 175,721 calls were dispatched to fire, police, animal services, and rescue personnel.
No matter what disaster or incident occurs, emergency management involves a constantly revolving cycle of four key elements:
Chesterfield County is susceptible to a variety of threats, both man-made and natural. Examples of these include but are not limited to:
If you or someone else is in immediate danger, call 911. You can report non-emergencies to 804-748-1251.
Natural events may be more predictable depending on seasonal weather patterns. They also often give us time to prepare as most, but not all, escalate from smaller events. Examples of natural disasters include wind events such as hurricanes and tropical storms, tornadoes, ice/snow storms, and severe thunder storms.
Man-made emergencies are less predictable and often occur without warning with a faster speed of onset. Examples of man-made events include chemical or hazardous material spills, hostage situations, or acts of terrorism.
First, understand the terms. The National Weather Service issues alerts when dangerous weather conditions can potentially affect an area, or are in immediate danger of affecting an area.
A watch is used when there is a risk of hazardous weather (thunderstorm, tornado or flooding). When a watch is issued, keep an eye on the weather. Be ready to enact your plan if it becomes necessary to do so.
A warning is issued when hazardous weather (thunderstorm, tornado or flooding) is occurring, is imminent, or has a very high probability of occurring. A warning is used for conditions posing a threat to life or property. When a thunderstorm or tornado warning is issued, take cover on the lowest level of your home, in an interior room. If your home is in danger of flooding, move to higher ground immediately.
Hurricane season is June 1st through November 30th in the Atlantic and May 15th through November 30th in the Eastern Pacific. However, it is possible for tropical storms to occur outside of those date ranges.
Chesterfield County residents need to prepare now for emergencies and disasters. There are simple, low-cost steps families can take to be ready including:
You can also visit sites such as Ready.gov, the FEMA website, Ready Virginia, and Weather.gov for additional information.
There should be enough supplies in your disaster kit to make each member of your family self-sufficient for at least three days. This should include:
Visit the Get a Kit page for more information.
You should go to any public school that can be used as a shelter. High schools are chosen first because of their available resources. Other criteria for opening a school for a shelter would include proximity to the event. Be sure to take items such as medications, blankets, clothes, and identification to the shelter.
Sign up for Chesterfield Alert for information about shelters before, during and after an emergency event.
During and after a disaster local infrastructure could become disrupted. Local phone lines may be inundated with calls, while long distance phone lines remain open. It may be easier to reach out-of-town contacts that have not been affected by the incident.
Make sure you keep a card with contact numbers and names with your kit, as well as in your cars. A pre-paid, long distance phone card may also be a good idea.
Like humans, pets will need food and other supplies in the event of an emergency. Make sure you have the following available:
Make copies of all vaccinations and medical records as well.
Pets brought to emergency shelters are taken to the county’s animal shelter and will be cared for in an area separate from the daily animal population until it is safe for residents to take their pets home.
You are to remain in your home or office (wherever you are at the time of the emergency) and protect yourself there. You should also do the following:
Libraries will be utilized as information stations during a disaster. Additional county-specific disaster information will be posted to the county website. Chesterfield County is also on Facebook. “Like” our page and you will receive county-specific information there as well.
The Emergency Operations Center is where the Emergency Management Coordinator and other key individuals meet during a disaster. With a central location, all individuals involved in making decisions reference the response and recovery from a particular incident coordinate their efforts.
Yes, the county has an emergency operations plan (PDF). State Law requires that it be updated annually and readopted every 4 years.
In the event that an emergency happens in Chesterfield County, volunteer organizations will likely be deployed to assist citizens and help with the recovery process. To get involved and volunteer:
The first choice would be to have a family member or caregiver take your relative someplace that will support his or her needs. After a disaster, libraries or other county facilities may be opened to allow for recharging the batteries in medical equipment. If someone is experiencing a medical problem due to the loss of power, he or she should call 911.
Facilities covered by the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act requirements must submit an Emergency and Hazardous Chemical Inventory Form (Tier II) to the following:
Facilities located in Chesterfield County submit Tier II reports to:Fire and Emergency Medical Service6731 Mimms LoopChesterfield, VA 23832
You can call the Emergency Management Coordinator at 804-796-7068 or call Sherri A. Laffoon, Emergency Management Deputy Coordinator, 804-796-7159.
The stormwater utility fee will be included as a separate line item on the real estate tax bill. If a property does not receive a real estate tax bill, a bill for the stormwater utility will be issued. It will be billed to the property owner of record.
Yes. The stormwater utility fee is not a tax, but a fee based on the property’s impervious areas. If a property does not receive a real estate tax bill, a bill for the stormwater utility will be issued.
Artificial structures - such as pavements (roads, sidewalks, driveways and parking lots) that are covered by impenetrable materials such as asphalt, concrete, brick, stone - and rooftops. Areas of significant contribution of stormwater pollutants are also impervious areas.
The impervious area of a property is determined by using the following:
Here is a commercial property fee example using aerial photography. The property is outlined below and the impervious area is shown in red hatching.
The stormwater utility ordinance allows for property owners to petition for adjustments (PDF) to their stormwater utility fee.
Yes. Changes to fees will go into effect once the certificate of occupancy is issued or the land disturbance permit is closed. The Director will forward any fee alterations to the Treasurer for inclusion on the next real estate tax bill.
The property owner must complete and submit an application for adjustment (PDF) to the Department of Environmental Engineering no later than June 5, 2018. Applications may be submitted by:
Neighborhoods with existing stormwater conveyance and retention or detention ponds still contribute runoff and pollution to the overall drainage system. The program’s costs are distributed to all county property owners because stormwater management is a countywide service.
Developed residential and commercial (nonresidential) properties are subject to the stormwater utility fee. Undeveloped property, defined as any property that has less than or equal to two hundred fifty square feet of impervious area, does not pay a stormwater utility fee.
The fee is based on impervious area represented as an equivalent residential unit (ERU), calculated as 2,800 square feet. An ERU is approximately equal to the average impervious area for all single family detached parcels in the county.
Residential and commercial pay information includes:
The stormwater utility ordinance allows for property owners to petition for adjustments to their stormwater utility fee. Grounds for adjustments of the fee are limited to the following:
Visit our Parenting Resources page to find more information on the resources provided.
To find more information about available Mental Health services and programs, visit out Mental Health page.
To learn more visit our financial assistance page.
Annually, residents in neighborhoods throughout Chesterfield County and across the nation, lock their doors, turn on the outside lights and spend the evening outside with neighbors and police. Learn more about National Night Out.
To submit an online crime tip, please visit our Online Crime Report page.
Find out what to do if you've lost or found a pet.
Find out how to obtain accident reports, criminal history record checks, and more please visit our Obtaining Police Records page.
You can call Fire Revenue at 804-768-7524 for EMS billing information.
You can all the Insurance Service Office at 804-748-1360.
You can visit the Fire and EMS career firefighter recruitment page for information about recruitment opportunities.
You can call Fire and Life Safety at 804-748-1426 for information.
16 years of age is the minimum age for both fire department and rescue squad volunteering. This is a Commonwealth of Virginia requirement.
Operational volunteers should expect to spend a significant amount of time in training to obtain the certifications required to be part of an emergency response team – usually two nights per week and two Saturdays a month for a period of 5 to 6 months for either fire training or EMT training. Once certifications are obtained, most volunteers spend between 24 to 48 hours per month of duty time at the station.
Non-Operational volunteers (those members who help behind the scenes at a fixed facility) should expect to spend a few hours per week (depending on what you are doing for the agency) to help support the activities of our emergency responders.
Many of our volunteers work in the evenings and on weekends. Rescue squad duty shifts are typically 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. Monday through Friday and weekend shifts can run between 12 and 24 hours. We ask for about one night per week where you would be spending the night at a fire or rescue station and responding as needed on calls for service.
There are plenty of costs associated with training emergency responders. For our volunteer members, Chesterfield Fire and EMS provides much of that training to you free of charge. We ask that in return for the training you receive, that you will provide service to our citizens by participating with an agency in the county. We offer an EMT class and a fire class each year specifically for our volunteer members, that are delivered in the evenings and on weekends.
There are EMT classes available outside of the fire department that are available for a fee. The costs vary depending on the host organization.
Some are all classroom, and some are “hybrid,” meaning a portion is delivered on-line, and a portion is delivered in the classroom. This hybrid schedule may be more conducive to someone who is unable to commit to a standard classroom delivery.
You can apply online or call the fire marshal’s office at 804-748-1426 to have the information mailed/emailed or faxed to you.
Leaf burning is only allowed in limited areas of the county during two leaf burning seasons per year. View the dates, times and the map for the leaf burning areas. If you are unable to tell if you are in a leaf burning area please call the fire marshal’s office at 804-748-1426.
You may have a recreational fire in a fire pit using only clean wood (sticks and/or firewood). The fire should be limited in size to 3 feet by 2 feet and be attended at all times with means available to extinguish it. We recommend your fire be at least 25 feet from anything combustible.
The Fire Department can come and help you with checking your batteries or installing a smoke alarm if you do not have a working one. Please call the fire marshal’s office at 804-748-1426 for more assistance.
You can call the Fire Marshal’s Office at 804-748-1426 to obtain a copy of a report. There is a $5 fee for the report and you may obtain it by mail or in person. You can make your check payable to Chesterfield Fire and EMS. Include the date and location of incident and send your payment to:Chesterfield Fire Marshal’s OfficeP.O. Box 40Chesterfield, VA 23832
To pay in person, come to our office Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at:9800 Government Center Parkway2nd FloorChesterfield, VA 23832
You cannot dispose of them in the landfill. You can Google search fire extinguisher companies in the area that can either refill them or take them for disposal.
You can find commercial plan review comments and/or inspection remarks in the Building Inspection Department.
The checklists can be found in Fire and Life Safety plans review section.
The following people are eligible for the program:
Potential subscribers should check with their health insurance carrier to determine if the EMS Passport program is right for them.
The costs are
Family subscriptions include family members who reside in nursing or assisted-living facilities in Chesterfield County and any person in the household who does not have insurance coverage. All individuals must be listed on the application to ensure coverage.
To enroll, download the EMS Passport Registration Application (PDF). Complete registration and submit application to:
Chesterfield Fire and EMSP.O. Box 1658Chesterfield, VA 23832
Submit your payment online for families or individuals. You can also submit your payment by mail to:
Subscriptions take effect after payment and signed enrollment form (PDF) have been received. Subscriptions are valid January 1, 2019, through December 31, 2019.
Subscriptions are nonrefundable, nontransferable and are not tax deductible. Late subscriptions will be accepted; however, subscriber fees are not prorated.
Chesterfield current ambulance transport rates are:
If you have any questions, or need assistance, please call the Fire and EMS Department at 804-768-7524.
Learn more about Citizen Wi-Fi and find out what locations offer it on our Citizen Wi-Fi page.
Find out how much a dog license costs and how to apply for one on our Dog Licensing page.
Get alerted about emergencies and other important community news by signing up for our Emergency Alert Program. Sign up today!
Chesterfield County values civic engagement and opportunities for residents to learn about their local government. Through interactive sessions and optional tours of facilities, residents will get a comprehensive look at how and why programs and services are provided. Learn more about the Government Citizens Academy.
To apply for a position, please submit an application online by visiting www.chesterfield.gov/careers.
If you are direct billed from the County, you can send your payments to the Treasurer’s office. Or if you want to set-up automatic draft/ACH payments, you can contact the Benefits Department at 804-748-1551 to request a form.
Individuals that elect COBRA benefits will receive a monthly invoice. Payments should be made to the Treasurer’s office. If you have any questions, you can contact the Benefits Department at 804-748-1551.
New hires (full-time and part-time), employees that have accepted a promotion or transfer to another department, volunteers and contract workers will be fingerprinted to initiate the background check process. Employee Relations staff conducts fingerprinting for new hires on New Employee Orientation (NEO) dates, generally every other Monday from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. We also offer walk-In fingerprinting every Tuesday from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. for volunteers, contract workers and employees that have been promoted or transferred to another department. If you are unable to obtain a fingerprint on the days listed above, appointments may be scheduled by request.
Verbal employment verifications may be received by calling the Human Resources department at 804-748-1551. Written employment verifications may be faxed to 804-778-7939.
Chesterfield County’s holiday schedule may be viewed on the county calendar
The Chesterfield County Public Schools Human Resources department may be reached at 804-748-1405 or by visiting http://mychesterfieldschools.com/
The Department of Human Resources sponsors a 10-week summer internship program for undergraduate juniors, seniors and graduate students. Other County departments coordinate internship opportunities outside of the summer program.
Information about salary pay ranges is available on each class specification listed in the Job Classification Specifications section of Human Resources main page or you can contact your department HR Liaison.
In addition to health and dental insurance, Chesterfield County also offers the 529 College Savings Plan, Paid Time Off (PTO), eleven paid holidays, and Short and Long-Term Disability. Additional information can be obtained from the Employee Benefits Summary under Human Resources or by calling 804-748-1551.
The information provided will be kept confidential and privileged; however, your identity may have to be disclosed in the case of a law enforcement request or by order of subpoena. You may remain anonymous if you wish. Please note that sending personal information by fax or email is not a confidential or secure means of transmission.
It is a violation of the fraud policy for any individual to be discriminated against for reporting fraud, waste and abuse or for cooperating, giving testimony, or participating in an audit investigation, proceeding, or hearing. False or vindictive allegations are also violations of the fraud policy and should not be made.
The Internal Audit Department takes all legitimate reports of fraud, waste and abuse seriously and will make every effort to properly investigate issues. You can assist us in our investigation by providing as much documentation or data as possible.
The ability to respond to your report depends on the accuracy and completeness of the information you provide. The best and easiest way to report your concerns is to call the hotline at 804-318-8000 during business hours. Staff will confidentially document your concern for you and make sure all the important details are included; however, there may be rare occasions when staff is unavailable and voicemail is activated. You may use the voicemail to state your allegation or call back and speak with an operator at a later time.
Please email the Clerk of Court to request sign language interpreter or another listening assistive device.
Please email the Clerk of Court for information regarding ADA Accommodations.
You will need to mail or fax the DC-437 form (PDF) to change your address.
All final orders of the J&DR District Court may be appealed within 10 days of final judgment. The best way to note your appeal is in person. If you cannot note your appeal in person, please call the Clerk’s Office to be directed to the appropriate appeal form to use to note your appeal, and you may fax it in.
Our office is open Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. Our phone number is 804-748-1379 and our fax number is 804-717-6043.
If the tenth day falls on a holiday or a date the court is otherwise closed, the appeal would be due the next day the court is open. The court will not calculate the date the appeal is due.
If it has been more than 10 days and you have missed your appeal period, you may wish to file a Motion to Reopen/Rehear (Form DC-368 (PDF) /Instructions (PDF)). In criminal cases, a Motion to Reopen must be filed within 60 days. In civil cases, a Motion to Rehear must be filed within 30 days.
Please read the law regarding Motions to Reopen/Rehear:
You do not need to have missed the appeal window in order to file a Motion to Reopen/Rehear.
You may wish to file a Motion to Reopen/Rehear (Form DC-368/Instructions). In criminal cases, a Motion to Reopen must be filed within 60 days. In civil cases, a Motion to Rehear must be filed within 30 days.
If the Court does not grant your Motion to Rehear, you may need to file anew.
Please use the Court’s generic Motion Form to request a Guardian Ad Litem. Please make sure you articulate the reasons why the child’s best interests would not be adequately represented without the appointment of a Guardian Ad Litem.
Due to the confidential nature of juvenile cases, J&DR District Court data is not posted online. At present, there is no searchable database for information about adult cases in the J&DR District Courts like there are for General District or Circuit Court cases.
Please read Virginia Code § 16.1-305 regarding confidentiality of juvenile court cases. Call the Clerk’s Office for information about a case 804-748-1379.
Please fax a picture of your photo ID along with a written request specifically indicating which court records you need a copy of. Our fax number is 804-717-6043.
Please refer to Virginia Code § 16.1-305 regarding the confidentiality of juvenile case records. The Clerk’s Office cannot give out certain information over the phone without being certain of your identity. In many circumstances, we would like to be able to help you, but due to strict confidentiality laws, we must be extremely careful.
Please email the Clerk of Court if you have questions about the confidentiality of court records, or if you have a complaint regarding the Clerk’s Office.
Please email the Clerk of Court if you have a complaint about the Clerk’s Office or the court.
While we can provide answers to procedural questions, court staff are unable to provide legal advice. You may need to seek the advice of a lawyer.
Email the Clerk of Court.
You may wish to file a Motion to Reopen/Rehear (Form DC-368 (PDF)/Instructions (PDF)). In criminal cases, a Motion to Reopen must be filed within 60 days. In civil cases, a Motion to Rehear must be filed within 30 days.
Please see the Court’s Continuance Policy and Continuance Request Form (PDF).
Please file a Request for Expedited Hearing (PDF).
Please make sure you articulate the exact reasons your case should be set ahead of everyone else.
Please note: while the Court understands that sensitive matters such as child custody, visitation, and child support are extremely emergent to each individual’s family, we cannot possibly grant every emergency hearing request.
Please limit requests to those of a truly emergent nature where someone’s life, physical, or emotional well-being are in danger.
Please see the Court’s website for detailed information regarding custody, visitation and child support.
Please see the Court’s website for detailed information regarding filing a Show Cause.
Please see the Court’s brochure (PDF) for more information.
Please fill out the Foreign Language Request form (PDF) to request an interpreter.
If it has been more than 10 days and you have missed your appeal period, you may wish to file a Motion to Reopen/Rehear (Form DC-368 (PDF)/Instructions (PDF)). In criminal cases, a Motion to Reopen must be filed within 60 days. In civil cases, a Motion to Rehear must be filed within 30 days.
Please fill out a copy request form and fax it to 804-717.6043.
The Court will mail notice to the Sheriff’s Office serving court papers for the jurisdiction wherein the other party resides. You will not need to do anything other than provide us the correct Virginia address.
The Court does not arrange for service out of state; however, we do send notice to the opposing party via certified mail. If you would like to arrange for an out of state Sheriff’s Office or constable to serve the opposing party, you will need to arrange for service and provide payment that the Clerk’s Office will then send out of state.
First, you must provide the correct foreign mailing address. The Court will send (via registered mail), notice to the other party.
Yes, however, you will have to find a private process server yourself and arrange payment directly with them. Please notify the Clerk’s Office as soon as possible that you want a private process server to handle service and we will let you know when it will be ready. The Court will prepare the notice and your private process server can pick it up at the Clerk’s Office.
You will need to fill out the Respondent’s Request for Income Deduction Order (DC-615) (PDF).
Request for Income Deduction Page
If you have a current Income Deduction Order in place and need to change the employer’s information, please fill out the Notice and Motion for Proposed Income Deduction Order (DC-617) (PDF).
You will need to fill out the appropriate court forms. (Income Deduction Orders)
Please contact the Judges’ Assistant, Jill Bryant, at 804-751-4115 or by email.
Please contact the Court’s Accountant, Trish Black, at 804-751-4783 or by email.
Under the Appropriations Act of 2002, parents are responsible for paying the costs of court-ordered Guardians Ad Litem for children, if so ordered by the Court.
Please see Virginia Code § 16.1-266. [law changing 7/1/18 - will codify the Appropriations Act]
The Court does not arrange for service out of state; however, we do send notice to the opposing party via certified mail. If you would like to arrange for an out of state Sheriff’s Office or constable to serve the opposing party, you will need to follow these steps:
Find out which non-Virginia sheriff’s office or local constable serves civil process in the jurisdiction where the non-Virginia resident lives
Call their civil process division and find out how much it costs for out-of-state service
Provide the address of the non-Virginia party and the address of the non-Virginia sheriff’s office/constable to the Clerk’s Office
Provide a money order or certified check made payable to the non-Virginia’s sheriff’s office/constable to the Clerk’s Office to be sent with the notice
Provide all of this information at least 30 days before your hearing; information provided less than 30 days may result in the non-Virginia party not being notified
First, you must provide the correct foreign mailing address. The Court will send (via registered mail), notice to the other party.
Please check all media outlets (Local CBS, ABC, and NBC). You can also follow the Court on Twitter@ChesterfieldJDR to find out about all weather- and emergency-related closings. In the event court has a delayed opening, all morning dockets are cancelled and will be continued.
Please fill out the Motion to Withdraw and fax it to 804-717.6043.
During the intake process of a juvenile, a staff member will call to notify you of your child’s placement in detention. We will address any questions you may have at that time and you will be given an opportunity to speak briefly with your child.
Detention hearings are held at the Chesterfield Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court. Usually, detention hearings are held at 10 a.m. on the next business day after a juvenile has been brought to the Juvenile Detention Home. The Code of Virginia specifies that a juvenile is entitled to a detention hearing within 72 hours of arrest.
The court is located at:7000 Lucy Corr BoulevardChesterfield, VA 23832Phone: 804-748-1379
Contact the Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court Clerk’s Office, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. by calling 804-748-1379. During non-court working hours, call the magistrate at 804-748-1410.
Use the following address:9600 Krause RoadChesterfield, VA 23832
Yes. State law requires that juveniles attend school while in detention, even if the youth has graduated or has received a G.E.D.
For more information, please see Education Services.
Yes. Religious activities are offered regularly and participation is strictly voluntary. Parents or an assigned probation officer may make special arrangements during business hours for individual religious counseling.
For more information, please call 804-748-1460 and ask to speak with an administrator.
If your child is defiant and out of control, call Mental Health Support Services at 804-768-7204. Parents with challenges may also wish to contact Prevention Services for a consultation at 804-768-7800.
No. All youths are placed in detention by court order. The Juvenile Detention Home does not have any type of “scared straight” program. While popularized in the media, research and evidence suggests that such programs tend to have the opposite effect on a youth.
For resources please contact Mental Health Support Services at 804-768-7204 or Prevention Services at 804-768-7800.
Call the Chesterfield Department of Youth and Family Services at 804-796-7100.
We are unable to determine what time youth will return from court because they are transported as a group by the Chesterfield County Sherriff's Department. If your child is being released from court we recommend you call the Juvenile Detention Home at 804-748-1460 and leave a phone number where you can be contacted. Once your child returns from court and we have all necessary paperwork, we will call you.
The Home Incarceration Program (HIP) is an alternative to secure detention and includes Outreach and Electronic Monitoring. All juveniles referred by the court must be screened for eligibility by a Home Incarceration Officer. If your child is found to be eligible for HIP, the Home Incarceration Officer will meet with you and your child to discuss program requirements.
For more information, please see Alternative Programs.
A youth who was sentenced by the court to a set number of days in detention may be released after those days at the time they were admitted to the Juvenile Detention Home once they returned from court. For example, a juvenile who was sentenced to three days in detention and returned to the Juvenile Detention Home from court on Monday at 3:15 p.m. could be released on Thursday at 3:15 p.m.
Your child must arrive at the detention home after 6 p.m. on the Friday of the weekend his or her detention starts. The child can then be picked up at the same time on Sunday as he or she arrived on Friday. For example, a child dropped off at 7:15 p.m. on Friday can be picked up at 7:15 on Sunday.
If your child has been court ordered to the Weekend Work Program, you must first sign him or her up by meeting with the Program Coordinator at the Detention Home. After your child has been accepted into the Weekend Work Program, he or she may be dropped off between 8:15 and 8:30 a.m. in the big parking lot on the side of the building (near the picnic tables). Pick-up is at 3:30 p.m. same day, same location.
School counseling offices are notified within two days of a student’s entry into the detention home school. There are times when students are placed in the detention home, but do not attend school (either they refuse or they have been restricted to their room by detention staff). You will not be notified until the student attends school.
For expediency purposes, it is best to fax the records to us at 804-717-6454. If not possible, please send them to the Detention Center via the Chesterfield pony mail at the following address:Chesterfield County Juvenile Detention Home9600 Krause RoadChesterfield, VA 23832
For those outside of Chesterfield County, please use U.S. mail. Teacher work can be emailed, ponied or faxed.
School starts at 8 a.m. and ends at 2:45 p.m. (with a 30 minute lunch). We have a 7-period day, with classes lasting 50 to 55 minutes each. In addition to the core academic subjects, all students take Personal Finance and Economics, H/PE, Reading and Music.
Some students, who are in the Post Dispositional program and have earned a certain level, may attend their home school during the day. This is a rarity but does happen on occasion.
Yes. We encourage this. Conversely, detention home teachers might contact the home school teachers if they need information or clarification. We are all in this together!
Students are able to work on-line here at the facility.
Unfortunately, no. We do not have teachers certified as AP teachers.
Yes, and we can conduct official G.E.D. testing here as well.
Please note that:
Yes. The fees are paid to the Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court Clerk's Office. Their phone number is 804-748-1379. The associated fees are:
Please Note: The Court Services Unit does not collect the money.
You can contact the Chesterfield Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court Clerk's Office and file a "motion to amend" the existing court order:7000 Lucy Corr BoulevardChesterfield, VA 23832Phone: 804-748-1379
The Chesterfield Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court has the authority to issue protective orders to prevent further acts of violence or threats of violence from:
Please be advised: Just because an emergency protective order was issued by the magistrate does not guarantee a petition for a protective order will be issued. If there is probable cause to issue a petition, the intake officer will assist you with the next steps.
A juvenile must first be alleged to have committed a crime and arrested:
Call the police at 804-748-1251. It is always better to have the professionals investigate alleged crimes. The police know what to do and how to navigate the criminal justice process.
You cannot. The Code of Virginia does not allow for the dissemination of information regarding a juvenile's criminal record, court involvement or probation status except in certain specific situations.
Juveniles can only be placed in detention for very specific reasons as stated in the Code of Virginia. Anyone, adult or child, who is at risk of being incarcerated, has certain rights and is allowed legal representation to ensure the initial and continued incarceration is legal and an appropriate result of criminal behavior.
If your child was represented in court by a lawyer, contact that lawyer to get answers to your questions. In general, "evidence sufficient" means there was not a finding of guilt made by the judge but there is enough evidence to find your child guilty. This is often done in an effort to have your child demonstrate good behavior and earn a dismissal of the charge.
The judge will tell you and your child in court. Right after the hearing, you and your child would have signed temporary probation rules. In a few days the assigned probation officer would have called you to set up an appointment to establish the permanent rules and the supervision plan.
Please note: Not everyone who goes to court is on supervised probation.
No. As long as your child is home, call the assigned probation officer and leave him or her a message. The probation officer will call you back to learn the details of the violation. If your child does not come home at all or his or her whereabouts are unknown, call the assigned probation officer and provide the details.
The criteria for receiving services:
We accept most major forms of insurance. If you don’t have insurance, we also offer services using our sliding fee schedule based on your ability to pay.
It all starts with our Same Day Access. Just walk in during business hours and you will be seen the same day for a full clinical assessment. You will leave with the name of your primary provider and your next appointment scheduled. Our business hours are:Monday8 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Tuesday - Thursday8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Friday8 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Services are available to:
Priority populations include:
It all starts with our Same Day Access. Just walk in during business hours and you will be seen the same day for a full clinical assessment. You will leave with the name of your provider and your next scheduled appointment. Our office hours are:Monday8 a.m. - 2 p.m.
You must be a resident of Chesterfield County, at least 18 years of age, have a primary diagnosis of Intellectual Disability (ID) or Developmental Disability (DD) and an ID / DD Case Manager with Chesterfield CSB, and have a desire to work.
Chesterfield Employment Services receives payment from the state both as a Medicaid Waiver provider and Department of Rehabilitative Services vendor. You may be asked to pay for some services yourself, such as transportation, at a flat fee per month rate.
Call 804-748-1227 and ask to speak with the Service Coordination Intake staff person. They will set you up with a Case Manager who will then make a referral to us at CES.
Adults with a variety of special needs, such as:
Contact our program at 804-318-8880 and request to speak with the Intake Coordinator. This individual will review service options with you and arrange a time for you to tour our facilities.
Adults with a primary diagnosis of an development disability.
Services are generally paid by:
Contact your case manager and ask about a referral to one of our residential programs.
You can access emergency mental health services if you are:
Staff availability to respond to calls and requests for services is 24 hours a day and 7 days a week. Call the Emergency Services team at 804-748-6356.
Please note that inpatient hospitalization is only considered after all other community resources are explored with the individual and family (if applicable).
Families First services are available to:
There is no charge to participants who enroll in our program. Some services are covered by Medicaid.
Contact the Families First office at 804-318-8648.
Infant and Toddler Connection (ITC) of Chesterfield helps children with all kinds of special needs. Some delays may be in only one area such as speech or motor development, while others are more general delays caused by conditions like Down's Syndrome or Cerebral Palsy.
Contact 804-768-7205 and ask to speak with the intake coordinator or email us. Our address is:9711 Farrar CourtMoorefield Commons BuildingSuite 140North Chesterfield, VA 23236
This program includes office based treatment services for those with a:
We accept most major forms of insurance. If you do not have insurance, we offer services based on our sliding fee schedule as determined by your ability to pay.
It all starts with our Same Day Access. Just walk in during business hours and you will be seen the same day for a full clinical assessment. You will leave with the name of your provider and your next scheduled appointment. Our business hours are:Monday8 a.m. - 2 p.m.
If it is noted that you will benefit from the Medical Services Team, your assigned provider will refer you to the Psychiatric Assessment Clinic for a Psychiatric Evaluation. The Psychiatric Assessment Clinic runs every Tuesday and Thursday afternoon that we are open for business. You can walk-in, in the ensuing 30 days of the referral, on any Tuesday or Thursday between noon and 1:30 p.m. to be seen by one of our prescribers. Our address is:6801 Lucy Corr BoulevardChesterfield, VA 23832
Any Chesterfield County resident or employee can take the 8-hour course:
There is a $25 course fee for Chesterfield County citizens.
Email Millicent Brickle or call 804-768-7212 for current training dates.
Opioids are drugs that act on the nervous system to relieve pain. For additional information, please visit Opioid Solutions RVA.
Symptoms of misuse include
Opioid withdrawal symptoms may include
Parents should look for changes in their child’s personality and behavior at school and home. Their child also may
In addition, items may begin to suddenly disappear from the medicine cabinet.
For more information, please visit 'What if I suspect my child is using'.
The Department of Mental Health Support Services (MHSS) is the provider of mental health, developmental disabilities and substance use disorder services for children and adults in Chesterfield County.
Please visit Same Day Access for additional information.
Please visit the Drug Drop-off Kiosk at the Chesterfield County Police Department, located at 10001 Iron Bridge Road. You can also contact your local CVS and Walgreen’s Pharmacy.
For more information visit Safe Disposal.
For emergencies dial 911. For non-emergencies, including concern about potential criminal activity call the Chesterfield County Police Department at 804-748-1251.
Local grassroots efforts are vital to changing attitudes, educating families and effectively changing behavior around opioids. Your voice can make a difference.
Please visit S.A.F.E. to find out how you can become involved.
Any citizen of Chesterfield County is eligible for prevention services.
Fees vary by service and can be adjusted based on ability to pay.
Call Prevention Services at 804-768-7800.
For class registration information, visit parent education.
We work with adults age 18 and above that have a serious mental illness.
Medicaid will pay for services provided by psychiatric Rehabilitation services. If you do not have Medicaid, services may be available using our sliding fee scale based on your ability to pay.
It all starts with our Same Day Access. Just walk in during business hours and you will be seen the same day for a full clinical assessment. You will leave with the name of your provider and your next scheduled appointment with a Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services (PRS) provider. Our business hours are:Tuesday - Thursday8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Services are available to Chesterfield County residents.
Please call 804-768-7318 to arrange an appointment. Calling our Access number before walking in is recommended. Service requests for limited English, Spanish-speaking individuals are scheduled in advance.
Our walk-in hours are:Monday8 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Please note, hours may vary at times due to volume of requests.
If you have questions about services or getting started, please call 804-768-7318.
Services are available to residents of Chesterfield County who have a developmental disability.
Services are available using our sliding fee schedule based on your ability to pay.
To start the process, contact 804-748-1227 and ask to speak with the intake coordinator.
Individuals who receive CAST services are:
We accept most major forms of insurance. If you are uninsured, services are available using our sliding fee scale based on your ability to pay.
Some of the transportation providers have vehicles that are equipped with lifts or ramps to assist passengers who need to board while using wheelchairs, walkers or other devices. There is no additional charge to ride on these vehicles. Inform the reservations agent of this need when the reservation is made.
Drivers will assist passengers into and out of the vehicle, and will assist with small packages.
Portable oxygen tanks are permitted on the vans. The passenger must be in full control of the tank or be traveling with an aide who can assist with this control.
A service animal, such as a seeing-eye dog, is permitted on the vans. Make sure that the reservation agent is aware that the passenger will have a service animal when making a reservation. Pets are not permitted.
For the safety of all riders, passengers are required to wear seat belts when riding in a van.
During inclement weather, there may be times when the Access Chesterfield program is not operating on a normal schedule. Every effort will be made to provide minimal service interruption for those customers who need life-sustaining services, such as dialysis. Please contact the service provider directly for more information during these periods.
For a list of our parks and facilities with addresses, contact information, and maps, please visit our Parks and Facilities page.
For information about picnic shelter rental, please visit our Picnic Shelters page. For information about reserving one of our community buildings, please visit our Recreation Centers page.
There are no deposits for any of our facility rentals. Payment in full is due at the time of the reservation.
All cancellation requests must be submitted in writing no less than two weeks before the reservation date. There will be a $25 processing fee on all refunds. For more information, call one of the following phone numbers:
It is unlawful to bring alcoholic beverages to any of our facilities.
Dogs are allowed outdoors at any of our parks, and must remain on a leash at all times. We ask that you please clean up after your dog. Dogs are not allowed indoors at our facilities with exception of service dogs. Ruff House Dog Park, located at Rockwood Park, is a leash free outdoor facility for dogs to roam. Chester Dog Park at Goyne Park is another leash free outdoor facility for dogs. No children under the age of 10 are permitted inside either dog park.
We accept Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover Card, check, money order, and cash. Transactions that occur by fax or over the phone may be paid by American Express, Visa or MasterCard. Checks should be made payable to “Chesterfield County Treasurer.” Please do not mail cash.
We do not accept Senior Passport for any Parks and Recreation programs. The Senior Passport is for Adult Continuing Education programs only. Please contact the Office of Adult Continuing Education at 804-768-6140 for more information.
Refunds are made when courses are full or canceled. If a change in day, time, or location prohibits you from attending, we will be happy to refund you for the portion of the course missed. Simply make your request at least one week prior to the start of the program. All other refund requests must be made in writing three days prior to the start date of the program. Non-recoverable costs are not refundable.
Please contact us at 804-748-1623 with any other questions.
To join our mailing list, please create an account with us online. You may also call us at 804-748-1623 during regular business hours to have a customer service representative assist you. You can even download our program guide in a PDF format.
You may register online for nearly all of our activities. If the activity is not available for online registration or if you prefer not to register online, you may register for all activities during regular business hours, which are Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., by any of these methods:
Payment (check or money order only) must be included; no cash, please.
Payment for all registrations is due in full at the time of the registration. Checks should be made payable to “Chesterfield County Treasurer.”
We do not post contact information for our instructors. Please contact the program coordinator with any of your questions or concerns regarding your activity. The coordinator’s name and number is listed in the Program Guide on the same page as the activity listing. If you are unsure of who the appropriate coordinator may be, please contact us at 804-748-1623.
We invite individuals with disabilities to take part in any course listed in the department Program Guide. To ensure an individual’s success in a program, staff known as “inclusion coaches” will be available to provide assistance. The Therapeutic Recreation staff provides assistance based on reasonable accommodations, which are determined on a case-by-case basis. We ask that an inclusion coach be requested at least three weeks prior to the start of a summer camp or program. You can specifically view Therapeutic Recreation Programs (PDF) from the Program Guide.
For more information, call 804-751-4134.
To view a list of current closings and cancellations, please go to our Adverse Weather / Field Closings Status page, or call 804-748-1001 after 4 p.m.
Find the right athletic association for your child by visiting our Youth Sports page.
Adult leagues in Chesterfield County are operated through co-sponsored groups. To learn more, visit our Adult Sports page.
If you would like to rent a facility for a practice, call 804-751-4199. If you would like to host a tournament in Chesterfield County, call 804-796-7045.
From 2000 through 2010, Chesterfield County grew at a rate of about 3.3% per year. This translates into approximately 2,000 new residential dwellings annually. The county's growth rate has been significantly higher in the past than it is today. In the 1970s, growth averaged 6% a year, and in the 1980s it was approximately 4% per year. Different parts of the county are growing at different rates, of course.
The 2010 census counted 316,236 residents in Chesterfield County, making it the 4th largest jurisdiction in Virginia, behind Fairfax County, the City of Virginia Beach and Prince William County. Chesterfield grew by over 56,300 residents from 2000 through 2010, a total increase of nearly 22%, with an annual growth rate of 3.3%. In that same period, Henrico grew by about 44,600 (an increase of 17%). Loudoun County, one of the fastest growing areas in the United States, grew by 84% during this time.
Chesterfield County does not regulate the number of new homes constructed each year. Housing construction volume is determined by the private market, based on the demand by individuals deciding to build or buy a home in the county. Through its Comprehensive Plan, the county does guide the location of new construction in order to minimize the cost of infrastructure and public facilities, and to protect the natural environment.
A comprehensive plan enables local government officials and citizens to anticipate and deal constructively with changes occurring within the community. Though its format varies from jurisdiction to jurisdiction, the comprehensive plan is a broad effort to address a wide range of community issues and concerns, understanding the important relationships between each part. Virginia state law requires that all local governments have an adopted comprehensive plan. Typical topics addressed in a comprehensive plan include the analysis of population change, land use and economic trends, natural and environmental features, housing, transportation systems, and community facilities and services.
Chesterfield County will grow by approximately 100,000 residents over the next 20 years. The Chesterfield County Comprehensive Plan outlines where new residential, commercial and employment uses should locate. It also identifies where new public facilities should be located to serve growth. Zoning request not in compliance with the Plan are generally recommended for denial by staff.
Zoning is the legal means by which local governments regulate the use of land and provide standards for development of land. The Comprehensive Plan forms the foundation for all zoning in Chesterfield County, and can be considered a "blueprint" for future zoning decisions. While land-use-plan designations are only recommendations of possible future use, they are used as an important guide for the changing of any zoning classification.
Yes. The Comprehensive Plan includes elements which propose new roads, schools, parks, libraries, fire stations and other public facilities. Population and land use studies are prepared to determine the optimum location and pattern for these public facilities. These public facilities plans are coordinated to support the land use plan and the locations designated for new development.
Road congestion is a national problem, especially in growing metropolitan areas. Travel in the United States has grown significantly faster than population and transportation-revenue resources. From 1980 to 2000, the U.S. population increased by 24%, yet miles driven increased by 80%. Congestion in Chesterfield County is significantly less than that experienced in Northern Virginia and Richmond's West End.
The Chesterfield Board of Supervisors has an established goal of "Growth to Pay for Growth." Therefore, new residents and businesses pay their share of the expansion of the county water and sewer systems through connection fees. However, for roads, schools and other public facilities, it is not so simple. A system similar to utility-connection fees, called impact fees, is not legal in Virginia for these other facilities. Instead, a system of cash-proffer payments promised at the time of rezoning was enacted in 1989 by the state for Chesterfield County and other jurisdictions. Cash proffers are helping finance roads and infrastructure.
No one can perfectly predict the future, however, county planning studies illustrate that if the county follows its Comprehensive Plan, the cost of roads, schools and public facilities will be more efficient due to the planned pattern of growth and increasing effectiveness of county growth policies. In addition, as identified in the comprehensive plan, revitalization of existing neighborhood and business corridors will be a major focus of future county efforts. The Planning Department is constantly analyzing data to identify future issues facing the county. The Comprehensive Plan is the county's vehicle to explore and discuss these issues, and provide high level guidance and awareness to citizens, county staff and officials.
There are three overriding issues that Chesterfield County wishes to address are:
For each main post office in the U.S. Postal Service, there is a postmaster. There may be only one building which that Postmaster oversees, or there may be multiple buildings (stations/branches) under his, or her, authority.
For each main post office, there is a "preferred" last line used as the mailing name. No two main post offices in the same state are allowed to have the same preferred last line. There is allowance for an "alternate preferred" last line used as the mailing name (other than the preferred name of the main post office) to be used by customers served by these stations or branches of a main post office. But these alternate mailing names still cannot duplicate a preferred, or alternate, mailing name used by another main post office or its branches.
In Chesterfield County, residents served by the Chesterfield Post Office and using ZIP codes 23832 and 23838 are the only postal customers who can use the mailing name "Chesterfield, VA." There are no separate postal branches under the authority of the Chesterfield postmaster. Because all other residents in the county are served by other main post offices, the name "Chesterfield" cannot be used as an alternate mailing name by them because it would duplicate the mailing name used by another main post office.
There are four zip codes (23235, 23225, 23224 and 23234) that straddle the border between Chesterfield County and the city of Richmond and currently have a default ("Preferred") last-line mailing address of Richmond. For those zip codes, the Postal Service will enter into its Address Management System an "Alternate Preferred" last-line location name, e.g., "North Chesterfield," for those addresses that are in Chesterfield County. This change will enable residents to use either "Richmond" or "North Chesterfield" in their correspondence. However, the alternate name of "North Chesterfield" will override the preferred name of Richmond when commercial mailings are prepared using CASS certified mailing list software. The effect will be that, over time, residents can expect the common use of the alternate name of "North Chesterfield."
There are two zip codes that have a default ("Preferred") last line of Richmond but lie entirely within Chesterfield County (23236 and 23237). The Postal Service proposes the same "Alternate Preferred" last-line mailing address solution to resolve the addressing issues in those zip codes, using "North Chesterfield" as the proposed alternate name. Richmond will continue to be recognized as an acceptable mailing name for these zip codes.
There are two zip Codes that straddle the borders between Chesterfield County and the cities of Colonial Heights (23834) and Petersburg (23803). The Postal Service proposes the same solution to resolve the addressing issues in those zip codes, using "South Chesterfield" as the proposed "Alternate Preferred" last-line mailing name. Respectively, Colonial Heights and Petersburg will be acceptable for use for the Chesterfield postal customers within 23834 and 23803.
Yes, it is being considered as an "Alternate Preferred" last-line mailing name instead of "North Chesterfield" due to it currently being a commonly used mailing address.
The "preferred last line" for a zip code is the single place name that can be used for most or all addresses in a five-digit zip code. Every zip code has a default or preferred last line. This is the city name or place name that will appear in the last line of addresses in the zip.
An "alternate preferred last line" is used in situations where a single zip code is used for delivery in multiple cities or places. An alternative preferred last line can be linked to specific blocks of a street.
Yes. These proposed recommendations will allow postal customers to continue to permanently use their current mailing address names if they choose to do so, as it will be recognized by the Postal Service as an acceptable mailing address name. However, major commercial companies and mailers, such as mortgage companies, banks, utilities, mail-order houses, etc., will use the "alternate preferred" mailing address name in correspondence, billings or statements sent to customers.
These proposed changes will not affect anyone's mail service delivery. The Postal Service will not approve any recommendation that would negatively affect mail delivery or customer service.
With respect to community identity, the county believes that a majority of postal customers will choose to use a mailing address name that is more closely identified with Chesterfield County. With respect to lost revenue, the county believes that replacing the default preferred mailing address names for those ZIP codes that currently have names associated with other localities will result in fewer instances of misallocated sales tax revenue.
Although this change will allow residents to use either the preferred or alternate last-line mailing address names in their correspondence, the alternate name will override the preferred name when commercial mailings are prepared, e.g., bank statements, utility bills, etc.).
Chesterfield County believes that approximately $1.5 million to $2 million annually in local option sales tax revenue is mistakenly misallocated by the Virginia Department of Taxation to the city of Richmond, and to a lesser extent, the cites of Colonial Heights and Petersburg.
In Virginia, a 5 percent sales tax is collected at the point of sale and submitted to the state. Then, on a monthly basis, the 1 percent local option tax is remitted to localities where the sale took place.
Example 1: Internet Sales - A Chesterfield County resident with a Richmond, VA mailing address buys a computer on the Internet from an out-of-state company. That company collects the sales tax and sends the tax to the Virginia Department of Taxation and labels the sale as having occurred in Richmond. Consequently, the wrong locality receives the money.
Example 2: Catalog Sales - A Chesterfield County resident purchases some sporting goods from a catalog company with an out-of-state headquarters. The resident's address is Richmond, VA. After the sale, the out-of-state catalog company sends the sales tax that it has collected to the Virginia Department of Taxation. The sale is depicted as having occurred in Richmond, VA and, again, the wrong locality receives the money.
Example 3: National Retailers - A national department store chain has multiple locations within the Central Virginia area. Some are in the county, and some are in the city. The retailer collects the sales taxes paid by county residents and remits one payment for all of their locations to the Virginia Department of Taxation for sales having occurred in Richmond, VA.
No. The county's main concern is to ensure that all tax dollars are correctly recovered in order to provide services for the benefit of county taxpayers.
No. You do not need to throw out your current supply of stationery, personal checks, business cards or other supplies. Chesterfield County postal customers will have the option of using the preferred or alternate mailing address names on their correspondence. However, when a new supply of checks or stationery is ordered, the new supplies may reflect the alternate preferred mailing address name.
No. Postal customers will not have to send out change-of-address notices as they will be able to use either the preferred or alternate last-line mailing address names. However, utility companies, cable companies, banks, and other commercial companies and mailers will use the alternate mailing address names in their mailings.
Two million dollars potentially could fund one of the following:
No. Since the proposed new mailing address names will be "alternate preferred" mailing address names, no survey is required.
The Postal Service has said that zip codes will not change for this reason. However, future growth within a zip code could require the Postal Service to change a zip code for operational reasons. If this process moves forward, the changes would be to the mailing address designations.
The Board of Supervisors will be hosting a series of community meetings across the county to inform residents about these proposed changes and to solicit their feedback. Once these meetings are held, the Chesterfield County Board of Supervisors will determine whether an official request to implement these changes will be sent to the Postal Service.
Bookmark this page for the latest information about this issue. If you have any comments or concerns you may also call 804-748-1211.
Zoning designates the types of uses that are permitted on parcels of land. Generally, houses are built on parcels with residential zoning, manufacturing plants on parcels with industrial zoning, etc. You can download the County Zoning Ordinance (PDF), which contains a detailed list of districts and their development standards or purchase a hard copy in Planning.
First, file an application with Planning. Zoning cannot be changed until both the Planning Commission and Board of Supervisors hold public hearings on the zoning change proposals.
There are several ways we notify citizens of zoning change applications:
Each month, two weeks prior to the public hearings, the Planning Department mails notices to civic associations and adjacent property owners. If you have a civic association and wish to be added to Planning's mailing, please call 804-748-1050. Proposed changes are also published in the Chesterfield Observer. The newspaper advertisements are published in the classified advertising section one week and two weeks prior to the public hearing.
At least three weeks prior to a public hearing, a sign will be posted on the property indicating a pending zoning request. The sign will read "Zoning Amendment Pending" and will contain a telephone number (751-4700) and a three-digit number corresponding with the last three-digits of the case number. (Example: Case 00SN0223 would be listed as Sign Number 223). Anyone with a touch-tone telephone can call the number 24 hours a day to get information about the particular zoning case.
Files for each zoning case application are available for public review upon request. If you wish, we will also provide you with the name, address and phone number of the applicant.
Look Up Pending Zoning Cases Online
Each request is submitted to Planning and distributed to several different state and county agencies. Each agency reviews the request, compares it with their polices, rules and regulations, and identifies any issues which should be addressed.
We visit each site, compare the request to the county's adopted land use plan, review the comments from other agencies and prepare a written analysis and recommendation on each request. This analysis is forwarded to the Planning Commission and the Board of Supervisors prior to their public hearings. Download the analysis or contact us for a hard copy.
Public hearings are held by the Planning Commission on the third Tuesday of each month in the public meeting room at the Chesterfield County administration building, beginning at 6:30 p.m. After receiving public comments, the Commission makes its own recommendation and forwards the request to the Board of Supervisors for final action. The Board of Supervisors meets on the fourth Wednesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. to consider zoning changes. All meetings are open to the public.
The Commission has a policy that zoning applicants meet with adjacent property owners and civic associations active in the area of the request prior to public hearings. Applicants are encouraged to notify these potentially interested parties of neighborhood meetings. Many such meetings are attended by the Planning Commissioners of the magisterial district in which the request lies and county staff.
Should you wish to meet with an applicant, the Planning Department can provide the contact information. You may arrange a community meeting for presentation and discussion of the project. On request, representatives from Planning and the Planning Commission are available to attend these community meetings.
During each public hearing, citizens are invited to speak in support of, or in opposition to, each request. In preparing a presentation, groups or communities sharing similar concerns are encouraged to select representatives to address the Board or Commission. This preparation will assure that all opinions are expressed while avoiding repetitive comments.
The public hearing begins with a presentation of the request by a staff member. The applicant then discusses the case. Individuals wishing to speak to the request present their views and the applicant will be permitted closing remarks.
The Commission and Board are experienced in balancing development and in protecting area neighborhoods and adjacent properties. They are knowledgeable about traffic, drainage and land transition issues throughout the County. It is important for citizens to provide specific comments about how the request will affect their neighborhood.
Call or write your Planning Commission or Board of Supervisors representative.
For emergencies, call 911.
For non-emergencies, call 804-748-1251. You may also visit police headquarters on Iron Bridge Road or one of our district stations when a service desk officer is on duty. A service desk officer is on duty at police headquarters 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Service desk officers are on duty at the district stations from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., seven days a week. If you wish to make a report over the phone, call 804-748-1269.
To make a speeding or traffic safety complaint, call the Chesterfield County Police Department's Traffic Hotline at 804-318-8084 or email the Police Department.
Yes. To request a check of your residence while you are away, call 804-748-1269 or 804-748-1258.
You may request a check of your Chesterfield County criminal history record by appearing in person at Records Customer Service during regular business hours.
For more information, including fees, visit our Police Records page.
The police department's Records Section will provide limited fingerprinting services under certain circumstances. The Records Unit is normally open for fingerprinting from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.
If you need to be fingerprinted, please arrive by 3:45 p.m. You must have two valid forms of identification, and at least one of the two must include a photo. For more information, visit our Police Records page.
Visit our Police Records page for more information about available records and fees.
The Chesterfield County Police Department offers a variety of options for businesses and organizations seeking to hire off-duty officers for one-time events or continuous assignments. For more information, visit our Hire an Off-Duty Officer page, email our off-duty employment coordinator or call them at 804-717-6162.
Yes, the Police department offers a ride-along program for county residents. Residents who would like to participate in a ride along must be 18 years of age, submit a written application and agree to submit to a criminal history check. Applications are available at headquarters and every district station. For more information, email our off-duty employment coordinator or call them at 804-717-6162.
Yes, the police department's Neighborhood Watch program was established in 1976. For more information on our Neighborhood Watch program, visit our Neighborhood Watch page.
The Chesterfield County Police Department offers a variety of career opportunities, both sworn and civilian. To view job listings or learn how to apply, visit Chesterfield County’s employment opportunities listing. For more information on careers with the police department, visit Police Hiring.
You must appear in person before a Magistrate. The Magistrate's Office adjoins the Chesterfield County Jail, which is located at:6900 Mimms DriveChesterfield, VA 23832
If you are in danger or need immediate assistance, call 911. For non-emergencies, call the police at 804-748-1251. You can also call the Virginia Family Violence and Sexual Assault 24-hour Hotline at 1-800-838-8238. Visit the Domestic and Sexual Violence Resource Center website or contact the police department’s domestic violence coordinator Tana Mooney by emailing her or by calling 804-318-8110 for more information.
If you have given money or prepaid cards to anyone who contacted you over the internet or by phone and you think it is a scam, report it to our police department by calling 804-748-1269. If you have been contacted by someone over the internet and you did not give them money, but you would still like to report it, you can file a report at FBI Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) website. If you were contacted by phone but did not send any money, you can report that at the Federal Trade Commission website.
The Chesterfield County Circuit Court Clerk's Office handles applications for concealed handgun permits.
Members of the police department are available to speak to community groups on a variety of topics. To invite a representative of the police department to attend or speak at your meeting, contact the Community Services Division by calling 804-318-8699 at least 30 days before your event.
You must be 21 years old at the time you complete the field training program. Seventy years is the maximum age for policing as set forth in the Code of Virginia 51.1-205.
Processing for the test starts promptly at 7 a.m. Please arrive at least 15 minutes early.
Testing is held at:
Eanes-Pittman Public Safety Training Center6610 Public Safety WayChesterfield, VA 23832
We do not offer any study material for the exam.
You must bring a government issued photo ID, one black pen and two number 2 non-mechanical pencils.
We start promptly at 7 a.m. and work to get everyone through in a timely manner. Testing will be completed by 3 p.m., though most people finish earlier.
If you complete the physical ability test but receive a failing score you will not proceed in the hiring process until you retake and pass the physical ability test.
If you are unable to complete the physical ability test due to injury, illness, etc., you must email the Police Personnel Unit and reschedule your test.
Yes, there is a 2-hour time limit for the written test.
If you need to change your test date, we will work to accommodate your needs. Please email the Police Personnel Unit to reschedule your test date, or if you decide to withdraw from the hiring process.
We value our employees and applicants who are veterans and we will work with you as best we can. The entire hiring process can take several months to complete; therefore, starting at least six months before you get out would be a good idea. Please call one of our recruiters at 804-796-7169 or our office at 804-748-1547 if you need any further assistance.
We do not cover hotel expenses for out-of-state applicants in the initial phases of the hiring process. Should you proceed to the later stages, we will provide assistance with hotel expenses in some cases.
Yes, as part of the background process we need you to speak to your neighbors. Look at it as an opportunity to say "Hi" and get to know them. If there are special circumstances, please let us know and we will be happy to work with you.
List as many as you can with as much information as possible. It could be that you only know the city and state. If so, please list that.
State law (Code of Virginia 15.2-1705) prohibits the hiring of a convicted felon as a police officer. Misdemeanor convictions (except those involving moral turpitude, including petite larceny, misdemeanor sex offenses, or domestic assault) are examined on a case-by-case basis. It will not automatically exclude you from consideration.
A candidate's history is considered as a part of the background process. A possession conviction would be evaluated based on history and circumstances.
Driving histories are part of an individual's background. Many things are taken into consideration during the hiring process and a decision will be made based on the entirety of that process.
It can take up to two weeks. If you have not received your score within two weeks, please call us at 804-748-1547.
You must wait 6 months, reapply, and retake the written exam. You will also be required to retake the physical ability test.
Interviews are scheduled after testing and pre-screening of the background packets. It could take a few weeks before you are called.
Delays may result from incomplete or inaccurate background packets being submitted. Please make sure your packet is filled out accurately and completely. Willful omissions will result in disqualification.
We do not disclose the reasons for a candidate's removal from the process. If you wish to reapply, you must wait at least 6 months. Once your application is received, it will be reviewed to determine if you are eligible to test.
PING will allow vendors to register online and receive email notification of upcoming bid opportunities.
A vendor can register online. Follow the steps on our registration page to get started.
It is our recommendation that you select all codes that match the goods and services your organization wishes to receive notification of bid opportunities.
You can call Perfect Commerce - WebProcure Support Center at 866-889-8533 or the Web Support Center.
PING vendor registration is now available. View our registration page.
Most businesses located within Chesterfield County are subject to the Chesterfield County business license tax. This is a tax on the privilege of engaging in a license-able business activity within the County, and it is calculated upon gross receipts (or gross purchases in the case of wholesale merchants).
A DUNS number is only required if you are registering as a DBA/Branch under a Parent/Holding Company.
The Chesterfield County Board of Supervisors established the tax rate. The real estate tax rate is established each year after two separate public hearings have been held by the County Board of Supervisors - one hearing on the tax rate and one hearing on the budget.
Real estate taxes are calculated by multiplying the property's assessed value by the current tax rate. For example, if the tax rate is $0.95 per $100 of assessed value and the property is assessed at $100,000, you multiply $100,000 by .0095, which gives you an annual tax of $950.
Annual Real Estate Assessments are effective January 1st of each year.
On or before February 1st of each year, assessment notices are mailed to all property owners. At that time, if a property owner has a question about their assessment, they can contact or visit the Assessor's Office. Staff is available to answer questions about the assessment and will make available information relating to the assessed value.
Generally speaking, no. However, repairs that materially enhance the value of the property or repairs that recapture a loss in value that previously resulted in a lower assessment will most likely result in an increased assessment.
The assessed values of buildings that have been affected by such damages are adjusted through an exoneration procedure. That is, if a house burns down on February 20th, the assessment would be adjusted as of February 20th.
The most frequent cause for a change in property value is a change in the market. A shortage of houses in a desirable neighborhood may send prices soaring, while in a recession, homes may stay on the market for a longer time with some homes actually selling for less than anticipated. In good economic times, inflation alone may cause an increase in property values.
Property assessments are reviewed every year, but assessments are not necessarily changed every year.
Assessed values are based on market activity within a given area or neighborhood. Market activity (sales data) is used to establish fair market value. The fair market value of a property is defined as the price most people would pay for the property on the open market. Generally, the following steps are used in determining a property's fair market value:
The assessment ratio is the relationship between a property's assessed value and the property's selling price. This relationship is expressed as a ratio (a percentage). The assessment ratio is calculated by dividing the property's assessed value by the property's selling price.
For example, if a property is assessed at $95,000 and sold for $100,000, you divide $95,000 by $100,000 and this gives you an assessment ratio of 95%.
The State Code mandates, "... annual assessments... shall be made at 100% of fair market value" This state law was adopted in Chesterfield County effective January 1, 1977. The State Department of Taxation conducts an audit of Chesterfield's assessments annually to monitor the County's assessment to sales ratio.
Property records are available on the Internet and at the Assessor's Office.
Property owners are encouraged to contact the Assessor's Office should they have any questions. Staff are available to discuss the assessment and will make available information relating to the assessed value.
Yes, it is the same in Chesterfield County.
Find out more about Officer's of Election.
Officers of Election are required to complete training prior to working in his/her first election. This training requirement repeats every three years with the start of a new term of service (i.e. March 1, 2019 to February 28, 2022).
Payments are issued by the Chesterfield County Payroll Department within approximately 3-5 weeks after each election. Payments include service for election day plus any training class attended.
The Chief Officer will contact you approximately 30 days before the election to ask if you are available to work. Find out more about Officer's of Election.
Each Officer of Election is assigned to work at his/her voting "home" precinct whenever possible; however, if there are no vacancies at the home precinct, a nearby precinct may be assigned. Find out more about Officer's of Election.
All Officers of Election are eligible to vote by Absentee Ballot, whether assigned to his/her home precinct or not. Officers may request an absentee ballot be mailed to his/her home or take advantage of In-Person Absentee Voting and vote before Election Day. Find out more about Officer's of Election.
Election Officials will arrive at their assigned polling place by the specified time, usually 5 a.m., and remain until all election results have been reported, usually 8 p.m.; 9 p.m. for presidential election. Find out more about Officer's of Election.
Election Officials are asked to wear appropriate dress. No blue jeans/denim, shorts, sweat clothes, t-shirts and absolutely no political paraphernalia, including items or accessories that display candidate information or part preference.
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Find a current list of candidates and referendums on upcoming ballots.
Candidates for office must meet certain qualifications and are required to file specific documents in order to qualify to appear on the ballot. Find out if you are qualified.
All bonding activities take place at the Magistrate's Office, which adjoins the Chesterfield County Jail.
To receive bond information, speak with an on duty Magistrate by calling 804-748-1410. The Magistrate's Office is open 24 / 7 and bonds may be posted at any time.
Note: A third party, regardless of whether or not the inmate has the funds available on his / her inmate account, must post a bond. This can be accomplished through friends, family or bonding companies. Bonding companies can be found in the yellow pages.
All inmates being released can be picked up at the side gate adjacent to the Magistrate's Office.
The following applies for releases:
Complete the Attorney Access Card Request form (PDF).
Chesterfield Community Corrections10111 Krause RoadChesterfield, VA 23832Phone: 804-717-2250
Any questions not covered can be referred to the on-duty County Jail Supervisor at 804-748-1829 or 804-768-7327.
Court fines are paid in the clerk's office of the court having jurisdiction of the case:
9500 Courthouse RoadChesterfield, VA 23832Phone: 804-748-1241
Contact the Magistrates Office by calling 804-748-1410 or go to the Magistrate's Office:6900 Mimms DriveChesterfield, VA 23832
If the person is going to jail, they will be transported as soon as possible depending on transportation workloads (several minutes to a couple of hours).
If the person is going to be released, they have to go through a verification process that could take up to 30 minutes. Once released the individual will be escorted to the lobby area outside of the courtrooms.
Call 804-796-7197 for further information.
Hiring for positions within the Sheriff's Office is done through the Chesterfield County Human Resources Department located at:9901 Lori RoadRoom 305Chesterfield, VA 23832
You can access a 24-hour job line by calling 804-768-7777 or through Human Resources.
The main responsibilities of the Chesterfield County Sheriff's Office are to:
Though all Sheriff's Deputies maintain and use arrest authority, the Chesterfield County Police Department is the agency responsible for the majority of criminal investigations, as well as traffic enforcement and patrol duties in the county.
Go to the Chesterfield Police Department (Forensics Section):10031 Iron Bridge RoadChesterfield, VA 23832Phone: 804-748-1381
Call 804-748-1261, or go to the first-floor security station at the Circuit / General District Courthouse:9500 Courthouse RoadChesterfield, VA 23832
Please call 804-748-1476 to access the jail automated information system.
Please call the County Jail at 804-748-1466.
All correspondence with inmates must take place through the mail service. To send mail to an inmate include the inmate's name and inmate number. Sent mail to:Chesterfield County JailP. O. Box 758Chesterfield, VA 23832
Pay by one of the following options:
A usage fee will apply to any of the above deposits / options.
The Chesterfield County Jail cannot accept cashier’s checks or money orders for deposit into an inmate’s account.
Yes, by going online and visiting JailATM.
To obtain information regarding when inmates can order canteen or questions related to inmate commissary, please call the Canteen Office at 804-748-1488.
The following items can be accepted at the County Jail front lobby on behalf of inmates between the hours of 8 a.m. and 3 p.m., Monday through Friday:
Visitation times are:
Monday through Thursday8:30 to 11 a.m.5:30 to 8 p.m.
All visits are 30 minutes long and a maximum of three people at a time may visit. Visitors are required to show a valid picture ID. An adult must accompany anyone under the age of 18.
Out-of-Town Visits-must be pre-approved by a Jail Supervisor. If approved, you must produce a valid picture ID, and there is a four-person maximum. To be pre-approved, please call 804-748-1829 or 804-768-7327.
Inmate phone calls at the time of incarceration are free and last three minutes.
After the inmate is moved to a regular housing area (normally within one day), all inmate calls become "collect calls" and may last up to 30 minutes.
The inmate phone system vendor for the Chesterfield County Jail is Global Tel Link (GTL).
For information regarding receiving phone calls and blocking phone calls, please call a GTL representative at 866-230-7761.
For information on current rates, pre-payment, calling a cell phone and/or any other related questions, please call a GTL representative at 877-650-4249.
Messages cannot be passed to inmates unless the message is of an emergency nature such as family illness, death, etc. The message will be verified as being an emergency by the Sheriff's Office prior to delivering it to the inmate. To have an emergency message forwarded please contact the County Jail.
Call 804-748-1460 or visit:9600 Krause RoadChesterfield, VA 23832
Please note: The Sheriff's Office has no affiliation with the Juvenile Detention Center.
File this paperwork with the Juvenile and Domestic Court Clerk's Office:
7000 Lucy Corr BoulevardChesterfield, VA 23832
Go to the Court Services Unit located on the first floor of the Juvenile and Domestic Courthouse:7000 Lucy Corr BoulevardChesterfield, VA 23832
Note: If an order for custody or support is already in place and you want to amend that order, you need to go to the Juvenile Court Clerk's Office.
Go to the Circuit Court Clerk's Office:
Go to the Treasurer's Office:9901 Lori RoadRoom 101Chesterfield, VA 23832Phone: 804-748-1201
Once you have received your business license, you need to register the business name with the Circuit Clerk's Office:9500 Courthouse RoadChesterfield, VA 23832Phone: 804-748-1241
Please call the Chesterfield Police Department at 804-748-1269.
The inmate will have to sign a property release form authorizing you to accept the property. Visit the County Jail lobby to have the form completed:6900 Mimms DriveChesterfield, VA 23832
Note: The original clothing items that an inmate was wearing at the time of their incarceration cannot be released.
Call 804-748-1261 or go to the Sheriff's Office ground floor security office:9500 Courthouse RoadChesterfield, VA 23832
Go to the front lobby of the County Jail and ask for the assistance of a Deputy Sheriff:6900 Mimms DriveChesterfield, VA 23832
Go to the General District Clerk's Office:9500 Courthouse RoadChesterfield, VA 23832
Paperwork for this process is located outside the Clerk's Office in the lobby.
Contact the Sheriff's Office Civil Process Unit at 804-751-4412 or 804-748-1997.
Chesterfield-Colonial Heights Department of Social Services offers various employment services and programs free of charge to all residents of Chesterfield County and the City of Colonial Heights.
Services offered include:
Click here to learn more about employment services through Chesterfield-Colonial Heights Department of Social Services.
There are several ways to apply for benefits:
The toll-free number is 866-281-2448, and they are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
If you misplace your card, contact your Medicaid worker regarding a replacement card.
You can renew your case on line at Commonhelp, or by calling Cover Virginia at 855-242-8282.
Long Term Services and Supports (LTSS) is provided through the Commonwealth Coordinated Care (CCC) Plus Waiver which provides care in the community rather than in a nursing facility (NF) or other specialized care medical facility. This new waiver combines the Elderly or Disabled with Consumer Direction (EDCD) and Technology Assisted (TECH) waivers.
There are a several options for long term services and supports. If you meet the criteria, you may choose from several services:
To learn more, view the Long Term Services and Supports page.
For information on providers you may call the Medicaid Member Hotline at 804-786-6145 or visit the Department of Medical Assistance Services website and complete a “provider search."
You will no longer have Long Term Services and Supports if you don’t have Medicaid insurance. Medicaid pays for your services.
Please respond to all mail from Social Services and Medicaid.
For questions about your Medicaid case please call your Medicaid worker. If you don’t know your worker please call Customer Care at 804-748-1100.
Keep in mind that changes, renewals, and reapplications can be completed by calling Cover Virginia at 855-635-4370 or by visiting Commonhelp.
Rather than receiving separate tax bills, you will receive one consolidated statement for each type of tax.
This will not only consolidate billing information but will also result in efficiencies and cost savings in mailing, payment processing and supplies.
Here are some general examples of the changes:
If you use your bank’s bill paying service to pay your tax bills, please note that tax account numbers have changed due to our system implementation. To ensure your payment is posted accurately and timely, please enter the tax account number (located in the upper-right corner of your tax statement) in the designated “account” field in your bank’s bill paying service. If you receive multiple tax statements, you will have a separate tax account number for each statement.
You can now pay multiple personal property and real estate tax accounts in one transaction for a flat fee of $3.95, if using your VISA Debit Card. Follow the steps online and via the phone to add multiple accounts to pay. Payments may be made online at payments or by calling 1-877-690-3729. If paying by telephone, enter jurisdiction code 1005 when prompted, and all other information as requested.
The new statement billing has a section (referred to as a coupon) that is detached and mailed with your payment like the bills you have received for years. The new statement coupon has a different address than in past years. Rather than a post office box in Richmond, you will now be mailing your payments to a post office box in Charlotte, North Carolina.
PO Box 71111
Charlotte NC 28272-1111
To save money and provide for quicker processing and posting of your payments.
Have you ever connected a garden sprayer to the end of a hose to fertilize your vegetables or flowers? Have you ever stuck the end of a garden hose into your car’s radiator or connected it to the heater hoses to flush the radiator? Or, have you ever placed the hose under the water’s surface in a swimming pool and left it on?Many of us do. However, doing any of these poses a risk of contaminating your home’s drinking water with chemicals that can cause serious health concerns if swallowed.
A cross-connection is:
The most common cross-connection is an outside hose faucet, typically called a “hose bib” or “sillcock.” Use these plumbing fixtures for connecting hoses that you use for various purposes such as watering your gardens, flowers and lawns.
Cross-connection control is the methods, practices and procedures used to prevent contamination or pollution of drinking water from backflow through cross connections.It ensures that your drinking water remains safe from bacteria, chemicals and other substances that may enter the water from unknown or improperly maintained sources because of abnormal pressure changes.
A cross-connection control program is a written plan that:
Backflow is the reverse flow of water or other substances in pipes, typically caused by unusual and irregular changes in pressure.Prevent backflow by avoiding the reverse flow of an unwanted substance into the drinking water with special plumbing methods, devices and practices. Prevent backflow by using a physical means or mechanical device designed and built specifically to prevent backflow.
Back-siphonage is the backward flow of water or other substances from one system to another because of a decrease in pressure. The pressure decrease causes the water or substance to draw or siphon backward to the point of lowest pressure, such as at a suddenly-opened valve or hydrant, or at a break in a pipe or a water main.
Backpressure is the backward flow of water or other substances from one system to another because of an increase in pressure. The pressure increase causes the water or substance to push backward suddenly or over time by a pump, an increase in temperature or because of changes in height (pressure increases as water rises).
Approved backflow prevention methods, assemblies and devices are a physical means or mechanical device that a nationally recognized laboratory, organization or institute tested and approved. These organizations include:
Contamination is the introduction or presence of any foreign substance in a drinking-water system that could or does make the water hazardous to human health.
Pollution is the introduction or presence of any foreign substance in a drinking-water system that could or does change the taste, odor or color of the water and weakens its usefulness but is not hazardous to human health.
Potable water is water that is fit for drinking, cooking and household uses.
The most common cross connection is an outside hose faucet, typically called a “hose bib” or “sillcock.” Use these plumbing fixtures for connecting hoses that you use for various purposes such as watering your gardens, flowers and lawns.
If you have a toilet with a tank on the back in your home or business, it contains a valve to fill the tank every time you flush. The fill valve, or “ballcock,” is equipped with an approved backflow prevention device that prevents any water in the tank from being siphoned back into the pipes of your house (anti-siphon).
Plumbing codes require all water outlets to be equipped with a backflow prevention method or device to prevent contamination or pollution of the drinking water. Therefore, all sinks have a space between the end of the faucet and the flood level of the sink, called an air gap. Some sinks typically found in commercial businesses, such as a mop sink, are equipped with a backflow prevention device called an atmospheric vacuum breaker installed on the faucet.
Visit the Backflow Prevention Assemblies page to learn more.
Yes. All underground lawn and garden irrigation systems are required to have backflow prevention assemblies installed and routinely maintained. State and local regulations and codes require such assemblies to be tested at the time they are installed and yearly thereafter, as well as any time they are repaired, relocated, or replaced.
A performance test is done to check if the assembly continues to operate as designed and continues to protect against backflow. A specialized test instrument equipped with a large pressure gauge is connected to the backflow prevention assembly with three separate high-pressure hoses that are attached in various techniques to measure the differences in pressure under certain conditions.
The test must be performed by someone who holds a current certification as a “backflow prevention device worker” issued by the Virginia Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation. The certification ensures you that the tester is specially trained, experienced, and has successfully completed an examination that tests his or her competency in the subject of cross connection control and backflow prevention.
Yes. At the time the test is conducted by the certified tester, he or she will complete a backflow prevention assembly test report form, provide you with a copy, and either you or he must send Chesterfield County a copy of the form for the county’s records.
Complete the Backflow Prevention Test Report (PDF) and mail to:
Cross Connection Control CoordinatorChesterfield County Department of UtilitiesP.O. Box 608Chesterfield, VA 23832-0009
Or, you can fax the report to 804-751-4437.
Check advertisements in the yellow pages of your local telephone book listed under “Plumbing Contractors.” You can also search the internet.
There is no control over the cost of the test. Testers and businesses set their own prices, which are typically controlled by the current market. The owner (property owner, building owner, tenant or homeowner) is responsible for maintenance of the backflow prevention assembly at his or her own expense.
The Environmental Protection Agency Cross-Control Manual provides more information on:
Chesterfield County’s state-certified water quality laboratory tests the water from tap water samples collected throughout the county daily. The Addison-Evans Water Production and Laboratory Facility performs an average of 58,000 tests per year. Our consistent, high-quality water meets or exceeds all applicable federal, state and county requirements. We publish an annual Water Quality Report that may answer many of your questions.
Chlorine, in the form of chloramine, is added to the water at the treatment plant to disinfect the water and ensure the water stays free of harmful bacteria in the miles of pipelines to your residence. The concentration range depends on where you reside relative to the treatment plant and the time of year. The very low, safe and effective chlorine levels in the water range from about 1.0 to 4.0 parts per million, or ppm.
The natural water’s pH can vary, so the pH or acidity of the water is controlled at the treatment plant using lime to make sure that corrosion control treatment works properly and the water coming out of your tap is consistent. The pH in our distribution system ranges from 7.0 to 8.0 pH units, which is in the neutral range.
Hardness is determined by the concentrations of dissolved calcium and magnesium carbonates naturally occurring in the water. Hardness is measured by the lab in milligrams per liter, or mg/L, which is equivalent to parts per million, or ppm. Our naturally soft water is in the range of 40 to 70 ppm, which is 2.0 to 4.0 grains per gallon.
A pinkish film or residue is most likely an airborne bacterium called Serratia marcescens. These bacteria are not present in the water supply. They are naturally present in the environment and may appear during new construction or remodeling work due to the dust and dirt stirred up by these activities. They thrive on moisture, dust and phosphates. The best way to control these bacteria is to clean the effected surfaces with bleach, or a cleanser containing bleach, and keep the area as dry as possible.
The cloudy water is most likely caused by tiny air bubbles in the water similar to the bubbles in carbonated soft drinks. After a while, the bubbles rise to the top and escape into the air. This type of cloudiness occurs most often in the winter when the relatively cold water leaves the treatment system and travels through pipes in the cold ground to your warmer home.
When you open your tap, the water is no longer trapped inside the pipes, and the oxygen immediately begins to escape or bubble to the surface. The technical term for this naturally occurring phenomenon is “off gassing.” The air bubbles are harmless, do not affect water quality, and will go away on their own.
These particles are most likely pieces of plastic from the hot water tank. There is a plastic part called the dip tube (cold water inlet tube) which deteriorates or fragments over time. These fragments flow out of the tank, through the hot water outlet and throughout a home or building’s plumbing, clogging aerators and shower-heads.
The fragments will float in a glass of water. This is not a water quality issue. A new dip tube may have to be installed or the hot water tank replaced. In some water supplies with hard water, white particles could be calcium carbonate deposits. These deposits are not an issue with Chesterfield County’s naturally soft water.
This common situation is most likely due to an actual drain odor. The rotten egg, sewer or sulfur smell, which is usually stronger in the morning and confined to a particular location, is a typical signs of drain odor coming from the u-shaped trap under the sink. As soon as the hot or cold water is turned on, the air-water interface in the trap is displaced and the odors are immediately released. The odor goes away when the water is run, but returns later.
To remedy this situation, carefully pour one cup of bleach down the affected drain and wait 15 to 20 minutes without using the water. Then, flush thoroughly with cold water. This treatment can be repeated, as needed.
Lead is a common naturally occurring metallic element that can be found in air, soil and water. It is also a powerful toxin that is harmful to human health. Lead was commonly used in gasoline and paint until the 1970s and is still sometimes found in products such as ceramics, batteries, ammunition, and cosmetics.
Lead was used for centuries in plumbing because of its pliability and resistance to leaks; in fact, lead’s chemical symbol, Pb, is derived from the Latin word for plumbing. In 1986, the U.S. Congress amended the Safe Drinking Water Act to prohibit the use of pipes, solder or flux that were not “lead free.” At the time “lead free” was defined as solder and flux with no more than 0.2% lead and pipes with no more than 8%. In 2014, the maximum allowable lead content was reduced from not more than 8% to not more than a weighted average of 0.25% of the wetted surface of pipes, pipe fittings, plumbing fittings, and fixtures.
The drinking water distribution system in Chesterfield County does not contain lead mains nor lead service lines. We are very fortunate to have newer mains and service lines than many areas across the U.S. and have a progressive repair / replace policy to ensure the integrity of our drinking water infrastructure.
Lead is a toxic metal that can cause immediate health effects at high doses and long-term health effects if it builds up in the body over many years. Lead can cause brain and kidney damage in addition to adverse effects on the blood and vitamin D metabolism. Pregnant women and young children are particularly vulnerable because the physical and behavioral effects of lead occur at lower exposure levels in children than in adults. In children, low levels of exposure have been linked to central and peripheral nervous system damage, learning disabilities, shorter stature, impaired hearing, and impaired formation and function of blood cells. While people are more commonly exposed to lead through paint, soil and dust, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimates infants who consume mixed formula can receive 40% to 60% of their exposure to lead from drinking water.
Because it is colorless and tasteless, lead is not readily apparent in water. In fact, the only way to know for certain whether your drinking water contains lead is to have your water tested by a certified laboratory. In Chesterfield you can contact the utilities department’s quality assurance coordinator at 804-744-1360 for information and to discuss potential water testing (including lead).
Lead is not present when water flows from the treatment facility, nor is it present in the water mains running beneath Chesterfield County. However, in some older homes, lead may be present in the pipe connecting the home to the water system, commonly known as a service line, or in the home plumbing. Lead in service pipes, plumbing or fixtures can dissolve, or particles can break off into water and end up at the tap.
Lead can be harmful even at very low levels and can accumulate in our bodies over time, so wherever possible steps should be taken to reduce or eliminate your household’s exposure. While risks vary based on individual circumstances and the amount of water consumed, no concentration of lead is considered “safe.” Households with pregnant women, infants, or young children are most vulnerable to the harmful effects of lead at low levels.
The best way to remove risks of lead in water is to completely replace all sources of lead. But there are also steps you can take right away to reduce lead levels in your water:
Households with pregnant women, infants or young children should be especially aware of the potential for lead exposure through drinking water. If you suspect there may be lead in your home plumbing, consider having your water tested at a certified laboratory by contacting the utilities department’s quality assurance coordinator at 804-744-1360. If lead is detected, consider purchasing a filter certified for lead removal or using an alternate source of water until the problem is corrected. Babies and young children are most vulnerable to the harmful effects of lead at low levels. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimates infants who consume mixed formula can receive 40% to 60% of their exposure to lead from drinking water.
Lead is not absorbed through the skin. Bathing or showering in water containing lead is not considered a health risk.
Our department is proactive in protecting our customers. To prevent lead from dissolving into water from lead service lines or home plumbing, we adjust the water’s chemistry at the treatment plant to minimize the potential for corrosion. This process is known as corrosion control. We sample water at homes considered to be high risk to ensure our corrosion control remains effective. Although corrosion control can reduce risks, the best way to assure your home is safe from lead exposure from drinking water is to remove the potential sources of lead.
Homes built after 1986 are required to use plumbing materials with substantially reduced lead content. If you are concerned, consider having your water tested by contacting the utilities department’s quality assurance coordinator at 804-744-1360.
No, if you purchase a water filter or home treatment device it is important to make sure it is independently certified for lead removal and that it is maintained properly. Find out more on filter certification at the National Sanitation Foundation (NSF) website.
Lead can impact animals the same way it does humans. Because domestic animals consume a relatively high volume of water relative to their body weight, pet owners with lead in their home plumbing may want to take precautions.
No, lead in drinking water generally represents only about 20% of total exposure, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. However, drinking water can account for more than half of lead exposure in children because of their lower body weight.
You can find Shoosmith Landfill information on the Shoosmith Landfill website, or you may call 804‐214‐3190.
You can find this information on the Central Virginia Waste Management Authority (CVWMA) website.
You can opt out by completing the Curbside Recycling Program Opt-out form online or by calling the Customer Service Center at 804-748-1297.
Contractors working at county residences may bring in construction and demolition debris from one residential property per visit. No asbestos, lead, chemicals, or paint are allowed. A driver’s license and proof of residential work site (e.g., utility bill, building permit) shall be made available upon request.