Make the most of Alexandria's outstanding quality of life with information and services of interest to residents.

Page updated on Jan 31, 2020 at 1:50 PM

Be Prepared

Are you ready? These links contain resources and information to help residents, businesses and visitors to prepare for all types of emergencies, and to stay safe.

Community Life

Learn more about pets and animals, schools and libraries, parks and farmers' markets, community gardens, and more.

Get Involved

There are many opportunities to get involved to help better the City of Alexandria. Opportunities include serving on a Board, Commission or Committee, providing input on a new City project or speaking at a City Council meeting.

Getting Around

Information on how to get to and through the City of Alexandria, including walking, biking, bus, rail, air, ridesharing, and more.

Historic Preservation

Historic Alexandria is a treasure trove of early structures, artifacts, and records that creates a unique way of life for its citizens and provides enjoyment for thousands of people who visit this special community every year. The City continues to add resources to its collection of local and nationally designated historic districts.

Licenses & Permits

Find out whether a permit is required, the type of permit needed, fees involved, and what requirements are necessary for the activity you want to engage in Alexandria.

Public Health & Wellness

Alexandria is committed to ensuring our residents thrive through physical, mental, and social health.

Public Safety & Courts

Agencies and programs that help maintain our safety and overall quality of life. These links contain information about the City of Alexandria's law enforcement agencies and public safety organizations, courts and judicial system.

Public Works

The City provides a number of services to residents, including refuse collection and recycling. In addition, the City is responsible for maintaining streets, sidewalks, bridges, and other infrastructure in the City.

Real Estate & Taxes

The City collects car and real estate taxes, maintains tax relief programs and assesses property values. Taxes can be paid in a variety of ways including online, by phone and by mail.

Schools & Libraries

Did you know that ACPS is one of the most diverse school systems in the country? Our students come from more than 80 different countries, speak more than 60 languages, and represent a myriad of ethnic and cultural groups. The Alexandria Library is an educational, user-oriented service institution providing free public access to recorded knowledge and ideas.

Social Services

The City provides public assistance as a safety net for individuals and families, including help with homelessness prevention, food, rent, utilities, medical coverage and prescriptions, job training and placement assistance, and much more.


The City of Alexandria does not operate any public utilities. The following companies are the primary providers of their respective servers: Virginia American Water, Verizon, Comcast, Dominion Virginia Power, and Washington Gas.

  • For water main problems or other water problems, contact  Virginia American Water  at (800.452.6863)
  • For problems with phone or Internet service, contact  Verizon  at (800.837.4966)
  • For cable-related issues, contact  Comcast at (800.266.2278)
  • For power outages power line issues, or for miscellaneous items to be removed from power lines, contact  Dominion Virginia Power  at (866.DOM.HELP) (866.366.4357)
  • If you smell gas, leave the area immediately, call 911, and then contact  Washington Gas  at (703.750.1000)