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Moving Guide

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Have you recently moved to the area? Use the resources below to make sure you have everything you need.

  • Pets
  • Other (Places to worship, hospital, apartments, etc.)




1. Get your Virginia driver's license if you are moving from another state.

Please Note: Requirements are very strict for what you must bring to the DMV when getting a new license plate or driver's license. You can avoid making multiple trips to the DMV by following these tips:

  • Read the list of required documents carefully.
  • Gather your documents in a folder or large envelope.
  • Take more information than is required (e.g. different types of mail).


2. Register your vehicle and acquire license plates with the DMV.

Information on Personal Property Taxes in Harrisonburg.

Change of Address form for Personal Property (and Real Estate) Taxes

PDF[399KB] Vehicle Registration Guide for parents and students.


3. Get your vehicle inspection sticker. Vehicles must be inspected each year, and an inspection sticker must be displayed. You can get your vehicle inspected at any local auto servicing center that is approved for vehicle inspections.

Find an auto servicing center in the Yellow Pages - Search local using "Harrisonburg, VA" or "22801".


4. Parking: visit the Parking page for a downtown parking map and residential and parking ticket information.


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Area Code and Zip Code

The Harrisonburg area code is 540.
Harrisonburg has two main zip codes: 22801 or 22802.

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Get your electricity hooked up by opening an account with Harrisonburg Electric Company (HEC).

Harrisonburg Electric Company
89 West Bruce Street
Harrisonburg, VA 22801

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Natural Gas Service:

Columbia Gas
Columbia Gas of Virginia website


Propane Gas Service:


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Fuel Oil

Custer C L Inc
2010 West Market Street
Harrisonburg, VA 22801


Quarles Energy Services
1006 West Market Street
Harrisonburg, VA 22801
Quarles website


Rockingham Petroleum Cooperative
Service Department
PO Box 168
Harrisonburg, VA 22803
Rockingham Petroleum website


Columbia Gas of Virginia


Columbia Gas website

Save on Energy plan

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Water and Sewer

If you are moving into a house, apartment or business with an existing service, in most cases all you need to do is stop by the billing office and pay a deposit. Water and sewer services can be connected the day the deposit is made, or one day later. Water services are generally turned on during business hours.

When visiting the billing office to pay your deposit, please bring the following:

  • Lease.
  • Your address.
  • Telephone number.
  • Social Security number.
  • JMU students should bring the Utility Deposit Application Payment (UDAP) contract.

More information on water and sewer setup.

Public Utilities Department information.

Public Utilities contacts:

  • Billing Office and Operations Center: 540-434-9959


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Get your electricity hooked up by opening an account with Harrisonburg Electric Company (HEC).

Harrisonburg Electric Company
89 West Bruce Street
Harrisonburg, VA 22801

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Trash Pickup

Trash pickup begins automatically for residents living on public streets.

See the trash pickup schedule map.

View the trash collection fees.

For trash pickup questions call the Public Works Department at 540-434-5928.

For trash changes due to holidays or inclement weather, sign up for the Notify Harrisonburg email alerts.


*If you live on a private street or in an apartment complex please inquire with your home owner's association or property manager.

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Public Transportation

The Harrisonburg Department of Public Transportation offers bus services for Harrisonburg City.

View the bus schedule and routes.

Information about bus fares.

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Post Office - Downtown Harrisonburg
281 North Mason Street
Harrisonburg, VA 22802

Post Office - Harrisonburg
3811 South Main Street
Harrisonburg, VA 22801

Visit the US Post Office on the Web at

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For school information grades Kindergarten through 12th grade:

Area public schools:

Area private schools:


Area universities, colleges, higher education, and technical training

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All animals, regardless of their species, are required to be on a leash when they are off of their owner's property.

You are responsible for cleaning up after your animals when they are being walked. Please carry a plastic bag with you and deposit the solid waste into an appropriate waste receptacle.

All dog and cat bites are required to be reported to Animal Control. 540-437-2671


Rabies Vaccination:
The state of Virginia requires that all cats and dogs 16 weeks of age and over have a current rabies vaccination that was administered by a licensed veterinarian. You should retain a copy of the certificate, as it will be needed if your pet escapes or bites someone.


Dog Licenses:
A city dog license is required for all dogs 16 weeks of age or over that reside within the city. A tag will be issued at the time of purchase. This tag is required on your dogs collar anytime he/she is not on your property.

Dog licenses are available from the Rockingham/Harrisonburg SPCA, the City Treasurer's Office, or by mail: City Treasurer, 409 South Main Street, Harrisonburg, VA 22802.  Tags are valid until January 31 of the following calendar year, regardless of when purchased.

New residents who have proof of a valid dog license issued by another political subdivision of Virginia and a valid certificate of rabies vaccination may obtain a current Harrisonburg tag for $1.


Hybrid Canines: A permit is required to keep a hybrid canine within the city limits. Please contact Animal Control for additional information and a permit application.


Chicken Permit: Residents, who meet requirements, may apply for a permit to keep chickens within city limits. More information on chicken permits.


Tethering Ordinance: The Harrisonburg City Code Section 15-2-1 states that dog owners may not tether an unattended dog for more than one hour continuously or four hours cumulatively within a 24-hour period.


Dangerous Dogs: The owner of any dog that has been declared "Dangerous" by another jurisdiction, as defined by State Code 3.1-796.93:1, is required to immediately register the animal with the city and obtain a permit. Failure to do so is a class 1 misdemeanor.

Visit the SPCA on the web at

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Directory of area churches provided by Eastern Mennonite University

Places of worship on YellowPages.com


Harrisonburg-Rockingham Chamber of Commerce 


Boys and Girls Clubs of Harrisonburg and Rockingham County


Jobs: Virginia Employment Commission 


Hospital: Sentara RMH (Rockingham Memorial Hospital) Medical Center


Downtown Apartments


Emeritus Senior Living
Sunnyside Communities
Virginia Mennonite Retirement Community
White Birch Communities 


Local media:
Daily News Record (newspaper)
WSVA - News radio
WHSV TV3 - Local ABC TV station
WVPT - Public television
WMRA - Public radio

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