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This 40 page magazine is here to help new members of our community understand all the services the City offers to the community.

The new magazine was made possible by the hard work of every department, which provided details about the hundreds of different services and programs we work hard at every day to make Harrisonburg a better place for all!



Harrisonburg, VAGeneral Information about Harrisonburg 

Harrisonburg At-A-Glance - Quick overview of Harrisonburg's population, nicknames, elevation and more statistics.

Harrisonburg City Council - The City Council is the elected governing body of the City of Harrisonburg and is made up of five members elected at-large.

City Code - Have a noise concern? Wondering about building codes? Use the City Code website.

Public Safety - Together the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Emergency Communications Center (HRECC), Harrisonburg Fire Department, Harrisonburg Police Department, Rockingham County Sheriff's Office, and the Harrisonburg Rescue Squad comprise Harrisonburg's Emergency Services and work to ensure the public safety of Harrisonburg citizens.

Area Code and Zip Code:

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

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Trash Pickup

Trash collectionTrash 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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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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Bus servicePublic 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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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).


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.


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.

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


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For electricity in Harrisonburg, please contact:

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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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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Park shelterCity Parks

There are 12 main parks in Harrisonburg City along with several other properties that are maintained by the Harrisonburg Parks and Recreation.  These parks offer several natural surface trails, athletic fields, picnic shelters, playgrounds, basketball courts, and many other amenities.

Learn about Harrisonburg Parks and Recreation Programs and Activities.





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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 Care and 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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Register to vote in Harrisonburg.


Boards and Commissions - Do you have a passion to improve the community you live in and help make Harrisonburg one of the best places to live in Virginia?  If so, we encourage you to get involved! Volunteer to serve on a council, board or commission.


Green and Cost Saving Tips - Save money with these green tips for your home.

Cold Weather Hints - Use these tips from Public Utilities to prevent extra expenses before cold weather hits.

Harrisonburg-Rockingham Chamber of Commerce 


Boys and Girls Clubs of Harrisonburg and Rockingham County



Virginia Employment Commission 

Careers with the City of Harrisonburg


Hospital: Sentara RMH (Rockingham Memorial Hospital) Medical Center

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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