Chesterfield County is a great place to live, work and play. Since our county has so much to offer, we’ve created this guide to help new and life-long residents alike learn how Chesterfield County operates, how to get involved in your government and community and the many resources available to help resident lead fulfilling, informed and healthy lives. Chesterfield’s strength is reflected in the insightfulness, generosity and diversity of its community members. Thank you for being a part of the Chesterfield story!
Visit the I Want To... page for additional information, including registering to vote, applying for permits and licenses, starting a business and much more!
History, outdoor adventure, family fun and so much more – Experience Chesterfield is your guide for the many experiences the county has to offer, including those with your dog. Explore the many parks, facilities and trails managed by Parks and Recreation. Learn more about the history of Chesterfield. Check out the variety of community activities. Visit Pocahontas State Park. Attend the Chesterfield County Fair. Go back in time at Henricus Historical Park.
Connect With Us
Want to stay up to date with county news? On our Connect With Us page, learn how to contact Chesterfield County Government, subscribe to our e-newsletters, follow our social media accounts and more. Out and about in the county and need WiFi access? View our public WiFi access interactive map. Looking for a specific department? View our department listing page. Want to learn more about Chesterfield? Sign up to attend the Government Citizens Academy or My Chesterfield Academy.
Community Engagement and Volunteer Opportunities
Interested in giving back to your community? Many departments throughout Chesterfield County Government provide opportunities to volunteer, as do local organizations. Visit Community Engagement and Volunteerism, a part of our Department of Citizen Information and Resources, for a list of volunteer opportunities with Chesterfield and with local organizations.
Chesterfield County Government Career and Internship Opportunities
Every day, Chesterfield County Government employees work on behalf of residents, businesses and visitors. If you are interested in joining our team, then view our career and internship opportunities online.
How We Operate
Board of Supervisors and County Administration
Chesterfield’s five-member Board of Supervisors holds monthly meetings to address the needs of county residents, businesses and visitors. Visit the county’s Board of Supervisors page to learn more about the board members, see meeting times and dates, watch and listen to past meetings and sign up to speak at a meeting during public-comment periods. For more information about County Administrator Dr. Joe Casey and the rest of the administration team, visit the County Administration page. Want to learn more about our county government? Check out our County Government page.
The Department of Budget and Management works diligently year-round to craft Chesterfield County’s yearly budget. Visit Blueprint Chesterfield and Community Facilities and Infrastructure to read our budget documents, view educational tools and resources, learn about the budget process and contact our budget team.
Community and Public Safety
Find helpful information on Animal Control, Chesterfield Alert, Community Corrections, Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), Community Enhancement, Courts, Emergency Management, Fire and EMS, Police, the Sheriff’s Office and more at the Public Safety section and the Community Safety page. To contact our Police Department’s non-emergency line, call 804-748-1251.
Solid Waste and Recycling Services
The county’s solid waste hauling services are all provided through privately contracted resources, but we do offer two convenience centers where residents may dispose of solid materials for a charge. Recycling services are available at the convenience centers for no charge and learn more regarding curbside recycling options. For more information, contact the Department of General Services Waste and Resource Recovery Division by calling 804-748-1297.
Taxes, Utilities and Stormwater Fees
For a list of Chesterfield County’s tax deadlines, visit the Treasurer’s Office page. To learn more about water and wastewater service charges, paying your utilities bill online, water testing and more, visit the Department of Utilities page or call 804-748-1271. A stormwater utility fee is billed to applicable property owners of developed residential and commercial properties. For details, visit the Environmental Engineering page.
Chesterfield’s Transportation Department is responsible for planning and constructing new roads as well as improving existing roads. The Virginia Department of Transportation owns virtually all roads in Chesterfield and is responsible for maintenance and snow removal. If you have a problem with any road, please visit the Virginia Department of Transportation page or call 800-367-7623. GRTC Transit System provides transit bus routes in the county with connections to Henrico County and the city of Richmond. Visit the GRTC page or call 804-358-4782 for route information and more.
For residents meeting age, disability or income qualifications, the Department of Citizen Information and Resources partners with private providers for the Access Chesterfield and Access on Demand programs. For more information, visit the Mobility Services page or call 804-706-2796.
Around the Community
Chesterfield County Public Library (CCPL)
The Chesterfield County Public Library system has ten locations across the county. CCPL helps people transform information into usable knowledge by providing learning experiences through community engagement and a hands-on maker approach. CCPL continually requests feedback on numerous programs and services, including the diverse material collections, educational or informational programs, study spaces and specialty services such as local history or small business development centers.
Chesterfield County Public Schools (CCPS)
Our school system currently serves approximately 63,000 pre-kindergarten through 12th grade students, offering a variety of instructional and extracurricular opportunities for a diverse learning community. If you are new to Chesterfield County and have school-aged children, please visit Chesterfield County Public Schools’ website for student registration information and to review our program of studies.
Health and Well-being
The Health Department offers immunizations, pregnancy care, family planning and treatment for sexually transmitted diseases. (The Health Department does not provide basic medical services for most other illnesses, but they can offer information on other resources in the county.) For more information or to make an appointment, call 804-748-1691.
The Chesterfield Community Services Board and Mental Health Support Services (MHSS) offer same-day access to residents who need services for mental health, intellectual disabilities, substance abuse, prevention and early intervention. There are several phone numbers to call for needed MHSS services, including:
- MHSS Department Line: 804-748-1227(for general questions regarding MHSS programs and services)
- MHSS Main Intake Line: 804-768-7318(for anyone who would like to begin receiving MHSS services or who would like to gather information and advice on behalf of another)
- 24/7 Crisis Intervention Line:804-748-6356(for individuals experiencing a psychiatric emergency)
The Chesterfield-Colonial Heights Department of Social Services is a combined agency serving both the County of Chesterfield and the City of Colonial Heights that offers several programs which assist individuals and families to meet their basic needs.
Aging well in Chesterfield? Visit Aging and Disability Services, a part of the Department of Citizen Information and Resources, for resources for older adults and individuals with physical and sensory disabilities, their family members and caregivers.
If you’re interested in adopting a pet, contact the Chesterfield County Animal Shelter by calling 804-748-1683. Keep an eye on the Chesterfield County Animal Services Facebook page for more adoptable pet announcements!
Need a dog license? Any dog 4-months-old or older must have a dog license. Chesterfield County now offers a lifetime dog license!
Want to explore and experience Chesterfield with your dog? Check out this list of dog-friendly places (PDF) throughout the county.
The Office of Multicultural Services, a part of the Department of Citizen Information and Resources, plans and attends community activities and events to share information and interact with all Chesterfield residents.
Economic Development, Planning and the Chamber of Commerce
The Department of Economic Development works closely with the Chesterfield Chamber of Commerce and Chamber RVA to provide residents, businesses and workers with up-to-date information regarding the county’s economic climate. Looking for information on a zoning case? Visit the Planning Department page.
Know Your Rights: Building Community Collaboration and Trust
Chesterfield is committed to listening, discussing and sharing ideas that build community collaboration and trust and work toward solutions that overcome barriers and injustice for all. Part of that commitment is helping people to know their rights. Federal laws protect individuals from discrimination or harassment based on sex, race, age, disability, color, creed, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion and genetic information. Numerous institutions, many of which operate regionally in our area, carry a mission to educate people about the laws that protect them, advocate for people’s rights and legally challenge instances of discrimination.
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