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Moving Guide

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.)

 


 

Vehicles

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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Phone

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

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Power

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

Harrisonburg Electric Company
89 West Bruce Street
Harrisonburg, VA 22801
540-434-5361
www.harrisonburgelectric.com

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Gas

Natural Gas Service:

Columbia Gas
1-800-543-8911
540-434-7556
Columbia Gas of Virginia website

 

Propane Gas Service:

AmeriGas
888-526-3189
http://www.amerigas.com/

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Fuel Oil

Custer C L Inc
2010 West Market Street
Harrisonburg, VA 22801
540-434-8888

 

Quarles Energy Services
1006 West Market Street
Harrisonburg, VA 22801
540-434-3434
Quarles website

 

Rockingham Petroleum Cooperative
Service Department
PO Box 168
Harrisonburg, VA 22803
540-434-4321
Rockingham Petroleum website

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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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Power

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

Harrisonburg Electric Company
89 West Bruce Street
Harrisonburg, VA 22801
540-434-5361
www.harrisonburgelectric.com

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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 Me 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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Recycling

The City encourages residents and businesses to become a part of Harrisonburg's recycling program.

If you need a recycling bin or have questions, please call 540-434-5928.

View the recycling guide for residents.

View the recycling guide for businesses.

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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.

NextBus - find out when buses are set to arrive at a bus stop.

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Mail

Post Office - Downtown Harrisonburg
281 North Mason Street
Harrisonburg, VA 22802
540-432-1557

Post Office - Harrisonburg
3811 South Main Street
Harrisonburg, VA 22801
540-574-6074

Visit the US Post Office on the Web at
http://www.usps.com/

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Schools

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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Pets

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. See A Doodie-Free Harrisonburg for more information.

All dog and cat bites are required to be reported to Animal Control. 540-437-2670

 

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, 345 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.

 

Agricultural Animals:
Livestock and poultry are allowed only in area zoned for agriculture.

 

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.

 

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.

SPCA
Visit the SPCA on the web at
http://www.rhspca.org/

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Other

Churches:

Directory of area churches provided by Eastern Mennonite University

Search for nearby churches

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

 

Retirement:
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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