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Applicants must apply for a business license either by mail or in person at: 9027 Center St. Room 104 Manassas, VA 20110 Businesses located at residential addresses must also obtain a Home Occupation Permit or Non-Residential Use Permit from Community Development. Permits are issued after certain zoning requirements are met. For further information, contact Community Development located at: 9027 Center Street Room 202 Manassas VA 20110 Ph: 703-257-8273
Community Development is located at:
9027 Center StreetRoom 202Manassas VA 20110Ph: 703-257-8273
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Work Sessions of the City Council are held the first Monday of each month, except legal holidays, beginning at 5:30 pm. See Section 2-51 of the City of Manassas Code of Ordinances.
Special meetings of the City Council are called by the Clerk, upon written request of the Mayor, or any three members of the Council; no business shall be transacted at a special meeting but that for which it shall be called, unless the Council be unanimous. See Section 11 of the City of Manassas Charter.
Town Hall Meetings of the City Council are held the first Monday of each quarter, except legal holidays, beginning at 7:00 pm. Manassas Code of Ordinances
Work Session and Special Meetings are routinely held in the Second Floor Conference room at City Hall located at 9027 Center Street. Occasionally, these meetings may be held off-site. Call the Clerk’s office for verification at 703-257-8280.
Town Hall Meetings are held quarterly at one of the five city elementary schools. Locations are divided by Police Beats, not school zones. Call Clerk’s office for verification at 703-257-8280.
For example, for a Monday meeting, the City Manager must receive the request before 9:00 am on the Wednesday before the meeting.
The request must include an estimate of the time which the citizen needs to address the Council. The City Manager shall place the citizen’s item on the agenda.
If, due to an unusually long agenda, it is not feasible to schedule it on the next agenda, the City Manager may schedule the citizen’s item for the next agenda on which sufficient time exists to hear the citizen.
The City Manager shall schedule such Citizens' Time in the order requests are made. See Section 2-55(c) City of Manassas Code of Ordinances.
The City of Manassas is very aware of the eagles nest located on City of Manassas parkland. Where the nest is located is not part of the parcels under construction. City staff works closely with federal and state agencies to ensure the City follows all government policies and procedures, however it is the responsibility of Fish and Wildlife to enforce federal guidelines relating to nesting eagles. The property owner is aware of and working within all federal, state and local guidelines and permits. Letter from Fish & Wildlife
There are over 20 various sports leagues who request primetime field space in our parks. Because we are a small municipality we cannot accommodate every request as we'd like. To be considered for space you can call our office at 703-257-8315 to request an application packet. You must have it completed and returned by a set deadline for each season. Check http://www.manassascity.org/825/Athletic-Fields-and-Daily-Conditions for more information.
You can reserve a park in person at the Manassas Museum, 9101 Prince William Street, Tuesday through Sunday 10 a.m.to 5:00 p.m. (open seven days a week Memorial Day through Labor Day) or online at
http://www.manassascity.org/826/Park-Reservations. Please call 703-257-8453 for more information.
You must be looking for Nelson Park. This little park sits at the intersection of Grant Ave. and Rt. 234. Because of its picturesque setting with the gazebo and water fountain, this park is often booked for weddings. The Manassas Museum lawn and adjacent Baldwin Park are other popular spots for weddings. Visit http://www.manassascity.org/826/Park-Reservations or call 703-257-8453 to check availability and reservation information.
If you need a larger venue, contact the Harris Pavilion at http://harrispavilion.com or call (703) 361-9800 for more information.
Visit http://www.manassascity.org/434/Stonewall-Park-Pool for more information. Stonewall Park Pool is located at 8351 Stonewall Road, Manassas, VA and the number to the facility 703-369-6137. In the winter season, be sure to visit http://www.freedom-center.com for information on the indoor pool at the Freedom Aquatic and Fitness Center.
Thanks for your interest! The Parks, Culture and Recreation division relies on the generosity of groups and individuals to help beautify our parks and historic sites, and sponsor events such as park cleanups and museum programs. Visit http://manassascity.org/2285/Perks-for-Parks to find out about park sponsorships and visit http://manassascity.org/2269/Volunteer to find other volunteer and sponsorship opportunities. Please call us at 703-368-1873 to discuss your ideas.
Thanks for your interest! The Parks, Culture and Recreation division relies on the generosity of groups and individuals to help beautify our parks and historic sites, and volunteer at the museum. Visit http://manassascity.org/2285/Perks-for-Parks to find out about park sponsorships and visit http://manassascity.org/2269/Volunteer to find other volunteer and sponsorship opportunities. Please call us at 703-368-1873 for more information.
If you're interested in attending a program sponsored by the Manassas Museum, check out the events and programs at: http://manassascity.org/1183/Events. Buy tickets online at manassasechoes.com or visit the museum (9101 Prince William Street) to register.
If you are interested in park cleanups, meetings and events, visit http://manassascity.org/302/Parks-Culture-Recreation to see what's on tap.
505.1.1 Addressing of property. Addresses shall be posted on all structures on the street frontage side of the building in contrasting colors in the following sizes, using standard numerals
(a) 0 to 50 feet from street or fire lane - 4 inch numbers(b) 50 to 100 feet from street or fire lane - 8 inch numbers(c) 100 to 150 feet from street or fire lane - 12 inch numbers(d) Over 150 feet from street or fire lane - Monument signage
Effective July 1, 2012 Intermedix has been contracted to provide EMS Billing services for the City of Manassas Fire and Rescue System. They can be reached at (888) 987-2050. More information regarding EMS Billing can be found on the Fire and Rescue Department webpage.
The City of Manassas Utilities Department is responsible for hydrants within the City. Please contact their department for assistance.
To request a free smoke detector, or to request assistance with installation, please contact the Fire Marshal's Office at (703) 257-8455.
Station tours are popular with daycares, school groups, scout troops and birthday parties. During tours, crews will show you around the station while discussing fire safety and protective gear used by firefighters.
It is extremely important to remember that fire and rescue crews attending public education events (whether at the station or in the community) are on duty and must leave the event to respond, if dispatched, for an emergency.
Requesting a visit is easy; all requests are made online at the link below. You will be contacted by a member of the department to confirm your request. Public Education Request Form
Patients can request a copy of their EMS patient report by completing the "Walk-In Patient Form" and the "Authorization to Release Confidential Information" form and submitting to the Deputy Chief. More details can be found on the EMS Billing webpage.
The request must include an estimate of the time which the citizen needs to address the council. The City Manager shall place the citizen’s item on the agenda.
The City Manager shall schedule such citizen’s time in the order requests are made. See Section 2-55(c) City of Manassas Code of Ordinances.
Virginia law requires that the Treasurer mail bills for taxes at least 14 days prior to the due date. The policy of the Manassas City Treasurer's Office is to mail bills at least 30 days prior to the due date.
However, if a bill is not delivered on time, the taxpayer is not relieved of the penalty and interest charge required by law for late payment. The law clearly states that the taxpayer is required to know the due date, determine the amount owed and pay it on time, even when a bill is not received by the taxpayer.
If your assessment increased, we may have reviewed the property record and picked up improvements that may not have been previously shown. Also, increases could have resulted from improvements made to your property during the past year. Market values (assessments) of properties are determined as of January 1 each year. January 1 is the effective date of the valuation. Market Values are created by thousands of buyers and sellers acting independently. If sale prices in your area increase, the market value of your property may also increase even though your specific property did not sell or otherwise change during the year. Market values (and assessments) may change due to appreciation, depreciation, new construction, remodeling, rezoning or other changes. Residential Assessments: Each year staff appraisers examine recent sales that occur within Manassas City neighborhoods. These sales are studied to determine if they represent fair market value (the price a willing buyer will pay a willing seller on the open market) and to confirm the physical features of the property being sold. After adjusting for differences between properties, these sales are used as a guide to determine the proper assessment for all other properties in the neighborhood. Non-Residential Assessments: In general, assessments for commercial properties are established primarily by analyzing the relationship of rental income to market value sales price. Again, assessment changes as of January 1 are the result of market activity during the previous calendar year.
Overall, residential assessments have gone up an average 5.24% as of January 1, 2019 due to market conditions. Some assessments, of course, increased by more than the overall average, while some changes were less than the average. Sales activity and price appreciation within the Real Estate market varies somewhat from neighborhood to neighborhood. Consequently, the percentage of assessment change also varies throughout the City.
Commissioner of the RevenueReal Estate AssessmentsP.O. Box 125Manassas VA 20108
The time period shown may not match that of the January 1 effective date of assessment. Areas covered are typically a zip code or other large area and do not reflect different changes within individual neighborhoods. In addition, property types may have been combined and do not take into account differing percentage changes between single family, townhouse, and condominium types of residential dwellings.
A mean or median percentage change can be overly influenced by the types of properties sold during the specified time period. For example, percentage changes can be misleading if more lower-priced homes sold during the beginning of the time period versus more higher-priced homes at the end.
The tax rate for Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 - July 1, 2018 - June 30, 2019 - is $1.268 per $100 of assessed value plus a $0.192 fire/rescue levy. The tax rate for the Owens Brooke Special Taxing District is $0.120 per $100 of assessed value.
However, if a bill is not delivered on time, the taxpayer is not relieved of the penalty and interest charge required by law for late payment. The law clearly states that the taxpayer is required to know the due date, determine the amount owed and pay it on time, even when a bill is not received by the taxpayer
The liability is prorated between the buyer and the seller, but the lien which arises from a delinquency attaches to the land.
If you buy property, your settlement attorney must ascertain all taxes due and prorate them for payment out of settlement.
If you have sold the property referred to on the tax bill and another person has assumed responsibility for payment, please return the bill to us with information as to the new owner.
Over 75% of waste is recyclable, but we only recycle about 30% of it!
When we convert old and waste products into something new, we are saving resources and sending less trash to the landfills. When we recycle: It reduces the amount of trash sent to landfills and incinerators. We conserve our natural resources such as timber, water, and minerals. The levels of pollution are reduced because we don’t need to collect new raw materials for the things we need. It saves energy. The greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to global climate change are reduced. We are helping to protect the environment for future generations. New well-paying jobs in the recycling and manufacturing industries in the United States are created building a “green collar” industry that protects the environment and sustains workers and their families.
When the average person looks at their recycling bins, they don’t see a $117 billion dollar industry or make the connection that the simple act of sorting plastic, cardboard, paper and cans supports over 500,000 jobs in the US, which in turn sustains many other local businesses and services that communities rely on.
In a recent report published by the Institute if Scrap Recycling Industries, recycling in the City of Manassas has created 347 jobs and provides an estimated $80 million to our local economy.
The economic impact does not end there. The City pays $60 for every ton of trash that we send to landfill. In 2017, City residents generated 12,786 tons of trash. The cost of disposal was just over $767 thousand. As part of our contract with American Disposal Services, the cost of disposing our recyclable materials is $0
If you don’t believe there is a value to recycling, think again. When you don’t recycle – you pay.
You can make a difference and support your friends and neighbors just by following three simple rules for curbside recycling:
The City of Manassas is working in partnership with our contractors and other regional jurisdictions to develop policies and outreach information for residents that clearly explains recycling requirements and improves public understanding of the economic and environmental consequences of recycling contamination.
The City of Manassas is working to clean up household recycling because throwing it all away – just doesn’t make sense.
For more information call: (703) 257-8256 or visit www.manassascity.org/trash
Single-stream recycling seems is simple. You all of your paper, plastic or metal—into your cart or bin. The City contractor comes and takes that cart or bin away. It gets taken to the American Recycling Center where it gets separated through a series of screens, magnets and sorters. Once everything is sorted, it gets baled (like hay) and then sent on to companies who use the materials to make new things like: carpeting, insulation, tissue, greeting cards and lots of other items made from recycled materials. Click here for a great video that shows you how it's done.
Our City contractor, American Disposal Services, does not pick up yard waste, recycling or trash on July 4th, Thanksgiving, Christmas or New Year's Day. If the holiday falls on your regular collection day, the make up day for service will change. Please check the Trash and Recycling page for dates and details.
The City of Manassas holds 9 drop-off days for Household Hazardous Waste and Electronic Waste (eWaste) every year between the months of March and November. Click here for more details.
Yes we do! The City has recently introduced curbside television and compute monitor collection. All you have to do is call the Trashline on (703) 257-8252 to schedule a pickup.
The City also has nine scheduled drop-off days for residents to recycle their electronic equipment along with their household hazardous waste. Click here for more information.
TVs and computer equipment contain hazardous metals such as lead, mercury, nickel, and cadmium. These metals are banned from many landfill sites and require a special license for collection. We want to make sure that all TVs and other eWaste materials are disposed of properly.
Yes, we do! Just click here for more information.
Yes! The current sites for public dumpsters are:
But for many of us, the coding on plastic products can be a bit misleading. The symbols and numbers on plastics or the Resin Identification Code (RIC) is part of a system introduced by SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Association, in 1988.
The RIC classification code was developed to meet recycling industry needs while providing manufacturers a consistent, uniform system that could help identify the resins used in the plastic manufacturing process.
Fact: the RIC code is specifically used to identify resins in manufacturing.
In 2008, the RIC classification code was adopted internationally making the identification of plastics easier for everyone to understand. This meant that the classification system needed to be reviewed and changed in order to make sure that all manufactured products were included.
In 2013, a new system of RIC classification was published with one major change. The recycling symbol around the code number was replaced with a triangle. Too many manufacturers were using the recycling symbol and coding incorrectly. In addition, alleged abuses of RICs have led consumer and environmental groups to ask the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and State Attorneys General, among others, to take legal or regulatory action.
So, the RIC — was never intended as a guide for consumers, but as something to help the recycling industry sort plastics.
The City of Manassas accepts plastic bottles and containers (such as tubs with lids) and clean rigid/hard plastics for recycling.
The City does NOT accept: plastic bags, Styrofoam/polystyrene, plastic wrap or film.
Styrofoam is problematic for two reasons: it can’t be recycled along with other materials such as paper and plastic because it contains the a material called benzene, which is a known human carcinogen. Due to its known toxicity to humans approximately two dozen cities no longer allow the use of polystyrene for the purpose of shipping meat or in fast food establishments. Styrofoam is produced and trademarked by the Dow Company. Generically is called polystyrene. It is plastic and is marked with the Recycling symbol (Mobius Loop) #6 PS. Note that not all packaging that looks like Styrofoam is plastic #6. If the material is ridged and hard most likely it is Styrofoam. The logo is misleading. It's not a recycling stamp, even though the graphic is clearly slated towards recycling. It's a "resin recycling code", which tells you what kind of plastic you've got. Some plastics can be recycled, and some can't. Many recycling facilities won't take it just because they either do not have the appropriate recycling equipment or the amount is too small. The recycling facility that is used by the City of Manassas does not recycle Styrofoam. It isn’t the perfect scenario but hopefully over time Styrofoam’s use will diminish and will be replaced with other materials such recycled paper.
Plastic bags, as common as they are, are still not as widely recycled as other forms of plastic. According to the EPA, only 12 percent of the category of plastics that includes bags, sacks, and wraps ended up getting recycled. That’s compared to 31 percent of PET bottles and jars (water bottles or peanut jars, for example). Typically made of high-density polyethylene (HDPE, number 2 plastic) or low-density polyethylene (LDPE, number 4 plastic), plastic bags and other soft plastics are difficult to recycle because of their form.
When plastic bags get mixed in with other recyclables, they are difficult to sort out, and often jam or damage the machines at materials recovery facilities and slow down the recycling process. The City of Manassas sends all of our recycling to the American Recycling Center in the City of Manassas. Their equipment is designed to separate rigid materials like cans, bottles, or paper products.
How Can I Tell What is Plastic Film? That’s easy! If the plastic material in question can be wrapped around your finger, it doesn’t belong in your recycle bin.
Where Can I Recycle Plastic Bags?
While it is best to reduce the amount of plastic bags you use by reusing them or remembering to bring your own reusable bags to the grocery store, you can still recycle plastic bags and keep them out of landfills or the environment. Most large grocery chains, home improvement stores, and retailers, like Harris Teeter, Food Lion, Giant, WalMart and Target, provide collection bins for clean and dry soft plastics such as:
All of the plastic bags and wraps are collected and then shipped to Trex in Winchester, where they are turned into backyard decking, fences and playground equipment. Trex also has a recycling program in local schools. If a school can collect more than 500 pounds of plastic refuse in a six-month span (about 40,500 plastic bags), Trex will donate a composite bench to the school.
There are three reasons why your collection may be missed:
Timing:The City of Manassas works with American Disposal Services to collect trash, yard waste and recycling. They work to a regular schedule for collection that often begins early in the morning and goes through to about 6 p.m. at night. The route taken by the contractor changes from time to time. Residents are asked to set their trash, yard waste and recycling out to the curb the night before their collection day to make sure that they have everything out at the curb in time for collection.
Incorrect Set Out:Trash should be set out in the trash containers provided by the City or in private trash containers. Sometimes residents put their trash into their recycling carts. Please refer to our cart guide for more information. Please be advised that you may be fined for putting your trash in the wrong cart. If you need an extra trash cart, please call the Trashline on (703) 257-8252.
Uncollectable Material:The City does not collect everything that is set out. You may be fined for setting out excess material or uncollectable material. Please call the Trashline on (703) 257-8252 for more information.
There are two main offices serving Prince William County. The locations are: 7987 Ashton Avenue Manassas, VA 20109 703-792-7500 15941 Donald Curtis Drive #180 Woodbridge, VA 22192
Tax Due:Virginia Department of TaxationPO Box 760Richmond, VA 23218-0760
Single family and TownhomesElectric $150Water $100
-For electric service, $150 -For water, $50 -For sewer, $50
These deposits are paid at the time of application. If after one year, there are no disconnections, no returned checks, and no more than one (1) late charge, the deposit is applied to the account as a credit.