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You must complete an Absentee Ballot Application and mail it to the address below: General Registrar 2400 Washington Ave. Newport News, VA 23607 Fax: 757-926-3653 You may also apply via fax at the number listed above. Be sure to complete all information on the form, the address where you want the ballot mailed, your full name, home address, social security number, and your signature. If you have any questions, please e-mail the Voter Registrar or call us at 757-926-8683.
False - Absentee Ballots are tabulated in the Central Absentee Precinct on Election Day.
False- Absentee Ballots may be returned via USPS or delivery courier (UPS, Federal Express, DHL, etc.) or in person to the local Registrar’s Office by the voter.
False - Voters must return their own ballot in person. Voters must present their voter identification when returning their ballot.
False - Virginia offers no-excuse in person absentee voting beginning 45 days prior to the election. In addition to regular office hours, the Registrar’s office is open the two Saturdays preceding the election for in person absentee voting.
False - Some states offer mail voting which requires the Registrar’s office to automatically mail a ballot to each registered voter. Typically, in these states voters will register by Party so that they may receive the correct Primary ballot when Primary Elections occur. Absentee Voting by mail requires the voter to submit an absentee ballot application form to request a ballot to be sent to them.
False - Absentee ballots must either returned in person by the voter by 7:00 p.m. on Election Day -OR- postmarked by Election Day and received by the local Registrar Office by noon on the third business day in order to be counted.
False - You may indicate on the absentee ballot application form that you want to receive absentee ballots by mail for the calendar year. Please be sure to indicate Party preference if you would like to receive a ballot for a Primary Election as Virginians do not register by party.
False - You must return the annual absentee ballot application form each year to remain on the annual absentee ballot list. Renewal forms are mailed by the Registrar’s Office in December to voters for the next calendar year. You may also renew or request an absentee ballot online through the Virginia Department of Elections website.
The City of Newport News offers ACH direct deposits to all of our vendors for their check payments through Paymode-X. Like checks, these payments are entered into the computer daily and instead of having a check printed, the payment is automatically deposited into your bank account. This saves time on the mail service delivering your check to you and saves time that you would spend going to the bank to deposit the check. This also decreases the possibility of a check being mailed to an incorrect address or being lost in the mail.
Yes, sales to the city are exempt from federal, state, and local tax. To obtain a Sales and Use Tax Certificate of Exemption, contact the Purchasing Department at 757-926-8721.
The most common reason that an invoice has not been paid is because Accounts Payable has not received the invoice. Invoices should be mailed to:City of Newport NewsAccounts Payable, 6th Floor2400 Washington Ave.Newport News, VA 23607
The CIP is a dynamic instrument that may change from year to year as infrastructure needs in the city are identified. Basically, the preparation, approval and financing process for the CIP are:
First, the city prepares the multi-year planning document based on all known information about particular projects. Project categories are developed for buildings, school facilities, sewers, streets, etc.
The next step is to request City Council adoption of a resolution approving the CIP. This is an important step that indicates that the city has identified certain infrastructure needs. It does not mean that all projects will be accomplished within the time frames shown in the planning document. Project timing may change for a variety of reasons such as alternative ways to get the project accomplished, need for the project and cost. The City Council has total flexibility to accept, reject or modify projects in the plan.
Capital Improvements Plan (CIP) changes require a different procedure. Upon the recommendation of the city Manager, the City Council may amend the Capital Improvements Plan by a majority of affirmative vote. The CIP is not a formal budget. Appropriations are made on a project-by-project basis only. Only the first year of the plan is approved by City Council on an annual basis. This provides the City Council with flexibility in executing the plan and the ability to add to the CIP with unprogrammed projects as necessary.
If you have any questions, please email Budget and Evaluation.
Financing projects is similar to a homeowner’s mortgage. The city borrows a large sum of cash to pay for projects and then repays it with interest over a long period of time, generally 20 years. The amount repaid each year is called debt service. The general purpose behind the use of long-term debt for financing capital projects is that these facilities will last for many years so that current taxpayers will not have to absorb the full cost of their construction. Borrowing also serves to smooth the cost impact of large expensive structures (such as a school or fire station) over more than the facility’s shorter construction period.
Before the city can borrow the funds or even commit to begin a project, State law requires that several steps be complied with.
The State requires that a public hearing be conducted on a bond authorization by the City Council. A bond authorization indicates an amount of funds that the city intends to borrow (at some time in the future) to pay for capital projects. A notice (advertisement) that the public hearing will be held by the City Council must be advertised in the newspaper twice during the 2-week time period before the public hearing is actually held. The advertisement lists the amount of funds that the city intends to borrow (at some time in the future) and provides an estimate of the amount of money by category that it intends to spend on capital projects. The public hearing gives citizens an opportunity to express their views about the city’s intention to incur additional debt for capital projects.
If the bond authorization is not approved, capital projects can only be done when the city has saved enough money to pay cash for the project.
If the bond authorization is approved by the City Council, it signifies that the city will use bonds as the fund source to pay for projects up to the amount of the bond authorization. It does not mean that the city intends to sell bonds immediately or even in the very near future. Generally, the city only sells bonds when the cash is needed and when market conditions are the most favorable (lowest interest rates) for the city to borrow the money.
Approval of funding is called an “appropriation.” When an appropriation of funds is made, construction or whatever work the project calls for may start. Once the work begins, the city is generally committed to doing the project and eventually selling bonds. If you have any questions, please email Budget and Evaluation.
This procedure is in the best interest of the city as it maximizes the use of the city’s available cash. Bond sales are timed to market conditions (interest rates) and actual cash needs. Actual cash needs are determined by the amount of funds that have been expended on individual capital projects.
If the CIP is approved, the financing process can be summarized as:
Pursuant to Virginia Code §20-23, when a minister of any religious denomination produces before the circuit court of any county or city in the Commonwealth proof of his ordination and of his being in regular communion with the religious society of which he is a reputed member, or proof that he is commissioned to pastoral ministry or holds a local minister's license and is serving as a regularly appointed pastor in his denomination the clerk of such court at any time, may make an order authorizing such minister to celebrate the rites of matrimony in the Commonwealth.
Pursuant to Virginia Code §20-25, persons other than ministers may perform rites of marriage upon petition filed with the clerk and payment of applicable clerk's fees ($56.00). Any circuit court judge may issue an order authorizing one or more persons resident in the circuit in which the judge sits to celebrate the rites of marriage in the Commonwealth. Any person so authorized shall, before acting, enter into bond in the penalty of $500, with or without surety, as the court may direct.
The clerk's office does not have forms for this procedure. You must prepare your own petition to file.
If you still have questions please call 757-926-8356 for further information.
You should get from the Clerk's Office a minimum of 3 certified copies of the Order changing your name and then immediately make associates, businesses and others with whom you have dealings aware of your change of name. You should make sure you contact your nearest Social Security office to secure the necessary forms to submit for a new Social Security card (your Social Security number should not change). Social Security should notify the IRS of the change; however, you should verify this with Social Security. More information concerning your name change and Social Security may be found at their website. You should also notify your local governmental offices, including the Voter Registrar's Office, the Commissioner of the Revenue, and the Treasurer's Office. Do not forget to take your old license, your new Social Security card and a certified copy of the name-changing Order to the DMV to secure a new operator's license.
The money collected by the city from taxes, grants, fees, and many other sources to pay for this plan is called revenue. The money spent on salaries, materials, and equipment to provide these planned services and facilities is called expenditures. By city law, revenues and expenditures must be equal in the Annual Budget. This is what is meant by a balanced budget.
In Newport News, water services are provided by a separate department with its own distinct budget. Likewise, automotive maintenance and repair services for city-owned vehicles, solid waste collections, and wastewater (sewer) maintenance are provided by a department with an individual budget separate from the other general operating city departments. The City Council must give approval to each separate budget. They are included in the city’s overall (total) budget plan.
If you have any questions, please email the Department of Budget and Evaluation.
In addition, the city creates a budget because it is legally required to do so. Section §6.02 of the City Charter requires the city to prepare an Annual Operating Budget. If you have any questions, please email the Department of Budget and Evaluation.
The Department of Budget and Evaluation (DBE) develops the City Manager’s budget guidelines for the city departments and agencies. These directions are issued in early October. Department heads use these guidelines and their own analysis of their departmental needs, and prepare their operating budget requests during November through January, submitting them to DBE.
Following the Budget Department’s analysis of these requests, operating department personnel and DBE staff meet to jointly review the requested budget. The requested budget is then reviewed again, by the operating department, DBE staff, and with the City Manager. At the conclusion of this series of hearings and reviews, the City Manager decides upon a specific level of total funding to be proposed in the budget. After all funding decisions have been made by the City Manager, a Proposed Budget is prepared by the Budget Department.
Under the law, the City Manager’s proposed budget must be submitted to the City Council no later than May 1 (“...60 days prior to the beginning of each fiscal year...,” City Charter, Section §6.02). The City Council may conduct several work sessions on the budget at this time using supplementary information such as staffing data and program details as needed. Also at this time, public hearings on the City Manager’s proposed budget held, as required by the City Charter. They must occur within 30 days after the City Manager’s proposed budget is submitted (Section §6.02). Only 1 public budget hearing is required; however, 2 are usually held - 1 each in the northern and southern areas of the city.
City Council may conduct further work sessions on the budget after the public hearings. The proposed budget is voted upon at a regularly scheduled City Council meeting, concluding with adoption of the budget, with rate and fee and appropriation ordinances.
The approved budget takes effect on July 1, marking the beginning of the new fiscal year. Only 8 weeks later, the preparation of the next year’s budget begins again, as the current budget is implemented and the past year’s audit of financial activity is prepared. If you have any questions, please email the Department of Budget and Evaluation.
One good way to gain a sense of the diversity of involvement in the budget process is to glance down a list of speakers for a typical budget hearing. There are speakers representing senior citizens, public education, the handicapped, taxpayers associations, and the general citizenry, for example. These community group representatives, as well as elected officials, individuals, department heads, the Budget Department staff, and other interested parties, all have an important role in the budget setting process.
Citizen recommendations presented to the City Council and City Manager at the public budget hearings subsequently are discussed at work sessions by them with the Budget staff and department directors and their staff as necessary. All of these participants contribute to the final decisions each year on what are the most important citizen needs for public services and facilities in Newport News and their funding levels. If you have any questions, please email the Department of Budget and Evaluation.
The adopted (approved) budget is usually available at the start of the new fiscal year, in order to allow sufficient time for incorporating any changes to the proposed budget and for printing the document in final form. The adopted budget document is then available for examination in any city library, on the city’s website, or the Budget Department. The city presently prints limited budget documents for distribution to all city libraries, City Council, and operating departments of the city. The budget document is not printed in quantity for general distribution to organizations or individuals.
Supplementary appropriations that may be needed require the recommendation of the City Manager and approval of the City Council. Sufficient funds must be available for such appropriation. If you have any questions, please email the Department of Budget and Evaluation.
Many city revenues, while paid by citizens as taxes to the state and federal levels, come back to the city in the form of aid programs or grants. Each year, the city or city agencies receive funds from state and federal sources for everything from transportation projects to education assistance. Even though these programs are paid for with revenue derived from a citizen’s income and sales taxes, the city usually has little choice in deciding on what to spend the money. The federal and state governments establish the policies and guidelines for these programs that the city must follow in order to be eligible to receive these grants and aid.
While it is still true that much of government revenue is derived from local taxes, user fees are a source of funds for selected public services. Water, sewer, garbage collection, and certain recreation programs are a few examples of public services whose costs are paid for primarily by user charges. If you have any questions, please email the Department of Budget and Evaluation.
A far more serious situation exits when revenues are over-estimated and/or not budgeted expenses are incurred, so that a potential deficit situation exists. In such instances, immediate action has to be taken to curtail spending. There is little, if any, opportunity to pursue the alternative remedy, that is, to increase revenue yields, once the budget has been approved. To date, the General Fund has never incurred a year-end deficit from this type of situation. If you have any questions, please email the Department of Budget and Evaluation.
The CIP is a dynamic instrument that may change from year to year as infrastructure needs in the city are identified. Basically, the preparation, approval and financing process for the CIP are:
Capital Improvements Plan (CIP) changes require a different procedure. Upon the recommendation of the City Manager, the City Council may amend the Capital Improvements Plan by a majority of affirmative vote. The CIP is not a formal budget. Appropriations are made on a project-by-project basis only. Only the first year of the plan is approved by City Council on an annual basis. This provides the City Council with flexibility in executing the plan and the ability to add to the CIP with unprogrammed projects as necessary.If you have any questions, please email the Department of Budget and Evaluation.
The state requires that a public hearing be conducted on a bond authorization by the City Council. A bond authorization indicates an amount of funds that the city intends to borrow (at some time in the future) to pay for capital projects. A notice (advertisement) that the public hearing will be held by the City Council must be advertised in the newspaper twice during the two-week time period before the public hearing is actually held. The advertisement lists the amount of funds that the city intends to borrow (at some time in the future) and provides an estimate of the amount of money by category that it intends to spend on capital projects.
The public hearing gives citizens an opportunity to express their views about the city’s intention to incur additional debt for capital projects. If the bond authorization is not approved, capital projects can only be done when the city has saved enough money to pay cash for the project.
If the bond authorization is approved by the City Council, it signifies that the city will use bonds as the fund source to pay for projects up to the amount of the bond authorization. It does not mean that the city intends to sell bonds immediately or even in the very near future. Generally, the city only sells bonds when the cash is needed and when market conditions are the most favorable (lowest interest rates) for the city to borrow the money. If you have any questions, please email the Department of Budget and Evaluation.
Written comments, whether or not you personally attend a hearing, are always accepted before or after a hearing by mailing or delivering your comments to the City Clerk’s office. Be sure to include your name, address, telephone number, date, and the subject matter or hearing to which your comments pertain.
Those residents who prefer to voice their views in a less formal forum than public hearings may wish to do so through involvement in organizations such as their PTA or civic associations, as these groups frequently maintain a continuing interest in the budget and often delegate representatives to speak at public hearings. A listing of City Council appointed Boards, Commissions, and Committees can be obtained from the City Clerk’s Office.
These groups provide advisory and administrative support to the City Council through their varied statutory functions. It is through these groups that a variety of citizen’s concerns are heard, acted upon, or recommended to the City Council for action. If you have any questions, please email the Department of Budget and Evaluation.
Virginia Code §18.2-308.02 provides that any person 21 years of age or older may apply in writing to the clerk of the circuit court of the county or city in which he resides, or if he is a member of the United States Armed Forces and stationed outside the Commonwealth, the county or city in which he is domiciled, for a five-year permit to carry a concealed handgun. There shall be no requirement regarding the length of time an applicant has been a resident or domiciliary of the county or city.
If granted, your concealed handgun permit will be mailed to the address listed on your application. If denied, a Court Order stating so will be mailed. If additional information is needed for processing, you will be contacted at the telephone number or email listed on your application – therefore, please take care to complete your application legibly.
If you have lost your permit or it has been damaged, you may use the appropriate form below to obtain a replacement permit. Please note that there is a $5.00 fee for a replacement permit.
If you have a change of address that needs to be reported, you may use form SPA-248 to obtain an updated permit. You will need to petition the court that issued your permit as long as it is still valid, regardless of the jurisdiction of your new address. Please note that there is a $10.00 fee for a change of address.
Please reference Virginia code § 18.2-308.03(B) for fee exemptions (Please note: If you qualify, verification of service is required.)
For more information regarding firearms and concealed handgun permits you may visit the Virginia State Police website or Virginia Code §18.2-308.02 (et seq).
Coastal VA STEM Hub is a regional STEM learning ecosystem supporting the Coastal Virginia region (Hampton Roads and Eastern Shore). COVA STEM Hub is a consortia and community of practice of partnerships, including industries leaders, educators for all ages, museums, libraries, families, non-profits and many others – who all promote STEM awareness, engagement, literacy and skill development.COVA STEM Hub has been funded by the City of Newport News and has also received additional funding from the Society of American Military Engineers, the Virginia General Assembly through our partners at Virginia Peninsula Community College.
We strive to remove barriers to access STEM education. COVA STEM follows the principles of the Teaching Institute for Excellence in STEM (TIES). By bringing together an entire community, a comprehensive, integrated initiative provides the architecture for cross-sector learning by identifying STEM educators in the private and public sectors and link them to in-school and out-of-school initiatives — building STEM-rich learning environments.
This grant funding opportunity from COVA STEM Hub is made possible by a partnership between Virginia Peninsula Community College and the City of Newport News through a grant from the Virginia General Assembly, to support new STEM initiatives in the surrounding 17 municipalities. We encourage collaboration on this project to initiate and enhance our STEM programming and activities for residents at all ages. This notice of funding opportunity is open to educators and non-profits to begin new science, technology, engineering and math programming, professional development that leads to new STEM initiatives and events, after-school activities, field trips, equipment and curriculum. Projects proposed for grant funding should cultivate or enhance STEM awareness, literacy, and skill development.
Coastal VA STEM Hub, is offering grant funding opportunities for educators and nonprofits in Coastal Virginia (i.e., Hampton Roads and Eastern Shore). Educators and non-profits in the following localities are eligible to submit a funding request:
James City County
Isle of Wight County
The application can be found at www.nnva.gov/CoVA-STEM. The funding is limited, but the review panel would like to keep the cap open for the expected funding requests so that we can view your needs and your creative goals. All submission must be received by 5 PM on May 12, 2023, to be eligible for review.
We do anticipate a similar offering in the future, but we cannot commit to this at the present time. We also anticipate future grant opportunities for this region as STEM Learning Ecosystems have now be written into to the Bipartisan Congressional CHIPS and Science Act.
We would like to see project launch immediately but we do understand school and other schedules. Please state your timelines in your project narratives. Most projects are expected to close within a year but we also value those projects that can be used year over year – so hear again – please clarify this in your narrative. If extensions are needed please state this in the application.
This community action began in August 2019, with an acute awareness that our local industry leaders were struggling to obtain STEM-skilled applicants. The international consultants at TIES who were hired to design the Brooks Crossing Innovation + Opportunity Center’s iLab as the first model site of its kind in the USA. We have embraced and follow this TIES model for STEM Learning Ecosystems and the Community of Practice.
Please e-mail the Coastal VA STEM Hub Team at email@example.com.
The current connection rate for sanitary sewer are available in Chapter 33 – Sewers and Sewage Disposal of the Newport News Code of Ordinances. Please contact Development Services Permit office for more information regarding single family residential connection fees at firstname.lastname@example.org or 757-933-2311. For information regarding connection fees for commercial, multi-family residential, or industrial developments, please contact Development Services for calculations at email@example.com or 757-926-8761.
Yes, the Planning Department does accept credit cards (VISA, Mastercard and Discover) for payment. Checks and money orders shall be made payable to the City of Newport
News. Cash is also accepted for payment; however, our ability to make change can be limited (i.e. we are unable to accept a $20.00 when the fee is $3.15).
The most common permits are submitted, processed and approved electronically via a web-based permit system. Right-of-way, land disturbance/VSMP and over dimensional (hauling) permit applications are filled out using the permit system and required documents are attached to the application submittal. Bonds (or other forms of surety) must be original documents along with a couple other documents that must have original signatures. These documents can be mailed or delivered to the Development Services Permit office, 2nd Floor, 2400 Washington Avenue, Newport News, 23607. If you have any questions, please contact the Permit office at firstname.lastname@example.org or 757-933-2311.
The Development Services Permit office is located on the 2nd Floor of City Hall at 2400 Washington Avenue, Newport News 23607.
The Development Services office hours are Monday-Friday, 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM excluding city-observed holidays.
Once the permitted project is complete request a final inspection by calling 757-933-2311. After the inspector has performed the final inspection and the work was found to be acceptable, they will close the permit. This step is important, because the surety will not be released until the permit is closed. To request a surety release, a letter or email must be sent to the Development Services Permit office requesting that the specific surety be released/refunded. The surety number, dollar amount and the related permit number must be included in the letter or email. Allow approximately 2 weeks for the request to be processed and the surety to be returned/refunded.
The Development Services Permit office hours are Monday-Friday, 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM excluding city-observed holidays.
The Residential Parking Permit Program (RPPP) is a resident initiated on-street restricted parking program designed to eliminate overflow vehicles parked on specific street(s) unless they are legally registered to a resident of said street(s). For information regarding the program and how to secure a parking placard, please visit our Residential Parking Permit Program page.
Most permit applications will list the items that are required to be submitted. Please visit our Development Services Permits page for more information and links to permit applications. If you have any questions, please contact the Permit office at email@example.com or 757-933-2311.
Yes, there is a non-refundable $25 application fee that must be submitted with every application. If you have any questions, please call 757-926-8428. A Department of Development representative will be happy to assist you.
The maximum FIG award available is $20,000. If you have any questions, please call 757-926-8428. A Department of Development representative will be happy to assist you.
There is no set limit to the number of times a property owner may apply; however, to ensure maximum fairness and accessibility to the program, property owners who receive a FIG must wait 36 months after the completion of their first project before applying for subsequent grants. If you have any questions, please call 757-926-8428. A Department of Development representative will be happy to assist you.
The City of Newport News collects household trash, bulk/brush debris, and recyclable materials on a prescribed schedule. Designated collection days can be determined by finding the street name on the Garbage/Bulk/Recycling Collection Schedule (PDF) and then looking to the right of the street name to see collection days for Trash, Bulk Waste & Brush, and Recycling. You may also call the 311 Contact Center. If you are calling from Newport News, simply dial 3-1-1. From outside the City of Newport News, please dial 757-933-2311. Call takers are available Monday through Friday from 7 AM until 6 PM.
Call the 311 Contact Center. If you are calling from Newport News, simply dial 3-1-1. From outside the City of Newport News, please dial 757-933-2311. Call takers are available Monday through Friday from 7 AM until 6 PM.
The Newport News Treasurer’s Office collects Personal Property Taxes. You can get information by visiting their webpage or calling 757-926-8731.
Please Visit Newport News Waterworks to start or stop a service for your home.
If you take a photo of the problem and then change your location before submitting the report, be sure to point the map marker to the correct location of the problem.
Select the service request you want to save (from “Recent” or “My Requests”) and tap the star icon at the upper right. That service request will appear in My Favorites.
If your incident is an emergency, call 911. If non-emergency call 757-928-4100.
No, If a crime took place outside of the City of Newport News Police Department please call the police department for that city.
If this took place on a state Freeway please call the Highway Patrol Office nearest you.
A known suspect is when you or someone else knows the person or where to find the person who committed the crime or the license plate number of the vehicle the suspect(s) were in.
If a parking fine is not paid within 30 days a Law Enforcement Notice is sent. After 30 days an additional $25 fine is levied on the parking ticket and an approximate, 15 days later, a summons is issued.Once a summons has been issued, payment may not be accepted by the Treasurer's Office. You must appear before the Records Management Division of the Police Department (9710 Jefferson Ave., 757-928-4100 between the hours of 8 AM to 5 PM, Monday through Friday) to have the summons served. If you have any questions, feel free to email the Treasurer's Office.
The fee is based upon the size of the transaction. Normally, the fee is 2.95% of the total with a minimum charge of $2.95. Please note that all fees are paid to Invoice Cloud for the cost of providing this service. The City of Newport News does not retain any portion of this fee.
If you have any questions, feel free to email the Treasurer's Office.
The Military Spouses Residency Relief Act, effective November 11, 2009, amends the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act. Spouses of active duty military members who have vehicles titled in their name or jointly with the service member may be exempt from personal property tax if certain conditions are met. Please contact the Commissioner of the Revenue at 757-926-8657 for more information.
The Personal Property Tax Relief Act of 1998 provides tax relief for any passenger car, motorcycle, or pickup or panel truck having a registered gross weight of less than 7,501 pounds. The vehicle must be owned and leased by an individual and not for business purposes. A vehicle is considered to be used for business purposes if:
You are required to certify annually to the city of Newport News that your vehicle remains qualified to receive car tax relief. Therefore, it is important that you review the information sent to you by your locality to be sure that your vehicles are properly qualified. This information may be included on items such as personal property tax returns, decal applications or tax bills.If your vehicle is improperly qualified or you are uncertain whether your vehicle would be eligible for car tax relief because it is used part of the time for business purposes, contact the Office of the Commissioner of Revenue at 757-926-8657. When you display your city of Newport News decal and pay your taxes on qualified vehicles, you are certifying to the city of Newport News that your vehicle has been qualified correctly.
Legislation enacted by the 2007 General Assembly requires that localities place conspicuous signs within 500 feet of the intersection where a red light running camera is installed. Localities also are required to conduct a public awareness program advising the public that a photo enforcement system is being implemented or expanded. All intersections are listed on the PHOTOSafe information webpage.
You will be provided with three still photographs of your vehicle on the printed violation notice. You can review the red light violation via the internet. You can access your violation by entering your violation and PIN number from your citation. Both video and still photo evidence is available for review. The owner/driver can arrange for an opportunity to meet with a PHOTOSafe program officer to review the evidence and discuss the red light running violation. Lastly, the vehicle owner/driver can request a court date for the evidence to be heard in the Newport News General District Traffic Court. The owner/driver can request a court date to be heard in the Newport News District Traffic Court by calling 855-716-2028 or by mailing in the request to: 2500 Washington Ave., 2nd Floor, Newport News, VA 23607.
Contact the PHOTOSafe Program by phone at 855-716-2028 or by email.
The Development Services Division provides the following permits. If you have any questions, please email Development Services Division Permits.
Yes! We know that you have likely been waiting for this moment and preparing for this adoption for some time. PRAS is excited to be able to complete same day adoptions for guests after they have met with our Adoption Specialists and agree it is a good match.
Absolutely! We support adoptions to those that rent or who are in the military. We do recommend that prior to adoption that you have verified and informed your landlord or apartment complex of your intention to adopt an animal, and that you are aware of any Pet policy prior to coming to PRAS. Also that you have a successful plan in place if your living situation were to change suddenly. If you have questions you are welcome to bring a paper or digital copy of your Pet Policy with you and we can help review it with you to make sure that you meet the requirements of your pet policy.
It is great that you have included them in your plan and given them consideration when looking to adopt a new companion. Your Adoption Specialist will discuss with you everything we know about the animal you are interested in and can additionally provide helpful information on how to do animal introductions with your other pets.
Additional Animal Meet and Greets may be required based on the behavioral profile and needs for the individual animal. Those can be scheduled on a case by case basis to best support you as the adopter.
At this time PRAS is only allowing guests to bring their personal dogs for dog to dog meet and greets.
It is recommended that you leave your personal dog at home until you have first met with the PRAS animal you are interested in. We recommend this to prevent your pet from getting stressed while they wait and we can plan for that next interaction either same day or the following day.
To bring your personal dog companion to our PRAS facility we do require you to bring your dog’s current Vaccine History that displays they are up to date with their Rabies vaccine and/or Rabies Certificate. (The rabies tag alone is not sufficient).
No. PRAS does not allow guests to bring their personal cats to our adoption center. Your personal cat can become very stressed and unhappy which can make for a very dissatisfied experience. Don’t worry—PRAS Adoption Specialists will help you with examples of how to introduce them to their new friend.
PRAS accepts cash, check, or credit card. We do not accept American Express.
Unfortunately no. Once you adopt an animal from PRAS all medical responsibility is now up to you. However, PRAS has partnered with several veterinary clinics in the area that have offered to complete a complimentary vet exam within 7-10 days after your adoption. We recommend using that to help establish a great relationship with your new vet.
For most cat and dog adoptions there is also an offer for pet health insurance available through 24hour Pet Watch and Pet Health that you can also utilize. Some limitations apply. Speak to a member of the front desk team for more details.
When adopting a cat or dog from PRAS your adoption fee covers:
At this time PRAS is not using Adoption Holds unless it is for a dog to dog introduction. PRAS has a great supply of retail items like collars, leashes, carriers, crates, toys and bowls that you can purchase at time of adoption so you can take the animal home with you the same day and still feel prepared.
Each assessment is established according to fair market value on July 1. This is a legal mandate and the assessor has no authority to cap assessments at a certain percentage increase, or use an average factor to adjust assessments. If you have any questions, please email the Real Estate Assessor's Office.
The assessor has no authority to reduce or abate assessments for the above mentioned reasons. If the assessor were allowed to make such reductions, there could be no uniformity or equity in the assessment system. While assessments cannot be reduced, real estate tax relief may be granted if certain requirements are met. Additional information concerning the requirements for this program may be obtained by calling the Commissioner of the Revenue at 757-926-3535.
If you have any questions, please email the Real Estate Assessor's Office.
The Real Estate Tax rate is set each year by City Council. The current tax rate is $1.18 per $100 of assessed value. If you have any questions, feel free to email the Treasurer's Office.
Any part of the pizza box that is not greasy/cheesy/saucy is recyclable.
The recycling number found on plastics in the recycling triangle is called a resin identification code (RIC). Its purpose is to identify the type of plastic an item is made from, not its recyclability. Unfortunately, many consumers believe any item with this recycling number means it is recyclable, so they put Styrofoam and plastic bags (which have these numbers) in their curbside recycling container. Neither of these items is accepted in the Newport News curbside recycling program because of logistical or processing challenges. Also, these codes are often very difficult to see or read on the plastic containers. For these reasons, the recycling industry is getting away from using these numbers to identify recyclable plastics and instead are referring to the shape of the plastic container: bottles, jugs and tubs. For those residents who still want to use the RIC, Newport News accepts plastics #1 and #2 in the recycling program.
Generally a picture of the item will be included with the item description (whether it's an online auction or a sealed bid). For certain items (e.g., vehicles and heavy equipment), a date is made available during which anyone interested in seeing the items may do so. Otherwise, items are not made available for inspection.
The bid solicitation or the online auction listing will advise you where the items are located.
The bid solicitation or online auction will provide the payment options available.
Live auctions handled by an outside party may be paid according to the terms published and announced by the auctioneer. This may require a deposit with full payment to follow prior to release of the item(s). Those payments are not made payable to the city, but to the company handling the auction.
Once the problem is defined,the city (working with the neighborhood task force) will develop a plan of action. When possible, all measures are monitored for a period of not less than 60 days so that the impacts to the community can be ascertained. After this trial period the second petition,the Petition for Master Plan Support will need to signed by the residents representing at least 75% of the impacted area of concern. With this support, and approval from the city Manager, the project will move to the final phase of implementation.
A local road with less than 500 vehicles per day does not involve physical changes to the street, can be implemented by the city, and include such items as education, deploying a radar speed trailer to allow drivers to monitor their traffic speeds, directed police enforcement, posting signs to restrict commercial vehicles from using the street or restricting certain maneuvers such as right turns. If you have any questions, please email the Department of Engineering.
The fees for vehicle licensing are as follows:
The special rates are as follows:
Creating an account is easy and will take just a few minutes, but to speed up your enrollment, please have your paper bill, and banking information available.
Immediately. Your User Name and password are active immediately following enrollment.
The electronic delivery of bills is called e-billing. When you enroll in the Waterworks online portal, you’ll have several e-billing notification and payment options to choose from. The default notification option is for paperless e-billing. If you uncheck the "Yes, enroll me in Paperless Billing" option, you will receive a paper bill and an e-bill. If you are already enrolled in Waterworks’ online portal and want to begin e-billing, click the “My Account” tab and then select "Notification Preferences" to choose your personalized notification options. You can also choose to go completely paperless by selecting “My Account”, going to “Settings” and choosing "Yes, enroll me in Paperless Billing.”
Once enrolled, you can start making payments as soon as you have a bill due.
You may cancel your online account enrollment by logging into the portal and clicking on your Name at the top right corner. A drop down menu will show Settings, Change Password, Delete My Profile and Sign Out. You will select Delete My Profile.
For your convenience, you can arrange to have your utility bills paid automatically by choosing the recurring payment option in Waterworks’ Online Account Management System. With recurring payments, you select your payment method—credit card, debit card, or direct from your bank account—as well as the payment date and amount. On the date you’ve specified, your payment will be made automatically.
Single family residential customers using a significant amount of water that is not discharged into the sanitary sewer system (typically irrigation systems or swimming pools) can establish a non-metered account with HRSD.
Alternatively, these customers may have a separate water service installed by their local water provider solely for the uses that do not discharge to the sanitary sewer. This separate service will not be billed wastewater treatment charges by HRSD. Other local water charges may apply. Customers should check with their local water provider for details (Waterworks number is 757-926-1000. To reach HRSD, call 757-460-2491 or 1-888-ASK-HRUBS 1-888-275-4782 ore-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
2. Have you increased your usage (outdoor watering, house guests, filled the swimming pool or hot tub, power washed the house)?
3. Have the water rates increased and you were caught unaware?
4. Was your meter misread? Give us a call 757-926-1000 and we’ll recheck the reading.
We do. Budget billing is a convenient plan that lets you even out your payments across the year, saving you from unpredictable changes in your water bill. Please note: new customers may not qualify for budget billing because we need 12 billing cycles (1 full year for residential customers) to determine an appropriate water history. To sign up, call a Customer Service at 757-926-1000 and press 4 to speak to a representative or stop by our walk-in service center at City Center Oyster Point (700 Town Center Drive, 1st floor).
Beginning July 1, 2018, all Waterworks customers (residential and commercial) will be billed monthly.
No, sorry. In fact, the more you use, the more your water rate may go up. You can, however, get a price break on your HRSD bill since the water is not going down the sanitary sewer. You can choose one of HRSD’s two options: become a flat-rate customer or have a separate water line brought into your property for the sole use of outside water use such as lawn watering, pool filling and car washing. For more information, visit the HRSD website.
Please use the Backflow Test Form or call the Cross-Connection Control & Backflow Prevention Office at 234-4888.
Plus, Newport News Waterworks regularly tests drinking water for contaminants, including lead.In addition, any Waterworks customer may receive one free tap water lead test. Please call Waterworks Customer Services at 757-926-1000 (Monday thru Friday, 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM) for details. Additional water quality information can be found on the Waterworks web site below.
Tier 1 - advisoryResidents are asked to voluntarily do their part to make water supplies last longer. This includes minimizing all outdoor water use such as lawn watering and car washing.
Tier 2 - mandatoryWorsening conditions allow for higher water rates and restricted water use as determined by the situation.
Tier 3 - severeWorsening conditions allow for higher water rates and restricted water use as determined by the situation.
Tier 4 - emergency Worsening conditions allow for higher water rates and severely restricted use may include suspension of new connections.
For more information, contact Newport News Waterworks Customer Service at 757-926-1000.
Your first step should be to go out to see what color truck it is and/or see what words are on the truck. Waterworks trucks are blue. Virginia Natural Gas and Dominion Power both have their name on their trucks.
Please use the Backflow Test Form or call the Cross-Connection Control & Backflow Prevention Office at 234-4888.
1. Do you have a leak? Check indoor and outdoor faucets, toilets, pipes under sinks and check your yard between the meter and the house. Leaks are the NUMBER 1 reason for unexpectedly high water bills. Find out how to check for and fix leaks at 2. Have you increased your usage (outdoor watering, house guests, filled the swimming pool or hot tub, power washed the house)?3. Have the water rates increased and you were caught unaware?4. Was your meter misread? Give us a call at 757-926-1000, and we’ll recheck the reading.
No. We do not charge additional fees for using a credit or debit card to pay your water bill.
Your payment will be credited to your Waterworks account immediately. However, it may not appear in the online portal until the next business day.
You will see a message on your computer screen confirming your payment with a confirmation code. You can also check your payment status by going to the navigation menu, and selecting “Payments.”
Yes! Simply click on the “Billing” tab and navigate to “Auto Pay” . You can setup automatic monthly payments using either your credit/debit card or your bank account.
You may cancel a payment as long as has not yet been processed; to do this, click “Payments” in the top menu and select “Payment History.” A “Cancel” button will be available for any payments that you can cancel online. If you need to cancel payments that have already been processed, call 757-926-1000 for assistance.
Scheduled payments will still be processed. If you do not want this to happen, you should cancel any scheduled payments prior to canceling your enrollment.
You can use our online account management system to pay by credit card or bank transfer. You can also make your payment very easily over the phone. With your Waterworks account number handy, call 757-926-1000 and press 2.
You cannot arrange payment extensions online. However, you may qualify for a payment extension if your account is in good standing (no past due amounts, no frequent late payments, etc.). If so, you can set your own payment extension by using our automated phone system, just call 757-926-1000, then press 1. Or press 4 and speak with a Customer Service Representative during business hours.
We do. Budget billing is a convenient plan that lets you even out your payments across the year, saving you from unpredictable changes in your water bill. To sign up, call Customer Service at 757-926-1000 and press 4 to speak to a representative, or stop by our walk-in service center at City Center Oyster Point (700 Town Center Drive, Newport News, 1st floor). Please note: New customers do not qualify for budget billing because we need 12 billing cycles (2 years for residential customers) to determine an appropriate water history. Please note: New customers do not qualify for budget billing because we need 12 billing cycles (2 years for residential customers) to determine an appropriate water history.
For payments made from bank accounts * The system will credit your Waterworks account on the business day following the payment date. * Your payment may be withdrawn from your bank account on or after your payment date. * Payments scheduled for a holiday may be withdrawn from your bank account on the business day after to the holiday. For payments made from credit/debit cards * A credit/debit card payment is a “real-time” transaction, meaning that the payment process will begin immediately after you enter your card number and click “submit.” * A credit card payment initiated before 8pm Eastern Time on a business day will be credited to your Waterworks account on the following business day. * A credit card payment made after 8pm Eastern Time or on a weekend or holiday will be credited to your Waterworks account within two business days. Timing of Credit Card Payments If you make your Credit Card payment before 8pm ET on... Your account will be credited on... Monday Tuesday Tuesday Wednesday Wednesday Thursday Thursday Friday Friday The following Monday Saturday The following Tuesday Sunday The following Tuesday Holidays (Based on the Federal Reserve calendar) New Year's Day Birthday of Martin Luther King Jr. Washington's Birthday Memorial Day Independence Day Labor Day Columbus Day Veterans Day Thanksgiving Day Christmas Day
To view your payment history, click “Payments” from the top menu and click “Payment History.”Before the scheduled payment date, your history page will show the payment as “scheduled.” When the scheduled payment is submitted to the payment processor, your history page will show the payment as “pending.” After the response is received, your history page will show the payment as “approved” or “rejected.”Your payment history will be displayed for up to 3 years.
You can pay your balance in full at any time from your checking account or credit card. You can only arrange a payment extension by calling Waterworks Customer Service at 757-926-1000. To use the automated phone system, press 1. To speak to a Customer Service Representative, press 4. Helpful Hint: Payments should be scheduled at least one business day prior to the Due Date in order to avoid any late fees.
Waterworks customers (residential and commercial) will be billed monthly.
Bills can be paid online using the online account management system. Go to nnva.gov/waterworks and click “Pay Water Bill.” You can also pay by phone. Simply dial 757-926-1000 and press 2. Bills can be paid in person at City Center (700 Town Center Dr., Newport News, 1st floor) or in the Treasurer's Office at City Hall in downtown Newport News (2400 Washington Avenue). Please be aware that there are different hours of operation at the Treasurer’s Office: 8 AM to 4 PM.
If you forget your Email Address or Password, from the Sign In page on the Portal, select either "Forgot Email Address", "Forgot Password" or "Problems Signing In". You will need to know your account number and answer a security question. If you still experience any issues, please call customer service at 757-926-1000.
To change your personal information, from the portal home page, select "My Account", then select "Profile". On this page you will be able to change your name, phone number, password, email, and security questions. Also on this page you will be able to link any other accounts you manage, i.e. rental properties or business.
Once you’ve signed in to the online account, from the Dashboard select "My Account", then select "Payment Information". You can add a secondary bank account, change or delete bank information.
Waterworks’ online account management system uses several methods to ensure that your information is secure:
Password: Your password is a unique identifier that only you know. As long as you don't share your password with anyone, no one should be able to view your bills or personal information.
SSL: We use SSL (secure socket layers) which ensures that your connection and information are secure from outside inspection.
Encryption: We use 128-bit encryption to make your information unreadable as it passes over the Internet.
Automatic Sign Out: The system automatically signs you out of a session if you are inactive for 20 minutes.
Computer security experts advise that you may put your information at risk when you use a public computer for personal business. While we use numerous security measures to protect your personal information on our website, the use of public computers may compromise the security of your information. Public computers include those in schools, libraries, Internet Cafes, etc.
For maximum security you may want to avoid using public computers when enrolling or modifying your personal or banking information. If you must use a public computer, be sure to logoff the site and close the browser when you are finished.
Waterworks is conducting a system-wide upgrade to enhance customer service and deliver more cost effective and efficient service. Smart meters help conserve water and ensure a better water future. Working with our customers is the best way to reduce water use, improve the reliability and sustainability of our water system, and minimize costs. Smart meters provide an outstanding foundation for strong collaboration with our customers. In preparation for this upgrade, Waterworks suspended its periodic meter replacement program in 2013; therefore, over half of the meters currently in service have met their useful life expectancy.
During the Initial Deployment Area (IDA) installation, Newport News Waterworks employees will handle the meter replacement. The IDA will be conducted in three areas: a neighborhood in York County that is the furthest point in our service area, an area in Poquoson that is prone to high tides and where meters are frequently underwater, and an area in Hampton near Langley Air Force Base that has a high level of customers moving in and out. Once the IDA has been tested and passes our standards, the replacement of meters in the remaining areas will begin with Utility Partners of America (UPA) technicians performing the meter exchanges. Approximately 4,300 meters will be converted to new smart meters per month, and we anticipate completion in 2023.
While replacement times vary, replacing a meter should take no longer than 20 minutes for residential meters, and your water will be shut off for part of that time. The installation crews will make every effort to keep the interruption of your service to a minimum. After the new meter has been installed, a door tag will be placed on your front door notifying you that the work has been completed.
The customer line will be flushed at the front outside spigot by the contractor installing the new smart meter. If it can’t be flushed at the outside spigot it will be noted on a door hanger letting you know. At this point you will need to run your sink faucet several minutes or until the air in the line dissipates.
Installers will not dig up the street and will not need to access your home in order to make the upgrade. The installer will simply remove the current meter and replace it with a smart meter with a transmitter in the same meter box or repaired box.
You can contact our customer service at 757-926-1000 or email email@example.com.
The new upgrade is being done for all customers at no additional cost. Customers cannot choose to remain on the manual reading system.
Protecting your data is a top priority. Access to account information is restricted to authorized Waterworks personnel who need the data to perform important functions, including billing and customer service. Just like the old water meters, the new smart meters collect how much water you use. The main difference is that the new meters collect more data throughout the day. No customer-identifying information such as names or addresses are stored in the meters or transmitted across the network. Like the advanced methods used in internet banking and ATM machines, the new meter reading system uses proprietary protocols, transmitting data to Waterworks over a wireless network with multiple layers of security incorporated throughout the system. These measures are tested and reviewed regularly.
Each radio frequency device has a unique identification number, which is transmitted along with the meter reading. The unique number is compared to your account record electronically to ensure a match.
Possibly. Older mechanical meters tend to lose accuracy as they age and, therefore, may not accurately measure all the water being used. All the new meters are tested prior to delivery by the manufacturer to ensure that they register properly. If you see a higher bill immediately upon the new meter installation and you have not changed your water use pattern, it is likely the old meter was running slow, or that you have a minor leak that wasn’t registering correctly through the old meter.
Yes. However, Waterworks staff will continue to visit the meter box for routine service, maintenance, or repair. We will continue to respond to water emergencies.
No, access needs to be available at all times. There will still be instances when meter technicians will visit the meter on site to perform routine maintenance or verify high readings. Obstructions to the meter box are subject to removal by Waterworks personnel.
Yes, smart meters come pretested along with results directly from the manufacturer. The radio device will be tested regularly for accuracy during the meter collection process.
All communication equipment used for smart meters meets criteria set by the FCC. The smart meter and its system operate on their own frequency and should not interfere with any equipment inside a home or business.
No, the smart meter is owned by Newport News Waterworks, the same as your previous meter.
No, water meters are secured to allow the lighter weight composite lids to stay securely in place. We do not want a situation when non-secured meter lids float off during heavy rain and create a hazard for people and animals who could accidentally step into the opened meter box. In the event of a water emergency, if you do not know where your master shut-off is located within your home or do not have one, a waterworks representative will be able to remotely turn off your water when you are ready, remotely turn your water back on. If you have an emergency, call a representative Monday-Friday 8am-5pm at 757-926-1000 or after hours and weekends 757-234-4800.
No, it is illegal and unsafe to do so. Waterworks owns and maintains the metering equipment. Removing or tampering with meters creates a safety issue, which may result in termination of service and is considered a crime. If done improperly, it can result in serious injury.
After immediate installation of your new smart meter, the installer will leave a door hanger with instructions and a phone number to call if you have any questions or concerns.
Yes. Newport News Waterworks adheres to drinking water regulations set by the United States Environmental Protection Agency and guidance provided by the Virginia Department of Health (the regional VDH Office of Drinking Water is located in Virginia Beach). Waterworks maintains a fluoride level of about 0.7 mg/L (milligrams per liter) at the plants. This is well within the range set by EPA and in accordance with the recommendation of 0.7 mg/L set by the VDH. A proposed recommendation to lower the fluoride level is being studied nationally and locally. As of yet, the VDH has not altered their recommendation of 0.7 mg/L to Virginia water utilities. If and when they do, we will comply with their recommendation.
Water hardness is not regulated. Our tap water stays in the “moderately hard” range.
Each year, Waterworks publishes a Water Quality Report that explains where your water comes from, how it is treated and the results of water tests. That same report and an expanded (more information) report can be found on our web site at by clicking here. Please note: there is a separate water quality report for our Lightfoot well system customers in Upper York County.
Approximately 2,000 water quality tests are run each month from samples taken across the service area (Hampton, Newport News, Poquoson, York County and the Grove District of James City County).
If you are concerned about your water quality, yes. We will test your water from your meter, outside your home. You do not have to be home. Call Waterworks Customer Service at 757-926-1000 (press 4) and speak with a representative. The results of the test will be mailed to you.
We have run into situations where the new owners did not request service until months later and then the previous owner/customer wants Waterworks to back date the move-out request when they didn’t give us an original request to terminate service.
No. We are two completely different organizations. Waterworks is a department of the City of Newport News – the Department of Public Utilities. We provide drinking water to Newport News, Hampton, Poquoson, York County and the Grove area of James City County. HRSD, the Hampton Roads Sanitation District, is a political subdivision of the Commonwealth of Virginia with a Board of Commissioners, selected by the Governor. HRSD provides wastewater treatment for all of Hampton Roads, including the Southside.
If the hydrant is damaged or shooting water in the air, contact the emergency number at 757-234-4800.
Unless otherwise listed the morning hours run from 6:00 AM until the start of school, while the afternoon is from the close of school until 6:30 PM.
You can choose AM only, PM only, or AM + PM. With the KIDS Program there is also a full day option.
(Please note that schools listed AM are the drop off location, while PM is the afternoon/pick up location. Schools listed PM only have only afternoon hours. If there is nothing listed, these sites are AM + PM. All sites subject to change.) BC Charles, Deer Park, Greenwood, Hilton, Kiln Creek, Nelson(AM)/Epes(PM), OLMC (PM Only), Palmer, Richneck(AM)/McIntosh(PM), Riverside(AM)/Hidenwood(PM), Sanford, Saunders, Yates. We are also at Denbigh Early Childhood Center and Watkins Early Childhood Center.
Yes; middle school programs are at the Brittingham-Midtown Community Center (BMCC) and Denbigh Community Center (DCC). The BMCC site operates on an AM and PM schedule; while DCC is PM only (school close until 6:30 PM).
Yes, there is an Early Childhood Program at the Brittingham-Midtown Community Center and the Denbigh Community Center for those 3 and 4 year olds that are not in school. We are also at Denbigh Early Childhood Center and Watkins Early Childhood Center for those that are in the Early Childhood program offered by Newport News Public Schools. These programs are both AM and PM while the programs at BMCC and DCC are full day.
To register for the school year, please visit http://www.ezchildtrack.com/nnprt/parent you will be navigated to the online registration form for you to complete.
That depends on the option that you choose. Youth Programs has AM only (6:00 AM - school starts), PM only (school close till 6:30 PM), AM and PM, and Full Day (KIDS) programs with prices starting at $45/week.
The cost structure per week is:KIDS Program (Brittingham—Midtown Community Center and Denbigh Early Childhood Center):
Yes, they are $40/child and $80/family.
When you walk into one of our centers you should see clearly delineated areas of play with talented and capable instructors helping the children have the best experience that they can. Our goal is not only your child’s satisfaction but yours as well. At the end of the day, when you pick up your child, a waiting smile should tell that you chose us for all the right reasons.
To become the premier destination for out-of-school time experiences.
Providing opportunities for building social character, promoting healthy lifestyles, and developing creative thinking through recreation and leisure activities.
Yes there is! See Parent Information Handbook.
Yes. "LIKE" us on Facebook.