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The primary function of the Office of the Commonwealth’s Attorney is to prosecute all criminal and serious traffic offenses which occur within the City of Fredericksburg, including those on the University of Mary Washington campus. In the courts, the Commonwealth’s Attorney and Deputy and Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorneys represent the Commonwealth of Virginia.
The court needs to gather all information relevant to the case in order make a just determination. People that receive subpoenas have been determined to have such information. It is up to the court, not the subpoenaed witnesses, to determine the relevance and importance of information related to the case.
Witnesses are not limited to people that saw the crime committed. Witnesses may be called because they know something about a piece of evidence or they possess information that contradicts another witness’ testimony. The court can only make an appropriate finding if the court has all the available information.
When a person is subpoenaed to court, an employer cannot prevent court attendance. If necessary, the Victim Witness Assistance Program can contact employers to verify the subpoena, and/or provide a note confirming the court appearance. The clerk of the court can provide a note confirming that a child was required to appear in court and permitting that school absence to be excused.
A subpoena or a summons is an order to come to court on a certain day at a certain time. Failure to appear can result in criminal charges.
When an issue is being addressed by the criminal court, a case is brought by the Commonwealth of Virginia against the individual on trial. The Commonwealth’s Attorney is representing society/the Commonwealth being injured by an act of crime. Victims of criminal offenses have certain rights, but they do not have the right to stop the criminal proceeding. For more information on the rights of crime victims, please see the information about the Victim Witness Assistance Program.
The Commonwealth’s Attorney and staff work diligently to hold criminals accountable for their actions. The Commonwealth’s Attorney’s office also houses a Victim Witness Assistance Program that can provide many additional services to victims and witnesses of crimes.
The City Attorney's Office provides counsel and advice in all civil matters to all boards, commissions, departments, agencies, offices and officials of the general City government; drafts and prepares City ordinances and legislative proposals; defends and brings actions in which the City or any of its boards, commissions, etc., shall be a party; and in other matters, advises and represents the general City government.
The Commonwealth's Attorney’s Office prosecutes all criminal and serious traffic cases occurring within the City of Fredericksburg. They represent the Commonwealth in criminal matters that threaten public safety.
You are under no obligation to speak with the attorney for the defense. Remember that anything you say may be used in court. Be sure to always request proper identification and an explanation of the purpose of any conversation related to the case.
You may bring friends or relatives with you to court, and they can probably sit in the courtroom while you testify unless they are also witnesses. A representative from the Victim/Witness Program may also be with you to support you and address any questions or concerns you have.
If you receive any threats concerning your involvement in a case, you should immediately contact the police department. In an emergency situation, call 911. Any person who threatens or harasses you about a pending case is obstructing justice and committing a crime.
To report a crime in progress, call 911. To report a crime that has happened in the past, call the law enforcement agency where the crime occurred. Local law enforcement is responsible for investigating crime and issuing any arrest warrants when evidence suggests that a crime has been committed.
The Victim Witness Assistance Program can address any questions or concerns about testifying and/or court proceedings.
The Commonwealth's Attorney's Office cannot assist in divorce cases and child custody cases, as these are civil in nature. The Commonwealth Attorney only has the power to prosecute criminal cases that arise in the City of Fredericksburg.
Refer to our Resources for Crime Victims page if you need additional help or call 540-372-1040 and ask to speak to a victim advocate.
Prior to obtaining a City Business License, you must first apply for a Certificate of Zoning Use. This approval from the Community Planning & Building Department is necessary to obtain a City Business License from the Commissioner of Revenue.
A home-based business is considered a home occupation and requires application for and approval of a Home Occupation Permit. A home occupation is permitted in any dwelling unit, subject to the approval of the Zoning Administrator and the conditions/restrictions of the Zoning Ordinance.
Fences and walls require approval of a fence permit. A Fence/Wall Permit is required to provide information regarding location and height of the fence or wall.
A meeting with the Technical Review Committee is required before making application for a Rezoning, Special Use Permit, Special Exception Permit, Site Plan and Subdivision. This committee holds a meeting on the second & fourth Thursday of each month. To be placed on the agenda, please call 540-372-1179. The location of the property to be discussed, identified by the tax map number, is useful information you may want to supply when making an appointment for a committee meeting.
In most cases, the agencies considering revenue recovery are those involved in emergency 911 transport of patients from locations outside of the hospital. These agencies might be volunteer, career, or a combination of both.
Overall, research has shown that more than 90% of the fees collected will be paid by Medicare, Medicaid, insurance companies, or a subscription program. That number will vary from region to region and based on the demographics of a population.
Most programs are available for online enrollment. Classes with special enrollment or fee requirements not available online and require registration in person, by mail or by fax.
Visit www.FredParksRec.com > Online Registration
Register by Mail
For mail in registrations, please complete and sign the registration form on page 25. Credit card or check payments only. Mail-in registrations are handled as they come in. Mail registration form and payment to:
Fredericksburg Parks and Recreation
408 Canal St.
Fredericksburg, VA 22401
Register by Fax
Fax completed registration form to 540-372-3475. Credit card or account payments only. Registration cannot be processed without payment information and signature.
Registrations are taken in person at the Dorothy Hart Community Center at 408 Canal Street. Cash, check or credit card payments accepted.
Office Registration Hours:
We recommend starting at Plan an Event, read the FAQs and submit a Special Event Application with the City.
We have, on occasion, cancelled camp. ALL cancellations will be made via Fredericksburg Alert. If you have not registered to receive alerts, please visit FredericksburgAlert.com and sign up for “Program Cancellations.” An alert will be sent to your email or cellphone as soon as a decision is made.
Sports - there is an additional form for age waiving up and it can only be one year and only into the novice division and up.
Programs - we have some programs where children have permission from instructors to be placed in advanced classes due to their advanced talent.
Yes, trash service is not automatic. Please contact the Utility Billing Department.
(All of these questions were developed in 2017 and answered in 2017 within the context of the process at that time.)
At the corner of William and Charles Streets is an elevated stone that is known as the Slave Auction Block, or simply the Auction Block (as it was believed to be used for other purposes). It is listed on the City’s walking tour as a point of interest.
Slavery is a part of this nation’s history and Fredericksburg has chosen to acknowledge this reality in what it presents to its citizens and the visiting public. Fredericksburg was a town before the Civil War. Were there really many slaves in towns? Urban slavery was quite real. According to the 1840 Census, Fredericksburg had 2,343 white citizens, 1,226 enslaved persons, and 408 free blacks, which made African Americans more than 40 percent of the town’s population.
The local tradition of identifying this feature as a slave auction block is strong. Sylvanus J. Quinn, who wrote The History of the City of Fredericksburg in 1908, identified the slave auction block in his work and it does not appear that anyone argued the point. Quinn had been able to consult those who had lived during the ante-bellum period and his information was first-hand.
National Park Service historians have diligently combed through various records and found a dozen documented instances of slave sales at William and Charles Streets, from 1847 - 1862. The building on that corner was the old Planter’s Hotel and sales of various types of property occurred there frequently. There is no direct quote noting that a slave stood on the block to be sold, but there are statements made in the post-Civil War years by African Americans stating they were sold on that corner.
That was the year that the Union army arrived and the slave system rapidly fell apart as African Americans fled and freed themselves.
City Council records from July 8, 1924, indicate that the local chamber of commerce petitioned the City Council to remove the block, claiming it had no associations to slavery and did not give a favorable impression of the community. In effect, they were arguing against the authority of local historian Sylvanus J. Quinn, who had died in 1910. The Daily Star newspaper from July 22, 1924, however, noted that several citizens claimed that they had witnessed slaves being sold from the block. At its meeting on August 12, 1924, the City Council’s Public Interest Committee recommended that “no action be taken” to remove the slave auction block and none was taken. The question of removal comes up again every now and then, usually when there are issues such as a stolen plaque (1984) or damage (2005) and the newspaper carries letters to the editor both for and against removal.
The Sunken Road area and the Smith Run area are battlefields. Designated battlefields have been described as museum-like settings, in which memorials can be considered appropriate.
The place where slaves were sold has a spatial relationship to other downtown locations, such as the Market House and the Market Square. It also sits in front of the building that was there at the time. In 2005, when the slave auction block was vandalized, there occurred a lengthy public discussion. Mary Washington University professor W. Brown Morton, III noted at the time that the slave auction block was potentially eligible for an individual listing on the National Register of Historic Places. He explained that moving the slave auction block would separate it from its historic and physical setting, thereby diminishing its significance.
Professor Morton addressed this question in 2005, when he suggested an archaeological investigation be undertaken to answer this question and others.
(All of these questions were developed in 2017 and answered in 2017 within the context of the process at that time.)
Option A: Keep the slave auction block in its current location, but use the existing right of way to build a more prominent public space that buffers the encounter and places the artifact in context. This option envisions interpretive panels, protective measures, and a better design for pedestrian flow. Option B: Replace the auction block with a historic marker and directions to its new location, likely in the Fredericksburg Area Museum. FAM is preparing a permanent exhibit that tells the story of the lives of the working people of Fredericksburg.
Councilor Frye placed the topic on the City Council agenda for August 22. The previous Sunday night, a group of about 150 people had gathered downtown to pray for reconciliation and healing, at the site of the stone block. The Council was asked to permit a plan on the future of the slave block to move forward, with a due date of September 26, 2017. With City Council’s authorization, the Mayor, Councilor Frye, the City Manager and City staff began work on the topic.
Not necessarily. Fredericksburg encompasses the City of Fredericksburg, Spotsylvania, and Stafford. The Fredericksburg Department of Social Services supports residents located in the 22401 zip code only. You may check online to see if you are a city resident at the link below.
During normal business hours, contact the Fredericksburg Department of Social Services by calling (540) 940-2401. If the office is closed, please contact the State Child Abuse/Neglect Hotline at 1-800-552-7096.
During normal business hours, contact the Fredericksburg Department of Social Services by calling (540) 940-2401. If the office is closed, please contact the state Hotline at 1-888-83ADULT (1-888-832-3858).
Contact Beajor Stoddart-Johnson with the Fredericksburg Department of Social Services by calling (540) 372-1032 x241.
Fredericksburg Department of Social Services608 Jackson St., Suite 100Fredericksburg, VA 22401(540) 372-1032(540) 372-1157 (fax)
PIN stands for Personal Identification Number. Your PIN is a four-digit number you must use with your EBT card. The PIN is how the computer matches the card to your account and you. Cardholders must keep their PIN a secret. Their PIN should never be shared with anyone. The PIN should not be written on the EBT card or on any piece of paper that is kept in the same place as the card. If someone gets the EBT card and knows the PIN, that person can spend all the money in a person's food stamp account. If that happens, the money will not be replaced.
Any organized event of 20 or more persons upon any city street or public sidewalk within the City must submit a special event application. Events that are open to the public, have an attendance of over 100 people and are held within a city parks will require a special event application along with a Park Rental Form. See City Parks and Trails. Submission of an application is not a guarantee of approval.• How do I submit a special event application?The special event application can be submitted online here.• When should I apply?Events with the anticipated attendance of 999 or less are required to submit a special event application no later than 30 days in advance to the proposed event date. Events with the anticipated attendance of 1,000 or greater OR requiring a street closure, are required to submit a special event application no later than 60 days in advance to the proposed event date.• What does it cost?There is no charge to submit a special event application though fees may apply for permits, inspections and street closure materials (cones, barricades and No Parking signs). Fees related to special events can be found here.. • Will I get an actual permit for my event?Once all required information for the special event application has been received, a permit will be given to the event organizer. This permit is to be available upon request at the event.• Who can I contact if I have questions regarding filling out the special event application?Please contact Kim Herbert at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 540-372-1086 ext. 307.
Any gathering of neighbors within a community in the city that wish to close streets for no more than 4 hours must submit a block party permit application.• How do I submit a block party permit application?The block party permit application can be found here.• Do I need barricades for my block party?Any event that will close a city street for any given amount of time will require the event organizer to obtain No Parking signs and City-approved Type 3 Barricades. These barricades can be rented from the Department of Parks, Recreation and Events. All block party organizers are responsible for picking up and returning barricades for their block party. Barricades can be reserved by submitting a Department of Parks, Recreation and Events Equipment Rental Form.• Who can I contact if I have questions regarding filling out the block party permit application?Please contact Kim Herbert at email@example.com or at 540-372-1086 x307.
• Do I need one?Film crews that will consist of 20 people or more, requesting street closures, setting up large equipment or disrupting daily activity in the City are asked to apply for a film permit by submitting a special event application.• How do I submit a special event application?The special event application can be submitted online here.
• Do I need to submit a special event application for my march or protest?The size and location on your event may determine if a special event application is needed.
There is no charge to submit a special event application. Event specific fees & deposits MAY be required as a result of your event application and are based on the size and type of event you wish to host. Event specific fees may include permits, inspections and street closure materials (cones, barricades and No Parking signs). If event specific fees apply, they are to be paid to each individual city department. See Special Event Fees here.
• How do I reserve a city park or trail for my event?The City has several locations that are available for events. Rental information can be found here.• Can I reserve Market Square for my event?The Fredericksburg Area Museum oversees all rentals for Market Square. Rental information can be found here.• Can I reserve Hurkamp Park for my event?Hurkamp Park is home to our popular Fredericksburg Farmers Market. Rentals of Hurkamp Park are not available during Farmers Market hours on Saturdays during April through November between 6:00am - 3:00pm. Additional rental information can be found here.• Is electricity available at the parks?Electricity is available at Alum Springs Park, Hurkamp Park, Old Mill Park and Riverfront Park. Additional fees for electrical use may apply.• What are the guidelines for competitive and non-competitive events on City trails?in order to balance the use of City trails between events and public use, a set of guidelines have been established. Guidelines can be found here.• Can I advertise my walk/run along the trail/path?Signs or posters advertising your run/walk will no longer be allowed to be posted along the trail/path. The Department of Parks, Recreation and Events will be constructing kiosks along the Heritage Trail and Canal Path in which we will post a monthly schedule of runs and walks. To assist with advertising your event, we will gladly place one 8.5”x11” poster in each kiosk. Please drop off your posters at the Dorothy Hart Community Center (408 Canal St.), attention Sammy Walker, at least 1 month prior to your event date. Please DO NOT tape, staple, or hang your posters to the outside of the kiosks. • Who can I contact if I have questions regarding reserving a city park or trail?Please contact the Department of Parks, Recreation and Events at 540-372-1086 x 201.
• Do I need to carry out the trash/recyclables generated from my event?Yes, all event organizers are required to carry out all trash and recyclables generated from your event. All trash cans/recycle bins are to be emptied and new trash bags (provided) in each can/ben. Please leave no trace.
• Can I close a city street or parking lot for my event?A special event application must be submitted for approval. • Do I need to notify the residences or businesses in the event area of my event?For any major event that requires the closure of the public street for four hours or more, the event organizer shall provide notice of the event application to affected businesses and residents. A Notice of Proposed Temporary Street Closure and Opportunity to Comment must be delivered to all businesses and residents within the event area 30 days prior to your event. Please email a copy of this notice to Kimberly Herbert at firstname.lastname@example.org prior to sending out.• Typically, new events requesting a street closure of over 4 hours will only be considered when planned as annual events.
• Do I need to provide a map of the event site or run/walk route?Yes, an event site map or walk /run route map identifying structures, restrooms, vendors, barricades, etc. is required for all special events. Maps can be attached to the special event application or emailed to Sammy Walker at email@example.com. Please no hand-drawn maps.• Is there a mapping tool I can use to make this map?Event Mapping Help Guide.
• What other forms are needed?Please submit a special event application along with an Emergency Plan.Questions regarding the Emergency Plan can be emailed to: JV Skinner at firstname.lastname@example.org.
• What other forms are needed?Please submit a special event application along with an Emergency Plan.Questions regarding the Emergency Plan can be emailed to: JV Skinner at email@example.com.• Is your event a large music festival?Events where over 2,000 guests are expected or more than 2,000 tickets are printed may fall under the Musical Festival Ordinance. Additional permits may be required. Please review a copy of the city’s municipal code here.
• What are the regulations for using tents and canopies?For a list of all Rules and Regulations.• My tent will be over 900 square feet, do I need it inspected?Yes, please fill out the Application for Plan Examination and Building Permit and submit to Building and Development Services.The Fire Marshall will also need to inspect the tent. Please contact JV Skinner at firstname.lastname@example.org.• Who can I contact if I have questions regarding tents, canopies, moon bounces or stages?Please contact the Building Services Division at 540-372-1080.
When open to the public Moon Bounce’s, Inflatable Amusement Devices, Climbing Walls, and Stages are subject to permits and inspections in accordance with the Virginia Uniform Statewide Building Code. Please fill out the Application for Plan Examination and Building Permit and submit to Building and Development Services 540-372-1080.• Will my moon bounce, inflatable amusement device, climbing wall or stage need to be inspected once it is put up?Yes, please arrange a time for inspection prior to use. Inspection fees may occur. • Who can I contact if I have questions regarding moon bounces, inflatable amusement devices, climbing walls and stages?Please contact the Building Services Division at 540-372-1080.
• Can I serve food at my event?Yes. The City of Fredericksburg Fire Department has Cooking Regulations and a Temporary Activity Permit that must be completed for all food vendors using propane.• How do I contact the Health Department?Individuals, organizations, and/or businesses planning to sell or serve food at a public event in the Rappahannock Health District must apply for a temporary event permit at least ten (10) days prior to the event. Large special events (10 vendors or more) must submit the Temporary Event Coordinators Application to the Local Health Department thirty (30) days prior to the event.Each participating vendor will need to submit a Complete Temporary Event Application to the local Health Department along with the Temporary Event Application fee of $40.More information can be found at: vdh.virginia.gov/rappahannock/services/food-services• Am I allowed to have food trucks at my event?Yes, they are allowed as long as they are attached to an event and have a current Fredericksburg Food Vendor Permit.• Do my vendors need to have a business license issued by the City of Fredericksburg?Yes. If you are using multiple caterers/vendors you may wish to file for an Organized Event Application. This is for the ORGANIZER of the event, the minimum costs is $50.00 (which covers up to 5 vendors, each vendor thereafter will be $10.00 each up to a maximum of $500.00).The Business License Application is for the vendor that is not being sponsored by the ORGANIZER of the event. The cost for a business license is $25.00.• Is there a meals tax?Yes, the City of Fredericksburg has a 6% meals tax. If any food is to be sold a Meal Tax Registration and Monthly Remittance Form must be completed.All Meals tax that is collected from the consumer by the FOOD VENDOR is due to the COMMISSIONER OF REVENUE’S office, as soon as possible after the event.ALCOHOL – Alcohol sales are treated the same as the MEALS TAX with a 6% tax.• Who can I contact if I have questions regarding licenses or taxes?Sara Seitner, Excise Tax Department phone 540-372-1004 ext 216 or email email@example.com for any questions concerning, Meals or Admissions tax.
• Can I serve alcohol at my event?To serve alcohol at any event you need a permit from Virginia ABC.• Is alcohol allowed in city parks?With appropriate permit, alcoholic beverages are permitted at the following locations: Alum Springs Park, Dorothy Hart Community Center, Hurkamp Park, Maury Park, Old Mill Park, Riverfront Park, and W.L. Harris Park (if authorized by the Mayfield Civic Association). Alcohol IS NOT permitted at the following park locations under any circumstances: Motts Reservoir Park, Memorial Recreation Park, Snowden Playground Dixon Park and Riverside Drive Park.
• If I am using a generator for any type of electricity, do I need to have it inspected?All generators over 20 KW will require a permit and inspections.• Who can I contact if I have questions about using a generator?Please contact Building Services Division at 540-372-1080 ext. 281 or email John Schaffer at firstname.lastname@example.org.
• If I am charging admission to my event, is there a tax I need to apply?Yes. If admissions are to be charged to your event, a 6% Admission Tax will apply.An Admissions Tax Registration Form must be completed prior to your event. After the completion of your event a Monthly Remittance Tax Form must be submitted to the Commissioner of Revenue’s office.• Who can I contact if I have questions regarding admission taxes?Sara Seitner, Excise Tax Department phone 540-372-1004 ext 216 or email email@example.com for any questions concerning, Meals or Admissions tax.
• How can I hire police officers for my event?Security may be mandated by the Fredericksburg Police Department for public safety at certain events. Each individual request is reviewed for this need. Some examples include: live concerts, fairs/festivals, dances, large events where alcohol is served/sold, etc. Please see attached Special Event Security Matrix.Requests for police officers for your event can by submitted here.• Can I use a private security service?Security is not necessary at all events. When security is necessary, private security is perfectly appropriate in most circumstances, and encouraged, but some events may require police staffing and/or private security.• Who can I contact if I have questions regarding security at my event?Please email either Lieutenant Mike Presutto (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Captain Brian Layton (email@example.com).
• Does the City of Fredericksburg require a Certificate of Insurance for my event?The City’s insurer requires that the City of Fredericksburg be named as an additional insured to the certificate of insurance. Please issue a COI in the amount of $1 million naming the City of Fredericksburg. The address should be P.O. Box 7447, Fredericksburg, VA 22404.• Where can I apply for a Certificate of Insurance?The City of Fredericksburg has enrolled in a program that allows you, the “user” of a municipal facility, school, or other local government property, to secure cost effective liability insurance, which provides protection for you as well as the governmental entity. The Tenant User Liability Insurance Program (TULIP) is a General Liability Policy written in the name of the tenants and/or users of the local government facility or venue. Third-Party Property Damage Coverage is also provided. More information for TULIP can be found here.• Who can I contact if I have questions regarding a Certificate of Insurance?Please contact Kim Herbert at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 540-372-1086 ext. 307.
• Do I need no parking signs or barricades for my event?Any event that will close a city street for any given amount of time will require the event organizer to obtain No Parking signs and Barricades from the Department of Parks, Recreation and Events. The Equipment Rental Form can be found here.• Where can I pick up the signs or barricades?No Parking signs and barricades can be picked up at the Dorothy Hart Community Center at 408 Canal Street, Monday through Thursday 9:00 AM till 8:00 PM and Friday 9:00 AM till 4:00 PM.• Who can I contact if I have questions regarding No Parking signs and barricades?Please contact Sammy Walker at email@example.com or at 540-372-1086 ext. 308.
• Do I need to provide restroom facilities for my event?Location, length of event and estimated attendance will determine if restroom facilities are required.• How many port-a-johns will I need?Number of port-a-johns needed will be determined based on type and size of event.• Who can I contact if I have questions regarding restroom facilities?Please contact Kim Herbert at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 540-372-1086 ext. 307.
• Can I rent tables, chairs or other items from the Department of Parks, Recreation and Events?Yes. The Equipment Rental Policies and Form can be found here.• Who can I contact if I have questions regarding renting equipment?Please call the Dorothy Hart Community Center at 540-372-1086 ext. 201.
If you have any questions about this report or want to request any additional information concerning your drinking water, please contact: Dave King, Director of Public Works at (540) 372-1023.
If you have been convicted of a felony or if you have been declared mentally incompetent by a circuit court, you must have your voting rights restored.
Persons judged by a circuit court to be mentally incompetent must obtain a court order restoring their rights.
STEP ONE: Log onto the State Board of Elections website (link is below)STEP TWO: You will see in the menu bar HOME (in blue) STEP THREE: Across from HOME there you will find CASTING A BALLOT; click on for the drop down reading ABSENTEE VOTING click that drop down to reach your page requested.STEP FOUR: Use the appropriate light blue link (online lookup tools or register online using our OAB application). STEP FIVE: Be sure to click SUBMIT to complete your application.
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