Falls Church


The city is conveniently located just miles from Washington, DC. (City Hall is only 9 miles from the White House.) Falls Church is easily access by Routes 66 and 50, the East and West Falls Church Metro Stations (Orange Line), and by a number of bus routes.

Falls Church dates back to the late 1600s as an early Colonial settlement shared with Native Americans. The community was established around The Falls Church (Episcopal) that was founded in 1734. Falls Church became a township in 1875, and an independent city in 1948, when parents successfully obtained its separation from Fairfax County in an effort to establish a highly acclaimed school system.

The City of Falls Church is a unique and historic city. Besides featuring quick access to renowned museums and art galleries in nearby Washington, D.C., almost every neighborhood is a treasure of its own with a variety of restaurants and shops that reflect the city’s great ethnic and cultural diversity. You’ll find a warm welcome in the City of Falls Church, and it is our hope that you will be an active part of the community, so shop, play, stay for a while, and join us in the many activities offered throughout the year.


New Resident Checklist

The following resources may be helpful for those moving into the City of Falls Church and Virginia. Welcome!

View a printable checklist.

Cable Television, Internet & Telephone
A number of companies provide cable and satellite services to the City of Falls Church. The following is a select list; more providers may be available.

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Dominion Virginia Power: 888-667-3000 (TTY 800-291-7745)

Emergency Alerts (Falls Church Alerts)
Falls Church Alerts: Sign up for email and text alerts in the event of weather emergencies, police incidents, and other issues.


Parking and Drive-Through Street Permits
Plan to have a moving truck for move-in day? You can request a parking space reservation so the truck can park on a City street for a specified date and time. Complete at least two weeks in advance of the move to allow for processing.

In order to park on certain city streets, you must have a parking permit issued by the Police Department. Visit the residential parking permits webpage or call 703-248-5054 (TTY 711) for more information.

Certain streets (Berry Street, South Cherry Street, North Roosevelt Street) require a drive-though permit issued by the Police Department. Visit the drive-through permits webpage or call 703-248-5054 (TTY 711) for more information.

Pet Licenses & Laws
Dogs must be vaccinated against rabies and licensed with the city. Licenses must be obtained within 30 days of moving into the city for dogs over 4 months of age. Cats over 4 months of age must be vaccinated against rabies, but do not need to be licensed with the city.

Licenses are issued by the Treasurer’s Office. Contact the Treasurer’s Office at 703-248-5046 (TTY 711). For all pet laws within the city, visit the animal control laws webpage.

Public Schools
Parents should enroll school-age children as soon as they arrive in the City of Falls Church. For information on how to register your child, visit the Falls Church City Public Schools website or call 703-248-5600 (TTY 711).

The City offers two preschool options through the Community Center and the new Jessie Thackrey Preschool. There are also a number of privately managed preschools in the area.

View the taxes webpage for city tax information.

Trash, Recycling & Brush Collection
The Department of Public Works, Solid Waste provides refuse, recycling, yard waste, bundled brush, special bulk, and seasonal leaf collections for single-family homes and townhouses located on public streets. Wednesday is waste day for all residential customers.

Additional fees apply for excess trash and special collections. Visit the city’s solid waste webpage or call 703-248-5160 (TTY 711).


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