Stafford County officials have decided to close all County buildings to the public, effective Wednesday, March 18, 2020, through March 31. The move comes in the wake of new guidelines announced yesterday by President Donald Trump and the Centers for Disease Control to help control the spread of the Coronavirus. The guidelines call for avoiding gatherings of more than 10 people at a time as well as working and engaging in school from home whenever possible. The safety of the public and county employees is of paramount importance, and the closing will help quell the spread of the virus in Stafford County. Stafford County will continue to provide services to residents online, by phone and for some, by appointment.
“We understand that closing County buildings is unprecedented, but we feel this is the best way to keep everyone safe right now,” said County Administrator Tom Foley. “This is a very fluid situation. We appreciate the public’s patience as we adjust to providing services in less traditional ways.”
Stafford County outdoor parks are open with normal operating hours. More information may be found at www.staffordparks.com. The public is encouraged to take advantage of the many walking trails and other outdoor activities available at Stafford’s many wonderful parks. We also ask that you buy gift cards and order takeout meals from our great restaurants and local businesses, which need community support during this time of so many closings.
Residents may access services online in several ways on Stafford’s website (www.staffordcountyva.gov):
• Via the citizen portal (www.staffordcountyva.gov/mystafford) where one may pay Utilities, real estate and property taxes and purchase dog tags
• Through Public Works (www.staffordcountyva.gov/permitsandplans) for permits activities, billing and account activities and plan submittal activities
• GIS maps (www.staffordcountyva.gov/gis) will be available
• Job listings are online at www.staffordcountyva.gov/jobs
• Court information may be accessed at https://staffordcountyva.gov/868/Courts
• Social Services local resources at www.staffordcountyva.gov/socialservices
Stafford Utilities is temporarily suspending all water and sewer cutoffs for any non-payment or late payment reasons until further notice. Customers, who are currently without water and (or) sewer service for any prior reason, may call (540) 658-8616 to be reconnected. All nonessential utility flushing or tie-ins that would affect water service have been delayed until further notice. Stafford Utilities will work with all customers on any billing questions.
As always, Stafford County is standing by, ready to answer phone calls at (540) 658-8600. If you need specific support or need to request an appointment, please contact the department directly.
- Commissioner of the Revenue: 540-658-4132
- Courts -
- Circuit Court: 540-658-8750
- General District Court: 540-658-8935
- Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court: 540-658-8778
- Economic Development: 540-658-8681
- Fire and Rescue: 540-658-7200
- Human Resources: 540-658-8628
- Human Services: 540-658-4622
- Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities: 540-658-4814
- Planning and Zoning: 540-658-8668
- Public Works: 540-658-8616
- Rappahannock Regional Landfill (R-Board): 540-658-5279
- Sheriff’s Office: 540-658-4400
- Social Services: 540-658-8720
- Treasurer: 540-658-8700
- Voter Registrar 540-658-4000
On March 19, 2020, Stafford Juvenille and Detention Court will be open; however, closed to the public and all court hearings will be rescheduled for a later date (except all protective orders and juvenile detention cases.
Stafford County continues to reassess the evolving situation daily, and will provide updates to the community to include notifying the public if there are any changes to these procedures before March 31. For more information on COVID-19, please visit Stafford’s Coronavirus Central Information page (www.staffordcountyva.gov/coronavirus) with links to local, state and federal authorities.