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If you’ve just moved to the Queen City, welcome! You’ve chosen one of the best small cities in the country.

Staunton is home to approximately 24,000 with a charming downtown, a vibrant arts and music scene, a reputation for local food and dining, and an array of independent shops and galleries clustered along the historic Main Street. Learn what you can see, do and experience at the Staunton Visitors Center.

Find A Place

Several reputable realtors and agents service the Staunton/Augusta/Waynesboro area. Start a search online using Realtor.com or a similar service. Listing information can also be found in local newspapers, The News Leader and The News Virginian.

Staunton has many historic districts, and there are special rules governing improvements and repairs to historic homes. Before you buy, check to see if a property is in one of the City's Historic Districts.

Staunton also provides an online GIS mapping service with property owner and utility information.

Visitor Information

The Staunton Visitors Center, located at 35 S New Street, offers a wealth of information about the city and the area, including attractions, shopping, and scenic areas.


Getting Settled

Here are a few tips on getting settled in your new home and neighborhood:

Get Connected or Transfer Utilities

Water, sewer, trash and recycling services are provided by the City. Electricity is supplied by Dominion Virginia Power. Natural gas is supplied by Columbia Gas of Virginia.

Register Children for School

In order to enroll a child in a public school system in Virginia, state law requires a parent or guardian of a child to provide certain information to the child's school division. The minimum information is listed below. For full details, visit the Virginia Department of Education.

  1. Birth Certificate (§ 22.1-3.1 of the Code of Virginia)
  2. Street Address (§ 22.1-4.1 of the Code of Virginia)
  3. School Entrance Health Form (§ 22.1-270 of the Code of Virginia)
  4. Immunizations (§ 22.1-271.2 of the Code of Virginia)
  5. Social Security Number (§ 22.1-260 of the Code of Virginia)

For more information, visit or call Staunton City Schools.

Register Pets

Dogs

A Rabies Vaccination Certificate signed and executed by a licensed veterinarian in accordance with the State Code is required. A dog license is also required for all dogs four months or older. Licenses cost $10 and may be obtained at the Treasurer's office. A Vaccination Certificate must be presented to obtain a license. 

Cats

Cats are required to wear a collar displaying a vaccination tag issued by a licensed veterinarian.

Vehicle Registration & License Information

Before you can get on the road with a motor vehicle, motorcycle, tractor truck, trailer or semitrailer, (Va. Code 46.2-600) you're required to title and register it at a DMV customer service center (CSC) or a DMV Select office.

If you are new to Virginia, you must obtain a Virginia driver’s license within 60 days of moving.

Obtain more information from the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles.

Voting Information

Staunton’s registrar is responsible for providing and approving applications for voter registration and absentee ballots. In-person absentee voting is available in the Registrar's Office when ballots are ready, approximately 40 days before an election.