Fairfax County Resources
Great Falls is located within Fairfax County, the most populous county in the Commonwealth of Virginia with over 1.1 million residents and almost 14% of Virginia's total population. In Virginia, most services are provided by Counties. This structure is designed to lead to more efficient and effective services, but often at the cost of large county government organizations which can be hard to navigate and understand. We have provided a list of important and useful contacts in Fairfax County below. GFCA works to advocate the interests of the citizens of Great Falls in the absence of a town government, and works with the County and State governments to advance the interests of Great Falls.
- Tree Hazards
- Tree fallen on utility line: call the local electrical company. Dominion Electric 1-888-667-3000.
- Hazardous tree in danger of falling on public road or electrical line: 1-800-FOR-ROAD (800-367-7623).
- Tree presenting an immediate life-threatening hazard, such as falling on a public road or onto electrical lines: call 911.
Useful Fairfax County links and contact information:
- Fairfax County Government: access point for all County government agencies and services
- Dranesville District Supervisor: 10 supervisors serve on the County's Board of Supervisors, 9 representing geographic Districts and 1 (the County Chairman) elected at-large. Great Falls sits in the Dranesville District, and our interests are represented by this supervisor who is elected every four years.
- Fairfax County Parks: the large County Park system is administered by the County Park Authority. There are many wonderful parks located right in Great Falls including Colvin Run Mill, Riverbend Park, Turner Farm Park, the Forestville Schoolhouse, and the Great Falls Grange. Great Falls National Park is not administered by Fairfax County, but by the National Parks Service.
- Fairfax County Library System: has an extensive series of branches throughout the County as well as extensive online resources. The Great Falls Library is popular both for readers as well as community group meetings, and is known for its courteous and helpful staff.
- Fairfax County Police: provide community law enforcement and traffic safety services to Great Falls. There are 8 district stations throughout the County. Service in most of Great Falls is provided by the Reston District Police Station, and in sections of the east by the McLean District Police Station. Wherever you are, the Police can be reached by phone by dialing 911 (for emergencies) and 703-691-2131 (for non-emergencies).
- Fairfax County Public Works: provides public works and utility services to much of the County. In Great Falls, most trash collection is done by private commercial providers. Road maintenance of public roads including snow removal is managed by Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT).
- Fairfax County Recycling and Trash: maintains County drop-off centers for hazardous waste disposal and recycling, as well as provides free public document shredding events across the County.
- Fairfax County Residential Traffic Administration Program (RTAP): assists communities in controlling traffic and parking in area neighborhoods.
- Fairfax County Land Use and Development: administers County zoning and land use regulations, and is the agency that handles zoning applications, building permits, and special exception requests.
- Fairfax County Tax Administration: DTA assesses and collects real estate, personal property (e.g vehicles), and miscellaneous taxes within Fairfax County. These include include business taxes and dog licenses. Vehicles must be registered within 60 days of purchase or move-in.
- Fairfax County Transportation: While it does not maintain roads in Fairfax County (see VDOT above), FCDOT plans transportation projects to improve transportation. FCDOT manages bus, shuttle, and commuter train services as well as interfacing with Metrorail. Senior transportation assistance is also provided, and Silver Line information.