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Sheriff's Department Social Services State and Federal Reps
Street Lights Substance Abuse Taxes
Treasurer VASAP Voter Registration
Water Water and Sewer


Youth Services Zoning Zoning Permits


All bills for services and materials purchased by the County departments (excluding Schools) are processed by the Department of Central Accounting to ensure prompt payment in accordance with State regulation and County policy.


The County Administrator is appointed by the Board of Supervisors to manage the overall operations and activities of the County government. The County Administrator also serves as the chief advisor to the Board, and conducts County business in accordance with Board policy. Duties of the County Administrator include executing all policies established by the Board or mandated by the State, preparing and administering the budget, and supervising the function of County Departments.

ADULT PROBATION 703/332-7780

The Adult Probation Office supervises all clients placed under its supervision by the Circuit Court and those released by the State Penitentiary System. All Probation Officers have arrest authority over probationers and parolees.


The Alleghany Highlands Housing Alliance serves as the primary service provider to meet the housing needs for residents of Alleghany County, as well as, the Cities of Covington and Clifton Forge. Included in this work is housing rehabilitation, indoor plumbing assistance, emergency home repair, and the identification of housing that can provide safe, decent and affordable shelter for low - moderate income individuals and families.

The Alliance also provides financial counseling assistance for first time home buyers, and assistance with identifying sources of financial aid for those in need of such assistance.

The Alleghany Highlands Housing Alliance works in conjunction with all levels of government, non-profit organizations, and regional financial institutions to assist with personal and community housing needs.


County real property is reassessed at least every 6 years and was last completed for the 1992 tax year. Copies of county real property identification maps are available in the Commissioner of the Revenue Office. Also, land use applications, assessments of business and professional licenses, state income tax and personal property returns real estate changes (new construction, and additions and deletions) between reassessments should be filed in the Commissioner of the Revenue's Office.


The Code of Virginia allows eligible service clubs and community organizations to obtain a permit to conduct bingo, raffles or related fund-raising activities. Applications can be obtained in the County Administrator's Office or by calling the Deputy Clerk to the Board.


The Alleghany County Board of Supervisors is the elected policy-making and governing body of the County. The Board is composed of five (5) citizen members who have business meetings on the first and third Tuesday of each month at 7:00 p.m. All meetings (unless otherwise specified) are held in the County Board Room of the County Administration Building at 110 Rosedale Avenue, Covington, Virginia and are open to the public.

Any persons who need to address the Board on a matter of business may request a place on the Board's agenda by calling the Deputy Clerk to the Board. Requests must be in writing and made before noon on the Thursday preceding each meeting.


The Board of Zoning Appeals hears applications for Variances, Special Exceptions and Appeals based on the Alleghany County Zoning Ordinance. The Board of Zoning Appeals meets on the third Tuesday of each month. Agenda items can be given to the Secretary at the County Public Works Department.


The County Building Inspector conducts all building inspections. The Building Inspections Office issues all building, electrical, plumbing and mechanical permits. The Office is located at the County Public Works Department, 500 Alleghany Street, Clifton Forge, Virginia.


962-2178 or 862-4969

The Chamber operates offices in Clifton Forge and Covington to serve the region in small business development and retention, tourism promotion, relocation assistance and demographics, business referrals, and community enhancement. A variety of annual forums, seminars and special events are hosted in collaboration with others in the region. The Chamber of Commerce is a non-profit association governed by a seventeen (17) member local Board of Directors. The Chamber seeks to provide unrivaled service and information through a cooperative effort with all available resources.


The Circuit Court is the principal trial court of the State and exercises both original and appellate jurisdictions. It has appellate jurisdiction in criminal and civil chancery cases which are appealed from inferior courts. This court also has original jurisdiction over indictments for felonies and misdemeanor appeals. Although the Circuit Court has exclusive jurisdiction over civil cases in which the amount involved exceeds $10,000 it has concurrent jurisdiction with the General District Court where the amount of money exceeds $1,000 but is less than $10,000. It also has exclusive jurisdiction over all chancery cases and is the only local court to hear jury trials.


The Circuit Court Clerk is responsible for recordation of deeds (to include plats, deeds of trust, certificates of satisfaction, assignments, easements and many other instruments). He also dockets judgments and probates wills and other estate matters for deceased residents of Covington and Alleghany County. The clerk files, processes and records criminal cases which are felonies or misdemeanor appeals and performs the same tasks for civil suits, chancery questions, adoptions and name changes. Partnership agreements may be recorded in the Clerk's Office as are certificates of trade name. The office issues marriage licenses for residents of the City and County and for any out-of-state residents who are otherwise eligible for marriage. Hunting and fishing licenses are sold in this office and passport applications are accepted and forwarded.


This office is responsible for the assessment of local and state taxes and will assist citizens with completion of personal property and state income returns as well as business and professional licenses, land use tax applications and exemptions for the elderly and disabled. In addition, this office provides county real property identification maps and assesses real estate changes (new construction, and additions and deletions) between reassessments.


The Commonwealth's Attorney is an elected constitutional law enforcement official who serves as the public prosecutor. The State Constitution and the Code of Virginia establish the duties of the Commonwealth's Attorney.

The primary duty of the Commonwealth's Attorney is the prosecution of criminal cases in General District and Circuit Court. The Commonwealth's Attorney also advises law enforcement officers, magistrates and citizens concerning questions of criminal law.


The Alleghany Highlands Community Services Board offer an array of Mental Health, Mental Retardation, Early Intervention and Substance Abuse services to the public including:

Outpatient therapy for children and adults

Psychiatric treatment and evaluation

Clubhouse psychosocial day program

Case management


Education groups

Intensive outpatient groups

Aftercare & relapse prevention groups

Family counseling


Infant & toddler (Project Impact)

Family support

Waiver support

Residential group home

No one is refused service for an inability to pay.


Mental Health 965-2100

Mental Retardation 863-1620

Life Skills Center 965-2140

Substance Abuse 863-1600

Parent & Infant (Project Impact) 863-1620


The County Attorney is appointed by the Board of Supervisors and is responsible for legal matters involving the County. Civil duties include advising and representing the Board, all commissions, departments, agencies, officials and employees of the County, drafting or preparing County ordinances and defending or bringing action in which the County or any of its boards, departments, agencies, officials or employees is a party. All communications to the County Attorney should be made through the County Administrator's Office.


As established by the 1993 General Assembly Session, Alleghany County and the City of Clifton Forge are members of the Alleghany Highlands Economic Development Authority. The Authority is charged with marketing the region to new business and industry and for providing support programs to existing employers. The Authority provides financial incentives for new and expanding business, and serves as a point of contact for state and federal assistance programs. The six member Board of Directors sets all Authority policy, and includes four members appointed by the Governor of Virginia, and one from each of the two respective local governments. Offices are located on the Second Floor of the First Virginia Bank Building in Covington.


The County Building Inspections Department also conducts Erosion and Sediment (E & S) Control plan review and inspections. E 8 S guidelines meet the State's minimum requirements. No land disturbing activity or building permit for construction can begin without an approved E & S plan. Applications and additional information can be obtained at the Public Works Department, 500 Alleghany Street, Clifton Forge, Virginia or by calling the Erosion & Sediment Control Administrator.


The Alleghany Extension Service provides practical information to the citizens of the Alleghany Highlands to improve the economic, social and cultural well being. The primary purpose is to select, interpret, disseminate and encourage application of relevant research. This mission is accomplished through agriculture, natural resources, home economics, 4-H and community resource development offering a variety of programs.

GAME WARDEN 965-1770

The local Game Warden is employed by the State Game and Inland Fisheries Commission. The Game Warden enforces all game, fish and boating laws and has full police powers. The Game Warden may be contacted through the Alleghany County Sheriff~s Department.


The General District Court is a court of limited jurisdiction. Ithas exclusive original jurisdiction over civil cases in whichthe amount of money involved does not exceed $1,000.00 and shares jurisdiction with the Circuit Court in civil caseswhere the amount involved is more then $1,000.00 but less than $10,000.00. This court also considers certain misdemeanor charges and all traffic infractions. Preliminaryhearings in felony cases are held in this Court to determine whether there is sufficient evidence to certify same to Circuit Court for a Grand Jury hearing. Although this Court does not conduct jury trials, all cases are heard before a Judge. Proceedings for certification for involuntary admission to a public or private mental health facility are also held in this Court.


This Office issues warrants, detention orders, commits to detention facilities, admits to bail upon recognizance persons charged with crimes, issues summons, subpoenas for witnesses, writs of fieri facias, writs of possession, civil warrants, garnishments, abstracts of judgments, collects fines, costs, maintains court dockets and the financial accounts of the Courts. This Office also coordinates hearings for commitments to a mental health facility and provides general procedural information about court proceedings.


The local Health Department is located at 321 Beech Street in Covington and serves citizens of Alleghany County andCovington from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. The Health Department is concerned with the availability of pure drinking water, sanitary public eating places, septic systems and the control of communicable diseases. This Department issues permits for restaurants, birth and death certificates and provides a variety of clinics and health education. Fees may be charged for services based on a schedule of income levels.


The three (3) areas of the Department of Human and Leisure Services are Parks and Recreation, Senior Citizens, and Youth Services (Allegheny Highlands Office on Youth).

Year-round athletic, cultural and community-related activities for all ages are provided through the recreation programs. Programs are open to all, regardless o residency. Fees and charges vary according to activity.


The Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court hears cases involving delinquents, juveniles accused of traffic violations, abused or neglected children or spouses, adults accused of child abuse, adults involved in disputes over custody, support or visitation, foster care and court ordered medical treatment. It hears ali offenses committed by one member of the family against another member of the family and the trial of all criminal warrants in which one member of the family is complainant against another member of the family. All cases in this Court are heard before a Judge.


The Juvenile Probation Department, also known as the Court Services Unit, reviews complaints and determines if they are appropriate for referral to the Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court. It serves the Court and facilitates the rehabilitation or treatment of those who come before the Court.

LANDFILL Peters Mountain - 863-1800 or 965-6321

The Peters Mountain Landfill is located on Route 600 south of Callaghan and accepts refuse from the general public Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. There i no charge for County residents. Information regarding the landfill can be obtained through the Covington Public Works Department (965-6321) or the Alleghany County Public Works Department (863-1800).


Covington - 962-3321

The Charles P. Jones Memorial Library located at 406 West Riverside Avenue in Covington is open to the public from 9:30 to 5:30 on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday and 9:30 to 8:30 on Tuesday and Thursday. During the summer months, a reading program is offered for children in second through sixth grades. Annual lecture/discussion series and video tapes are also available. Library cards are free to residents of Alleghany County and Covington.

Clifton Forge - 862-1334

The Clifton Forge Public Library, located at 535 Church Street in Clifton Forge, is open to the public from 11:00 t 7:00 on Monday and Thursday, from 10:00 to 5:00 on Tuesday and Wednesday, from 11:00 to 5:00 on Friday and 9:00 to 1:00 on Saturday. The Library conducts three annual Summer Reading and Activity Programs during June andJuly for children ages 3 to 5,6 to 9, and 10 to 13. Also, fro September through May, the Library provides a Pre-School Story Hour for children ages 3 to 5 at 11:00 a.m. each Wednesday, and an After School Story Hour for children ages 7 to 9 at 2:30 p.m. each Thursday. Other programs and services include: interlibrary loans, book fair, community outreach, school demonstrations and lectures, and large print materials for the visually impaired. Library cards are free to all residents of Clifton Forge and Alleghany County. The Library Board meets at 7:30 p.m. on the second Tuesday of alternate months. Public attendance is welcome.

LICENSES 965-1360

Payment for business licenses, motor vehicle decals, and dog licenses can be made in the Treasurer's Office at the County Administration Building at 110 Rosedale Avenue, Covington.


Magistrates are authorized to issue arrest, civil and search warrants, temporary mental detention orders to admit bail or commit to jail persons charged with offenses, to administer oaths and take acknowledgements, and to act as conservators of the peace. They also have the same power as District Courts to issue warrants and subpoenas within the district in which they have jurisdiction. Magistrates operate under the supervision of the Chief Circuit Court Judge.


See Community Services Board - 965-2100


See Community Services Board - 863-1620


Information regarding special use applications and placement of mobile homes within Alleghany County can be obtained through the County Public Works Department at 500 Alleghany Street, Clifton Forge, Virginia.


Year-round athletic, cultural and community-related activities for ail ages are provided through the Department of Human and Leisure Services. These programs include:

Elementary Soccer Ages 8 - 13

Youth League Football

Girls League Basketball

Youth League Basketball

Over 30 Men's Basketball

Church League Basketball

Church League Softball

Summer Arts and Crafts

Outdoor Adventure Programs

Ages 8 - 13

Ages 8 - 13

Ages 8 - 13

Ages 30 and Up

No Restrictions

No Restrictions

Ages 3 and Up

Ages 5 and Up

PAYROLL 965-1610

The processing of payroll, including distribution of all deductions and processing of all required Federal and State employee forms, is provided through the Central Accounting Department.

PERSONNEL 965-1610

Applications for advertised County job openings can be obtained through the Central Accounting Department. This department is also responsible for the posting of vacancy announcements, advertisements, initial screening and the filing of all personnel related records. Employee benefits, workers' compensation, OSHA, and FLSA reporting requirements are also handled through this department.

PLANNING 863-1800

All questions regarding planning should be directed to the County Public Works Department.


The County Planning Commission makes recommendations to the Board of Supervisors on citizen requests concerning subdivisions, land use and other planning related requests. The Planning Commission meets on the Wednesda following the second Tuesday of each month. Agenda items should be given to the Secretary at the County Department of Public Works.


The Department of Central Accounting serves as the central collection point for all purchase requisitions from various departments and is responsible for the issuance of appropriate purchase orders. Vendors and sales representatives wishing to do business with the County should also contact this office.

RECYCLING 863-1818

This project is to educate the public and encourage recycling in the Alleghany Highlands to meet State mandates. This is a joint effort between the City of Covington, City of Clifton Forge, Town of Iron Gate and Alleghany County through the Peters Mountain Landfill Management Board. Questions regarding recycling should be directed to the Recycling Coordinator.


The County Department of Public Works is responsible for residential garbage and refuse collection from all State maintained roads county-wide. There is no charge for this once-a-week pick-up.

The County will also pick up rear load dumpsters once a week at no charge. Additional pick-ups are $5.00 per dumpster. Weekly commercial pick-ups without a dumpster do not have a charge for the first pick-up. Additional collections within the same week are charged a $25.00 an hour rate.

The fee for special pick-ups for residential brush or junk is $10.00 for the first load, $15.00 for the second load and $20.00 for the third load. More than three loads per year should be contracted through a private hauler.

Arrangements for a dump truck to be left overnight at any County residence can be made through the County Public Works Department. There is no charge for the first date; however, a $5.00 fee will be charged for the second date and a $10.00 fee for the third date. More than three loads pe year should be contracted through a private hauler.

ROADS 962 4206 - Covington Shop

862-1090 - Triangle Shop

The Virginia Department of Transportation is responsible for the maintenance of all roads in the County. Any questions or complaints regarding road maintenance in the western portion of the County should be referred to the Covington office located near Interstate 64 interchange for Mallow. The maintenance yard for the eastern portion of the County is located at Triangle at Interstate 64 interchange for Route 42.

Once a year, the Resident Engineer presents a listing of road projects for inclusion into the 6-Year secondary road system and a detailed report on the Six Year Improvements Plan. Any requests for Rural Additions and/or extensions into the road system need to be directed to the Supervisor of that particular district. Road maintenance concerns and related matters may also be presented to the VDOT Resident Engineer by calling (703) 463-3108 or reported to the Supervisor representing your area or to the CountyAdministrator's office.

SCHOOLS 965-1800

The Alleghany Highlands School System was created through the consolidation of the Alleghany County and Clifton Forge School systems in 1982. The School Board Office is located at 110 Rosedale Avenue, Covington, Virginia and meets on the 3rd Monday of each month. There are ten schools in the system and a community college located in the area:

Elementary Schools

Boiling Springs Elem. School

Callaghan Elem. School

Central Elem. School

Clifton Forge Elem. School East

Clifton Forge Elem. School West

Falling Spring Elem. School

Sharon Elem. School

Secondary Schools

Clifton Middle School

Alleghany High School

Technical School

Jackson River Tech.


Community College

Dabney S. Lancaster Comm. College


Senior Citizens programs are offered through the Department of Human and Leisure Services and include such activities as:

MRP Chapter (50+ yrs., meets once per month)

Covered Dish Luncheons

Diners Clubs (60+ yrs., hot lunches)

Educational, Social and Recreational Programs

Exercise Program (50+ yrs.,3 times weekly)

Free Bloodpressure Screenings

Meals on Wheels (60+ yrs., hot lunches for home



For Emergencies Call



The County Department of Public Works, located in Clifton Forge, provides sewer service in the following areas: Clearwater Park, Clearview Estates, Rosedale, Oakwood Forest, Westwood, Indian Valley, Cherokee, Brentwood, Jackson Heights, Mallow, Altamont, Valley Ridge, Low Moor, Selma, Cliftondale Park, Wesgate and Wilson Creek. A new service tap fee is $600.00 and all accounts require a $25.00 deposit.


The local Sheriff's Department is responsible for law enforcement, courtroom security and operation of the jail. In addition, the Department provides citizens in Alleghany County and' Covington with a variety of law enforcement and safety programs on topics such as substance abuse, drinking and driving, bicycle safety, crime prevention, child fingerprinting and identification, and the DARE program.The Sheriffs Department also investigates crimes, assists other emergency personnel, serves court papers, testifies in Court, provides traffic control, and transports criminals.


The Department of Social Services, located at 110 Rosedale Avenue in Covington, is comprised of two sections which deliver services to the citizens of Alleghany County and the City of Covington. These two units are Benefit Programs and Services.

The Benefit Programs are those programs for which persons must meet certain Federal, State and Local requirements to qualify for assistance. These programs include Food Stamps, Medicaid, Aid to Dependent Children (ADC), General Relief, Auxiliary Grants and ADC-Working Parent Program.

The Services Unit programs include, but are not limited to, employment services for families receiving ADC, supportive day care services, family counseling, foster care and adoption services, adult protective and spousal abuse services, nursing home and adult home prescreening and referral and child protective services (child abuse and neglect) including the provision of 24-hour per day on call duty for investigation and crisis resolution.


Delegate Creigh Deeds 703/839-5009

Senator Malfourd Trumbo 703/473-2781

Congressman Robert Goodlatte 202/225-5431

Senator Charles Robb 202/2244024

Senator John Warner 202/224-2023

Alleghany County has two State representatives to the

General Assembly. Delegate Creigh Deeds, P.O. Box 116,

Warm Springs, Virginia 24484, represents the County in the

House of Delegates and Senator Malfourd Trumbo, P.O. Box

44, Fincastle, Virginia 24090, represents the County in the

State Senate. The County is represented by Robert

Goodlatte in the U. S. House of Representatives and by

Senators Charles Robb and John Warner in the U. S.



Applications for County street lights can be received and submitted through the County Department of Public Works. All street lights approved through the County Department of Public Works must be placed over public streets or roadways.


See Community Services Board - 863-1600

TAXES 965-1630

Most taxes including state income, real estate, personal property, mobile home and land use taxes can be paid in the Treasurer's Office. Assistance in the preparation of State tax returns can be received in the Commissioner of Revenue's Office.

TREASURER 965-1630

This office, located in the County Administration Building a110 Rosedale Avenue, Covington, is responsible for the collection of all County taxes and charges including public service corporation taxes, real estate and personal property taxes and mobile home taxes. Payment for business licenses, motor vehicle decals, dog licenses, water and sewer bills, street lights, and refuse charges can be made in this office.


The local VASAP office is a community response to the drinking and driving problem. VASAP works with individuals convicted of driving under the influence, the public, police and courts to reduce and prevent crashes, injuries, and fatalities. VASAP countermeasures include enforcement, case management, education/prevention, and public information and education in our schools and community.


The County Registrar, located in the County Building at 330 Court Avenue maintains records of registered voters for each election district, accepts voter registration, applications, transfer registrations and certifies petitions for candidates of elective offices.


For Emergencie863-1800

Call 965-1770

The County Department of Public Works located in Clifton Forge, provides water to the following areas: Dunbrack Road, Clearview Estates, Clearwater Park, Mallow, Wesgate, Intervale, Rosedale, Oakwood Forest, Westwood, Brentwood, Jackson Heights, Altamont, Low Moor, Selma, Cliftondale Park, Wilson Creek and the Sharon/Triangle Hill area. Monthly billing is based on water usage. A new service tap fee is $600 for 3/4" connection and all accounts require a $25.00 deposit.


This Advisory Commission makes recommendations to the Board of Supervisors concerning major water and sewer policies and ordinances and hears citizens requests for water and sewer adjustments and water or sewer line extensions. The Water and Sewer Commission meets on the first Thursday of each month. Agenda items should be

given to the Secretary at the County Department of Public Works.

YMCA 962-9622

The Alleghany Highlands YMCA offers a full service recreational facility opened to the community 7 days a week. Facility includes 19 piece nautilus/cardiovascular equipment, indoor heated swimming pool, gymnasium, racquetball court, tennis courts, multi-purpose room, mens/womens locker rooms, ping pong, and billiards. Youth and adult programs are offered year round. Full day, before- and after-school child care is also available.


The Alleghany Highlands Office on Youth serves children and families in Allegha and families in Alleghany County, Covington and Clifton Forge. AHOY provides technical assistance to over 20 youth-related projects and programs in the Alleghany Highlands. AHOY works with the local Court, schools, Social Services, Community Services Board, recreation departments, and other area youth and family associated agencies and organizations to eliminate delinquent behavior and to contribute to positive youth development. AHOY's major programs include:

Friends of Youth Independent Living Skills Community Service Work Projects ù Summer Adventure

ZONING 863-1800

All questions regarding zoning should be directed to the County Public Works Department.


Zoning permits may be obtained through the County Public Works Department, 500 Alleghany Street, Clifton Forge, Virginia.