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Welcome to Blacksburg! There is so much to think about when moving to a new area. Here are just some of the things to know about living in Blacksburg. If you have any questions, feel free to call us at 540-961-1130. 

Natural Gas
Atmos Energy: 888-286-6700 www.atmosenergy.com  

Electricity
AEP (Appalachian Power): 800-956-4237 www.appalachianpower.com
Virginia Tech Electric: 540-231-6437 www.vtes.vt.edu

Water/Sewer
Water and sewer is provided through the Town of Blacksburg. To set up new service or to change the name on an existing bill, call Utility Billing Services at 540-961-1119 at least ten business days before the service is to begin. To learn more about the town’s utility service, including how to sign up for auto pay and paying online, visit the Utility Service page.

Trash/Recycling
Most apartment complexes offer trash and recycling. However, if you live in a home or townhome in a residential area, you can learn when your trash and recycling is collected at the town's Recycling Page or by calling the Refuse & Recycling Office at 540-961-1806.  

Car Registration
If you are a resident of the Town of Blacksburg and own a vehicle, you are required to pay a local vehicle tax. The town does not give vehicle decals. To register your vehicle, visit the Vehicle License Tax page. Bills can be paid with cash, check, Visa, MasterCard or your Hokie Passport. For more information, call Financial Services at 540-558-0722. 

Voter Registration
Voter registration is done through Montgomery County. Check out how to register to vote and election information at Voter Registration and Elections or call 540-382-5741. 

Pet Licenses
Woof Woof! Montgomery County requires all pet owners to tag dogs six months or older. It’s $5 for dogs; $3 if they are neutered or spayed. A current certificate of rabies inoculation is required, as well as a veterinarian's certificate of neutering or spaying. Dog licenses, although issued by Montgomery County, can be purchased at the Town of Blacksburg Municipal Building, cashier window on the second floor, 300 S. Main St.  

Speaking of Pets
Dogs need to be on a leash when off your property and they also need to be cleaned up after. The town maintains a dog park off of Toms Creek Road where you can take Scooby for a stroll or run. Just remember to clean up after your pet.

International Residents
The Cranwell International Center on Virginia Tech's campus has many resources for international citizens.

Connect to Blacksburg
Citizens Alert are a great way to get email notifications about events, traffic, Blacksburg Transit, emergencies and more. If an email notification isn’t your thing, then follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/Blacksburg and Twitter at twitter.com/Blacksburg_Gov. Our community television station, WTOB posts local videos at www.youtube.com/wtobchannel2.  

Blacksburg Transit
Even if you are not a bus rider now, on days when you really don’t want to drive in the pouring rain or snow, Blacksburg Transit may be the best option to get around. Check them out at www.btransit.org. You can even use your cell phone to find out when the next bus is coming with BT4U

Get Out and Active
There is so much to do in Blacksburg! We have an amazing Parks and Recreation department with hundreds of programs, aquatic and community centers, a golf course and acres of parks.

Blacksburg Farmers Market
The Blacksburg Farmers Market is held Wednesdays (April – December) and Saturdays at Market Square Park in downtown Blacksburg. Come support the local farmers and get some yummy foods, beautiful flowers and more.

Volunteer Opportunities
The Hokie Nation is known for its generosity and volunteer spirit. There are many ways to volunteer in and around Blacksburg. VT-ENGAGE and the United Way of the NRV are great resources to find volunteer opportunities. If helping save lives is more your style, consider volunteering with our volunteer rescue or fire departments.

Citizens Institute
Want to learn more about the Town of Blacksburg? Are you a new resident, retiree, or just someone who wants to get involved in the community? Maybe you have aspirations to run for office or serve on one of the Town’s many citizen advisory committees. Sign up for this fun nine week course, get to know Town staff, and find out more about the award winning programs and services of your town.

Classes will be held on Monday evenings beginning the first week of April from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Meals are included and casual dress is encouraged. This is a free course.

Participants must be 18 years of age or older, and be residents or work in the Town of Blacksburg. Members of the media are also encouraged to participate.

Registrations will be accepted until 5 p.m. on the fourth Monday in March. For more information about the Blacksburg Citizens Institute or to register contact the Community Relations Office at 540-961-1199 or hbrowning@blacksburg.gov.

Blacksburg Newcomers’ Club Meetings
The Blacksburg Newcomers’ Club Meetings meet on the second Tuesday of every month from 9-11:30 a.m. at Luther Memorial Church, 600 Prices Fork Road. Open to all in the New River Valley. For more information, visit http://blacksburgnewcomer.wix.com/bbnc.  

Events
For events all around town, visit http://stepintoblacksburg.org/home/calendar/.

Links
Blacksburg Transit
Housing and Neighborhood Services
Montgomery County
Montgomery County Public Schools
Parks and Recreation
Police
Refuse/Recycling
Religious & Spiritual Life
Town/Gown
Utility Billing
Voter Registration

Local Media
WDBJ 7 (CBS)
WFXR (Fox)
WSET (ABC)
WSLS (NBC)
WTOB (Government and Public Access)
Collegiate Times (Virginia Tech Campus newspaper)
News Messenger
Roanoke Times