There are many ways that Halifax County works to serve the community. The following are the major departments of the county, including a description of their main functions. If you need information on or assistance with a particular county function or service, these sections of the website should be helpful to you.
The Administration Department coordinates all administrative and management functions of the County government not otherwise vested by law to other entities, through facilitating the cooperation and communication between the County residents, the County Board, and County Departments.
The Animal Control Department ensures the safety of County residents and personal property through the enforcement of the Animal Control Ordinance and public education regarding responsible pet ownership.
Building Code Enforcement
The Building Code Enforcement Department interprets and enforces the Virginia Construction code and International Building, Residential, Plumbing, and Mechanical codes and the National Electrical code; conducts industrial, commercial, and residential inspections in the County of Halifax and the towns within the county.
Buildings & Grounds
The Buildings and Grounds Department maintains the conditions, appearances, and general safety of all county-owned buildings and adjacent grounds.
Clerk of Circuit Court
The Clerk of the Circuit Court is one of five elected county officials called Constitutional Officers. Duties of the Clerk include recording deeds and wills as well as issuing marriage licenses and passports.
Commissioner of the Revenue
The Office of the Commissioner of the Revenue is responsible for the assessment of various taxes mandated by the Code of Virginia and Halifax County Local Tax Ordinances.
The Commonwealth Attorney is the title given to the elected prosecutor in Halifax County. Other states refer to similar prosecutors as District Attorneys or State Attorneys. The Commonwealth's Attorney is the highest law enforcement official in Halifax County. The role of the Commonwealth's Attorney should not be confused with individual non-felony infractions or misdemeanor cases.
E 9-1-1 Communications Center
The E 9-1-1 Communications Center strives to provide the most effective emergency communications possible by utilizing state-of-the-art technology.
Halifax County Emergency Services is responsible for the delivery of Fire, EMS, and Emergency Management services to the residents of Halifax County. The department also provides hazardous materials response, search and rescue, and underwater recovery.
The Finance Department ensures that all resources of Halifax County are managed and accounted for in an effective and efficient manner and that all financial records are presented in a timely, accurate, and meaningful format.
GIS / Mapping & E-911 Addressing
The goal of Halifax County's GIS/Mapping Department is to help improve the health, safety, and welfare of its citizens by providing quality mapping services to county citizens and county departments for analysis during public meetings and hearings from the Planning Commission & Board of Supervisors and others who may request our services.
The Halifax Libraries feature hundreds of volumes of published works dealing with local and regional history - many of them written by local historians and no longer in print. Through the Virginia State Library, local library patrons can have access to the historical archives of the Commonwealth. With two locations, the Regional Library is regularly open to the public.
Parks & Recreation
The goal of Halifax County Parks and Recreation is to provide fun, safe, and affordable recreational opportunities and recreation facilities which will enhance the quality of life and promote healthy lifestyles for all participants and citizens of our community.
Planning & Zoning
Planning and Zoning focuses on the orderly physical development of the County, specifically in the use of parcels of land for agricultural, residential, commercial, and industrial purposes.
The Public Works Department plans, initiates, and maintains comprehensive, integrated, and cost-effective solid waste management services and facilities for Halifax County that meet the objectives of receiving, moving, processing, and disposing of waste in a safe and environmentally sound manner to create a clean and healthy environment.
The Reassessment Department conducts general reassessments of property every two years. The most recent reassessment was completed in 2014. State law requires that all property be assessed at 100% of fair market value.
Registrar & Voter Information
The Voter Registrar ensures the integrity of the election process by maintaining an accurate voter registration list and conducting elections under the guidance of the Electoral Board in accordance with Federal and State laws in an efficient and equitable manner to ensure fairness and accuracy.
The Sheriff's Office is a full-service law enforcement agency. The elected Sheriff employs full-time and part-time deputies to provide services in the areas of Corrections, Operations, Investigations, and Administrative Services. The officers of the County Sheriff Department are sworn to protect the lives and property of all those living in and passing through Halifax County.
The Virginia Department of Social Services (VDSS) provides assistance to the citizens of Virginia to help them live their best lives. One child, one senior citizen, one person at a time, VDSS programs and services help people triumph over poverty, abuse, and neglect, achieve self-sufficiency, and shape strong futures for themselves, their families, and their communities.
The Department of Tourism serves the broader interests of the economy of Halifax County by supporting, maintaining, and expanding efforts to generate increased visitor expenditures, tax revenues, and employment.
The Treasurer is responsible for the collection of all personal property and real estate taxes. This office is also responsible for collecting state income tax payments and estimated state income tax payments.