City Attorney

The City Attorney’s Office gives advice to and represents:

  • The Airport Authority
  • All City departments and employees
  • The Charlottesville Industrial Development Authority
  • The City as a corporate entity
  • City Council
  • City Manager
  • The Planning Commission
  • The Retirement Commission

Roles of the Office

The City Attorney’s Office is not allowed to give advice about personal or private legal problems of citizens but can answer legal questions related to City activities, including interpretation of the City Code. 

The office drafts resolutions and ordinances for City Council consideration, drafts and reviews contracts, issues opinions on zoning, procurement, and personnel matters, and response to inquiries under the Freedom of Information Act. It also handles certain types of litigation, risk management, and real estate matters.

City Code

Take a look at searchable Charlottesville City Code information. You may also call our office at 434-970-3131 to find out if any particular Code section has been amended recently.

Policies & Agreements

Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)

If you wish to submit a FOIA request, please view the FOIA page.