Good Neighbor Guide
Call 311 or visit 311.dc.gov to arrange for pick-up of large items such as furniture, large appliances, mattresses (must be wrapped in plastic), or rugs. Please review the bulk trash regulations as not all items are collected. Once you request a bulk trash pick-up, you will receive a collection date. Place your bulk trash in the same place as your regular trash no earlier than 6:30 p.m. on the day prior to your scheduled collection date.
Foggy Bottom Alert
This email list informs subscribers on public safety matters and issues involving the city government and the residential quality of the neighborhood. The Alert does not allow advertising or commercial messages. You can subscribe to the Alert for free by sending an email to FoggyBottomAlertfirstname.lastname@example.org.
Foggy Bottom Association
We’re a neighborhood civic association, founded in the 1950s to enhance and protect the residential quality of the area and keep residents informed on matters affecting the community. The FBA holds meetings six times each year with speakers of interest to the residents. The meetings are usually held the last Monday evening of the month. To join the Foggy Bottom Association, send an email to email@example.com
Foggy Bottom/West End Advisory Neighborhood Commission
Composed of six elected representatives from the community, the ANC is the area’s official voice with the District government on matters such as zoning, public safety, and environment. Under the terms of the Home Rule charter, city agencies are required to give great weight to the views of the Commission. Public ANC meetings are held once a month; the location varies. Email ANC2aed@earthlink.net or visit the web site at www.anc2a.org
Help beautify our community with half barrels and flowers in the public areas. To volunteer or to find out how to contribute, please call Ken at (202) 338.2471.
Grocery Shuttle for Seniors
Family Matters runs a shuttle to several local grocery stores for Foggy Bottom/West End residents over 65. For a schedule, or to make a reservation, please call the Family Matters office at (202) 232‑4202, Monday through Friday between 9:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.
If you have not done so, you will need to complete a D.C. Office on Aging Intake form to participate. Family Matters can help you complete the form over the telephone. The shuttle van picks up passengers at Watergate East, 2510 Virginia Avenue, NW, at 10:00 a.m., and returns at approximately 11:30. Family Matters is part of the Senior Service Network and is supported by the D.C. Office on Aging.
Houses within the Foggy Bottom Historic District may require a permit for any exterior work. Call (202) 4428800 for more information or visit planning.dc.gov.
Litter & Graffiti
Studies have shown that not removing litter and graffiti immediately only leads to more litter and graffiti. Please pick up any litter you see and report any graffiti to 311 or 311.dc.gov.
Noise At Night
The D.C. Noise at Night Law prohibits noise between 10:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. that “is likely to annoy or disturb one or more other persons in their residences.” Loud parties, loud music, screaming, or any other activity that creates noise after 10:00 p.m. can subject the offender to fines of up to $500; repeat offenders are subject to arrest. Report excessive noise to the Metropolitan Police Department by dialing 911. You may need to call more than once.
Parking & Blocking Sidewalks
Much of the area has residential parking restrictions banning daytime and evening parking for more than 2 hours, except for cars displaying a Zone 2 residential parking permit. Blocking driveways or sidewalks is prohibited at all times. Ticketing is frequent and unrelenting, and violators are subject to towing as well. Temporary parking permits for visitors are available at the 2nd Police District. During the day, you can request parking enforcement by calling 311; if it is necessary to have a vehicle ticketed after 5:00 p.m., call 911 and request that the next available MPD officer respond.
District law requires owners to pick up and dispose of their pets’ solid waste, even on grassy park areas. The fine for failure to pick up after a dog is $50 per occurrence.
Newspapers, cans, bottles and plastic containers (#1 or #2 on the bottom) for recycling are collected every Fridays; in the case of a holiday, recycling collection will “slide” to Saturday. They must be placed in the recycling containers provided by the city. Newspapers must be tied and cardboard boxes must be broken down and tied.
For the safety of tenants, DC requires landlords to have a Certificate of Occupancy, a Business License, and, under certain circumstances, to be a Registered Agent. Confirm that your landlord has all the necessary permits by calling the DC Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA) at (202) 4424610. If you wish to have a fire safety inspection, call DCRA at (202) 442‑4400 or the DC Fire Marshall at (202) 727‑1614.
Sidewalks & Tree Spaces
Although they technically belong to the city, D.C. law requires residents to keep them clean. Leaves must be removed and bagged. Leaves should also be removed from the curbside gutters.
Please do not post notices (except for those announcing Advisory Neighborhood Commission meetings) on D.C. property such lampposts, trees, or utility boxes. If you see signs, please remove them.
Homeowners, renters, and business owners are responsible for removing snow from the front of their houses. D.C. law requires snow be removed from the sidewalk within 24 hours after a snowstorm ends. Failure to remove snow promptly can subject the occupant of the house or business to a fine.
Most students are good neighbors. A few, however, cause problems. Report excessive noise or disturbances to the Metropolitan Police by calling 911.
You should also report student disturbances to GWU so they can compile a record and discipline students who are repeatedly disruptive. The GWU PD number is (202) 9946110. Please note that GWU PD will only take a report; they are precluded by current law from responding to off-campus incidents.
The University Police Chief has a TIP line for confidential reports.
You can call (202) 994-TIPS (8477).
You may also leave a message with the Office of Community Relations at (202) 994‑3201.
D.C. collects trash from single-family homes in Foggy Bottom/West End twice a week, on Tuesday and Friday mornings. A holiday delays the pick-up by one day for the rest of that week. Trash should be placed on the curb after 6:30 p.m. on the night before the collection day in a sturdy trash container. You can call 311 or visit 311.dc.gov to request delivery of city trash ($45) and/or recycling ($45) containers. No trash is to be left out between trash pick-up days. Residents are responsible for keeping the area around their property free of litter. Violators can be cited and fined.
Ward 2 D.C. Councilmember:
Phone Numbers & Websites
D.C. Police & Fire Emergency & Non-Emergency
Metropolitan Police 2nd District Station
D.C. Government Services
Water or Sewer Problem
Electric Power Outages
Library: West End Library
Dept of Motor Vehicles