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Short-term Rental Requirements for Residences

Jun 21, 2018

Are you interested in utilizing your residence for short-term rental purposes, such as through an online platform such as AirBnB, HomeAway, VRBO, etc.? If so, then please be advised of the following information.

City Council recently adopted an ordinance enabling property owners to potentially utilize their residences for rentals of 30 consecutive days or less. The ability to rent out a room or the entire dwelling on one of the many online platforms is dependent on a few zoning considerations. The adopted ordinance has two tiers of short-term rental uses:

Experience the Sixth Annual Rockin’ Independence Eve in Old Town on July 3rd

Jun 20, 2018

Celebrate America’s birthday early at the sixth annual Rockin’ Independence Eve in Old Town Winchester on Tuesday, July 3 from 5:00-11:00 pm.  Rockin’ Independence Eve is a free, family-friendly event offering live entertainment and a fireworks display.  The Taylor Pavilion in Old Town will host live bands and a beer and wine garden, and the popular Snow White Grill hamburger eating contest. Admission into the pavilion is free and beverages sales benefit the SPCA of Winchester, Frederick, and Clarke Counties.

2018 Independence Day Schedule

Jun 20, 2018

The City of Winchester will operate on the following schedule in observance of the Independence Day holiday:

City honored for patriotism and roundabout flag

Jun 14, 2018

In honor of National Flag Day today, members of the Col. James Wood II Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) presented a certificate to the City of Winchester to recognize the flag display at the Piccadilly Street and National Avenue intersection (photo attached).

“It is a great honor for me to see a display such as this that honors our country, the state, the City of Winchester, and all patriotic Winchester,” stated SAR Chapter President, Dale Corey, at the certificate presentation ceremony. “We thank you from the bottom of our hearts.”

New Director Hired for Winchester Regional Airport

Jun 08, 2018

The Winchester Regional Airport Authority is pleased to announce that a new Executive Director has been hired and will begin on July 9, 2018.

Gene Fisher, Chairman of the Airport Authority, states, “When you have a very dedicated, long-term employee who is retiring, like our current Director, Renny Manuel, it’s tough to fill the position. We had good candidates and believe we have found someone that will be a good fit for our organization and will help guide our airport into the future.”

Winchester Police to host inaugural North End Summer Kick-Off

Jun 05, 2018

The Winchester Police Department (WPD) will host its inaugural North End Summer Kick-Off on Friday, June 8 from 2:00- 5:00 p.m. at Frederick Douglass Park in Winchester.

“The North End Summer Kick-Off is an addition to the series of successful community outreach events that the WPD has offered in the past year,” stated Lt. Amanda Behan. “We are looking forward to connecting with area middle and high school students with the fun activities that we have planned.”

Classic Movie Series returns to Old Town

Jun 04, 2018

Old Town Winchester’s Classic Movie Night series at the Taylor Pavilion is back for a fourth summer. These FREE outdoor movies are held at dusk (approximately 8:30 pm) every second Saturday in June, July and August and screened by Magic Lantern Theater. Attendees are encouraged to bring seating.

2018 Movies:

“Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” – June 9 (Rain location Grace Evangelical Church)

UPDATE: Outdoor Pool opening

Jun 01, 2018

As of June 1, 2018:

The Jim Barnett Park outdoor pool will open for the season on Friday, June 8 (noon-6:45 pm).


As of May 25, 2018:

Please note that the outdoor pool resurfacing project has further delayed the opening of the outdoor pool which will not be opening on June 2 as previously announced (see below). At this time, the opening date is to be determined. Check the Winchester Parks and Recreation website or the City’s social media sites for updates.

Vice-Mayor Hill to host quarterly community meetings

May 30, 2018

In an effort to keep the community informed, Vice-Mayor John Hill will host quarterly community informational meetings on designated topics. This session will focus on development services in Winchester (economic development, planning, zoning, and inspections). All meetings are open to the public and will take place from 10 am-noon. Submit questions in advance or topic ideas for future meetings at www.winchesterva.gov/community-meetings.

Winchester Fire & Rescue to conduct smoke alarm canvass in Linden Drive area

May 29, 2018

The Winchester Fire & Rescue Department (WFRD) will conduct a working smoke alarm canvass in the Linden Drive area of the city during the evening of May 29, 2018.

During its canvass, the WFRD will be hanging informational doorhangers, supplying and installing new batteries for existing smoke alarms, and providing new smoke alarms to residents who are in need of properly functioning equipment.