Access to clean water is essential to your health and well-being. The Department of Public Works Utilities Division is responsible for ensuring the county’s water supply is safely and effectively managed and wastewater is handled appropriately to protect public health. County staff operate t…

September is National Preparedness Month and it is a great time for you and your family to review preparedness information for severe weather. During the fall season, Charles County is at risk for hurricanes, high winds, and severe thunderstorms. The Department of Emergency Services reminds …

Road safety for drivers, cyclists and pedestrians is important throughout the year, but especially as the school year begins, it is vital that all residents remain focused and vigilant on and near roadways. The Department of Public Works houses two divisions that work together to improve you…

Whether you are a team player, cardio enthusiast, or overall sports fan, our Department of Recreation, Parks, and Tourism has an activity or program to satisfy your fitness needs. You can enjoy drop-in activities such as basketball, volleyball, pickleball, table tennis, and open swim without…

Charles County is a captivating escape just outside the nation’s capital, bursting with legendary figures and treasures. Our great county has a rich history and many sites along national and state scenic byways and heritage trails. One such byway is the Religious Freedom National Scenic Bywa…

Our tourism attractions, from parks and trails, to historic sites and farms, are what make Charles County a unique trip for visitors, as well as a place that residents are proud to call home. Our Tourism Division within in the Department of Recreation, Parks and Tourism is currently implemen…

Chapel Point State Park, located approximately 5 miles south of La Plata off Chapel Point Road, is an 821-acre hidden gem in Charles County. The park offers you and your family great opportunities to enjoy the natural, historic and cultural features of the Port Tobacco River region. To furth…

As a taxpayer, your investment supports vital community priorities like the county’s schools, sheriff’s office, transportation, parks, and many other services that positively influence our quality of life. Let’s explore the recently adopted budget for next year, which provides the details on…

Mental health is essential to everyone’s overall health and well-being. Everyone struggles from time to time. If you or someone you know need help, local resources are available. In support of Mental Health Awareness Month, our Charles County Department of Health would like to remind residen…

As we prepare to dive into summer, it’s a great time to refresh your water safety skills. Water safety is important throughout the year, but especially during the warmer months when pools open and children are more inclined to play outdoors. Before you make a splash in the pool this summer, …

The weather is warming up, which means grilling season is here. Our fire departments and emergency staff want you to enjoy time with your loved ones safely without injury or trips to the emergency room. Avoid making your family cookout memorable for all the wrong reasons by practicing grilli…

Your next great escape into nature and away from the weekday hustle and bustle is right in your backyard. Make Charles County’s newest park, Port Tobacco River Park/ Tom Roland Natural Resource Area, your next weekend excursion or afternoon hangout, and enjoy one of our most unique natural r…

Everyone can easily be swept into the thrill of a good sports game and forget the example they are setting for those around them. Our Recreation Division provides many opportunities to enjoy sports on the field or in the gym through leagues and teams. Especially with children-aged leagues an…

There are about 10,000 small local businesses operating in Charles County, according to the U.S. Census, including self-employed individuals, as well as employers. Our small business owners are passionate about growing their businesses and creating jobs locally, and significant in the county…

Pets are an important part of our community and a big part of our everyday lives. The Department of Emergency Services Animal Control Division works to assist you with all domestic animal concerns in the county. The division responds to anything from basic public nuisance complaints such as …

If you have a resolution to declutter your home, now is a great time to start. Although you may have items to donate, recycle, or toss in the trash, you may also have potentially hazardous items that require special handling. Consider participating in the household hazardous waste collection…

During the winter season, snow clearance is vital to ensuring your safety. The Department of Public Works clears and treats the county roadways during winter weather, while residents, homeowners’ associations and businesses are responsible for clearing their driveways and sidewalks. Clearing…

As a taxpayer, you play an essential role in helping Charles County Government provide services to the community. You can learn how your tax dollars are utilized throughout the year by reading the 2017 Annual Report or watching the Year in Review video. The Annual Report is a snapshot of Cha…

Commercial property owners in Charles County have a new option for upgrading buildings — new or existing — with energy efficient systems through the Property Assessed Clean Energy program, or PACE. Recently, Charles County Government partnered with the state of Maryland to make this program …

It can be difficult to watch our loved ones age, but even more difficult when they need long-term care to perform everyday activities. The Aging and Human Services Division, within the Department of Community Services, is your resource for learning about the long-term care options available …