What is an ANC?

Washington DC is divided into 40 districts called Advisory Neighborhood Commissions, or ANCs.

ANCs are made up of 2-12 commissioners who make decisions about a broad range of issues in your community, such as liquor licenses, parking, and sanitation.

This is your most local form of government.

Single Member Districts

Each commissioner on an ANC represents a division of Washington DC called a Single Member District, or SMD. Commissioners each represent about 2,000 DC residents who live in the SMD.

You elect your ANC commissioner every two years in non-partisan elections.

What do ANCs do?

ANCs advise the DC government about issues that affect their community, such as parking, recreation, street improvements, liquor licenses, zoning, restaurants, the police, sanitation, and the District's annual budget.

Your ANC commissioners also control grant money of several thousand dollars (or more) for the general purpose of improving their area and hiring staff for the ANC.

Learn more about ANC authority and budget »

Who elects ANC commissioners?

ANC commissioners each represent one single member district (SMD). ANC campaigns are typically small, grassroots efforts. In fact, winning candidates often run unopposed and receive just a few hundred votes.

To run for a seat, a candidate must collect 25 signatures from registered voters in his or her SMD. Visit the DC Board of Elections website to learn more about running for ANC commissioner.

How can I get involved?

To get involved in your ANC, you can attend ANC meetings, learn more about your ANC, or even become an ANC Commissioner.

Start by finding your ANC.