An Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) is a non-partisan, neighborhood body made up of locally elected representatives called Advisory Neighborhood Commissioners. Each ANC is subdivided into a number of smaller areas called Single Member Districts (SMDs). One Commissioner is elected per SMD and represents about 2,000 people. Commissioners serve two-year terms without pay.

The ANCs were established to bring government closer to the people, and to bring the people closer to government. Their main job is to be their neighborhood's official voice in advising the District government (and federal agencies) on things that affect their neighborhoods. Although they are not required to follow an ANC's advice, DC agencies are required to give an ANC's recommendations "great weight." Moreover, DC law says that agencies cannot take any action that will significantly affect a neighborhood unless they give the affected ANC 30 days notice. This includes zoning, streets, recreation, education, social services, sanitation, planning, safety, budget, and health services.


The Advisory Neighborhood Commissions Act of 1975 created ANCs to represent residents within Commission areas in each of the 8 Wards of the District. The provisions of the Act are available here.

ANC 4B's Bylaws are available on its website by clicking on the "Bylaws" link at the top of the page, and its Rules of Procedure are available here.


ANC 4B holds its monthly planning meeting the second Tuesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. at the MPD 4th District Headquarters (6001 Georgia Avenue, NW), and its monthly regular meeting the fourth Monday of the month at 7:00 p.m. at the MPD 4th District Headquarters (6001 Georgia Avenue, NW).


Click here for meeting agendas and minutes.

*Photo courtesy of Tearsa Coates.*


ANCs are granted "party status" before some government entities, such as the Zoning Commission, the Board of  Zoning Adjustment, and the Alcohol License Review Board. For many government entities, ANC recommendations are given "great weight," but do not require agency action. ANCs express their positions via resolutions. A collection of resolutions from ANCs across DC is available here.


ANC 4B extends from Georgia Avenue to the West; Eastern Avenue to the East; and Longfellow Street, Shepherd Road, Missouri Avenue, Riggs Road, South Dakota Avenue, and Kennedy Street to the South. SMD 4B02 extends from Georgia Avenue to the West; Elder Street, Highland Avenue, Butternut Street, and Cedar Street to the North; Blair Road and 4th Street to the East, and Van Buren Street to the South. If you are unsure of which ANC you live in, check here.

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