Public Notices

Public notices provide citizens with important information about how government performs its work. Virginia’s public notice laws require government, businesses and some individuals to give notice to the public when critically important actions are about to be taken – the foreclosure of a home, passage of a local ordinance, construction of a new highway, the adoption of a child – and so on. Newspapers (print and digital) provide a reliable, accessible way to reach the public.

A new law went into effect on July 1, 2019 that changed the requirements for newspapers that publish public notices and how they publish them. To read the key changes click here. To read the full law click here.

If you have any questions related to uploading notices to, contact Deana Meredith at


VPA has created a statewide public notice website to provide greater access to public notices in the Commonwealth. The website is keyword searchable, archived and free to use.

If you are a member needing to upload notices, click here.

Public Notices in Virginia Overview

The Virginia public notice process requires governments to work with newspapers to guarantee that notices are published with the correct frequency and on time and that all notices are archived. To learn more about the process – see our Public Notice Overview.

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Public Notice Resource Center

The Public Notice Resource Center (PNRC) is a nonprofit that promotes effective public notices and educates the public about its right to know

USA Public Notices

To view public notices published in other states, visit USA Legal Notice here.