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What is an ANC? PDF Print E-mail

An Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) is a nonpartisan neighborhood organization that serves as the neighborhood's official voice in advising the District government and Federal agencies on matters that affect its service area. Issues include zoning, streets, recreation, education, social services, sanitation, planning, safety, and health. District officials must obtain ANCs' recommendations on these matters but need not follow the recommendations. The ANCs' most important power, therefore, is the power of involved and concerned citizens.

Advisory Neighborhood Commissioners, each elected from a Single Member District (SMD) of about 2,000 voters, serve without pay for two-year terms. The ANCs were created in 1976, a unique feature of the District's Home Rule. There are currently 37 ANCs.


ANC 1C, the Adams Morgan Advisory Neighborhood Commission, covers the area between Harvard St. and Rock Creek to the north, Florida Ave. and U St. to the south, 16th St. to the east, and Connecticut Ave. to the west - see our map and description of the ANC and SMDs. The Commissioners stay in touch with the community through monthly meetings, SMD meetings, and neighborhood and block associations. The Commissioners also invite members of their districts to contact them directly. The ANC operates under its by-laws, approved at the February 2004 business meeting.