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Corporation of Harpers Ferry

Police Department

¤ Public parking and traffic restrictions in place until further notice - 27 Mar 2020

Following Governor Jim Justice’s orders, due to the COVID-19 outbreak and due to the fact that Harpers Ferry is a mixing point between many large cities drawing visitors from various locations and has the potential to promote the spread of the disease, the Mayor, Recorder and Town Council are taking steps to combat the observed unsafe gatherings of people that violate necessary social distancing to stop the spread of this virus.

Effective 5:00 p.m. on Friday, 27 March 2020, the Town will be temporarily closing all public parking within the Corporation of Harpers Ferry. Paid parking signs have been temporarily changed to no parking. Residents with permits may continue to park along Washington Street.

During the weekend, Hog Alley will be closed and there will be no left turn from High Street onto Shenandoah Street. Anyone driving into the downtown area from Washington Street will be directed out of town via Shenandoah Street. Traffic entering Town via US 340 / Shenandoah Street will be directed up High / Washington Street. Except for residents and merchants who remain open, no traffic will be permitted on Potomac Street during the weekend.

The Town is working with the National Park Service to close all of their parking lots under their control within the Corporation. St. Peter’s Church closed their parking lot on Church Street.

The Police Chief and the Park Service will continue to monitor the Monday thru Friday traffic in lower town and will make modifications to the plan as necessary.

The Parking Committee thanks you for your understanding during these unprecedented circumstances.

How to pay Harpers Ferry police citations during the COVID-19 outbreak - 16 Mar 2020

The Harpers Ferry Police Department is taking social distancing precautions to protect you and our employees by limiting in-person transactions. Police Department offices remain open and operational; however, in-person contact will be by appointment only. During this time, all customers are encouraged to pay citations by credit card over the telephone, or by check or money order using the physical drop box at the Police Department. Click here for further information.

Residential Parking Permits

Residential Parking Permits decals are available at the Harpers Ferry Police Department. The permit fee is $5.00 per decal. Permits expire at the end of the calendar year and are not prorated. Applicants must complete the Application for Residential Parking Permit. Present the completed form, along with a current driver’s license, vehicle registration, and permit fee, to the Police Department Clerk, Susan Waters, who will process the application. If the address on the driver's license is NOT Harpers Ferry, the applicant must provide other proof of residential status (water bill, electric bill, etc.). Applications must be complete for processing. A Guest Pass may also be obtained; see the Police Department Clerk for that form. Office hours are Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., closed for lunch from 12:00 noon to 1:00 p.m.


The Harpers Ferry Police Department protects and serves the citizens of Harpers Ferry. Mutual cooperative agreements with the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office and the National Park Service allow the Police Department to assist outside the boundaries of the Town when necessary, and vice versa.

Parking enforcement within Harpers Ferry also falls under the responsibilities and authority of the Police Department, in conjunction with the Parking Committee. Residential street parking is by permit only. The application for parking permits, as well as the official parking policy, can be found in the column at right.

Police Department Staff

John D. Brown, Chief of Police
Sergeant Michael Armentrout
Officer Adam Letts
Officer Christopher J. Hill
Officer Daniel Ruffner
Susan Waters, Administrative Assistant

Parking Committee

Barbara Humes
Hardwick S. Johnson, Jr.
Charlotte Thompson

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Corporation of

1000 Washington St
PO Box 217
Harpers Ferry WV 25425

Telephone: 304-535-2206


Monday to Friday
8:30 a.m. - 12:00 noon
1:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

FOIA Requests



Application for Residential Parking Permit

HF Parking Policy and Permit Process

Ordinance Article 320.14 Residential permit holders' parking

Parking policy slide presentation


Office: 304-535-6366
Fax: 304-535-3046

Mailing address:
PO Box 551
Harpers Ferry WV  25425


Monday to Friday
8:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon
1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.


The Harpers Ferry Police Department is located at 1000 Washington Street, below Town Hall.