Usage Guidelines

The Virginia Capitol, one of the most historic structures in the Western Hemisphere, every year welcomes thousands of Virginia citizens and visitors from around the country and throughout the world. The Virginia Capitol is unique among historic sites because it also is a working government building. It is important to respect and safeguard the historic nature of the Capitol as well as preserve the public's access to their government without impeding the day-to-day operations of state government and the conduct of the people's business.

In accordance with local, state, and federal laws, rules, and regulations, interim rules regarding the Capitol and the House and Senate galleries have been established jointly by the Clerk of the House and the Clerk of the Senate at the direction of the General Assembly's Committee on Joint Rules.

Before entering the Capitol, all visitors are screened by a magnetometer and all items that are permitted inside the building are screened by an x-ray device.

Emergency Evacuation Information

In the event of an emergency, please proceed to the nearest exit and follow the guidance of Capitol Police Officers.To report an emergency or suspicious activity, please inform the nearest Capitol Police Officer.

Related Links:
  1. House building rules Capitol, Gallery and Mezzanine Use Policy
  2. Senate building rules Capitol, Gallery and Mezzanine Use Policy
  3. The Capitol After Hours How to reserve space for a special event
  4. Room Use & Meeting Space Reservation of meeting space during business hours
  5. Capitol Square Events Information on event permits to be held on Capitol Grounds
  6. Photography Policy Photography and Filming Guidelines