Advisory Neighborhood Commissions

The Advisory Neighborhood Commissions Act of 1975 created ANCs to represent residents within Commission areas in each of the 8 Wards of the District. There are currently 40 ANCs comprised of 296 Single Member Districts (SMD). Each SMD has a population of approximately 2,000 residents and is represented by an elected ANC Commissioner. ANCs range in size from 2 to 12 SMDs depending on the size of the Commission area. ANCs are funded by District revenues through the annual appropriations process. ANCs receive annual funding through quarterly allotments disbursed by the Office of the Chief Financial Officer, Office of Finance and Resource Management (OFRM). OFRM disburses allotments, upon the recommendatin of the Auditor, into the accounts of each ANC that are individually maintained and overseen by the ANC.

The ANCs are empowered to advise the District government on matters of public policy, including decisions regarding planning, streets, recreation, social services, programs, health, safety, and sanitation in the Commission area. 

Pursuant to D.C. Code, ODCA is responsible for providing financial oversight of ANCs, auditing their financial accounts, and maintaining a database of financial information on each ANC for historical and expenditure trend analysis. ODCA also provides guidance to the ANCs to ensure that internal controls are adequate to produce reliable financial information and to help safeguard the ANC’s assets.

View written opinions issued by the Office of the Attorney General (OAG) which address common ANC concerns, frequently asked questions and issues requiring legal review or clarification of the applicability of the ANC Act of 1975 click here.  To view a list of the current ANC Commissioners visit  The full text of the ANC Act can be found here.

For inquiries regarding ANC issues or to submit Quarterly Financial Reports and documentation please contact

Key Offices involved in ANC Financial Matters:




Office of Advisory Neighborhood Commissions

Office of Finance and Resource Management

Office of the Attorney General