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If you plan to operate a business in the City of Pelham, you must first meet all requirements. The Building Department will inspect the location to make sure there have been no changes to the building and make sure the building is up to code and the proper zoning for the type of business that is being applied for. Once the inspection is completed and signed off on by the Building Official, we will continue with the process of getting the license.
- Cash- Check- Credit cards - the credit card company charges a fee of 3.5%
Pelham has a ten business day turn around period for all commercial projects. For all residential projects, Pelham has a three to four business day turn around period.
Yes. Read Ordinance No. 135-136. For more information, please contact the Zoning Department at 205.620.6543.
The City of Pelham Sign Ordinance requires the issuance of a permit to erect, change or alter any type of sign. The square footage of the building determines the copy area and height. For more information, please contact the Zoning Department at 205.620.6543.
Why do I need a permit to do work on my own property?The City has adopted a comprehensive set of building codes that must be followed on construction projects within the City. These building codes govern the design, construction, alterations, and maintenance of structures. Building codes establish the minimum requirements to safeguard the health, safety, and welfare of the building's occupants. The permitting process is designed to allow the City to ensure that work is in compliance with the building codes. It also allows the City to ensure that contractors working in the City are properly licensed.
Why was a Stop Work Order issued?Stop Work Orders are issued by the City of Pelham when work is ongoing that does not conform to the City’s Code of Ordinances. The most common reason for a Stop Work Order being issued is for ongoing construction work not being properly permitted. The reason a Stop Work Order was issued on your property is listed on the Order
How do I obtain a permit?You can find information about obtaining a permit in several ways:
For your new location in Pelham you will need to have an inspection done. The new business inspection request form will need to be completely filled out and returned to our office, or it can be emailed to us. We perform a life safety inspection, on "new/added" location businesses to be sure nothing has been added without a permit, no loose wires, life safety items in place, etc. Once the business occupancy inspection request forms are returned we will start the internal zoning approval process. When we have zoning approval, we will accept payment for the inspection fee and set up an inspection on the day and time you choose. The building & fire inspectors will inspect in person at the time and day you choose, pending availability. Forms of payment we accept are cash, check and card. However, if you use card (debit/credit) it will charge an extra $3 as a processing fee and we do not accept American Express. Our office is located at Pelham City Hall, 3162 Pelham Parkway, Pelham, Alabama 35124. If you want to mail everything, please mail it to P.O. Box 1479 Pelham, AL 35124 Attn: Building Department.
Complete the Garage Sale Permit Application. Email it to the Building Department once complete, or you can drop it off in person at Pelham City Hall, 3162 Pelham Parkway, Pelham, Alabama 35124. The permit costs $10. You can submit for a garage sale permit no more than five days prior to the proposed garage sale. Each garage sale permit is valid for a period not to exceed two consecutive days. You are only allowed two garage sales per calendar year.
Garage Sale signs are only allowed in your yard where the sale is taking place per the sign ordinance. For more information on signage, please contact the Zoning Department at 205.620.6543.
The health clinic is located on County Road 35 that runs parallel to I-65 and intersects with County Road 52. Traveling south on I-65, please take Pelham/Helena exit 242. The clinic is located on the opposite side of I-65 from the Colonial Pipeline Tanks.For your convenience you may link to the bureau's website.
The license bureau is located on County Road 35 that runs parallel to I-65 and intersects with County Road 52. Traveling south on I-65, please take exit 242 the Pelham/Helena exit. The license office is located on the opposite side of I-65 from the Colonial Pipeline Tanks. Shelby County License Bureau Website
Greater Shelby County Chamber of Commerce1301 County Services DrivePelham, AL 35124Phone: 205-663-4542
Greater Shelby County Chamber of Commerce Website
The city contracts with Advanced Disposal to provide residential garbage service. Please call 205-620-6420 to begin or discontinue residential garbage service.
Pelham City Hall is temporarily located at: 401 Southgate Drive, Pelham, AL 35124Phone: 205-620-6400Fax: 205-663-0050
If you are bringing a group, we ask that you call us at 205-620-6500 to schedule a time so that we are prepared for your visit.
A food truck is a self contained vehicle, trailer or pushcart that serves prepared foods or prepares and serves food in various locations of the city.
No food truck may operate past the hours of operation of the business in which they are located, or 11:00 p.m., unless they have the mayor’s written approval.
Food trucks are responsible for the proper disposal of waste and trash associated with the operation. Trash receptacles must be within three feet of the truck. City trash receptacles shall not be used.
Come by the library during our regular hours to register for a library card. Bring your photo ID. If your ID does NOT have your current address, please bring in something that shows your current address and YOUR name. For example, a bill, piece of mail, or lease agreement. If you are under 18, your legal guardian will need to come with you to sign the application.
Yes! Library Cards are free for Shelby County residents or for individuals who work in Shelby County.
Yes. The Pelham Library is part of the Shelby County Library Cooperative. If you have gotten a library card from one of the other libraries in the County, it is good here!
Sorry, no. Hoover is part of the Jefferson County Library Cooperative, not the Shelby County Cooperative.
Items belonging to Pelham Library check out for the following timeframes:
Items (except new releases) will auto-renew unless someone else has requested it.
We have two services for digital books, movies, music, and other items: Hoopla and Overdrive.
We also offer free access to The Wall Street Journal and New York Times: Learn more about digital Newspapers
Download the Libby App or go to Camellia.Overdrive. Follow the direction to create an account. You will need your library card number and PIN (month and day of your birthday as a 4-digit number). If you do not have a library card, you may get an instant digital card.
To access materials through Hoopla, download the Hoopla App or go to Hoopla.com. Follow the directions to create an account. You will need your library card number and PIN (month and day of your birthday as a 4-digit number). If you do not have a library card, you may get a temporary account.
*You must be a Pelham resident for access to Hoopla.
For most fences, a permit is not required, but there are location and height requirements for fences. Please call the zoning office if you have questions.
Chickens are only allowed on properties that are zoned for Agriculture. Refer to the FAQ about finding your zoning district to determine whether you are allowed to keep chickens on your property.
Under some circumstances, you can operate a home occupation. Most home occupations are a home office, but as long as you can meet the requirements for a home occupation, you may complete an application and submit it to the revenue office.
We encourage you to visit the Report a Concern page on this website. If you do not have an account, you will need to create one. There is no cost for the account. Once you are logged in, choose Suspected Zoning Violation on the Report a Concern page to provide the information.
A permit is required for both temporary banner signs and permanent signs. We encourage you to review the Sign Ordinance before applying. When you are ready to apply, please download the Sign Permit Application and follow the instructions.
View the City of Pelham's zoning map. You can always call the zoning office to verify zoning if you are unsure.
Zoning helps communities make the best decisions on how land is used to ensure compatibility. At its best, it protects residential neighborhoods from being subjected to intensive commercial and industrial uses. In a nutshell, it keeps the city organized and balanced.
First, planning and zoning ensure that Pelham residents and business owners are healthy, safe, and thriving. Secondly, we desire to create residential communities that feel like home and are aesthetically pleasing. At the same time, commercial districts are planned in a manner that will be safe and appealing to the citizens while resulting in a growing economy.
The most common violations are rooted in concern for public safety. First, signs with a lot of movement or placed in the public right of way can distract drivers and possibly cause accidents. The second most common violation is illegal parking. Parking in one's yard or areas not approved for parking can pollute the groundwater and environment and can detract from the beauty of our neighborhoods and business districts.
We strive to develop relationships with residents and business owners. Doing so allows us to explain and educate them on the origin and purpose of the ordinance as it relates to the comprehensive plan. Most of the time that helps to de-escalate situations. Once we explain the big picture, most understand why we bring violations to their attention. We aim to communicate in person at first contact and give a reasonable timeframe to comply. When the deadline expires without compliance, we send a letter with a final deadline. If the property owner is still non-compliant after that deadline, the case goes to Pelham Municipal Court, where a judge may impose fines.
Vehicle owners must come to the Pelham Police Department to obtain a vehicle release.
An impounded vehicle will only be released to the registered owner of the vehicle. The registered owner is considered to be the person who is registered as being the owner according to State of Alabama vehicle records such as the vehicle title or vehicle registration. Ownership must be verified by one of the following: title, application for title, tag receipt, and/or bill of sale.
Picture identification must be presented to verify identity of vehicle owner. Any of the following documents are acceptable: Driver's license from any U.S. state or territory, ID card from any U.S. state or territory, U.S. passport, U.S. military ID, AST-60 form, U.S. Certificate of Naturalization, U.S. permanent resident card, U.S. employment authorization card, foreign driver's license, foreign passport, or consular ID card.
At the time of release, the legal registered owner must provide a valid and current driver's license.
Location of Impound Lots
Impounded vehicles may be retrieved between the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., seven days a week from the wrecker service impound lots listed below. You must obtain the vehicle release paperwork before going to the wrecker service impound lot.
Kirkland's Wrecker Service1365 McCain ParkwayPelham, AL 35124
Wheeler Wrecker Service3180 Lee StreetPelham, AL 35124
View the parking map.View the parking map.
Please contact the Shelby County Sheriff's Office at 205.669.4181, or visit their website to obtain a pistol permit.
Contact the Records Division at 205.620.6443 or 205.620.6463 for more information.
Reports are ready in three business days. There is a fee of $10 per report. You can request your report two ways.
You may request a copy of your vehicle crash report or incident report online.
The records window is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. We accept cash and check payments only. You must present a valid government-issued photo ID for verification.
Question: What do I do if this is an emergency or if online incident reporting is not right for me?Answer: If your incident is an emergency, call 911. If non-emergency, call 205.620.6550.
Question: What do I do if the incident took place outside of Pelham city limits?Answer: If the incident took place outside of the City of Pelham please call the police department for that city.
Question: What is a known suspect and what do I do if I have that information?Answer: A known suspect is when you or someone else knows the person or where to find the person who committed the crime or the license plate number of the vehicle the suspect(s) were in. If you have known suspect information, please call 205.620.6550 to report the incident.
Question: What do I do if the incident happened on a state freeway?Answer: If the incident took place on a state freeway please call the Highway Patrol Office nearest you.
Yes. Below is a list of approved bail bond companies:
Search for registered sex offenders by entering your address in the Sex Offender Registry Website.
Review instructions to file a complaint.
A business license is required by any person or other entity prior to starting any service or business activity in the City of Pelham. Inspections from both the Building Department and Fire Department must be made prior to occupancy and the issuance of a business license. When completing the license application, the business must also complete an inspection request form and pay the required inspection fee. Once both inspections have been made and approval is given, the business license will be issued and the business can occupy the location. If you have questions about the process or code requirements please call City Hall at 205-620-6400 or the Fire Department at 205-620-6500.
Street signs on city streets are installed by the developer at the time of initial development. The developer is responsible for these signs for a period of one year after installation. After this one-year period the Street Department is responsible for maintaining street signs on city streets. You may report a broken or missing street sign by calling the Street Department at 620-6416 or by submitting an online ticket.
To order garbage or recycle bins, you may call the Water Department at 205-620-6420.
The city contracts out the repair of traffic lights to a local company. To report traffic light problems you may call the Street Department at 205-620-6416.
After the water department repairs a leak, topsoil is normally placed in the yard within 2.5 to 3.5 weeks. Sodding or seeding of the yard is done after the ground has had time to settle. Depending on the severity of the leak, it may take two or three good rainfalls for the necessary settling to occur. For more information, contact us at 205-620-6420.
The Pelham Civic Complex & Ice Arena is the polling place for municipal elections.
Alabama Senate - Cam Ward, 14th District: 334-242-7873 - Slade Blackwell, 15th District: 334-242-7851 - J. T. “Jabo” Waggoner, 16th District: 334-242-7892
6th Congressional District - Honorable Gary Palmer - 3535 Grandview Parkway, Suite 525 - Birmingham, AL 35243 - Phone: 205-968-1290 - 442 Cannon House Office Building - Washington, D.C. 20515 - Phone: 202-225-4921 - Fax: 202-225-2082
U. S. Senators Honorable Richard Shelby - 321 Federal Building - 1800 5th Avenue North - Birmingham, AL 35203 - 205-731-1384 - 110 Hart Senate Office Building - Washington, D.C. 20510-0103 - Phone:202-224-5744 - Fax: 202-224-3416
Honorable Jeff Sessions - 341 Federal Building - 1800 5th Avenue North - Birmingham, AL 35203 - Phone: 205-731-1500 - 493 Russell Senate Office Bldg. - Washington, D.C. 20510-0104 - Phone: 202-224-4124 - Fax: 202-224-3149