The tips here are meant to be a helpful start for anyone having to navigate the city beaurocracy.
ODWA is not an extension of the government - so use these links, but talk to the people downtown who will have the very latest information. Make certain you understand their procedues and the correct order and deadlines for filing.
If you are putting up a fence, addition, or any other kind of structure, you may also need to get a variance from the Land Use Section of the Urban Development Department (208-5895). Variances are only issued after an advertised public meeting allowing for input from area residents area residents for comment - so be nice to your neighbors. The Land Use Section's Home Page also contains links and downloads about permits and codes for building, electrical, and plumbing work.
Once the historic and zoning hurdles are cleared, the City of Mobile requires all residents to obtain a permit for all work valued over $35. You can download rules about getting a permit from http://www.cityofmobile.org/pdf/150CA017.PDF.
Penalities for non-compliance can include fines and forced-removal of unapproved work.
Dial 311 to contact the city government 24 hours a day 7 days a week by dialing 311 to regarding any issue including trash, litter, animal control, and ditches.
Trash pick up in the Old Dauphin Way Historic District is on every other Monday. Each residence is limited to approx. 2 cubic yards (3 feet x 3 feet x 3 feet) or the equivalent of 15 bags. Larger quantities can be taken by residents to landfill or collected by the Public Works Dept. for a small charge. If your collection day falls on a holiday or you need more information, call the Trash Department at 208-2940. .
As of Jan 1, 2016 the dates posted on the city website for our district's bi-weekly collection were these:
Placement of trash at curbside more than 48 hours prior to the scheduled day of collection. Fine and court costs: $406.00.
Placement of trash on sidewalks, medians, or vacant lots.
Blowing or sweeping of grass or leaves into gutters or storm drains.
Residential trash is defined as limbs, old furniture, appliances, and junk. Yard trimmings and grass clippings should be composed, used as mulch or bagged for collection.
Each residence is limited to approximately 2 cubic yards (3 ft. x 3ft. X 6 ft.) or the equivalent of 15 bags every other week. Larger quantities can be taken by the resident to the trash fill or collected by the Public Works Department for a charge.
If your collection day falls on a holiday or you need more information call Public Works: 208-2940.
Live Oaks are a special case (try to imagine Mobile without them). You need to get a permit just to prune one - a job generally done by a licensed service.
In all cases, an Urban Forest Ranger may come to your home to see what you're planning on doing and offer advice..
Please remember that we can't assume resposibility for a rule that's changed without our knowledge - so before you reach for that chainsaw, visit Urban Forestry's website or give them a call at 251-208-7896.