Historic Districts

If you live in a Historic District, additional ordinances and policies apply. View a map of the historic districts on the Tuscaloosa city website.

No more than 2 unrelated persons may occupy historic homes, unless the property has been certified to allow no more than 3 unrelated persons. If you are considering renting a property in a historic district, read Sec. 20-15.34 Occupancy Restrictions in Historic Districts and call 205-248-5100 to find out the occupancy restrictions on the property.

Also, residents must not store garbage carts in front of a house in a historic district. Store garbage carts behind the house or on a side not visible from the front of the house.

Ordinance Violations

The City of Tuscaloosa has several ordinances that impact off-campus residents. Fines range from $50 up to $500 and one year in jail depending on the violation, circumstances, past violations, etc.

On or near your property:

  • Not cutting the grass
  • Littering the streets and premises
  • Accumulation of trash
  • Garbage cans on the curb more than 24 hours before/after pick-up
  • Parking in front yard or other illegal areas
  • Trespassing at a lake
  • Dog at large (not on a leash)
  • 4 or more unrelated persons living together (3 or more in historic districts)
  • Do not use appliances or furniture intended for indoor outside of your house or apartment

Anywhere in the Tuscaloosa area:

  • Minor in possession – ­fine and possible license suspension
  • Improper or fake ID
  • Public intoxication – fi­ne and alcohol program
  • Open beverage (including cups)
  • Sale of alcohol to minors
  • Adult allowing minors to consume alcohol at open house party – mandatory court appearance
  • Noise ordinance violation
  • Domestic violence – mandatory court appearance


The city issues fines for noise violations in residential areas. City ordinance states the acceptable level of sound coming from your residence between 6 a.m.-9 p.m. is 75 decibels, and between 9 p.m.-6 a.m. is 65 decibels. A typical vacuum cleaner is around 60-85 decibels and a whistling teakettle is roughly 80 decibels.

To report a noise violation, call TPD’s non-emergency line at 205-349-2121.