If you live in a Historic District, there are additional ordinances and policies that you should be aware of. You can view a map of the historic districts on the Tuscaloosa city website.
Historic homes may be occupied by no more than 2 unrelated persons, unless the property has been certified to allow its occupation by no more than 3 unrelated persons. If you are considering renting a property in a historic district, please readand call 205-248-5100 to find out the occupancy restrictions on the property.
Also, garbage carts cannot be stored in front of a house in a historic district. Garbage carts must be stored behind the house, or on a side that is not in view from the front of the house.
The City of Tuscaloosa has several ordinances that can impact off-campus residents. Fines can range from $50 up to $500 and one year in jail depending on the violation, the circumstance, past violations, etc.
Appliances or furniture that are intended for indoor use should not be outside of your house or apartment.
You can be fined for noise violations in residential areas. City ordinance states that the acceptable level of sound coming from your residence between 6 a.m.-9 p.m. is 75 decibels. Acceptable level of sound coming from your residence between 9 p.m.-6 a.m. is 65 decibels. As an example of these volumes, a typical vacuum cleaner could be 60-85 decibels and a whistling teakettle is roughly 80 decibels.
To report a noise violation, please call TPD’s non-emergency line at 205-349-2121.