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 two unrelated persons may occupy historic homes, unless the property has been certified to occupy no more than three 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 of Tuscaloosa 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.

For more information on noise ordinances read Sec. 10.8-13 Noise in residential districts. or to report a noise violation, call TPD’s non-emergency line at 205-349-2121.