Birmingham was founded June 1, 1871, at the
intersection of two major railroads, within the proximity of elements
needed for iron and steel production. The city was nicknamed the Magic
City, due to rapid growth through the turn of the century. The Great
Depression of 1933 began an economic decline in industrial commerce and
shortly after World War II; engineering and medical professionals began
an influx that has become symmetry for the city’s workforce, along with
manufacturing and service-oriented businesses. Overlooking the city on
nearby Red Mountain is the world's largest cast iron statue, Vulcan;
named after the Roman god of the forge and created by sculptor Giuseppe
We are located at Latitude 33° 31’ 29” North and
Longitude 86° 48’ 46” West
Population at 2000 census was 242,820 – urbanized area
City of Birmingham Offices are primarily located at City Hall, 710 20th Street North, 254-2000. The city’s official website is www.birminghamal.gov.
Jefferson County Offices are located at the Jefferson County Courthouse, 716 Richard Arrington Jr. Blvd. North, 325-5717. For more information about county services, go to http://jeffconline.jccal.org/.
Three different departments handle property taxes, assessment & collection:
County Board of Equalization appraises property values. Birmingham 325-5566.
The Jefferson County Tax Assessor processes your property tax bills. Birmingham 325-5505.
The Jefferson County Tax Collectors collect these tax payments. Birmingham 325-5500.
Governmental links for National, State, County, Municipal, Business, Educational and General Information may be explored at http://www.presidentprotem.alsenate.gov/links.html, courtesy of Senator Rodger Smitherman, President Pro Tempore of the Alabama Senate.
Alabama One-Stop: One-Stop Access to various Alabama Government Services via the internet. Includes Hunting & Fishing Licenses and Discover Alabama.
News in Birmingham can be found online at www.al.com.
Birmingham Public Library, Central Branch, 2100 Park Place, 226-3600 or www.bplonline.org, offers a free membership card to residents of Jefferson County and hosts a variety of services including a Bestsellers Club, Brown Bag Lunch Series featuring author readings, computer classes, free computer use and voter registration.
Greater Birmingham Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, 2200 9th Avenue North, 458-8000 or www.birminghamal.org offers all you need to know about traveling around the city and offers free guides and maps.
Neighborhood Associations, 10th floor, City Hall, 710 20th Street North, 254-2309 or visit www.birminghamal.gov. The City of Birmingham Department of Community Development coordinates a list of community groups.
Downtown Area Rapid Transport (DART) Bus System offers three
lines that run north and south and between Five Points to Downtown, east
and west, around downtown and east and west between the University of
Alabama – Birmingham (UAB) and Lakeview. They are green and red
trolleys. Rides are $ .25 and the route map is on the wall. Call
521-0101 or www.bjcta.org.
Metro Area Express (MAX) Bus System is Birmingham’s major bus
system with natural gas trolleys and electric buses, most of which have
bicycle racks. Rates are $1.00; transfer fee is $ .25. However, when a
red flag is displayed on the front of the bus indicating ozone day, the
rate is $ .25 all day. Call 521-0101 or www.bjcta.org.
TRANSPORTATION – PERSONAL
Mandatory Vehicle Insurance is the law in Alabama. Minimum
liability limits are $20,000 for injury liability for one person, in an
accident, $40,000 for all injuries in an accident and $10,000 for
property damage in an accident. Drivers are required to carry proof of
insurance, which must be shown to the police during routine traffic
stops and roadblocks. Failure to show this proof of insurance results in
fines and/or suspension of vehicle tag registration.
Motor Vehicle Registration includes the payment of vehicles
taxes and registration with an area Revenue Department office. Call
Motor Vehicle Tags & License can be obtained at the
Jefferson County courthouse, 908 Bankhead Highway West, 252-7445. New
residents have 30 days to purchase an Alabama driver’s license and
vehicle tag. Residents with a valid out-of-state license need only take
an eye exam.
Alabama Power, 600 18th Street North, Main 257-1000,
residential 800-245-2244 or www.alabamapower.com, supplies
electricity. For emergencies, call 1-800-888-APCO.
Alagasco, 20 20th Street South,
Customer Service 326-8200 or www.alagasco.com,
offers natural gas. For emergencies, call 1-800-292-4008.
Telephone service provider is AT&T. New service or changes
to existing service can be accessed online at www.att.com
or call 888-764-2500.
Trash Pickup is performed by the Birmingham Street and
Sanitation Department. Trash should be set out between 6 pm and 6 am.
You may call the appropriate district office to find out what days trash
and recycling is picked up in your area. City of Birmingham at
Water & Sewer service can be established by filling out a
form, providing a photo ID and a copy of your deed or lease, to
Birmingham Water Works Board. You may get a form at
www.birminghamwaterworks.com or call 251-3261. For emergencies, call
ALL EMERGENCIES (Fire/Police/Ambulance) DIAL 911
Assistance) DIAL 311
CAP (City Action Partnership) 251-0111
CAP can only assist you if you are within the Business
Improvement District, which is bounded to the north by 11th Avenue
North (to include the Birmingham Jefferson Convention Complex, BJCC)
south to 5th Avenue South, east to 22nd Street and west to 16th Street
North & 18th Street South, respectively. For more information, visit