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Administration
    1.  What number do I call for Ad Valorem tax information?
    2.  What number do I call for the County Highway Department?
    3.  What is the address and telephone number of the County Health Department?
    4.  Where can I renew my driver's license?
    5.  What number do I call for Animal Control?
    6.  Does Lincoln have a Chamber of Commerce?
    7.  Does the city provide residential garbage service?
    8.  Where can I pay a traffic ticket or appear in municipal court?
    9.  Who repairs street lights?
    10.  Who I talk to about a business license or permit?
    11.  What is the Lincoln City Hall's address and telephone number?
 
Building Inspection Department
    1.  When is a Building Permit required?
    2.  How is an inspection requested with the City of Lincoln's Building Inspection Department?
    3.  What happens if a project is started before a permit is obtained?
    4.  What about curb and gutter alterations?
    5.  Do I need a permit to work on my own property?
    6.  Can I work on my own electrical, HVAC, and/or plumbing system without hiring a licensed professional?
    7.  Can I work on my own natural/propane gas system without hiring a licensed professional?
    8.  Are there any special licensing and/or permit requirements for contractors?
    9.  Can I build my own residence, acting as my own Home Builder?
    10.  Can I build my own commercial building, acting as my own General contractor?
    11.  Can a home builder work on commercial property or a general contractor work on a residence?
    12.  I have submitted a business license application to operate in Lincoln and have been told that I will have to have the building inspected prior to the issuance of the Business License. Why?
    13.  What Building & Property Codes have been adopted and are enforced by the City of Lincoln?
 
City Information
    1.  How can I annex my property into Lincoln?
    2.  When is the next election for city officials?
    3.  Where do I vote for municipal elections?
    4.  Who is my County Commissioner?
    5.  Who represents Lincoln residents in Montgomery and Washington?
 
Fire Department
    1.  What do I do when the emergency sirens activate?
    2.  How often and when are the Emergency Warning Sirens Tested?
    3.  When should I change the batteries in my smoke detectors?
    4.  When I dial 911 from a phone in Lincoln, who answers my call?
    5.  Can I have my blood pressure checked at a Lincoln Fire Station?
    6.  What is the Insurance Service Office Fire Protection Class Rating (ISO Rating) for the City of Lincoln?
    7.  How do I get a burn permit?
 
Human Resources
    1.  Who can answer a question about my City Employee Health Insurance?
    2.  Who do I contact for information concerning state retirement?
 
Parks and Recreation
    1.  How do I become a coach?
    2.  How do I reserve a pavilion or picnic area for a special event?
    3.  When do I register for Baseball, Softball, Soccer, Track & Field, Archery and Basketball?
    4.  How do I reserve a facility?
    5.  How do I join the fitness center?
 
Police Department
    1.  My vehicle has been impounded. What do I do?
    2.  Where is the Lincoln Police Department located?
    3.  How do I apply for a job as a Police Officer with the Lincoln Police Department?
    4.  How do I obtain a permit to carry a firearm?
    5.  How do I get a copy of a police accident report?
 
Recreational Vehicle Parks
    1.  May I build a cover over my RV?
    2.  May I build a deck or porch for my RV?
    3.  May I build or have delivered a storage building/facility?
    4.  If when this ordinance was passed my RV site already had a deck, porch, cover, etc. in place can I keep it?
    5.  May I remove the wheels from my RV?
    6.  May I install underpinning or skirting of any type around my RV?
    7.  May I tie down/secure or place blocks under my RV?
    8.  May I build a pier?
    9.  How many vehicles can I have at my site?
    10.  Whose responsibility is it to maintain the RV parks internal roads?
    11.  Is there a penalty/punishment for violating this ordinance?
 
Water and Sewer
    1.  Does the City provide testing for private water sources?
 
Administration
    Q.  What number do I call for Ad Valorem tax information?
    A.  Talladega County Property Division
Phone: (256)-761-2123
Fax:      (256)-761-2019

Talladega County Courthouse
1 Courthouse Square
Talladega, AL 35160

Hours of operation:
Monday - Friday
8:00 am - 5:00 pm


    Q.  What number do I call for the County Highway Department?
    A. 
Talladega County Road Department
Address:
 825 Alabama 275, Talladega, AL 35160
Phone:(256) 249-1008


    Q.  What is the address and telephone number of the County Health Department?
    A. 
Talladega County Health Department
Address: 1004 South Street E, Talladega, AL 35160
Phone:(256) 362-2593


    Q.  Where can I renew my driver's license?
    A. 
Talladega Drivers License
Address: 321 Talladega Court Hse # 321 , Talladega, AL 35160, 35160
Phone:(256) 362-2911


    Q.  What number do I call for Animal Control?
    A. 

To report an issue call: (256) 761-1556
This connects you with the dispatch office for the City of Lincoln. 

Animal Control Officer Hours of Operation: 
Monday - Friday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Weekends and afterhours: On Call for vicious animal issues

Shelter Hours of Operation:
M,T,T,F (8am-5pm)
Sat. (10am-3pm)
Closed Wed. & Sun.

If you suspect that your pet may have been picked up by Animal Control, please contact the shelter below. A small shelter fee may be required.

The Animal Shelter of Pell City
1071 Airport Road
Pell City, AL 35128
(205) 814-1567
Email: stclairshelter@aol.com



    Q.  Does Lincoln have a Chamber of Commerce?
    A.  The Greater Talladega County Chamber of Commerce serves businesses throughout the northern area of the county, including Lincoln.
Jason Daves, Executive Director
210 East Street South
Talladega, AL  35160
(256) 362-9075
info@talladegachamber.com

    Q.  Does the city provide residential garbage service?
    A. 

The City of Lincoln's waste and garbage disposal service is provided by Waste Pro

on a subscription basis.

To establish service or report an issue with collection or billing contact:

Waste Pro

140 Goodrich Dr., 

Bham. Al. 35217

205-432-0878

https://www.wasteprousa.com/office/birmingham/



    Q.  Where can I pay a traffic ticket or appear in municipal court?
    A.  Lincoln Municipal Court
City Hall
150 Magnolia St.
Lincoln, Al.  35096
Magistrate Office:  (205) 763-4020
Fax: (205) 763-7394

    Q.  Who repairs street lights?
    A.  In most cases, Coosa Valley Electric Cooperative
info@coosavalleyec.com
or call: (256) 362-4180 or 1-800-273-7210, option 3

    Q.  Who I talk to about a business license or permit?
    A.  Business License Department
WebLink
(205) 763-4006

    Q.  What is the Lincoln City Hall's address and telephone number?
    A.  150 Magnolia St.,
Lincoln, Alabama 35096
Telephone(205) 763-7777
Fax(205) 763-7394


 
Building Inspection Department
    Q.  When is a Building Permit required?
    A.  A building permit is required on all non-federal new construction, remodeling , and/or repair projects.

    Q.  How is an inspection requested with the City of Lincoln's Building Inspection Department?
    A.  To schedule an inspection, call 205-763-4005.  When requesting an inspection provide the permit number and address. All inspections must be requested 24 hours in advance. 

    Q.  What happens if a project is started before a permit is obtained?
    A.  The first offense will result in a double permit fee with all penalties as set by law for any violations thereafter.

    Q.  What about curb and gutter alterations?
    A.  When work is to occur where the City’s curb and gutter will need to be cut or altered and/or when the roadway needs to be cut for utility repairs, the Engineering Department requires a curb cut permit and/or street cut permit. Please contact the Engineering Department with questions concerning the requirements and fees pertaining to these permits.

    Q.  Do I need a permit to work on my own property?
    A.  Depends. If a residential property owner(s) of record (the person(s) listed on a property’s deed) is painting, papering, tiling, carpeting, installing cabinets, countertops, or similar finish work themselves on their own residential property without hiring any of the work out to independent contractors, a permit is not required. Any work outside the limits of the above listed work will need a permit on residential projects. For commercial projects, there are no exclusions and any work will need to be permitted, regardless if the work is being performed by a contractor or the owner(s).

    Q.  Can I work on my own electrical, HVAC, and/or plumbing system without hiring a licensed professional?
    A.  Yes. State laws allows property owners to work on their own electrical, HVAC, and plumbing system. However, only the property owner(s) of record can perform the work, with no help or assistance from anyone other than a licensed contractor. Permits and inspections will still be required, no matter who performs the work.

    Q.  Can I work on my own natural/propane gas system without hiring a licensed professional?
    A.  No State laws does not allow property owners to work on their own natural/propane gas system. Work must be performed by a licensed gas fitter, however the State code does allow certain exemptions for Public Utilities and Maintenance Engineers. Permits and inspections are required.

    Q.  Are there any special licensing and/or permit requirements for contractors?
    A.  Yes. At a minimum, all companies or persons who perform any work, regardless of the cost, must have both their Lincoln Business License and Proof of Liability insurance. Please refer to the “Applications & Permits” page for work requiring licensing by a State Board.

    Q.  Can I build my own residence, acting as my own Home Builder?
    A.  Yes, with certain exceptions. A property owner can act as their own Home Builder and build their own residence. However, per the Alabama Home Builders Licensure Law, the property owner must fill out a sworn statement of understanding that the residence cannot be sold or offered for sale within one (1) year of completion. For more information, please contact the Alabama Home Builders Licensure Board. Plan, permit, and inspection requirements are the same whether the residence is constructed by the owner or a Licensed Home Builder.  However, there are strict rules pertaining to those superintending the work, as well as contract amounts for contractors working directly for an owner.  For more detailed requirements, contact the Alabama General Contractors Licensure Board Rules and Regs. 230-X-1-,07 

    Q.  Can I build my own commercial building, acting as my own General contractor?
    A.  Yes, with certain exceptions. A property owner can act as their own General contractor and build their own commercial building. However, there are strict rules pertaining to those superintending the work, as well as contract amounts for contractors working directly for an owner. For more detailed requirements, please contact the Alabama General Contractors Licensure Board. Rules and Regs. 230-X-1-.07
Plan, permit, and inspection requirements are the same whether the commercial building is constructed by the owner or a licensed General contractor.

 



    Q.  Can a home builder work on commercial property or a general contractor work on a residence?
    A.  Possibly. A person or firm that possesses a license issued through the Alabama Home Builders Licensure Board can perform work on a commercial property, but their contract amount cannot be $50,000.00 or greater. A person or firm that possesses a license issued through the Alabama Contractors Licensure Board can work on residential properties, but their contract amount cannot be $10,000.00 or greater, unless their license was issued prior to January 1, 1992 and was issued with the “Building Construction” category. For answers to specific questions, please contact the respective licensure boards.

    Q.  I have submitted a business license application to operate in Lincoln and have been told that I will have to have the building inspected prior to the issuance of the Business License. Why?
    A.  The City of Lincoln requires that both our Building Inspector and the Fire Marshal perform a business license inspection on a building where business activities are proposed prior to the issuance of a business license for the on-going business. The purpose of the inspection is to ensure that there are no life-safety issues within the building and that the building has been properly maintained and is safe for occupancy. If there are issues noted during the inspection that needs to be corrected, you will be given an inspection report detailing the issues. Please remember that it is the license applicant’s (business owner) responsibility to contact the person(s) that performed the inspection to notify them that the noted issues have been resolved and the building is ready for re-inspection.

    Q.  What Building & Property Codes have been adopted and are enforced by the City of Lincoln?
    A.  The City of Lincoln currently has adopted the 2011 National Electric Code (NFPA 70) and the 2009 Editions of the following codes:
International Building Code
International Residential Code
International Existing Building Code
International Fire Code
International Property Maintenance Code
International Plumbing Code
International Fuel Gas Code
International Mechanical Code

 
City Information
    Q.  How can I annex my property into Lincoln?
    A. 

City of Lincoln Annexation Requirements

  1. The property must be contiguous to the Lincoln City Limits. If your property is not contiguous, contact the City Clerk for further information on annexation.
  2. Furnish a letter of petition signed by property owner(s) requesting annexation into the City of Lincoln.
  3. Furnish a typed legal description of the property and copy of tax notice.
  4. Furnish a vicinity map showing the location of the property. Plot property on the City of Lincoln Map
  5. Furnish the name of the utility (s) currently providing water, sewer and garbage service.

The above information must be presented to the City Clerk at least one week prior to the city council meeting. The Lincoln City Council meets the second and fourth Tuesday of each month at 5:00 p.m.

All annexations and deannexations are reported and approved by the U.S. Justice Department and must contain the following information. Please include this in your letter of petition.

  1. Name and signature of all property owners. If your spouse is a co-owner, you both must sign. Please include the address and telephone number for all property owners.
  2. The number of family dwellings located on the property
  3. The number of people living on the property, the number of voting age and the number of non-voting age and the race of each person
  4. The reason for annexation

Possible reasons for annexation include excellent fire and police protection. We have well trained Emergency Medical Technicians answering medical calls. There are two fire stations strategically located to serve the city. The police department regularly patrols the entire city and has a quick response time to emergencies. They stand ready to serve the public whenever necessary.



    Q.  When is the next election for city officials?
    A.  The next municipal election will be held in August of 2020.

    Q.  Where do I vote for municipal elections?
    A.  The Lincoln City Center is the polling place for all Lincoln citizens for municipal elections.
181 Magnolia St (parking lot on Jones Street)
Lincoln, Alabama 35096
WebLink

    Q.  Who is my County Commissioner?
    A.  Commissioner Jack E. Swinford
District 1
Mostly north of US Highway 78
256-223-1223


Commissioner Tony Haynes
District 2
Mostly south of US Highway 78
256-375-3229

Click here for the County Commission District Map

    Q.  Who represents Lincoln residents in Montgomery and Washington?
    A.  Alabama House of Representatives
District 32 is represented by Barbara Boyd, a Democrat from Anniston.
District 33 is represented by Ronald Johnson, a Republican from Sylacauga.
District 36 is represented by Randy Wood, a Republican from Anniston.
ZIP Code 35096 splits 3 State House districts.
House District Map

Alabama Senate     
District 11 is represented by Jim McClendon, a Republican from Talladega Co.
District 12 is represented by Del Marsh, a Republican from Anniston.
District 17 is represented by Shay Shelnutt, a Republican from Gardendale.
ZIP Code 35096 splits 3 State Senate districts.
Senate District Map

3rd Congressional District
Honorable Mike Rogers, a Republican from Anniston  202-225-3261

U.S. Senators
Honorable Richard Shelby, a Republican from Tuscaloosa  202-224-5744
Honorable Jeff Sessions, a Republican from Mobile  202-224-4124


 
Fire Department
    Q.  What do I do when the emergency sirens activate?
    A.  If the sirens activate due to severe weather, tune to your local television or radio station to learn the specifics of the emergency. Please do not call our emergency switchboard (911) unless you have an emergency.

    Q.  How often and when are the Emergency Warning Sirens Tested?
    A. 

Talladega County has 88 sirens located throughout the County. 

Siren Test:
Siren testing is part of normal maintenance.  Talladega County EMA  tests/activates all sirens in Talladega County at 4:00 p.m. on the first Tuesday of each month.   If there is prediction of inclement weather, the sirens will not be tested.  The make up day for siren test  will be the same week but on Thursday at 10:00 AM if weather permits.  Talladega County EMA sends alerts and notifications via Nixle , Facebook and Twitter to inform the community of the siren test.


PLEASE NOTE:  The sirens are an outdoor warning system only. They are not intended to be heard indoors.  The main purpose of the sirens is to warn individuals that are outdoors to seek immediate shelter. If the siren in your area fails to activate, please contact the TCEMA at (256) 761-2125.  

 For severe weather warnings, outdoor warning siren are activated for Tornado Warnings. 



    Q.  When should I change the batteries in my smoke detectors?
    A.  We recommend that you change the batteries in your smoke detectors twice a year. The easiest way to remember is to change them when Daylight Savings Time begins and ends.

    Q.  When I dial 911 from a phone in Lincoln, who answers my call?
    A.  When you dial 911 from any residence located in the city limits of Lincoln, your call is routed to the 9-1-1 Call Center. The 9-1-1 Center is on Highway 21 and all emergency services in Talladega County are dispatched by the Public Safety Telecommunicators at the combined center. We are very proud that Lincoln is a partner of the consolidated 9-1-1 system as this is the most efficient and quickest way to get help in an emergency. 

    Q.  Can I have my blood pressure checked at a Lincoln Fire Station?
    A.  Yes, personnel at either of the fire stations will be glad to check your blood pressure during normal business hours. Normal business hours are: 8:00 A.M.- 5:00 P.M.

    Q.  What is the Insurance Service Office Fire Protection Class Rating (ISO Rating) for the City of Lincoln?
    A.  The current ISO rating (2014) for the City of Lincoln is a Class Three (3).

    Q.  How do I get a burn permit?
    A.  To get a burn permit contact Lincoln Fire & Rescue Department at
205-763-4356.

 
Human Resources
    Q.  Who can answer a question about my City Employee Health Insurance?
    A.  Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Alabama at http://www.bcbsal.org?

    Q.  Who do I contact for information concerning state retirement?
    A.  E-Mail: info@RSA.State.AL.US

 
Parks and Recreation
    Q.  How do I become a coach?
    A. 

Go by the Parks & Recreation office, complete a background check form and submit
Once that is received you will be contacted by an employee


Contact Lincoln Parks & Recreation
255 Magnolia St.
Lincoln, AL 35096 

205-763-1006 or 205-763-3013



    Q.  How do I reserve a pavilion or picnic area for a special event?
    A.  Stop by the Lincoln City Center or Park Office; fill out a reservation form and pay the fee for the facility.
Reservations are made on a first paid, first reserve basis

Contact the Lincoln Parks and Recreation Department 
Phone (205) 763-1006
Fax     (205) 763-1562
Email lprd@centurytel.net

    Q.  When do I register for Baseball, Softball, Soccer, Track & Field, Archery and Basketball?
    A.  For registration information click here: 
Baseball and Softball Registration
Soccer Registration
Track & Field Registration
Archery Registration
Basketball Registration

    Q.  How do I reserve a facility?
    A.  To reserve a facility stop by the Lincoln City Center or Park office; complete the reservation form and pay the fee for that facility.
Reservations are made on a first paid, first reserve basis.

Contact Lincoln Parks & Recreation
255 Magnolia St.
Lincoln, AL 35096 
205-763-1006 or 205-763-3013

    Q.  How do I join the fitness center?
    A.  To join the fitness center, stop by the Lincoln City Center and complete the needed forms, pay the fees and you are on your way
to a physically fit and healthier you!
For questions:
Contact Lincoln Parks & Recreation
255 Magnolia St.
Lincoln, AL 35096 2
205-763-1006 or 205-763-3013

 
Police Department
    Q.  My vehicle has been impounded. What do I do?
    A. 

First you must obtain a tow-in release form from the Lincoln Police Department. The vehicle’s registered owner must be present with proof of vehicle ownership in order to obtain the tow-in release. You must also have a valid United States driver’s license or bring someone with you who has a valid United States driver’s license.

Second, you take the tow-in release form you received from the Lincoln Police Department to the wrecker service to obtain your vehicle. When you receive your tow-in release form you will be told which wrecker service has your vehicle in their secure lot. Vehicles are released between 7:00 AM and 9:00 PM, seven days a week.

Directions to Wrecker Service will be provided to you at the you receive the tow-in release form.



    Q.  Where is the Lincoln Police Department located?
    A.  69 Complex Dr.
Lincoln, Alabama 35096
205-763-4065



    Q.  How do I apply for a job as a Police Officer with the Lincoln Police Department?
    A.  Come the Lincoln Police Department, 69 Complex Dr. Lincoln, Alabama 35096 to obtain an application package and instructions Monday - Friday 8:00AM to 4:00PM. We will have an application package available online for downloading in the near future.

    Q.  How do I obtain a permit to carry a firearm?
    A.  Please contact the Talladega County Sheriff's Office
148 East Street North
Talladega, Alabama 35161
(256) 362-6117
Firearm Permit



    Q.  How do I get a copy of a police accident report?
    A.  After three working days, contact the Records Clerk, Lincoln Police Department, 69 Complex Drive, Lincoln, AL 35096, telephone number (205) 763-4065. Please refer to your case number when making inquiries. There is a $5.00 fee for each paper copy of a report.

 
Recreational Vehicle Parks
    Q.  May I build a cover over my RV?
    A. 

Section 2003.10 #4. The addition or attachment of any accessory structure such as awnings, porches, carports or individual storage facilities not specifically designed and included as a standard part of the original RV shall be expressly prohibited.

Section 2003.10 #5. Individual sites within the RV Park are not allowed accessory structure unless it is a part of the overall park plan submitted by the developer and constructed by the developer.



    Q.  May I build a deck or porch for my RV?
    A. 

Section 2003.10 #4. The addition or attachment of any accessory structure such as awnings, porches, carports or individual storage facilities not specifically designed and included as a standard part of the original RV shall be expressly prohibited.

Section 2003.10 #5. Individual sites within the RV Park are not allowed accessory structure unless it is a part of the overall park plan submitted by the developer and constructed by the developer.



    Q.  May I build or have delivered a storage building/facility?
    A. 

Section 2003.10 #4. The addition or attachment of any accessory structure such as awnings, porches, carports or individual storage facilities not specifically designed and included as a standard part of the original RV shall be expressly prohibited.

Section 2003.10 #5. Individual sites within the RV Park are not allowed accessory structure unless it is a part of the overall park plan submitted by the developer and constructed by the developer.



    Q.  If when this ordinance was passed my RV site already had a deck, porch, cover, etc. in place can I keep it?
    A. 

Yes, these structures are "grandfathered in" as long as no changes such as expansions, additions or replacements are made. Only routine maintenance is allowed.

Ordinance # 2014-10 Amending Lincoln Zoning Ordinance Article XX
Adopted May 13, 2014



    Q.  May I remove the wheels from my RV?
    A. 

Section 2003.5 #6. The removal of wheels, tongue and/or the installation of skirting materials around the base of a RV shall be prohibited. A RV shall not be permanently affixed to the ground or any structure.



    Q.  May I install underpinning or skirting of any type around my RV?
    A. 

Section 2003.5 #6. The removal of wheels, tongue and/or the installation of skirting materials around the base of a RV shall be prohibited. A RV shall not be permanently affixed to the ground or any structure.



    Q.  May I tie down/secure or place blocks under my RV?
    A. 

Section 2003.5 #6. The removal of wheels, tongue and/or the installation of skirting materials around the base of a RV shall be prohibited. A RV shall not be permanently affixed to the ground or any structure.



    Q.  May I build a pier?
    A. 

The property owner/ RV park owner must contact the City of Lincoln Code Enforcement Officer to apply. Once approved by that department’s guidelines you must apply with Alabama Power Shoreline Management and gain their approval. Note: Piers, docks and day-slips may be considered an accessory structure as defined in the ordinance.



    Q.  How many vehicles can I have at my site?
    A. 

First check with the RV park owner/manager for park rules. Parking of RV’s and other vehicles shall not block the ability of any tenant from removing their RV or other vehicle. The park shall be designed so that parking, loading or maneuvering of vehicles shall not require the use of a public street, sidewalk or right-of-way or private grounds not park of the parking area.



    Q.  Whose responsibility is it to maintain the RV parks internal roads?
    A. 

Section 2003.21. It shall be the responsibility of the park owner to provide a well maintained travel surface and maneuvering area for emergency vehicles to safely access and exit the park.



    Q.  Is there a penalty/punishment for violating this ordinance?
    A. 

Yes. The Code of Alabama section 11-45-9 imposes penalties for violating ordinances. Penalties include fines up to $500.00 and imprisonment not to exceed 6 months. Vehicles shall not block access for emergency vehicles.



 
Water and Sewer
    Q.  Does the City provide testing for private water sources?
    A.  No, the city no longer provides testing services for private water. ADEM requirements have made this practice prohibitive from a cost perspective. 

Shane Vinson, Plant Manager
1045 Blue Springs Road
Lincoln, AL 35096
205-763-7877
shane.vinson@lincolnalabama.com