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Frequently Asked Questions 2017-02-16T15:23:21+00:00
How do I obtain a business license? 2016-09-30T16:05:54+00:00

The steps to obtaining a business license can be found in the License and Revenue section.

Does the clubhouse grill serve alcoholic beverages? 2016-09-30T16:03:05+00:00

Yes, the Clubhouse Grill serves a variety of beer. See the Clubhouse Grill Menu for additional details.

How can I find registered sex offenders in my area? 2017-02-16T15:24:00+00:00

You can search for registered sex offenders in the registered sex offender database.

How do I obtain copies fo Public Records? 2016-09-23T14:13:25+00:00

Requests for information may be filed with the City Clerk’s Office. Requests for public records maintained by other departments as designated agents of the city clerk will be forwarded to the proper department. Copies of public records are available at a charge of $2.50 (search fee), plus $0.50 per page. Find the form under the Public Record Request section.

How do I address City Council at a Work Session? 2016-09-23T14:11:16+00:00

Persons wishing to address City Council must fill out a Request to Address Council Form.  This form can be downloaded from our website or may be picked up from the City Clerk’s Office.  The form must be submitted before 12 p.m. the Wednesday preceding the council meeting.

Are fireworks legal in Phenix City? 2016-09-23T08:41:32+00:00

No, fireworks are not legal within the city limits. Please reference Ordinance No. 2014-16, which states it is unlawful to possess or display fireworks within the city’s police jurisdiction. Sparklers, however, are legal to obtain and enjoy safely!

What is the cost of a Burn Permit? 2016-09-22T16:51:13+00:00

Burn permits are free and are valid for one year. Review the Burn Permit section for additional information regarding burn permits.

When is the burn season? 2016-09-22T16:48:54+00:00

Under Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM) regulations, open burning is not allowed between May 1 and October 31 each year.

Are there penalties for burning without a permit? 2016-09-22T16:46:50+00:00

Burning without a permit is considered a Class C Misdemeanor, punishable by an up-to-$500 fine.

What types of fires require a permit? 2016-09-22T16:44:42+00:00

Most fires require a permit in Phenix City. Please reference the Burn Permit section of the website for further clarification. Note: Fires greater than one-acre in size will need to contact the Alabama Forestry Commission to obtain a permit.

Are Burn Permits required? 2016-09-22T16:43:05+00:00

Yes, burn permits are required for residents that live within the Phenix City fire jurisdiction. An onsite visit is required prior to each burn to check what is being burned. Learn more about Burn Permits in Phenix City.

Does the Fire Department fill pools? 2017-02-16T15:24:00+00:00

No, the Fire Department does not fill personal or commercial pools.

What kind of fire extinguisher should I buy for my home? 2016-09-22T15:54:28+00:00

The best type of fire extinguisher to purchase for your home would be an ABC-rated extinguisher. Fire extinguishers with this rating are effective against fires involving trash, wood, paper, liquids (cooking oil, gasoline, paint), and electrical equipment. Note: Fire extinguishers need to be serviced once a year to ensure it will operate when needed.

It’s highly recommend that you purchase a serviceable-type, 5lb ABC fire extinguisher from a certifiable fire extinguisher company. There are two in our area:

Columbus Fire & Safety Equipment Co.
3101 2nd Ave.
P.O. Box 791
Columbus, GA 31902

Fuller Fire & Safety
2002 2nd Ave.
Columbus, GA 31901

Serviceable-type fire extinguishers are the most reliable since they are guaranteed to work, when maintained properly. They are also refillable, should you ever need to use your fire extinguisher.

How much does a firefighter’s gear weigh? 2016-09-22T15:36:46+00:00

A firefighter’s gear can weigh up-to 75 pounds. The basic gear includes a helmet, hood, pants, coat, gloves, and oxygen tank. Depending on what the situation dictates, more equipment may be necessary.

Why do fire engines respond to car accidents, even when they do not look serious? 2017-02-16T15:24:00+00:00

It’s protocol for fire / rescue personnel to respond to the scene of every accident for a number of reasons. Automobile accidents present other hazards such as potential fire, ruptured fuel tanks, undeployed airbags, and/or the presence of hazardous materials. Also, if any occupants are trapped, fire / rescue personnel will begin the extrication (removal) process.

Does the Fire Department perform home safety surveys? 2016-09-22T15:28:07+00:00

Yes, the Fire Department will do a courtesy survey of your residence to assess any possible safety issues, such as smoke alarms. Please call the Fire Marshal / Fire Prevention Office at 334-448-2852, to schedule a visit.

May I contact the Fire Marshal directly with an anonymous safety concern? 2016-09-22T15:27:24+00:00

Yes, you may contact the Phenix City Fire Marshal with an anonymous safety concern. Please call 334-448-2852. If your concern is an immediate threat to your safety, please call 911.

How do I report a fire alarm, fire code, or safety issue? 2016-09-22T15:25:43+00:00

To report an alarm, code, or safety issue, please call the Fire Marshal / Fire Prevention Office at 334-448-2852.

The Fire Department helped me out recently. How can I thank the firefighters? 2016-09-22T15:22:23+00:00

To let the Fire / Rescue Department know how they’re doing, you may call  or mail in thank-you notes. Customer service cards are also handed out during fire / rescue incidents that you may mail in.
Phenix City Fire / Rescue
1111 Broad Street
Phenix City, AL 36867
Ph: 334-448-2817

Do firefighters save animals stuck in trees? 2016-09-22T15:21:33+00:00