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GUIDELINES, VARIANCES, PERMITS for Homes in Mobile Historic Districts


All exterior work to your historic home  requires approval by the Architectural Review Board. Design guidelines can be obtained from the Mobile Historic District Commission.


If you are putting up a fence, addition, or any other kind of structure, you may also need to get a variance from the Land Use Section of the Urban Development Department (208-5895). Variances are only issued after an advertised public meeting allowing for input from area residents area residents for comment. The Land Use Section's Home Page also contains links and downloads about permits and codes for building, electrical, and plumbing work.


Once the historic and zoning hurdles are cleared, the City of Mobile requires all residents to obtain a permit for all work valued over $35. Please contact the City of Mobile for permit and penalty information.



Permits are required from the Department of Urban Forestry for removal of all but three species of scrap trees.


Live Oaks are a special case. A permit is required to prune one.


In all cases, an Urban Forest Ranger may come to your home to see what you're planning on doing and offer advice.


For more information, visit Urban Forestry's website or give them a call at 251-208-7896.



Dial 311 to contact the city government 24 hours a day 7 days a week regarding any issue including trash, litter, animal control, and ditches.


If your carrier cannot access 311, use 208-5311.


More info at:


Follow this link to Keep Mobile Beautiful's website for details about the Recycling Center



Trash pick up in the Old Dauphin Way Historic District is on every other Monday. Each residence is limited to approx. 2 cubic yards  (3 feet x 3 feet x 3 feet) or the equivalent of 15 bags. Larger quantities can be taken by residents  to landfill or collected by the Public Works Dept. for a small charge. If your collection day falls on a holiday or you need more information, call the Trash Department at 208-2940. 

As of Jan 1, 2017, see posted on the city website for our district's bi-weekly collection.

As of July, 2018, please check this site for your address and dates: 

City ordinance prohibits:

Placement of trash at curbside more than 48 hours prior to the scheduled day of collection. Fine and court costs: $406.00.

Placement of trash on sidewalks, medians, or vacant lots.

Blowing or sweeping of grass or leaves into gutters or storm drains.


Residential trash is defined as limbs, old furniture, appliances, and junk. Yard trimmings and grass clippings should be composed, used as mulch or bagged for collection.

For pickup of small electronics, call 208-2940

Places of Worship

All Saints Episcopal Church       

151 South Ann Street, 36604



Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church

50 South Ann Street, 36604



Central Presbyterian Church (USA)

1260 Dauphin Street, 36604



Cornerstone Metropolitan

Community Church

1007 Government Street

850- 438-7080


Dauphin Way United Methodist Church

Dauphin Way – Child Development Center

1507 Dauphin Street, 36604



First Baptist Church

FBC-Child Development Center

806 Government Street, 36602



First Christian Church

1419 Government Street, 36604



First Church of Christ, Scientist

1151 Dauphin Street, 36604



Government Street United Methodist Church

901 Government Street, 36604


Grace Lutheran Church (LCMS)

1356 Government Street, 36604



Living Word Christian Center

1401 Government Street, 36604



Open Table:

United Church of ChristAll Saints Chapel

151 Ann Street, Mobile, AL



Saint John's Episcopal

1707 Government Street, 36604



Saint Mary Catholic Church

St. Mary School

1453 Old Shell Road, 36604



Salvation Army of Coastal Alabama

Dauphin Way Lodge

1009 Dauphin Street, 36604



Springhill Avenue Temple

Congregation Sha'arai Shomayim

1769 Spring Hill Ave, 36607



Trinity Episcopal Church

1900 Dauphin St, Mobile, AL 36606

(251) 473-2779



Thank you, Margaret Meagham for your

contribution to this page.

Community Links

MHDC March 2017 Newsletter

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