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City of Vestavia Hills staff and elected officials are encouraged by the most recent actions of Governor Kay Ivey to lift restrictions and allow most of our small businesses and quality-of-life amenities to re-open as of Friday, May 22, 2020 at 5pm, albeit with certain restrictions. 

Governor Ivey recently addressed the leaders of Alabama municipalities the video below. The current Safer at Home order is in effect through the end of July, and includes a statewide mask mandate. While we understand that this is a highly polarizing topic, your Mayor and City Council respectfully request that residents err on the side of caution. Personal responsibility means it is everyone’s responsibility to protect ourselves and others so that we may all return to work, school and daily life in a safe manner.

Gov. Ivey Video 07.23.2020

Orders, Proclamations & Advisories

Adjustments to City Services

The following adjustments to City services will be in place as early as Monday, May 11, 2020:

  • Meetings: For those interested in attending City meetings, adjustments have been made to adhere to state orders requiring attendees to maintain 6’ social distances. Additional options for virtual meeting attendance and participation continue to be offered. For information regarding participation in public meetings, click here.
  • Building Permits & Licenses: Residents and contractors are encouraged to continue utilizing the drop box in the lobby outside Building Services at City Hall to deposit applications for building permits and licenses. Building inspections are continuing as normal, as they have not been deemed to pose a significant health hazard. For assistance, email or call 205.978.0125.
  • City Clerk: Applications for Annexation, Design Review Board, Board of Zoning Approval and/or Planning & Zoning will continue accepting all required paperwork into the drop box located outside the City Clerk’s office at City Hall. For assistance or questions, email or call 205.978.0131.
  • Fire: Fire stations remain open and fully operational. If you need immediate medical assistance, call 911.
  • Library in the Forest: Beginning May 26, 2020, Library in the Forest book drops will open so that patrons may return library materials; the library facility will remain closed until further notice. Curbside service will be offered beginning June 1. Click here additional information and instructions for utilizing this service.  All library programs for June and July will be offered online. For the most up-to-date information regarding materials checkout, as well as accessing online resources, click here.
  • Municipal Court: In-person court proceedings will resume May 19, 2020 with adjustments so that participants may adhere to 6’ social distance requirements. For more information, visit the Municipal Court’s web page or email
  • Parks & Recreation: 
    • Recreation Center: Effective Tuesday, May 26, 2020, the Rec Center will maintain regular business hours – Monday through Thursday, 7am-9pm; Friday, 7am-5pm; Saturday, 8am-4pm; and Sunday, 1-6pm. All patrons must enter through the main entrance and exit immediately following their program. The gymnasium will reopen as well, with strict adherence to occupancy constraints. In compliance with the most recent state order, all locker rooms and showers will remain closed.
    • Playgrounds, Fields & Rec Sports: Effective Friday, May 22, 2020 at 5pm, all City-owned playgrounds will reopen. (This does not apply to school-owned playgrounds.) Athletic fields will also reopen for practices, conditioning and skills training only. Team practices MUST BE SCHEDULED IN ADVANCE through Parks & Rec by calling 205.978.0166. Section 10 of the most recent order states that games may not be scheduled until June 15, 2020. Public restrooms will remain open. Green spaces and trails remain open and residents are asked to maintain 6’ social distances.
  • Police: Police operations continue as normal. If you need immediate assistance, call 911.
  • Senior Services: All senior centers and activities remain closed until further notice, with the exception of meal provision:
    • Meals on Wheels Program: Those who are served at New Merkel House should have been contacted with instructions to pick up prepacked meals in the New Merkel House parking lot. If you have any questions, please contact Melanie Perry at or 205.967.5977. If you are serviced at the Civic Center and have questions, please contact Sandi Wilson at or 205.978.0163.
    • Senior Transportation Program: The Senior Transportation has been suspended at this time. If you have an emergent need, please contact Sandi Wilson at or 205.978.0163.
  • Trash & Recycling Collection: For additional information or updates, visit
    • Household trash & recycling: Normal operations will resume beginning with the Monday, May 11, 2020 routes.
    • Bulk trash pick-up: Large debris continues to be collected by Republic Services. There is not a designated bulk trash pickup day. Please request pickup of large/bulk trash via the Action Center or by calling 205.978.0150. Collection requests have increased substantially since March. Therefore, collection times are taking longer than normal, but should occur within 15 business days. If it is not picked up within the allowed time for the service (Action Center users receive a confirmation email), please call Public Works at 205.978.0150 or email to alert staff that your Action Center reported items were not collected. Be sure to include the confirmation number you received in your Action Center confirmation email.
  • Vehicle Tags: Residents may submit tag renewals and new car registrations online – visit to renew your vehicle tag; visit www.easytagal.comto register a new vehicle tag. Residents may also visit City Hall (Finance Department, 2nd floor) to renew/register a vehicle tag in-person, Monday-Friday from 8:30am-4pm. To maintain social distancing requirements, the visitor occupancy of this office is limited to two (2) people at a time.
  • Yard Sale Permits: To obtain a yard sale permit, call 205.978.0188.

What Can You Do?

  • Do not call 911 for the purpose of being tested for COVID-19. If you have a fever, cough or other symptoms of a contagious respiratory illness and you must call 911 for a medical emergency, please inform the 911 dispatcher of your symptoms.
  • Wear a mask/face covering, if available, when leaving your home.
  • Cover your mouth with a tissue or your upper sleeve when coughing or sneezing.
  • Discard used tissues immediately.
  • Wash your hands often for at least 20 seconds with soap and water or use hand sanitizer that is 60-90% alcohol-based.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Practice social distancing. Try to keep an optimal six-foot distance from other people.
  • Stay home if you are not feeling well or experiencing flu-like symptoms. Contact your doctor.

Helpful Links & Information

If you have questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us at or call 205.978.0100.