- City Departments
The City Manager's Office provides needed administrative services to all City departments for the coordination of City operations and is the focal point for the day-to-day management of the City government. This involves administrative decision-making, provision of basic administrative support, direction, and guidance for all City departments, programs, and projects.
The City Recorder’s office is committed to serving the residents of Columbia in a professional and courteous manner. Here is where you can pay personal and business property tax as well as apply for a variety of permits including alarm, beer, fireworks, yard sale, and temporary vending permits.
Access this page to learn more about the required business licenses for opening a business in Columbia, TN.
Business Tax Information
Get an overview and learn more about filing business taxes online through TNTAP with the State of Tennessee. TNTAP Stands for Tennessee Taxpayer Access Point.
City Court & Citations
City Court handles traffic citations, parking tickets, and City Ordinance violations. Judge Jake Hubbell currently resides over Columbia's Municipal Court.
Garbage Fee Exemption
Learn about the exemptions from garbage fees.
Find out how to obtain permits from the City Recorder's Office.
Real and Personal Property taxes are due and payable without penalty from November 1 through December 15.
Find our more about how to access City of Columbia public records. City of Columbia shall timely and efficiently provide access and assistance to persons requesting to view or receive copies of public records. No provisions of this Policy shall be used to hinder access to public records. However, the integrity and organization of public records, as well as the efficient and safe operation of the City of Columbia, shall be protected as provided by current law.
- Business License
The Department of Development Services ensures that current and future development meets the City’s standard for health, safety, and general welfare.
- Online Permitting
- GIS Mapping
Connect Columbia Update
Participate in the 5-year update to the City's Comprehensive Plan. Connect Columbia serves as a blueprint for future growth in the city and its Urban Growth Boundary. It includes maps and policies that describe how land may be used and provides for concurrency of public infrastructure.
Zoning and Planning
The Department of Development Services strives to make the process for Land Development as fluid and efficient as possible for developers and investors alike.
The purpose of the permitting process is to ensure minimum standards to protect the public welfare by regulating and controlling the design, construction, installation, quality of materials, location, operation and maintenance or use of plumbing equipment and systems are upheld.
Property Maintenance is essential to providing a consistent, clean, safe, and inviting environment for our citizens.
- Fire Marshal and Fire Codes
- Planning Commission
- Architectural Design Review Team
- Historic Zoning Commission
- Board of Zoning Appeals
The goal of Columbia’s Stormwater Program is to protect water quality by preventing pollution, to provide education on the importance of water quality to the environment and the public health, and to promote public involvement in the stewardship of the local waterways.
Economic & Community Development
It is important for Columbia, Tennessee to have a strong retail sector because it can help to boost the local economy, create jobs, improve the quality of life for residents, and attract new residents. A vibrant retail scene can also make a city more attractive to tourists and businesses. Retail recruitment is an important part of Columbia's economic development strategy. By attracting and retaining qualified retail employers, Columbia can help to create a vibrant and prosperous economy.
Hotel Market Feasibility Study
The City of Columbia retained the services of Core Distinction Group, a third-party hotel development consultant, to perform a hotel market feasibility study for the downtown area. The report shows the property segment recommended for the potential development of a hotel is an Upper Midscale to Upscale hotel and the property size recommendation of a newly developed hotel was researched to be between 90-100 guestrooms in this report.
- Retail Recruitment
The Finance Department exercises general supervision over the fiscal affairs of the City and general accounting supervision over City property and assets.
Annual Financial Reports
Read through archived comprehensive annual financial reports, popular annual financial report, and information about awards and achievements.
Bond Rating (AA+ Credit Rating)
The City of Columbia maintains a solid credit rating, which in recent years has continued to improve.
The Department of Finance and Administration is responsible for accounting for all municipal funds, centralized purchasing, budgeting and financial reporting.
City Financial Policies
View printable versions of the city's financial policies.
Through sound purchasing policies and procedures based upon laws and high ethical standards that promote public confidence and trust in government, procure goods and services at the right time, at the right place and at the right price for all City Departments.
- Annual Financial Reports
Fire & Rescue
Columbia Fire and Rescue (CFR) is the premiere fire department in the State of Tennessee.
Burn Permit Information
An ordinance amending Title 7 Chapter 6 of the Columbia Municipal Code by deleting section 7-602(1), section 7-603 and section 7-604(6), and replacing said sections with a new section 7-602 (1), section 7-603 and section 7-604(6) pertaining to open burning within the corporate limits of the City of Columbia, Tennessee.
The CFD Chaplain program is intended to support the spiritual and mental well-being of all its members.
The Columbia Fire and Rescue Department has five divisions: Fire Administration, Fire Suppression, Fire Marshal, Training, and Emergency Management.
Learn more about what it takes to be a firefighter for the City of Columbia and find out how you can participate in our Cadet, Explorer, and Ride-Along Programs.
How to Obtain a Fire Report
With its humble beginnings as a volunteer service, Columbia Fire and Rescue has spent the last 150 years creating a legacy of service that continues today.
The Columbia Fire Department Honor Guard is comprised of 12 members whose purpose is to honor those in emergency services with drill and ceremony procedures that represent the discipline required to serve in the fire department.
The Columbia Fire Department has identified public education as being very close to our hearts.
The Administration of the Columbia Fire Department is constantly looking for ways to improve existing services to the citizens and visitors of Columbia.
Find out where each of our fire stations are located.
- Car Seat Program
- Burn Permit Information
Management Information Systems
The Management Information Systems Department is responsible for providing phone and data services for all City Departments.
Parks and Recreation
Discover information about the Parks and Recreation Department events, classes, facilities, and more.
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Parks and Greenways
The City of Columbia Parks and Recreation Department is dedicated to providing the citizens of Columbia with welcoming and scenic parks, exciting and engaging recreational programming, and unique special events.
Check out area parks, facilities, and a list of their amenities.
- Parks Staff Directory
- City Home
Find information on how to apply for employment with the City, employee classifications, compensation, training opportunities for City employees, forms you may need for various human resources transactions, and more.
Learn about the process of becoming an employee for the City of Columbia as well as additional resources.
Being employed by the City offers competitive compensation, generous benefits, and an environment that supports a healthy work/life balance. Our comprehensive benefits package includes health/medical, vision, dental, retirement, and a variety of other work/life programs.
Americans with Disabilities Act
The American with Disabilities Act requires that the City of Columbia communicate effectively and provide services to people who have disabilities.
The Police Department and its officers work hard to serve and protect the community. Here you can find helpful information about their initiatives, divisions, and more.
Columbia Police Department is a full-service department that utilizes Community Orientating Policing.
Make a complaint about the actions of a Columbia police officer.
Community Services & Resources
Learn about important services and resources for local residents.
Find crime information such as crime mapping, missing persons, and statistics.
Submit a crime tip to help us break a case.
Divisions & Specialty Units
The Police Department consists of a Patrol Division, Investigation Division, and Support Services Division.
Browse job openings and contact the Recruiting Office.
Obtain a crash or incident Police Report. The Columbia Police Department’s Records Division shall be the central repository for original copies of all offense and incident reports, arrest reports, field reports, and other official records.
Thank an Officer
The Columbia Police Department is committed to maintaining a department that is professional and provides service to our community with integrity and honor. The Police Department encourages feedback from the public.
- About Us
The Public Works Department is dedicated to planning, developing and maintaining the City’s infrastructure, solid waste program, facilities, and other services in a manner which provides safe travel for the general public and enhances the quality of life.
Find recycling information pertaining to Columbia residents.
Sanitation / Bulky / Brush
The sanitation division of Public Works provides recycling, bulky item, and brush collection.
Snow & Ice Removal
Find Columbia's Public Work department's plans for snow and ice removal during winter conditions.
Streets & Maintenance
Public Works performs a variety of maintenance services involving pavement maintenance, snow and ice removal, sidewalk and curb replacement, street sweeping, litter control, repair storm drains, and clean storm drainage channels, culverts, grates, and catch basins.
Read duties and responsibilities of the Public Works department's traffic division.
- Recycle Columbia
Tourism & Marketing
Visit Columbia TN is the official destination marketing entity of the City of Columbia, Tennessee. The mission of Visit Columbia TN is to market and develop Columbia as a premier leisure and sports destination while maximizing tourism expenditures and positive visitor experiences that increase revenues and stimulate economic growth for the city.
Columbia's Wastewater department works to transport and remove pollutants from wastewater generated in the area.
Fats, oils, and grease can cause huge problems in sewer pipes. Find out what Columbia's Wastewater Department is doing to combat these substances!
Wastewater Map Viewer
Wastewater Map Viewer is to be used as an approximation only. For reference only. Sewer availability does not guarantee service connectivity. Contact Wastewater Department with questions.
Wastewater system tap locate, service connection, and impact fees
- FOG Program