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The City does not allow converting ditches to piped conveyances in most situations as the ditch needs to remain open to take on water from the surrounding yard and roadway system.
Short term rentals, or one room hotel operations, are only allowed in commercial zoning districts that allow transient hotel business. The zoning district map for Columbia can be found on our GIS Mapping webpage.
Residential lots are allowed one driveway access per lot. Any additional access points would require an exception to the Access Management Ordinance to be heard and approved by the CMPC.
All submitted requests for development and construction related projects are public records that can be viewed at City Hall. The Building Permit Portal can also be used to search through building permit data and information. We also publish an Online GIS Map of approved developments and their estimate current build-out.
There is no permit required for a temporary banner in front of your business as long as the advertisement is no more than 16 square feet in total size; represents the business in which it is displayed in front of, and it is displayed for no more than 14 days.
Accessory structures over a certain size do require a building permit. All accessory structures require completing and filing the accessory structure questionnaire so we can determine the placement and location is compliant with City Ordinances and does not obstruct easements. Please visit our webpage about accessory structures to learn more about the requirements.
Fences do not require permits, but please visit our webpage about fences to learn more about the requirements.
Retaining walls supporting over 4 feet of earth do require a building permit. Please visit our webpage about retaining walls to learn more about the requirements.
Development Services works to safeguard public health, safety, and property through the plan check, permit, and inspection processes. To find out if a permit is needed for your building, electrical, plumbing, or mechanical project, go to the Building Codes page or contact us at 931-560-1560
A permit is valid as long as work towards completion is continuing. Permits shall expire when the City’s Building Official determines the work authorized by any permit has been suspended, discontinued or abandoned for a continuous period of 180 days.
Yes, permit statuses are displayed and updated on our Online Permitting System. You will be notified by email if the status of the permit changes.
Your property lines may have pins from when the property was last surveyed. These pins can be located with a metal detector and are usually capped with a bright plastic cap identifying the surveyor. The lines located on our mapping software are not accurate for determining property boundaries and should only be used as a reference.
The City has five historic districts that have specific guidelines and processes which can be found on the Historic Zoning Commission webpage. The Historic Zoning Commission (HZC) reviews any exterior modifications or replacement of components to a structure. In certain instances, city staff has the authority to review maintenance related work and issue a Certificate of Appropriateness on the HZC's behalf.
Day to day maintenance is the responsibility of the property owner. Repair or maintenance activities that require special or heavy equipment are typically handled by Public Works.
The building permit may be downloaded from our Online Permitting System
Yes, all personnel with Columbia Fire & Rescue can check your blood pressure for you.
No, city ordinance prohibits outside burning leaves within the city limits.
You may contact the Administrative Office at 931-560-1700 or stop by your nearest fire station between the hours of 7 am to 7 pm to obtain a permit. There is no charge to obtain a burn permit.
You need to contact the Tennessee Department of Agriculture, Division of Forestry for a Debris Burn Permit Application. Call 877-350-2876 or visit the website.
To schedule a fire truck for a special event, contact Columbia Fire & Rescue’s Public Education office at 931-560-1734.
You may contact the Administrative Office at 931-560-1700 to request a copy of the report. Office hours are 7:30 am to 4:00 pm, Monday through Friday. You will need the following to obtain a fire report:
There is no fee for copying reports, unless they are 10 pages or more.
We recommend you change the batteries in your smoke detectors every 6 months. An easy way to remember is to change batteries when you reset your clock for daylight savings time.
No, there is no charge to get a burn permit.
Contact Columbia Fire & Rescue’s Public Education office at 931-560-1734.
To schedule a tour of a fire station, contact Columbia Fire & Rescue’s Public Education office at 931-560-1734.
Per Ordinance Number 3402 you will receive a bill from the City of Columbia at a rate of $45 per hour (1 hour minimum) per apparatus, $15 per hour (1 hour minimum) per person that was on the call and any materials used at cost.
The Insurance Service Office (ISO) conducts independent evaluations on fire departments throughout the United States. This evaluation reviews how the fire department receives and dispatches its fire alarms, where the department’s fire stations are located throughout the city, what equipment is carried on the department’s fire apparatus, the training received by the city’s fire personnel and the availability of water supply to conduct fire operations. Based on this grade, a public protection classification is determined for the city. These classifications range from 1 to 10. Class 1 denotes exemplary public protection and Class 10 denotes not meeting ISO minimum criteria. These classifications are used to establish appropriate insurance premiums for the city. Columbia Fire & Rescue is currently an ISO Class 1 Department.
To receive a fire department patch, send a self-addressed stamped envelope to:
Columbia Fire & Rescue1000 S Garden StreetColumbia, TN 38401
Attn: Patch Request
Columbia Fire & Rescue does not give away or sell department t-shirts.
Emergency calls represent only a small percentage of the work of a typical fire department. The number of residential and commercial fires has steadily decreased over the years due to a variety of factors including improvements in construction, a greater public awareness of the risk factors leading to fires and a significant reduction in smoking nationwide. Fires, however, are only some of the emergencies to which the Fire Department responds. Nearly 80% of the Fire Department’s emergency responses are, in fact, calls for medical aid, including illness/accidents at home and work, and injuries resulting from vehicle crashes. Other calls for emergency response involve hazardous materials releases, technical rescues, response to fire alarms and other calls for public assistance. Firefighters also spend much of their time maintaining equipment, doing routine public safety inspections for businesses and rental housing, training for all types of emergency responses and filling out the reports and paperwork associated with these activities.
Fire personnel with Columbia Fire & Rescue work a 24-hour shift with no scheduled breaks and meals are not provided by the City. They must eat their lunch and dinner at the station. At times firefighters all eat the same meal, as a group. The crews pay for their food out of their own pockets. So, after the equipment is checked and the housework completed, one of the fire trucks will then make a quick trip to the grocery store to purchase food for the shift. All crews remain in service to respond to calls during this time.
Fire personnel do not have to be sitting in the fire station to be dispatched to a call. All units maintain constant radio contact with Fire Communications and the crew must always be together with their apparatus. Firefighters are always ready to respond to an emergency, regardless of their current location.
Columbia Fire & Rescue uses fire apparatus to block traffic lanes for the safety of emergency workers and patients. Blocking extra lanes keep our personnel safe when they go back to our apparatus to get more equipment and help protect the victim we are trying to stabilize. Over 25 firefighters are killed or injured each year while working at incidents on streets and highways.
Yes, the Columbia City Council meetings are live-streamed and recorded. There is a link on the homepage of this website to access live-streamed meetings. The meetings are also televised live on CPWS PowerNet channel 13. The recordings are posted to the City’s YouTube channel for convenient access by the public. Access past City Council Meetings through this link.
Yes, at the following facilities:
Per the Finance Department, the City of Columbia makes available for sale to the general public surplus City property. The availability and type of items being sold changes frequently.
Personal surplus property is sold online using the online auction site, GovDeals.Com.
You must register online with GovDeals.com in order to participate in the auctions. Registration is free.
The City’s Tourism and Marketing staff are responsible for the overall content of the web site, with each department contributing directly to their respective department pages. The MIS Department assists with technical issues.
City of Columbia Parks & Recreation Department offers FREE classes to members of the Armory Fitness Center. For non-members, the cost is $3.00 per class. Watch for upcoming fitness classes by following us on Facebook!
No, alcohol is not allowed in any of the City parks, shelters, or centers.
There are no reservations allowed. The disc golf course is free for everyone on a first-come, first-served basis.
Reservations for all of our amenities can be done online! You can see the costs, dates, and timeslots available for any shelter or center by going to Park Pass and browsing what we have to offer!
You can see the prices of the memberships at the Fitness Center by going to Park Pass and looking under the “Fitness Center & Membership Classes” tab.
NOTE: Must be at least 18 years old to enter the Fitness Center of 16 years old with a guardian.
The City of Columbia Parks & Recreation Department has an outdoor pool at Fairview Park that is open during the summer. It is monitored by a lifeguard.
No there is no RV parking available at Ridley Sports Complex. Here is the website link to Camper's RV Park nearby, located at 1792 Bear Creek Pike, Columbia, TN 38401.
Each recreation center has its own schedule. Please check the Recreation Centers page of our website for hours and services available.
Parks open at 7am and remain open until dusk.
The splash pad is on from 9am until dusk.
You can visit us during normal business hours at the Human Resources Office. We’re located on the 2nd floor of City Hall at 700 N Garden St, Columbia, TN 38401. You can also apply from your smartphone or visit the Public Library.
For assistance with your employment application, call Human Resources at 931-560-1570 or visit us on the 2nd floor of City Hall at 700 N Garden St, Columbia, TN 38401.
Visit our careers page at the link below.
City of Columbia - Careers
You can sign up for a free email account with Google, Yahoo, Outlook, etc. You must have an email address as most of our communications will come to you via email.
Applications are accepted only during the time of a posted vacancy. Check back regularly on our careers page at the link below to view current vacancies.
City of Columbia Careers
Your application will be visible to the Human Resources Department and the hiring authority of the department to which you apply.
Yes. You can apply for all positions of interest to you.
Applications are accepted only during the time of a posted vacancy. If you miss the deadline to apply, check back regularly for new opportunities.
In order to be considered for a vacancy, you must submit your application through our careers page.
City of Columbia Careers
Yes, to be considered for an open position, you must submit an application through our careers page.
No. You must submit an application for each position for which you want to be considered.
Upon completion of your application, you will receive an email notifying you that your application has been submitted for consideration.
Clicking the "+ Add Work History" or "+ Add Education" button(s) in the application will provide you with additional fields to include employment and education information.
To change your contact information after your application has been submitted, contact the Human Resources Office at 931-560-1570.
Yes. Your information is safe and will only be available to those participating in the hiring process.
The closing date is the last day that the position will be available to accept applications.
"Open until filled" indicates that we are accepting applications on a consistent basis until all spots for the role are no longer vacant.
The selection process normally includes the following:
For some positions, testing may be required to determine skill level. Interviews may also require demonstration of your knowledge, skills, and abilities.
If selected, a background check, drug screen, and physical will be required of the candidate.
Unfortunately, there is no way to save your application. To be considered, you must complete and submit your application.
To submit a resume, navigate to the position for which you want to apply on our Careers Page. Click "Apply" and choose "Select Resume to Upload". You must then complete and submit the application. We won't receive your resume unless an application is submitted.
Please include information for your last two to five positions and any other relevant experience that you’d like to be considered.
Please check out the Sanitation Garbage Day & A-B Route Collection Street List (PDF). Please call us at (931) 388-8650 with any questions.
Call Public Works Department at (931) 388-8650.
Click here for the Holiday Collection Schedule (PDF), or call Public Works at (931) 388-8650.
The City of Columbia provides ONE (1) free trash container for each residence within the city limits of Columbia. Residents may purchase up to TWO (2) additional trashcans at a cost of $60.00 per container. Please call Public Works at (931) 388-8650 to inquire about purchasing an additional trash container.
Household trash is collected on a weekly basis; recycling is collected bi-weekly.
Please click here for a list of Acceptable Recycling Materials (PDF), or email Tara Thompson with any questions.
Please call Public Works at (931) 388-8650.
Please call Public Works at (931) 388-8650 to inquire about our Special Needs Trash Collection program.
Please call the City Recorder at (931) 560-1520 for more information, or apply online for the Garbage Fee Exemption.
Please call Maury County Solid Waste at (931) 375-6401.
Please click here for a list of all Maury County Convenience Centers (PDF).
The Maury County Convenience Centers (PDF) will accept the following recyclable items:
Maury County Convenience Centers (PDF) are open Monday through Saturday from 7:30am to 5:00pm, closed for holidays. Please click on the highlighted link for locations and phone numbers.
Please call Public Works at (931) 388-8650 between 7:00am - 3:30pm, Monday through Friday.
If after hours, please call Dispatch at (931) 388-2727.
Please share your mailing information with us on the Visitor Guide Request Form and we will mail a free guide to you! You can also access the online guide on the same page.
First Fridays is an organic event organized by the community so participating is free. No streets are closed down for the event. In order to be a vendor, simply ask permission from the business owner if you can set up a booth in front of their building or on their property. It is not permitted to block the sidewalks completely or set-up in the parking spaces or the street in any way.
Go to the Events tab on Visit Columbia's webpage to stay informed on happenings in Columbia! Or check out the Facebook page @visitcolumbiatn for a complete list.
Visit Submit an Event and fill out the needed information. The event will then be reviewed and added to the webpage!
View the Sewer Service Charges (PDF) for a detailed breakdown of sewer rates.
When public sewer becomes available to property, a connection to the sewer is required. The property owner is responsible for making application and acquiring proper permits to connect to public sewer. The property owner is also responsible for the cost and installation of the private sewer service line. (The portion of line between the house and the public sewer is the private sewer service line.)
Inspection, installation, and connection fees may be applicable at the time of permit issuance.
Customers will need to provide information regarding the property address and owner’s name. Our personnel will determine if sewer is available to the property. If sewer is available, permit fees will be calculated and a permit can be issued for the connection.
For more information, contact the Wastewater Department.
We will locate and mark main public sewer lines only. Private service lines (the portion of sewer line between the structure and the public sewer main) will not be located or marked by Wastewater personnel. Information on the location of private service lines is not on file at our office. You may want to contact a plumber for assistance in locating the private service lines on your property.
Please contact the Wastewater Department with details of the work being done or the affected area.
Contact the Wastewater Department to obtain a sewer repair permit. The repair or installation of a new line is the responsibility of the property owner and must be installed according to code requirements. An inspection is required prior to covering the new or repaired line. Owners hiring plumbers to correct such problems must insure the proper permits have been obtained prior to beginning any line repairs or replacements.
Call the Wastewater Department at 931-560-1001. At the menu prompt, select the option for Sewer Emergencies.
Maintenance personnel are available 24 hours a day. Your call will be forwarded to a voicemail box where you will be asked to provide information about your sewer problem. Please include your name, address, phone number and brief details about the problem. The phone system will automatically contact the person on call and they will be provided with your recorded information. We will check the main sewer at no charge to the resident. Our maintenance crews will correct any problems with the main sewer. If the main sewer is working properly and a sewer problem is still present, the property owner may be advised to contact a plumber at his/her own expense.
FOG stands for fats, oils, and grease. These substances create a huge problem for your sewer pipes.
Visit the FOG Program page to learn more.