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400 West 19th Street
Jasper, AL 35501
Phone 205-221-2100

City has lifted the hold on permitting events

Hello Jasper and happy spring/summer from the Revenue Department at City Hall.

On April 9th,2021, Governor Kay Ivey issued her twenty-sixth supplemental emergency proclamation transitioning the state from an amended Safer at Home Order to a new Safer Apart Order, the third phase of COVID-19 pandemic health orders. With this order, masks are no longer mandated statewide. It states, individuals are strongly encouraged to wear a mask or other facial covering when in public and in close contact with other people, and the “6-foot rule” is strongly encouraged while out and about. This order went into effect at 5 p.m. on Friday, April 9, 2021, and extends until 5 p.m. on Wednesday, May 5, 2021.

So what does it mean for Jasper specifically? 

You may remember that the Jasper City Council passed a resolution and ordinance earlier this year that requires actionable executive orders and all state law to become law in Jasper. This of course means that when the Governor issues “statewide” orders into effect, they will become said order in Jasper. So in essence, the Governor’s new order is the order of record in Jasper. This brings me to the reason for today’s message.

As of April 9, 2021, at 5 PM, our Mayor and Council have lifted the hold on permitting events inside the city limits, and are beginning the process of opening all facilities back to normal use, with some health guidelines in place of course. It seems this might be a good time to send out a reminder of the process and requirements for obtaining an event permit.

There are 4 categories of events in Jasper:

1. Parade Permits – Self-explanatory. If you are planning a moving event that will close and make use of city streets, it requires permitting. Think Homecoming parade, Christmas parade, MLK Day march, Veterans Day parade.

2. Private party/and Facilities Permits – This is a little tricky. It covers ANY function that is NOT a non-profit or city-sponsored event that is proposed to take place on public property. It should be noted here, the use of any city facility will have its own set of requirements that serve that facility and serve as the permitting for that event. An example would be if you wish to hold a revival on the courthouse square, you would need to get a permit for the event. If you are planning an advertised organized gathering, there is a permit process. If you are planning to hold a birthday party at the JCC, you will have guidelines for that facility that must be met and that is your permitting for that event. If you are simply having a picnic at Gamble Park, there is no permit required. However, if you want to hold an advertised public event that would in essence take up the park and could cause obstruction of use, then that would be considered an event.

3. Festival/Vendor event – This is any event taking place on public property that includes vendors and for-profit status groups, such as concerts (even if free), trade shows, events with food trucks, carnival-type events. Regardless of who is hosting the event; Churches, nonprofit groups, individuals, and schools are all required to obtain permits for the event. This would have a basis in the fact that those vendors are required to have a city business license and report/pay state and local sales revenue tax. The special event permit covers these legal requirements. Also, food vendors require Health Department approval that must be produced prior to being allowed in town. And finally, there are specific laws regulating food trucks that must be adhered to in order to allow them to operate in the city. Once again, any facility will have its own set of guidelines that cover this use, with the exception of the business license and food permitting. Also remember any vendor setting up, EVEN IF ON PRIVATE PROPERTY, is required to obtain the necessary license and permit for selling goods in Jasper. All food vendors are included. So, if you are a business and plan to bring a food truck or any vendor in to set up in your parking lot, they must obtain all permits and licensing required, even if it is a one-day event.

4. Nonprofit permit – this is an event sponsored by a legitimized nonprofit group holding any number of federal designations, the most common being a 501c3 status. The requirements of the event will be the same, however, it is a different permitting regarding fees and other guidelines that apply differently to the nonprofit status.

Once you have decided what type of event you are having (or even if you aren’t sure yet) you can go online to www.jaspercity.com and go to the event application at https://www.jaspercity.com/images/PDF/EventApplication-ActivityPermit.pdf. From there you will need to fill out the application and submit it by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Once the Events Coordinator receives the application, they will contact you for a meeting. Please try to submit your application at least 30 days prior to your planned event date. There are some other things that may be involved with hosting your event based on the type and size. Jasper Police and Fire may require information, etc. Finally, the event is presented to the council during a public meeting and the permit is issued.

 

Hopefully this helps clear up any questions regarding events, permits and if we are issuing them now. The phones are beginning to ring with some of our favorite local happenings being planned. Foothills Festival is September 10th and 11th. C A R S classic car cruise-in began Saturday, May 1st and will be the first Saturday of each month until the C A R S big car show in October. There is also Art in the Park in October, a revival planned for the area around Walker County Jail and the Sheriff’s Department in May, Pets on Parade, and a host of others. We are excited to be getting back to life and interaction in our beautiful city. Please stay safe, be healthy, protect yourself during these times and enjoy Jasper. Have a great week, and as always, if you have questions about this column or with anything regarding our city, please reach out to me. 

The City of Jasper is committed to providing a fair environment, conducive to business operations and revenue generations, for all businesses and people. As we have worked to have better enforcement, we have also worked to provide better service and information. Please feel free to reach out to us at 205-385-7990, or if you have any questions or comments, please email them to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

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