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Yes. Non-Member day passes are available for $10 per person per day, which includes access to the Adult Fitness Center, Recreation Center, and Aquatics Center.
No. We do have an outdoor Junior Olympic size pool which is heated during the colder months and open year round.
Yes - a list of personal trainers is available at the Fitness Center.
Yes. There are changing rooms and showers available during our normal hours of operation. Towels and toiletries are not provided.
Please note: Class schedules may change without notice
Monday through Friday - 7:00 am to 8:00 pmSaturday - 8:00 am to 5:00 pmSunday - 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm
The day pass includes the Adult Fitness Center, an inside basketball court, and an outdoor heated pool.
Just off of Canal Road at 4847 Wilson Boulevard. If coming from Gulf Shores on Canal Road, when you get to the light at the intersection of Canal and Highway 161, continue east on Canal - 1.3 miles on the left just across from Fire Station 2.
Vendors may register to be notified of bids through Vendor Registry.
First submit an application to the Alabama Alcoholic Beverage Control Board. Once the application is received at City Hall, then contact the City Clerk's office at 251-981-6806 for placement on the agenda for City Council approval.
The next city election will be in 2025. Find more information on the Municipal Election Information page.
The agenda is posted on the City of Orange Beach's Council Agendas and Minutes page by 5 pm on Friday before the Council meeting.
Complete a Request for Inspection and/or Copying of Records form and email it to the City Clerk's office (email City Clerk) or fax 251-981-1442. Electronic documents are free. Printed documents are $1 per page.
For information about serving on a board or committee for the city, call the City Clerk's office at 251-981-6806.
The City Council meets the first and third Tuesday of each month at 5 pm in Council Chambers located at 4099 Orange Beach Boulevard in Orange Beach, and is open to the public.
Council meetings start at 5 pm, followed by the Committee of the Whole meetings.
The agenda for the City Council meetings is available the Friday before the Council meeting.
Contact the City Administrator or City Clerk's Office at 251-981-6979 between the hours of 8 am and 5 pm, Monday through Friday, to speak to someone about speaking at a City Council meeting.
Yes, we have glass, pottery, fine art, jewelry and more for sale.
Yes, they are primarily local and from the Gulf Coast region.
No, we do not give art valuations.
Yes, we can also mail them.
Yes, we ship anything that fits in a large flat rate box. For larger works, please visit local shipping specialists.
Since all our art is for sale, the pieces are in continual rotation.
No, admission is free to all three buildings on our campus.
No, our chandelier was made by our own glass artists in The Hot Shop, Kerry Parks and Dan Rush. We say it is "Chihuly-inspired!"
Yes! Please call to get information about your specific needs. Various demo's can be scheduled in our studios. We are also located adjacent to the Waterfront Kids Park which works nicely for young school groups.
Yes. The Clay Studio is occasionally available to rent for birthday parties and special occasions for $95 per hour. If you wish to paint pottery, a per item/per-person fee is also applied.
Yes. Our resident Clay Artist offers instruction in clay hand building and wheel throwing. Sessions are one hour long and you will learn several techniques. Call 251-981-ARTS (2787) for more details.
Yes. We offer Pick-n-Paint for $35 and up, per item. Call for a reservation at 251-981-ARTS (2787).
If you paint an already finished piece, you may retrieve your item within 24 to 48 hours.
If you sculpt your own piece, it will take between 1 to 3 days to dry, then it takes 1 to 2 days to fire it in the kiln; you can return to glaze your piece at this point. It is then fired in the kiln for a second time (which also takes 1 to 2 days). You may pick up the finished product after approximately 7 to 10 business days from your start date. We can also ship your pieces to you.
The Clay Studio is open Monday through Friday from 9 am to 4 pm.
No, this is a juried fine arts show only, with culinary and musical artists by invitation.
Applications are accepted through the ZAPPlication website. The application process opens August 1 of each year, and closes on October 31. Notification of accepted/waitlist/declined artists is announced in November after our juror process. The deadline to then pay your booth fee(s) is mid January of each festival year. Double booths are limited and are offered on a first-come, first-served basis.
Yes, it is always the second full weekend of March. We always host our show one week prior to the Fairhope Arts and Crafts show.
No, this is a free event.
Off-site parking is available with a shuttle. Final parking information is announced in January.
Guests coming from East Orange Beach (Bear Point, Caswell, etc.) should park at the Orange Beach Presbyterian Church.
We offer a tremendous variety of mediums with an average of 95 artists, including:
We require that children be at least 8 years of age because it takes extreme focus and understanding of multiple concepts.
Yes. It is a basic, introductory class and, before you begin, a detailed description of the process will be explained, as well as demonstrations of each item you will be able to choose from. It is recommended that you research glassblowing (i.e. YouTube videos) to gain a basic understanding of glassblowing so the process will not be as foreign the day of your class.
No. We cannot incorporate any other material into the glass because it will cool at a different rate which will cause stress cracks and/or breakage.
All of the pieces we have in our shop have taken the glassblowers years to learn how to make, so they are not something we can offer for the Make Your Own class. The object of the class is to experience glassblowing with lots of help from a highly skilled glassblower (because it is not something that can easily be done in the first few attempts- it takes years to build the skills required to pull off even the simplest pieces.) Therefore, no one should try to replicate an exact piece or design as all glass items turn out uniquely different even for an experienced glassblower- which is part of the beauty of this art form.
Of course! We encourage pictures and always appreciate when you tag us in your photos on Facebook or Instagram.
Closed-toe shoes are required. 100% cotton clothing is preferred, and any synthetic materials are not recommended. You are welcome to bring your own sunglasses for eye protection, but safety glasses are provided. Feel free to bring a drink since classes can last up to 2.5 hours.
For Make Your Own classes or hourly rental we ask for 48 hour notice for reschedule or cancellation. All appointments are held with a credit card. For no shows or day-of cancellations, we will charge your credit card for the total class amount.
Appointments are set for 9 am, Monday through Friday and we ask that you arrive 5 to 10 minutes early for your appointment.
The paperweight, globe and flower each have a different process which is why we demonstrate each piece first to show you what you will be doing. You will choose your colors and assist the instructor according to your capabilities (i.e. using tools to sculpt, blowing air into the blow pipe, taking heats, etc.). You may take a more active or passive role based on your physical ability or comfort level.
The Gulf State Park Office Headquarters is located at:20115 State Park RoadGulf Shores, AL 36542
The office can be reached at 251-948-7275 and is open 7 days a week year-round.
In order to qualify for an No Charge Orange Beach Resident Beach Parking Pass, an individual must possess a valid Alabama Driver's License with a physical address inside the city limits of Orange Beach, Alabama. The "resident pass" can be obtained at Orange Beach City Hall, 4099 Orange Beach Boulevard beginning on April 22, 2021. Up to two resident passes will be issued per household. If a third pass is desired for an additional vehicle, the resident must purchase one for $25 at Park Headquarters.
No. The No Charge Parking Passes for Orange Beach residents (as defined by the City of Orange Beach) were part of an agreement signed between the City of Orange Beach and the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. Due to the value of the passes and the limited number of beach access parking spaces, the City of Orange Beach restricted the distribution quantity of No Charge Parking Passes to two per household with one additional vehicle pass available that can be purchased at Gulf State Park Headquarters. As a result, "Orange Beach resident" is defined by the City of Orange Beach, as individuals who possess a valid Alabama Driver's License with a physical address inside the city limits of Orange Beach, Alabama. Ono Island is part of unincorporated Baldwin County and is not within the city limits of Orange Beach. Property owners and/or business owners who do not meet the Driver's License requirements will also not qualify for a No Charge Parking Pass.
Yes. The $100 Annual Parking Pass can be purchased at Gulf State Park headquarters.
If the resident brings a damaged decal for exchange, Orange Beach Resident Parking Passes can be replaced at Orange Beach City Hall (e.g., in the situation of a vehicle sale) at no additional charge. If removing the decal from service cannot be verified, a new decal will need to be purchased at Gulf State Park Headquarters in accordance with the fee schedule for additional vehicles at $25.
No, we ask that you keep all domestic animals away from native wildlife as this is their home. Please keep cats and dogs inside. We do not want to kidnap a baby animal from its mother due to the risk of it potentially becoming injured.
Please email Melissa Vinson for volunteer information.
We have an amazon Wishlist and a donation link below. Please also follow us on social media. We appreciate the support!
Please check the Texas A&M Wildlife job board for internship postings by searching "Wildlife Care Intern."
It is actually very common for owls to use nests built by other species. Great horns also use cavities in trees, cliffs, and ledges for their nests. Great horns generally use one nest per year, as they cause a lot of wear and tear on the nest, although it is possible the they may use it again next year. It is also possible that the ospreys may return the next year and retake the nest.
On average, great horns lay two eggs, but they can lay one to five eggs. They usually only have one brood per season, although they will lay more eggs if the original clutch is taken or destroyed.
On average, great horned owls incubate their eggs for about 30 to 37 days.
Young owlets start fledging around 6 to 8 weeks old.
Great horned owls are generalists and therefore eat just about anything. They have a wide range of prey, from small rodents, to large birds such as herons. A great horns diet consists of about 90% mammals,10% birds, and herptiles and insects. Owls also get moisture from their prey, so they do not have to drink often.
Great horns swallow small prey whole, bones and all. They have very strong stomach acid that breaks down the bones to extract important nutrients, and any indigestible parts of the prey are regurgitated as a pellet.
Yes, both great horns and ospreys are monogamous and generally mate for life. However if one of the pair dies the other will usually find a new mate.
It is normal for parents to leave the eggs and nestlings every so often. The mother rarely stays away long enough to cause harm. Both great horns and ospreys are able to successfully incubate the eggs in extremely cold weather, and great horn eggs have been recorded to withstand parent absence of 20 minutes at -13 degrees.
Great horns and ospreys usually lay an egg every couple days until their clutch is complete, but they start incubating as soon as the first egg is laid. The first eggs have a head start and hatch first, although sometimes an egg may not hatch because it wasn't fertilized or the embryo didn't develop properly.
Only the female incubates the eggs. She has a featherless area on her abdomen called a brood patch, which is specifically designed to keep the eggs warm. The male's job is to bring food for the mother, until the chicks are hatched and old enough that she can also hunt.
This is a natural behavior for nestlings. Sometimes, the aggression is essentially play-fighting, a way for them to practice and hone their skills. Other times, especially when food is scarce, aggression can lead to siblicide. Also, if the parents can sense that one chick is doing better than the other, they may focus all their food, attention, and energy into ensuring that the healthy chick survives. The older chicks may be the only one to survive.
No, temperatures in Southern Alabama rarely get cold enough to cause concern.
This is common behavior throughout most bird species. They may do this as a heat-saving measure, as a way to reduce fatigue in one leg, or simply just to be comfortable.
Legally we cannot intervene with these birds without very specific permission as are state and federally protected. Sometimes they are predated on, other times only the stronger siblings survive. While it can be difficult to watch, this is nature and it is survival of the fittest.
Ospreys build nests at the tops of trees, and oftentimes on man-made structures, such as telephone poles, service towers, or nest platforms made specifically for it. Established pairs oftentimes return to previous nest sites.
On average, ospreys lay three eggs, but they can lay one to four eggs. They only lay one clutch per season, regardless of whether the original clutch is taken or destroyed.
Ospreys usually begin laying eggs in late April.On average, they incubate their eggs for about 35 to 42 days.
Young osprey chicks start fledging around 7 to 8 weeks old.
Ospreys are piscivores, meaning they almost exclusively eat fish. This is how they got the nickname "fish hawk." Ospreys hunt in both fresh and saltwater.
You can call the library and we'll place the item on hold for you or within our catalog:
Yes, as long as there are no patrons waiting on the item you can renew up to four items. Staff will also auto-renew materials as long as there is no one else waiting for the item.
Yes, we have 24/7 open access Wi-Fi throughout the building. Wi-Fi is also available from the first few rows of parking, the front porch, and the rear patio
Yes, we have a full-service business center available. Black and white prints and copies are $0.15, Color prints and copies are $0.50, Faxing is $2.00 on the first page, $1.00 per page for each subsequent page, and $1.00 per page to receive, Scanning is $1.00 for up to 6 items scanned.
Your PIN Number is the last four digits of your library card.
Visitors are welcome! Anyone can get a library card! You'll just need a valid form of picture ID. (Patrons under 13 must have a parent/guardian sign the application).
Yes, we have 15 computer terminals with free internet access and a variety of software available. There is no fee to use the computers, however, we ask that you limit use to 30 minutes when others are waiting for computer access.
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday9 am to 6 omThursday9 am to 8 pmSaturday9 am to 3 pmSunday - Closed
The library will gladly accept donations in good condition. We do not accept encyclopedias, VHS, cassettes, damaged materials, or extremely dated materials.
For program information, please email Orange Beach Tennis Pro Nick Cruz or contact 251-974-6387 (Office), or 251-200-9086 (Cell).
Visit the Tennis Center about page on the City Website for the latest information.
There are currently eight trailheads, the first and most well-known is the Catman Road trailhead located at 3801 Orange Beach Boulevard
Overnight camping is prohibited by City Ordinance.
We do ask that you curb your dogs. Bags are provided and we ask that you dispose of in containers on site.
There are water stations available inside both fenced areas.
There are two separately fenced areas, one for small dogs and one for large dogs.
Unleashed is operated at no charge but does accept donations.
The park is open from dawn to dusk.
The Unleashed In Orange Beach Dog Park is located at 27920 Canal Road, approximately 2 miles east of the intersection of Canal Road and Highway 161, very close to Pleasure Island Tiki Bar and Sportsman Marina.
Duplexes are not allowed in the RS-2 or RS-3 zoning districts. Duplexes are allowed in RS-1 if granted a conditional use approval by City Council. To be eligible for conditional use approval, the RS-1 lots must meet the following conditions:
A permit* is required for new or reconstructed boat slips, boat houses, boat docks, and bulkheads. Prior to issuance of a city permit, the applicant must provide document ensuring approval from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources State Lands Division.
*Boat slips, boat houses, boat docks require a Building Permit (SubType: Marine Accessory).*Bulkheads require a Site Permit with the "Wall, Retaining Wall, Bulkhead Permit" portion completed.
The State of Alabama mandates insurance discounts for homes that have been issued a "Fortified Designation" as provided by the Fortified Home™ Program. Compliance with Orange Beach construction standards will qualify a home for a "Gold Fortified Designation', but only if the home is verified by approved third party inspections. Roof replacement in Orange Beach may qualify the home for a "Bronze" designation when third party inspections are performed. Flood Insurance discounts are also available due to the City's participation in the Community Rating System.
In order to determine whether there are wetlands located on your property, please contact the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at 251-690-2658 or the Alabama Department of Environmental Management at 251-304-1176.
State law requires residential construction to be performed by a licensed residential home builder. The property owner can request an exemption to that law. This exemption allows the owner of the property to act as his/her own builder even though he/she does not have a license.
You may build or improve your own residence, but it must be for your use and occupancy. It may not be built or improved for the purposes of selling. If you place the residence for sale within one year after the construction is complete, the law will presume that you built it for sale, which is a violation of this exemption.
You may not hire or compensate anyone to supervise the building or improvement of the residence. It is your responsibility to make sure that subcontractors employed by you have the proper licenses required by state law and a State of Alabama business license issued through any county in the state. Your construction must comply with all applicable laws, ordinances, building codes, and zoning regulations.
By claiming exempt status, the property owner waives his/her rights for protection under the provisions of the Home Builders Licensure law. In the event of litigation involving activities resulting from the granting of a permit, the property owner may not make demand of any money from the Homeowner's Recovery Fund, established by the Home Builders Licensure law.
To qualify for this exemption, the property owner must review, complete, and return the Home Builders Licensure Law Exemption Affidavit (PDF) to the Building Department before the permit is issued.
Property owners are exempt from the licensing requirements of the State of Alabama General Licensure Law pursuant to Section 34-8-1 when acting as their own contractor and providing all materials and supervision for the construction. Any of the work contracted out must comply with the definition in this chapter for general contractor. Section 34-8-7 (a)(3). The property owner should be fully aware of the State Laws, and remain in compliance with the requirements for exemption to permit as an owner. Section 34-8-9 (amended 2006).
Forestry mowing or hand clearing vegetation is allowed as long as jurisdictional wetlands are not impacted. Removal of protected trees with a 6-inch or greater diameter at chest height is prohibited without a tree removal permit. Fill placement on a vacant lot is prohibited unless a building permit has been issued or is actively in review at the Community Development Department.
Occupied recreational vehicles (RV) are allowed only in recreational vehicle parks and designated areas of mobile home parks. Unoccupied recreational vehicles may be parked at an owner's residence or business but cannot be connected to water and sewer utilities. Recreational vehicles may be used by a homeowner while he/she is building a residence. The RV must be hooked up to water and sewer/septic tank, and the owner must have garbage service. The RV cannot be occupied longer than 6 months while the residence is under construction.
A Building Permit (SubType: Accessory Building) is required prior to constructing or placing a shed on your property. Please review the Accessory Structure Requirements & Guidelines (PDF) or contact Community Development for any further questions.
The city has a tree protection ordinance that restricts the removal of certain sizes and types of trees. Prior to removing or pruning a tree, please contact Community Development to verify whether the proposed work requires a Tree Removal Permit*.
*The Tree Removal Permit is part of the Site Permit application on the Permit Portal.
Following a disaster, the City must provide damage estimates to the Federal Government in order to be eligible for Federal grant money. Acquiring a permit for all repair work assists the City in demonstrating eligibility for Federal assistance. Do not begin permanent repairs following a declared disaster until your property damage has been assessed and recorded by the City and a repair permit has been issued.
For copies of Elevation Certificates, call Community Development at 251-981-2610 or email the Permit Technician, Suzy Williams.
You can verify whether your property is located within a flood zone by utilizing the Orange Beach Interactive Floodplain Map or the ADECA Interactive Flood Map. Community Development has current and archived Flood Insurance Rate Maps on file and is available to assist you in determining whether your property is located in a flood zone, provide determination letters, and to answer any questions you may have. Contact the Floodplain Administrator by phone or email.
When building in an "AE" flood zone, the finished floor of the structure must be elevated a minimum of 2 feet above the Base Flood Elevation. When building in a "VE" flood zone, the lowest horizontal structural member of the structure must be a minimum of 3 feet above the Base Flood Elevation. Community Development also maintains Elevation Certificates for structures constructed within a Special Flood Hazard Area.
The Community Development Department is open from 7 am to 5 pm, Monday through Friday.
For single-family residential-zoned properties, the required front setback is 30 feet; the required rear setback is 20 feet; and the required side setbacks are 10 feet. Setbacks are applied from the property line.
The maximum height for fences on residential properties is 6 feet. Fences located within the front yard setback (30 feet from front property line), cannot exceed 4 feet in height. Fences shall be installed with the finished side facing the adjoining property or public or private right-of-way. Fence posts must be located on the inside of the fence facing the property on which the fence is located. Posts and supporting members may be viewable if the fence has a shadowbox design or uses panels across the front and back to give the fence a finished appearance on both sides. There are no setback requirements for fences, and a permit is not required.
A Stormwater Permit* must be obtained from Community Development before placement of any type of fill.
White beach quality sand is accepted in all areas of the city, however the placement of clay and dark colored fill is restricted in certain areas. A sample of the proposed fill material must be submitted to the Community Development office prior to issuance of a Stormwater Permit.
*The Stormwater Permit is part of the Site Permit application on the Permit Portal.
Permits are generally required for all work on new and existing structures and systems other than maintenance. The best way to determine if a permit is required is to call the Building Department at 251-981-2610 before you begin any work.
All Building Department permit applications are processed through the Orange Beach Permit Portal. Within this portal, you may apply for permits, upload construction plans and other documents, check application review status, pay for permits, request inspections, and much more. The portal is compatible with most tech devices - phones, tablets, laptops, and desktop computers. You can log in anytime and anywhere - from your office, home, or even from the jobsite. The portal is most compatible with the Google Chrome internet browser.
If the property owner is paying a contractor to do the work, the contractor should submit the permit application, copies of their licenses, detailed scope of work, and required documents. However, it is the property owner's responsibility to make sure permits are obtained. Always ask to see the permits before the work begins.
Permits may only be issued to the property owner or the owner’s contractor.
Refer to the Permit Fee Schedule (PDF) for the cost of permits.
Permit fees can only be paid after the permit application is approved (with the exception of Plan Review Fees*). The applicant will receive a notification email when the status is "Approved, Awaiting Payment."
The applicant can submit payment by credit or debit card online via the Orange Beach Permit Portal: Click on MAKE A PAYMENT on the MY ACCOUNT page, select the permit(s) to pay, enter payment information, and click SUBMIT. There is a 3% convenience fee that applies to all credit and debit card transactions.
Payment by check or cash can be submitted in the Community Development office at 4101 Orange Beach Blvd, Orange Beach, AL 36561. Make all checks payable to "City of Orange Beach."
No work should begin on the project until after the payment is processed by Community Development staff and the permit status is "Issued."
*Plan Review Fees are due at the time of application and are non-refundable. To pay Plan Review Fees on the Permit Portal, click on VIEW MY REQUESTS on the MY ACCOUNT page, click on the permit number, click on MAKE A PAYMENT, enter payment information, and click SUBMIT.
A dune walkover may be constructed provided that:
Download and/or print a copy of the Orange Beach Zoning Map (PDF).
Visit the Online Interactive Floodplain Map or download the Orange Beach Floodplain Map (PDF).
Yes, Orange Beach has an ArcGIS Online Interactive Mapping website that will help you find parcel, zoning, floodplain, and other property related information.
Yes, we can draft monthly service charges from your bank account (savings or checking). Please complete the Authorization for Pre-Authorized Payment Form.
While we do not currently accept Business Licenses payments online we do accept Credit Card payments over the phone with a 2.95% convenience fee. To pay taxes online, go to the Alabama Department of Revenue website.
Sewer/garbage can be made here https://orangebeachal.mygovhub.com/#/ You can create an account or click "Quick Pay". To locate your account enter only your house number and account number, then select "Find Account".
Property taxes are handled by the Baldwin County Revenue Commissioner. You can get information from the Baldwin County Revenue Commission website, or call the Foley Satellite Courthouse at 251-943-5061.
Yes, the license is the responsibility of the owner not the management company.
Yes, it is located in the third drive through lane in the back of the building (4151 Orange Beach Boulevard).
Businesses do not receive decals, it will be coded on your business license if you are located in Orange Beach. The business license will need to be up to date for it to be effective.
If you have a home based business, your residential decal will get you back on the island.
Decals are on a three-year cycle. Ono Island and Condo owners obtain their passes from their Property/Condo Owners' Association. All others can be picked up in the Finance Department office located at 4151 Orange Beach Boulevard, Monday through Friday from 8 am to 5 pm.
Decals will not be issued once a named storm has entered the Gulf. You do not have to affix them to your vehicle until needed.
There is a charge for replacement decals.
If there is a renter, one decal goes to the renter; one decal goes to the owner.
The license expires December 31 of each year, however, it does not have to be renewed during December. Renewal notices are mailed early to mid-December and you have until January 31 to renew without penalty.
You should call our main number 251-981-6096.
No. Water service for the City is provided by the Orange Beach Water Authority located at 25097 Canal Road. They can be reached at 251-981-4233.
Every Tuesday and Friday. The can with the blue lid must be placed with the opening facing the road and 3 feet away from any obstacle. The contents of the can cannot exceed 90 pounds.
You can refer to our Trash and Recycling page to find out when your trash will be picked up.
If your trash has not been picked up at the appropriate time, you can call the Finance Office's main number at 251-981-6096.
For patients transported after September 1, 2020, you may pay your ambulance bill online on the AccuMed Group website. You may also mail a check to the address provided on your bill or bring your payment to the Fire Administration building located at 25855 John M Snook Drive in Orange Beach.
All available jobs with the Orange Beach Fire Department are updated on the City of Orange Beach website as they become available. Please visit their website to view available positions.
For patients transported after September 1, 2020, you may pay your ambulance bill online on the AccuMed Group website. You may also mail a check to the address provided on your bill or bring your payment to the Fire Administration building located at 25855 John M Snook Drive in Orange Beach.
Medical records for EMS transport fall under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 2015 (HIPAA). In order to receive a copy of your own personal medical records, you must submit a Public Records Request form (included below). Please make sure to include the patient's full name, date of transport, and a description of the records you are requesting.
Please note: For attorneys or other representatives requesting medical records for a client, you must include an authorization signed by the patient with your request.
Public Records Request Form (PDF)
Submit all medical record requests to:
Orange Beach Fire Rescuec/o Kris RobertsP.O. Box 458Orange Beach, AL 36561Email Kris RobertsPhone: 251-981-6392 (Office)
Fire hydrants within the City of Orange Beach are maintained by the Orange Beach Water Authority. For any problem relating to a fire hydrant, please give them a call at 251-981-4233.
T-shirts are $20 a shirt and are available in sizes Small to 2XL in both grey and pink (for breast cancer awareness). We are unable to ship t-shirts, but you are welcome to pick one up at our office located at 25855 John Snook Drive in Orange Beach between 8 am and 5 pm (Monday through Friday). Acceptable forms of payment include cash or check only (no card payments). Please make checks payable to OBFD Volunteer Board.
Yes, we offer patch trading on a limited basis as available. Please email our administrative assistant Rashard Ward at contact 251-981-6166 regarding trades.
Learn more information on our Resident Program page.
The Daily Beach Report is updated each day, three times daily. Please call 251-981-SURF (7873) to hear the most up-to-date beach conditions.
Under the Leave Only Footprints campaign, items left on the beach overnight will be disposed of by Orange Beach Coastal Resources. This includes tents, canopies, beach chairs, toys, etc. Please visit the Leave Only Footprints Campaign page to learn more.
Any open fires or use of flammable items, including but not limited to charcoal or gas grills, torches, (e.g., Tiki torches, etc.), and/or fireworks are considered inappropriate and unlawful per Ordinance 2005-946.
All job postings are listed in accordance with the City of Orange Beach Human Resource Department.
No. Gas-fired grills shall not be used on any balcony or under any overhanging portion or within 10 feet of any structure.
There is no open burning inside the city limits (for example - trash, grass, brush).
The Orange Beach Fire Department Resident Volunteer Firefighter Program (RVFP) is an exciting opportunity. The RVFP is designed to give young men and women an opportunity to pursue a career in Fire and Emergency Services.
Applicants that are accepted into the RVFP are expected to successfully complete Firefighter I/II training. After successful completion of the training program and receiving their Firefighter I/II certification, they will be assigned to a regular shift in the Orange Beach Fire Department where they will serve alongside our career members working twenty-four-hour shifts performing all of the duties of a firefighter, gaining valuable experience and training to prepare you for a career within a full-time fire department.
Additionally, applicants will be sent to school to become an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) or Advanced EMT (if already an EMT) to complete the training requirements for the RVFP. Participants can stay in the program for up to two years; a minimum of one-year commitment is requested. In exchange for this commitment to the RVFP, participants are provided with the following:
The Alabama Fire College and Personnel Standards Commission prerequisites for Firefighter training are:
Please review the Physical Training Preparation for Firefighter Recruits (PDF).
Please view the Alabama Fire College CPAT: Candidate Physical Ability Test video regarding the CPAT certification testing requirements. This will give the candidate a basic understanding of what is involved in this test.
As a Resident Recruit, you are considered a temporary employee of the City of Orange Beach. This requires us to obtain certain information prior to your employment, including:
Additionally, the Alabama Fire College requires additional documentation, including:
It is important to understand that this documentation is required and you will not be able to attend the program without the completion of this documentation.
A current CPAT certificate is required to attend this program. Information about how and where to obtain a CPAT certification can be found on the Alabama Fire College website.
Mobile Fire Rescue is the closest available facility offering CPAT certification. You can schedule an appointment online.
The program will be held over a period of thirteen weeks beginning September 2022.
Please note: These dates are subject to change.
Questions regarding this program can be directed to:
For application information, or to check if your application was received, please contact:
The application period has closed. Please keep an eye out on this page for when our next recruit class opens.
The City of Orange Beach does not have an ordinance that would prohibit the release of helium balloons on the beach. However the balloons are prohibited from containing fire or combustible material (such as candles, lights, lighters, etc.). Please remember, based on past complaints, that the balloons may eventually end up as debris on someone else's property.
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Please email Savannah Rollins for all bench inquiries.
Golf carts are not allowed on the trail.
There are currently eight trailheads, the first and most well-know is the Catman Road trailhead located at 3801 Orange Beach Blvd.
You may fax your application to 251-981-1442. The fax must be received before 5 pm Central Time on the closing date.
A resume cannot take the place of a completed application. However, the Human Resources Department will accept resumes if they are part of an application packet.
No. We only accept Employment Applications for specified positions at which time that position is advertised.
A separate application must be submitted for each position.
There are many factors that can affect how long it takes to fill a position with the City of Orange Beach, for example, background checks, the hiring department's schedule, drug screenings, etc. However, it can take from 2 to 3 weeks after the closing date to fill a position.
The 5 pm closing date means this is the last date and time an application will be accepted for that position. The closing date is indicated on the Job Announcement. The application can be delivered in person, online, by hand-mail, by the U.S. postal service or any other mail delivery service, or by facsimile at 251-981-1442. If an application is received by any of these methods after 5 pm, the application will not be reviewed and will be returned to the applicant. A position that states "position will remain open until filled" indicates applications are continuously evaluated until further notice. The announcement may be closed at any time without prior notice.
The City of Orange Beach posts job vacancy announcements on its website. The City also posts job vacancy announcements at City Hall located at 4099 Orange Beach Boulevard, Orange Beach, AL 36561. Periodically, the City may advertise some job vacancies in the local newspaper, magazines, specialized journals, and newsletters.
Yellow - Moderate risk surf conditions / current
Purple - Dangerous marine life
Red - High risk surf / current
Double Red - Waters closed to the public
Text ALBEACHES to 888777 for daily conditions.
Yes! You may use a metal detector and small sifting shovel to uncover found items but be sure to fill in any holes.
Yes! The gulf is their natural habitat, we are the visitors! If you see one don't panic, slowly move towards shore without splashing, flailing, or making excessive noise
Yes, but be respectful of others when placing fishing poles. Share the beach!
No, you should never feed native wildlife. Feeding wildlife leads to the disruption of their natural behaviors and dependency on humans for food. This in turn becomes a dangerous situation for the animal as it puts them in harm's way (for example, feeding a pelican fish and then it getting entangled in fishing line.) It is better for them to hunt naturally and eat their wild diet.
The beaches do not close at night but please be mindful of the noise ordinance.
Any beach equipment left unattended on the beach one hour after sunset until sunrise as defined by NOAA for Orange Beach, Alabama, each day will be deemed abandoned, and shall be disposed of accordingly and will not be returned. Any items of value collected will be turned in to the police department.
Payments of fines, court costs, and/or restitution are expected at the time you appear in court and you will be required to pay the fine and court costs at that time. If you need more time to pay, call the Municipal Court at 251-981-2444 and make your request.
Call the Orange Beach Municipal Court at 251-981-2444 to reschedule your court date.
The court date, time, and location are listed near the bottom of your citation under the section labeled "Court Appearance Information," or it is noted on your Appearance Bond.
In certain cases (i.e. minor traffic citations, etc.) the court will allow you to enter a plea before a magistrate and pay your fines and court cost. Full payment for all violations and late court fees must be made at the time of the plea.
You may call 251-981-2444 for information on your case and if it can be handled out of Court.
No, the clerk must witness your signature on the Waiver of Rights on the back of the ticket.
You may call the Municipal Court at 251-981-2444.
If you have a case that requires a court appearance, the municipal judge will establish the fine amount in each case he presides over. Depending upon the change, the judge can place a fine of up to $500, plus costs. There are some offenses where the fine may be higher.
You may call the Municipal Court at 251-981-2444. Note that there may be a fee associated with this request.
You can contact the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency at 334-242-4400 or at your local Courthouse, where you obtain a driver's license or you can write to:
Drivers License Division Improvement UnitP.O. Box 1471Montgomery, Al 36102-1471
If the vehicle listed on the ticket had insurance coverage at the time the citation was written and you did not have proof of it in the vehicle, you may bring proof of insurance to the Orange Beach Municipal Court before your court date. A magistrate will then determine if your ticket may be dismissed.
If you obtained insurance coverage for the vehicle listed on the ticket after the citation was written, you may bring proof of insurance to Orange Beach Municipal Court. A magistrate will then determine if your ticket may be dismissed upon payment of cost.
If the vehicle listed on the ticket did not have insurance coverage at the time the citation was written and you have not gotten insurance since a court appearance is mandatory. Your court date is listed at the bottom of your ticket.
To plead not guilty and request a trial date, you must appear in court on the date listed at the bottom of your ticket or on your appearance bond.
The Orange Beach Municipal Court is open Monday through Friday, 8:30 am to 5 pm. The Court offices close at noon on the day of Court to prepare.
Cash, cashier's check, money order, Visa or Mastercard debit or credit cards. A 4.5% processing fee will be charged if paying by debit or credit card. No personal checks or partial payments will be accepted.
If you were charged with a crime that was handled through the Orange Beach Municipal Court, you may obtain a copy of that record. Note that there may be a fee associated with this request. Otherwise, the Municipal Court cannot run a background check or a criminal history check. If you are in need of a background check for employment, housing rental, etc., you should call the Alabama Criminal Justice Information Center at 866-740-4762 for further instruction.
The Court Clerks is located at the Orange Beach Justice Center - 4480 Orange Beach Boulevard Orange Beach, AL 36561.
If you did not pay your ticket on time or failed to appear to settle your case, the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA) was notified and they suspended your license for failing to appear in court or non-payment. In order to have your license reinstated, you must first settle the charge(s) against you. Then contact the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency at your local Courthouse, where you obtain a driver's license, or you may call ALEA at 334-242-4400 for more information concerning the reinstatement fee.
Once a warrant has been signed and issued, it cannot be dropped for any reason. Everyone must appear in court to settle the matter.
PFA can only be filed with the Baldwin County Circuit Clerk's Office located in the courthouse in Bay Minette, AL. There is no charge to file a PFA. New laws went into effect as of July 2010 regarding who a PFA can be filed against.
In order to take care of an outstanding warrant, you must turn yourself into the Orange Beach Police Department. After the warrant has been executed, you will be given an opportunity to post a bond and you will be given a court date. You may contact the Orange Beach Municipal Court at 251-981-2444 to receive specific information pertaining to your case.
To seek charges against someone you must first file a report with the Orange Beach Police Department. If probable cause exists, you will then be referred to the Municipal Court at 251-981-2444 to make an appointment for a probable cause hearing with a magistrate to determine if a warrant will be issued. You must have as much information as possible such as name, address, date of birth or age, employer, and phone number. A warrant cannot be obtained without a police report.
Personal coolers are not permitted. Soft drinks and beer are sold in the Pro Shop and coolers are provided for your enjoyment on the course.
No, tee shirts are welcome.
No, golf on a first come basis. (There is usually little or no wait.)
Yes, we have both drive and walking carts. The carts are included in the rates. (Carts are not included with memberships.)
Yes, we have both left-handed and right-handed clubs. The rental fee is $16.50 per day (includes 1 sleeve of balls).
The range has both grass tees and mats for your enjoyment.
The driving range is self-serve. The ball dispensers will accept credit cards, tokens (available at the Pro Shop), and cash (the dispensers will only take one-dollar bills).
Range Balls are $3.00 per bucket. There are 34 balls per bucket.
The range is lighted and open until 9 pm every day.
The course is open to golfers at 8 am (every day).
Yes - With advanced reservations group tours can be scheduled. Contact the Museum at 251-981-8545 for full details. reservations group tours can be scheduled. Contact the Museum at 251-981-8545 for full details.
Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, 9 am to 4 pm.
No admission charge.
The Museum houses photos and memorabilia from the early days of Orange Beach. Focusing on the charter fishing industry contains many nautical pieces. In addition, many Indian artifacts on display have been collected from the area.
No - the sportsplex does not allow any RV or camper to stay overnight. There are several campgrounds and RV parks in the area we encourage you to check out.
The cost of renting one, some, or all of our fields depends on a few different factors which include but are not limited to the following:
No - the sportsplex consists of nine baseball/softball fields, two soccer fields, and one multipurpose field. The sportsplex does not have any indoor athletic facility. The city's gym and pool are located at the OB Rec Center and the OB Aquatics Center
The Orange Beach Sportsplex rents out its fields to different organizations, and that organization controls gate fees, scheduling, and any other tournament-related issues. The sportsplex only controls the use of the facility.
The sportsplex is located at 4389 William Silvers Parkway in Orange Beach, AL (off of Canal Road).
Open flames of any kind are strictly prohibited by City Ordinance.
Tents and sunshades are allowed north of the Mean High Tide Line as represented by posted signage.
Only authorized government vehicles and beach maintenance vehicles are allowed on the beach.
Beaching or launching personal watercraft from Gulf beaches is prohibited by City Ordinance.
For health and wildlife disturbance reasons, dogs are not allowed on Gulf Beaches. As an alternative, Unleashed in Orange Beach, our community dog park, or The Dog Pond at Lake Shelby in the Gulf State Park both offer you a great place to enjoy with your companion. Learn more information on the Unleashed Dog Park page.
Drinking alcohol is allowed on the beach but glass containers are strictly prohibited.
Fishing is allowed on the beach but chumming and/or shark fishing is prohibited.
Metal detecting is allowed on the beach but the City respectfully requests that holes be returned to natural grade following the investigation.
Yes. Find more information on the Youth Sports page.
Yes. Please see the Youth Sports page on the City Website for more information.
Click the "Like" button on the City of Orange Beach Athletics Facebook page to receive up-to-date information on all youth sports offered. Flyers are also sent home with the children at Orange Beach Elementary School (OBES) just prior to the start of registration.
Typically, we run basketball registration during the month of November. The season will begin in December and run through February.
Typically, we run soccer registration during the month of August. The season will begin in September and run through October.
You will register at the Orange Beach Rec Center; you will need a copy of your child's birth certificate and cash or check for the registration fee.
Volunteers; we love to have any parent volunteer to coach pending a mandatory background check
A report can be obtained by contacting the Administration office at 251-981-9777 or by coming to the Orange Beach Police Department located at 4480 Orange Beach Boulevard Orange Beach, AL 36561.
There is a $5 charge for all copies of reports. Please have any pertinent information (such as case numbers, dates, locations, and or names of the person(s) involved) to ensure prompt and accurate service.
The Orange Beach Police Department provides fingerprinting services for a variety of reasons, including teaching credentials, adoptions, employment, sales, real estate, etc. We do not provide fingerprint services for immigration purposes; call the Orange Beach Police Department to make an appointment at 251-981-9777.
Visitation is on Wednesday from 1:30 pm to 4 pm, and on Sunday from 4 pm to 7:30 pm. Visitors will need to bring a picture ID. Children will be admitted with an adult only. We have a limited visiting area so please try to be flexible. To reduce your wait time, please call 251-981-9777. If you have a special need or handicap, please call in advance so we can make arrangements for you.
Old prescriptions can be dangerous and should not be disposed of improperly. The Orange Beach Police Department has made a disposal site available, free of charge. You will find the drop box just inside the lobby of the Police Department.
There is no fee and the box is available 24 hours a day/seven days a week. You may leave these drugs in their original container, or seal them in a bag or other non-breakable container for disposal. No information is gathered from the containers.
Animal Control Officers are authorized to investigate canine and wildlife-related complaints. Patrol officers are able to issue citations for animal ordinance violations. Please contact the Orange Beach Police Department at 251-981-9777.
The Orange Beach Police Department never solicits money over the phone. If you get a call claiming to raise money for the Orange Beach Police Department, report the call to the Orange Beach Police Department.
Call 911 immediately. Be observant and make mental notes, including asking yourself:
When there is an emergency, lives are in danger, serious injury, serious medical condition, crime in progress, or any other situation needs immediate attention.
Recycle pickup is divided into 2 zones. Each zone receives pickup every other week on Wednesday.
Please refer to the zone map for recycling pick-up zones and the calendar on this page for the weekly schedule for trash or recycling pick-up dates.
When referring to the Zone Map, Zone 1 = Gray, and Zone 2 = Blue.
For more information and to download a printable recycling calendar, please visit the Trash and Recycling page.
These items can be recycled:
These items cannot be recycled:
No. You do not have to have a license to get on the bid list, or to bid; however, you will need to complete the business license process before a purchase order can be written. Contact the Revenue Department at 251-981-6096 for more complete information on licensing.
Prospective vendors may sign up to be notified of bid postings through the City of Orange Beach bid site.
The following are not required before being placed on the Bid List nor are they required to submit a bid, but the following forms will be required prior to the City of Orange Beach issuing a purchase order to a vendor:
The State of Alabama bid law states that if the bid amount is $10,000 or more, a bid bond may be required. If a Bid Bond is required, the bid should be accompanied by a cashier's check, certified check, bank draft, or bid bond for the sum of 5% of the amount of the bid but not to exceed $10,000, made payable to the City of Orange Beach. All checks will be returned promptly, except the check of the successful bidder, which shall be returned after fulfilling the bid.
City of Orange BeachP.O. Box 4584099 Orange Beach BoulevardOrange Beach, AL 36561
Call: 251-981-SURF (7873).
Text: ALBEACHES to 888777.
There is no closing time. However you should consider the following: Overnight camping is unlawful, Overnight swimming poses extreme dangers, and be mindful of our noise ordinance
Yes! The Gulf is their natural habitat, we are the visitors! If you see one don't panic, slowly move towards shore without splashing, flailing, or making excessive noise. Most sharks stay offshore but occasionally they will swim closer. Avoid swimming in areas where schools of fish are present or seabirds are diving. If Lifeguards determine a shark is a threat to the public they can close the water to swimming.
As far as treating a jellyfish sting our suggestion is the “beach method” which involves no chemicals. Take a hard surface something like a credit card/room key and scrape against the effected area. The goal of this is to remove any remaining tentacles. Next take wet sand and pack it on top of the affected area and let it sit. This relieves stinging and adds a cooling effect.
Realistically a jellyfish sting is very similar to a bee sting. Pain thresholds are different person to person and pain tends to last for 10-15 minutes. In the case of an emergency: person has difficulty breathing or breaks out in extreme hives all over the body call 911.
While it is nearly impossible to predicts this in the open water environment a few factors can help in removing jellyfish or seaweed from the swimming area: Strong winds, strong surf, strong lateral currents, or large storms. When the water is calm & stagnant there is very little to do. Remember this is the open water!
Any beach equipment left unattended on the beach one hour after sunset until sunrise as defined by NOAA for Orange Beach, Alabama, each day will be deemed abandoned, and shall be disposed of accordingly and will not be returned. This includes tents, canopies, beach chairs, toys, etc. Please visit the Leave Only Footprints Campaign page to learn more.
Any open fires or use of flammable items, including but not limited to charcoal or gas grills, torches, (e.g., Tiki torches, etc.), and/or fireworks are considered inappropriate and unlawful per Ordinance 2005-946
Yes, but be respectful of others when placing fishing poles. Share the beach! It is however illegal to fish or target sharks by methods of chumming. Visit here for more info: https://www.outdooralabama.com/fishing.
That depends. Orange Beach weddings held at any public beach access points (such as Alabama Point, Cotton Bayou Beach Access, etc), you will need to contact the Gulf State Park for a permit; call 251-948-7275 between the hours of 8 am and 4 pm, Monday through Friday. For more information about planning your Beach Wedding, visit the Gulf Shores and Orange Beach Tourism website.
Alabama residents wishing to get married on the beach may either obtain a marriage license in their home county or at the Baldwin County Courthouse in Bay Minette, Alabama. Please call Baldwin County Courthouse at 251-937-0260 or visit the Baldwin County website for additional information about obtaining an Alabama marriage license.
No, you will need to go to a Baldwin County Courthouse for drivers licenses, car tags and boat tags. Please call Baldwin County Courthouse, (the closest one is in Foley), 251-943-5061 or visit the Baldwin County website.
Renewals and tags/title can be handled in four Probate locations: Foley, Robertsdale, Fairhope and Bay Minette. A new drivers license requires a visit to one of the courthouses with a State Testing Officer present, as that is a state office offered in some of the courthouses as a courtesy from the state. They are Foley, Fairhope, and only the first Wednesday of the month, Bay Minette.
You can obtain a State of Alabama fishing license at Wal-Mart in Orange Beach, 251-974-1810, other local tackle stores, online at the Outdoor Alabama website or over the phone at 888-848-6887.
You can obtain a voter registration form from Orange Beach City Hall, however, the form will need to be mailed into the Baldwin County Registrars. To register to vote or make a change/correction to your voter record, Board of Registrars - 251-937-0305, 251-990-4614 and 251-972-6877.
Yes, if your event will have an impact on traffic, will be held on public property, involves the sale of goods and services, involves the sale of alcohol or involves the sale of food. Visit our Special Events Department for permitting and to learn more.
Please call the Beach Express office at 251-968-3415 or visit the Beach Express website.
You can refer to our Trash and Recycling calendar to find out when your trash will be picked up.
Yes! The W&WLC is a municipal facility that the public can access during daylight hours.
Yes, dogs are allowed on leashes. There is also a pet waste station located off the northeast corner of the building.
We are in the process of developing an equipment rental program for the community.
No, we would love to host you for a lesson with one of our certified instructors on site at the W&WLC in our fleet. We use Optimists, Sunfish, and touring style kayaks.