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Opelika is a unique city and contains buildings from the late 19th to mid-20th centuries. Most of the downtown area is considered a Historic District, check out the attached map below to see what areas are part of the district:

View a Map of Historic Areas (PDF)

The Historic Preservation Commission in the city of Opelika is responsible for issuing appropriate certificates and ensuring Opelika’s historic sites are preserved. For more information about Historic Preservation Commission, you can visit the website link below.

Historic Preservation Commission

If you have property in a Historic District, it is important to obtain the necessary building permits if you would like to update or make any changes to the property. You can find that information here:

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Business License
If you want to start a new business in the city of Opelika, you first need to obtain the appropriate business license. More information about how to obtain a business license can be found here:

Business License Instructions

Contact Info for Various City Departments:

Planning Department | 334-705-5167
Public Works | 334-705-5400
Building Inspection | 334-705-5420
Fire Inspection | 334-705-5305

Related resources:

Business License Application 2019 (PDF)

Commercial and Residential Permits

Application Procedures for Commercial Building Permits

Check the link below to get more information about commercial building permits.

Commercial Building Permit Process Application

Procedure for Residential Building Permits

Check the link below to get more information about residential building permits.

Residential Building Permit Process

Downtown Design Guide:

Downtown Design Guide (PDF)

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If you want to choose a business location in the City of Opelika, you first need to ensure that the location is zoned for your type of business. The City of Opelika Planning Department will provide some information about many types of businesses in relation to different zoning districts.

Related resources:
Zoning Ordinance Section VI Establishment of Zoning Districts (PDF)
Zoning Ordinance Section 7.3 Specific District Regulations (PDF)

Use the zoning map to find the information you need.