Doing Business in Columbiana

The City of Columbiana welcomes new business to our community.  We feel that we have a unique environment to offer potential businesses. 

As the county seat, we have a significant amount of business traffic in and out of the city during regular business hours, with people from various areas coming into the city to conduct business at the Shelby County Courthouse, various other county offices, and the Shelby County Board of Education.

We are proud of the fact that we serve as central location for many of the County services and while the County has satellite locations, we still believe that coming to Columbiana provides county residents an opportunity to experience our community.  We also have a great community to live in and want our residents to be able to enjoy what local businesses have to offer them.

As a potential business owner in Columbiana, there are several steps to opening your business here and it is our pleasure at City Hall to provide you with some information that will smooth the path for you. You can print a business license application or zoning verification here.

  • Please verify that the zoning of your proposed business location allows for the type of business you want to operate.  If you have questions regarding the zoning of a particular property, contact City Hall at 205-669-5800.
  • Apply for any permits that are required for your business to operate.  City Hall can assist you with this as well.
  • Obtain your business license.  Our business license ordinance outlines the specifics of operating a business in Columbiana.  It also provides a break down of the fees associated with doing business here.  Understanding the process will help you move through the application process quickly, so if you have any questions regarding application, our Revenue Officer is the best person to talk with.  Joanna Seale (669-5806) will be happy to walk you through the process and answer any questions you have about doing business in Columbiana.

If you are already a business owner and are thinking about expanding or changing your business use, please contact Joanna so that she can help you through the process.  You can reach her at 205-669-5806 or

We look forward to serving all of our business owners in Columbiana and encourage our residents to shop locally, where your business helps us provide you the services that make Columbiana a great place to live and work.