Birmingham is considered an upscale community and they would like to keep it that way so if you want to open a business be prepared to jump through hoops and bend over backwards.
Once you have decided what Birmingham may be in need of and you have the cash to make this new business come to life you have to find a location. The city site does have a great link on their site under the business tab and if you only need an office to run efficiently you can get a 200 sq. ft. office for around $400.00 – $500.00 a month and the different buildings have different amenities so be sure to check out all your options. If you are looking for property then depending on the size and location it could cost you millions and you will have to make a ton of phone calls because most of the listings require it for details. Also, before buying you should make sure the city will allow you to operate your new business in that location because there are zoning laws that state only one business of certain types can operate within so many feet of another. Don’t forget to check out the parking situation, Birmingham does have rules on how many spots per business are required in certain areas but they sometimes allow shared parking if main operating hours are different.
Next comes licenses and permits and Birmingham does require a license or permit for everything. Basically you have to get permission from the city for everything you do to that building in preparation for your new business, except painting, including signs and landscaping.
Opening a business in Birmingham can seem overwhelming and complicated but the city website does make it easier. The city site has the full list of requirements, ordinances and great links to make this process as painless as possible.