Tax and License

Mission Statement

The Tax and License Department is responsible for collecting license fees and other revenue for the City of Selma and ensuring compliance with all license and tax requirements pursuant to the City of Selma’s Tax Ordinances.

Types of Business Licenses

Nearly every business in Alabama is required to obtain at least one type of license or permit to legally operate. The three primary business licenses in Alabama are the business privilege, the business tax registration and the store license. It can be a headache to figure out which additional license (or licenses) you need to obtain for operating in your specific industry. Depending on what type of business you operate, you might need to obtain local, county, state or federal business licenses for specific purposes. 

Local Business Licenses in Alabama

The most common type of business license you will need in every municipality is what Alabama calls a business privilege license, commonly known as a “business license” or “general license.” If you have a brick-and-mortar location, you will also need to obtain a store license for each location where you conduct business. These are the most common licenses and will apply to essentially any and all types of businesses. These will be nearly identical in all cities and counties across Alabama.

Any public-facing businesses serving food, providing accommodations or otherwise related to or impacting customers’ health will be required to obtain a public health license. Some cities and counties do not require a public health license if one is obtained at the state level, while some municipalities require both. These permits often also require some form of training and/or testing.


Aaron Roper

Tax Collector



Tax & License 
222 Broad Street
Selma, AL 36701


8:30 am to 4:30 pm


(334) 874-2112
(334) 874-2113



Severe Weather Alert!


Due to the threat of severe weather, all non-essential city services will be closed on Friday, March 18, 2022.  The City will continue to monitor the situation and depending on the severity of the event may make further changes to hours of operation. 

The Selma Police & Fire Departments will be on regular duty and Public Works will be on call working diligently to address issues as they occur, along with reporting issues to the Alabama Department of Transportation and local utility companies.

Residents are encouraged to stay informed and take proper precautions.  Please stay off roadways as conditions, power lines, and/or trees may be impacted.

Sever Weather