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***If a fence is placed in an easement, you will be doing so AT YOUR OWN RISK. Should the City need to access the easement for any lawful purpose, it may, if necessary, remove any fences or hedges therein without replacing them and could be subject to code enforcement.***
Please reference the City Ordinances listed below pertaining to fences:
SECTION 5-3. VISIBILITY AT INTERSECTIONS IN RESIDENTIAL DISTRICTSOn a corner lot in all residential zoning districts, no fence, wall, hedge, or other planting or structure that will obstruct vision between a height of two and one-half (2 1/2) and six (6) feet above the centerline grades of the intersecting streets shall be erected, placed, or maintained within the triangular area formed by the right-of-way lines at such corner lots and a straight line joining said right-of-way lines at points which are thirty (30) feet distant from the intersection of the right-of-way lines and measured along said right-of-way lines.
SECTION 5-8. FENCES, WALLS, AND HEDGES(Ord. 97-142, 12-8-97) Notwithstanding other provisions of this Zoning Ordinance, fences, walls, and hedges may be permitted in any side or rear yard, or along the side or rear edge of any front yard; provided that no solid fence, solid wall, or hedge along the edge of the front yard shall constitute any obstruction to visibility above two and one-half (2 1/2) feet above ground level. Hedges shall be permitted in required front yards, provided they do not extend into the street right-of-way or constitute an obstruction to visibility above two and one-half (2 1/2) feet above ground level. Hedges and fences shall be permitted in City easements, provided that, if the City accesses the easement for any lawful purpose, it may, if necessary, remove any fences and hedges therein without replacing them.
SEC. 30-3. - OBSTRUCTING DITCHES, ETC.(Code 1979, § 18-3; Code 1992, § 17-3; Ord. No. 2014-106, § 1, 7-15-2014)It shall be unlawful for any person to obstruct any ditch, storm drainage pipe, or waterway within any public right-of-way, public drainage easement, or natural stream so as to impede the flow of water in such ditch, storm drainage pipe, or waterway.
The City Prosecutor is hired to represent the City in all criminal matters arising out of City Code violations and misdemeanors which occur within the corporate limits of Madison. She does not provide prosecution services related to felonies which are committed in Madison--those are handled by the District Attorney of the county in which they occur.
If you need to discuss or obtain clarification of how these statutory requirements apply to your particular situation, you should consult with a private attorney. City Clerk Department.
1. Bidders must submit bid/proposal documents by the due date and time specified. Late bids will not be considered.2. Every solicitation contains a number of conditions. Some apply to all solicitations, and some are just tailored to a particular solicitation so please read the solicitation conditions fully. Failure to adhere to solicitation conditions may result in the rejection of a bid.3. Bid/Propose only on items, quantities, and the requirements that are requested, please do not add any qualifications or reservations to the bid/proposal. If you do, the bid/proposal may be rejected for doing so.
If the neighboring property is a large development currently under construction, then you can contact the Engineering Department at (256) 772-5632. If the property is an individual home under construction and unoccupied, then you can contact the Building Department at (256) 772-5680. However, if the property is occupied (Certificate of Occupancy issued by the Building Department), the dispute is a civil issue between you and your neighbor.
Please see our Traffic Calming page, and follow the procedures outlined. If you need further assistance, please contact the Engineering Department at (256) 772-2565 or email us. View information at
Huntsville Utilities maintains all street lights in the Madison County portion of the City of Madison. Athens Utilities maintains those in the Limestone County portion. You may report outages by calling (256) 535-1320 if you live in Madison County or (256) 232-1440 if you live in the Limestone County portion.
Please contact Public Works at (256) 772-0000 or click
Please contact the Engineering Department at (256) 772-5629, or access our online interactive map by clicking
The City of Madison posts job openings on our website and at the Human Resources office located at: Madison Municipal Complex,100 Hughes Road, Madison, Alabama 35758 - In addition, the City posts job openings with the City of Madison local channel (Channel 42), with www.governmentjobs.com and with the State of Alabama Employment Office located at 2535 Sparkman Drive, Huntsville, AL 35810, Ph.:(256) 851-0537.
You may contact SWDA (Solid Waste Disposal Authority) at (256) 880-6054.
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Huntsville Housing Authority's Payment Standard for Housing Vouchers is $910 for a 3 bedroom and $665 for a 2 bedroom.
HUD's formula for calculating "affordable" housing is (Average Median Income of the area x 80%) x 30%. Average Median Income for this area is approximately $67,500.
While we are not requiring sprinkler systems, the inclusion of such systems would be evaluated favorably.
Click on the "Starting a Business" or call the Planning Department at (256) 772-5630 and we can assist you. Also visit the Madison Chamber of Commerce website (below). The Chamber and the City will work together to see that you get all the information and resources you need to make an informed decision on your business location, and in many cases, can direct you to sources of business assistance, financing, and incentive packages.
Now, Alabama's Megan's Law arms the public with certain information on the whereabouts of dangerous sex offenders so that local communities may protect themselves and their children. The law also authorizes local law enforcement to notify the public about high-risk and serious sex offenders who reside in, are employed in, or frequent the community.
The law is not intended to punish the offender and specifically prohibits using the information to harass or commit any crime against the offender. It recognizes that public safety is best served when registered sex offenders are not concealing their location to avoid harassment. View sex offender information online. Madison Sex Offenders
The Neighborhood Watch Program encourages neighbors to get to know each other and to protect themselves from criminal activity. To start a Neighborhood Watch Program in your neighborhood or to obtain more information, please contact the Madison Police Department at (256) 722-5676.
To hire an off-duty Police Officer, you can contact the Patrol Division Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm at (256) 772-2567. The following requirements must be met:
Your request must be approved by the Chief of Police and the Mayor.
After regular business hours, call (256) 722-7190. Madison Police Officers will respond if the animal poses a threat to people and/or creates a traffic hazard for motorists.
Our found animals are also listed on the Madison Animal Rescue Foundation.
Are you wanting to make people aware of how fast they are traveling down your street? Call (256) 772-5688 or email Sergeant Wilkerson to find out the requirements for placing the trailer in your neighborhood.
If you have noticed a traffic-related issue in a neighborhood, intersection, or roadway and it appears to be traffic issues due to driver law violations, let us know by emailing Sergeant Wilkerson. With your help in notifying us, we can try and correct these issues with enforcement.
To request extra radar patrol in your neighborhood, speed monitoring, or to let us know of a speeding problem or other traffic violations on a Madison roadway. Email us and let us know.
The first thing to do is check and see if anyone involved is injured, give first aid if possible. Then call the Police Department or have someone do it for you.
There are many laws and regulations in place to help ensure that Madison’s roads and highways are safe places to travel. Enforcement of these laws can be stressful for both motorist and police officers alike. Find out how to make your experience with a traffic stop as stress free as possible. After stopping, unless directed by the officer to get out of your car, please wait in your car for the officer to approach. Please keep your hands on the steering wheel and do not make any sudden movements or reach into your glove compartment. The officer will ask for your driver’s license and proof of liability insurance. If you have a weapon in the car this is the time to calmly tell the officer that you have one and where it is. Please do not reach for it! The officer will explain why you were stopped. This is not the time to contest the stop or a citation if one is later issued. The Madison Police Department uses both marked (the standard white with blue and gold striping) and unmarked cars for patrol duties. All our marked units are equipped with overhead lights, stripes, and sirens. All of our unmarked units are equipped with lights in the grill / windshield, back window, and tail-lights.
Unfortunately, the reality is that there are occasional cases of police impersonators pulling over motorists. Since Madison is in a metropolitan area, there are a variety of law enforcement agencies either working on our streets and highways, namely the Sheriff’s office and highway patrol, or on their way to another destination. Our unmarked units, which are in a variety of makes and models, are equipped with flashing lights in the front grill, visor, or windshields and have sirens. The unit may or may not have a spotlight. If you are being stopped by what appears to be an unmarked car, acknowledge the officer by turning on your four-way hazard flashers and driving to the nearest well-lit area at a reduced speed. If the officer is not in uniform, lock your door and roll your window down about an inch. Ask the officer to identify him/herself with his or her badge and ID Card. If you do not believe the officer, ask him to call for a marked police vehicle so you can verify he or she is the police. Officers are required to call in all vehicle stops to dispatch. You can also call the Police Department Dispatch on your cell phone by using 9-1-1 or (256) 722-7190 - to verify you have been stopped by an officer.
Being stopped at night, particularly along a dark stretch of road, can heighten the tension for both a motorist and an officer alike. Officers do not object to drivers proceeding to the nearest well–lit area. Simply acknowledge the officer by turning on your four–way hazard flashers and driving at a reduced speed to the nearest well-lit place.
If you disagree with the officer or a citation, the time of the stop is not the time to argue or contest either the stop or a charge. Upon request, if the officer has not done so already, the officer will identify him or herself to you. If the officer’s explanation of the stop or citation is not satisfactory, you may contact an on-duty supervisor through police dispatch at (256) 722-7190 or go to the Madison Police Department located at 100 Hughes Road and request to see an on-duty supervisor. If you feel the citation is incorrect, you have the opportunity to contest the charge in Municipal Court before a judge. You are innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt and the burden of proof is on the City.
If you are asked to step out of your car, please do so without argument. Walk to the back of your car on the side away from traffic or as directed by the officer.
Reports are free of charge to involved parties. A fee of $5 will be charged to authorized third parties (i.e. insurnace companies). Please allow four to five business days for the approval and data entry process. For more information, call the Records Division.
Persons arrested will need to obtain a copy of his/her police report through the Madison County District Attorney's Office.
Copies of accident reports are available Monday - Friday, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm. Accident reports are free of charge to involved parties only. Please allow four to five business days for the approval and data entry process. For more information, call the Records Division.
The School Resource Officer works closely with school officials to identify and correct behavioral problems in children before they become a serious problem. Many times when a child commits a minor offense it is because there is a larger problem that needs to be addressed. The School Resource Officer reviews all cases involving juveniles and determines the best course of action to take to prevent the action from recurring. The officer works to provide counseling and guidance to juvenile offenders.
The K-9s live at home with their handlers and become a part of the family. Verbal commands and hand signals are used to communicate with the dogs. The handlers and dogs develop a very special bond that comes from driving around together in a patrol car for 40 hours a week. Our dogs love the attention they get at K-9 demonstrations.
The Officers / Firefighters assigned to the SWAT Team are required to pass a physical for agility and strength. The SWAT Team trains each month to sharpen their skills and abilities. Components of the SWAT Team include an entry team and sniper teams.
The mission of the Madison Police Department’s SWAT Team is to bring successful conclusions to high risk situations through the use of specially equipped and highly trained personnel without injury or loss of life to all those involved.
There are many laws and regulations in place to help ensure that Madison’s roads and highways are safe places to travel. Enforcement of these laws can be stressful for both motorist and police officers alike. This advisement is designed to provide you, the citizen, with insight on how to make your experience with a traffic stop as stress free as possible
After stopping, unless directed by the officer to get out of your car, please wait in your car for the officer to approach. Please keep your hands on the steering wheel and do not make any sudden movements or reach into your glove compartment. The officer will ask for your driver’s license and proof of liability insurance. If you have a weapon in the car this is the time to calmly tell the officer that you have one and where it is. Please do not reach for it! The officer willexplain why you were stopped. This is not the time to contest the stop or a citation if one is later issued.
The Madison Police Department uses both marked (the standard white with blue and goldstriping) and unmarked cars for patrol duties. All our marked units are equipped with overheadlights, stripes and sirens. All of our unmarked units are equipped with lights in thegrill / windshield, back window and tail-lights.
“What If I am Being Pulled Over by an Unmarked Car”?
Unfortunately, the reality is that there are occasional cases of police impersonators pulling over motorists. Since Madison is in a metropolitan area there are a variety of law enforcement agencies either working on our streets and highways, namely the sheriff’s office and highwaypatrol, or on their way to another destination.
Our unmarked units, which are in a variety of makes and models, are equipped with flashing lights in the front grill, visor, or windshields and have sirens. The unit may or may not have a spotlight.
If you are being stopped by what appears to be an unmarked car acknowledge the officer byturning on your four-way hazard flashers and driving to the nearest well-lit area at a reducedspeed. If the officer is not in uniform lock your door and roll your window down about an inch.Ask the officer to identify him / herself with his or her badge and ID Card. If you do not believethe “officer” ask him to call for a marked police vehicle so you can verify he or she is the police.Officers are required to “call in” all vehicle stops to dispatch. You can also call the PoliceDepartment Dispatch on your cell phone either by using (9-1-1 or 256-722-7190) to verify youhave been stopped by an officer.
“I am afraid to be stopped at night”.
Being stopped at night – particularly along a dark stretch of road – can heighten the tension for both a motorist and an officer alike. Officers do not object to drivers proceeding to the nearest well – lit area. Simply acknowledge the officer by turning on your four – way hazard flashers and driving at a reduced speed to the nearest well lit place.
“What If I Disagree with the Officer and / or the Citation”?
If you disagree with the Officer or a citation, the time of the stop is not the time to argue or contest either the stop or a charge. Upon request, if the officer has not done so already, the officer will identify him or herself to you. If the officer’s explanation of the stop or citation is not satisfactory you may contact an on duty supervisor through police dispatch at 256-722-7190 orgo to the Madison Police Department located at 100 Hughes Rd, Madison, Alabama and request to see an on duty supervisor. If you feel the citation is incorrect you have the opportunity to contest the charge in Municipal Court before a judge. You are innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt and the burden of proof is on the city.
“What if the officer asks me to get out of my car”?
If asked to step out of your car please do so without argument. Walk to the back of your car on the side away from traffic or as directed by the officer.
Safety Tips to Remember:
Please do not argue with the officer. This may only increase the tension in an alreadystressful situation.
It is necessary to notify your insurance agent immediately, regardless of who was at fault. If your agent requests a police report, you may pick up a copy at the police department Three days after the accident, or you can mail a request to:
Madison Police DepartmentAttn: Records Division100 Hughes Rd.Madison, Al 35758
In the event of a hit-and-run collision, a police officer will also fill out an Incident / Offense Report. You may pick up a copy at the police department.
This information is forwarded to our patrol staff so that extra patrol of the area can be arranged. Vacation checks can be taken over the phone. Vacation Check Form
You must appear in person to pay at the Municipal Court Clerk office. Someone else cannot pay your traffic citation for you. Please pay by cash, certified check, or money order and bring the traffic citation the officer issued to you.
When mailing your payment, please pay by cash, certified check, or money order and include the traffic citation the officer issued to you. Please sign the back of the citation before mailing it in with your payment. For more information, call the Municipal Court Clerk office (256) 772-5617.
Shifts are at the following times:
(a)Definitions. For purposes of this section, the following words and phrases shall have the following meanings:
(1)Soliciting means any of the following activities:
a.Seeking to obtain orders for the sale or exchange of goods, wares, merchandise or perishables of any kind, for any kind of remuneration or consideration, regardless of whether advance payment is sought.
b.Seeking to obtain prospective customers to apply for or to purchase insurance, publications or subscriptions to publications.
c.Seeking to obtain contributions of any thing of value for the benefit of any individual, association, organization, corporation or program.
d.Seeking to obtain orders or prospective customers for goods or services.
e.Requesting money or contributions of other goods or services for any charity, nonprofit organization, for-profit organization, or any other type or form of entity.
(2)Solicitor means a person engaged in the activities defined by this section as soliciting.
(3)Residence means any living unit contained within any building or structure that is occupied by any person as a dwelling consistent with the definition of "residence" as defined in the Zoning Ordinance of the City of Madison.
(4)Registrant or registered solicitor means any person who is subject to this section and who has obtained a valid certificate of registration from the City of Madison.
(5)Charitable organization means any enterprise entered into with the primary purpose to pursue social, charitable or other benevolent activities, and that is classified as a tax-exempt organization under applicable provisions of the United States Internal Revenue Code or the regulations thereunder.
(6)Person means a natural person.
(1)Registration. All persons desiring to engage in soliciting at residences in the City of Madison shall apply to the City of Madison at a cost of $75.00, paid in cash or cash equivalent, for an annual certificate of registration. The certificate shall be maintained by the City of Madison and a legible copy shall be carried by the registrant at all times while soliciting. Upon request for inspection by an occupant of a residence, police officer or revenue department employee while the registered solicitor is transacting his business or seeking to transact his business at any residence, the registrant shall show his or her copy of the registration certificate. In addition to the registration fee, all other city ordinances levying business license fees and other license fees and taxes are applicable, including the business license ordinance requiring transient vendors to obtain a business license.
(2)Application for certificate. The city shall provide a standard form for use for registration of solicitors. The applicant for the registration certificate shall state in writing upon his or her oath or affirmation that the information is truthfully provided to the best of his or her knowledge and belief. The applicant shall supply with or upon the registration form the following information:
a.Applicant's true, correct and legal name, and the name of the organization for which he/she will be soliciting.
b.Address and phone number of applicant's home and applicant's place of business.
c.Names and addresses of the corporate officers, partners and/or managers, if any, of the entity for which the applicant will be soliciting.
d.The purpose for which soliciting will be done.
e.A brief description of the method of presentation that will be made.
f.Whether a permit, license or certificate of registration from any city in connection with soliciting has ever been revoked, explaining the circumstances.
g.A statement as to whether or not the applicant has ever been convicted of a misdemeanor or a felony.
h.Documentation that the person is authorized to solicit for the organization.
(3)Nonendorsement. In addition, the applicant shall certify on the application form that if his or her registration is granted, he or she will not state, imply or represent to any person that the issuance of the certificate is an endorsement by the City of Madison of the product, service, solicitor or organization represented by the solicitor.
(4)Proof of identification required. No certificate of registration shall be issued except upon proof of identification by the applicant providing one of the following, bearing a photograph of said applicant:
a.A valid driver's license of any state in the United States.
b.A valid United States Uniform Service Identification.
c.A valid passport.
d.A valid identification issued by any agency of a state for the purpose of identification of the holder.
(5)Registration complete with issuance. Registration shall be complete when the city issues the certificate of registration, which shall not be unreasonably withheld or delayed.
(6)Form of certificate. Each certificate shall be numbered, shall list the name of the individual solicitor and all organizations on whose behalf he or she is authorized to solicit, the date on which the certificate will expire, and shall be dated and signed by the City of Madison Revenue Department.
(7)Maintenance of registry. The city shall maintain, available for public inspection during normal business hours, a record of every application received and acted upon, together with any information pertaining thereto, all certificates of registration issued, and all denials of applications. Each application shall be numbered in consecutive order as filed, and each certificate issued shall be assigned a number exclusive to the registrant.
(8)Renewal. Certificates shall be valid for the calendar year in which they were issued and shall expire at midnight on December 31st of such year. Any certificate that has not been revoked may be renewed upon request of the registrant and upon payment of $75.00 in cash or cash equivalent. The applicant shall be required to fill out a renewal application providing the information required in the initial registration.
(9)Nontransferability. Certificates of registration shall be issued only in the name of the applicant and the firms, corporations or associations on whose behalf he or she is authorized to solicit. Each natural person soliciting must obtain a certificate of registration. Certificates shall be nontransferable. It shall be a violation for a solicitor whose certificate authorizes soliciting on behalf of a firm named in the certificate to solicit on behalf of any other firm, organization or association, or for any purpose other than that specified on the application.
(c)Exemptions from registration. The registration provisions of this section do not apply to the following:
(1)Persons making solicitations solely for a church, religious organization or charitable organization, including any unincorporated association or corporation under the supervision and control of any church, charitable organization or religious organization, if the church or organization is tax exempt under the provisions of the United States Internal Revenue Code.
(2)Students soliciting contributions to finance extracurricular academic, social, athletic, artistic, scientific or cultural programs, provided that the solicitation and its purpose have been approved by the principal, president or chief administrator of the school that the students attend.
(3)Persons canvassing for the purpose of distributing political literature or materials on behalf of a political party, candidate or public issue, or introducing themselves as supporters of a candidate, political party, cause or issue.
(4)Persons making solicitations solely for a nationally recognized youth organization such as the YMCA, YWCA, scouting or boys' and girls' clubs.
All other provisions of this section shall apply to those who qualify for an exemption.
(d)Deceptive soliciting practices prohibited.
(1)No solicitor or canvasser shall intentionally or recklessly make any materially false or fraudulent statement in the course of soliciting.
(2)No solicitor shall use a fictitious name, an alias, or any name other than his or her true, correct and legal name.
(3)No solicitor shall represent, directly or by implication, that the City of Madison or any other governmental entity endorses the solicitation, or that the granting of a certificate of registration implies any endorsement of the individual solicitor, the solicitor's product or service.
(e)No registration of felons. No certificate of registration shall be issued to any person who has been convicted of a federal or state felony.
(f)Revocation of certificate. Any certificate of registration issued hereunder shall be revoked by the City of Madison if the registrant is convicted of a violation of this section, if the registrant has falsified the application, or otherwise becomes disqualified for the issuance of a certificate of registration. Notice of revocation shall be immediately given to the registrant by personal service or by certified mail to the address listed on the application. Immediately upon the giving of such notice, the certificate of registration shall become null and void and shall remain so unless the revocation is ordered rescinded by the City of Madison.
(g)Appeal. An applicant whose registration was denied or registrant whose certificate was revoked shall have the right to appeal to the revenue office of the City of Madison. An applicant shall also have the right to appeal any adverse decision of the revenue office to the city council. Any appeal must be demanded in writing sent by certified mail to the revenue office within seven calendar days of the decision that is being appealed. The written appeal shall sufficiently describe in detail the appealed action and the grounds of appeal. The right of appeal to the city council is not in derogation of any other rights in law or equity the applicant might have.
(h)Residential "no soliciting" notices.
(1)Any occupant of a residence or occupants of a multifamily dwelling who desire(s) not to have solicitors call on said residence(s) shall give notice of the desire to refuse solicitors by displaying a clearly visible weatherproof placard no smaller than 16 square inches and no larger than 94 square inches stating "No Soliciting" which shall be posted on or near the main entrance of the private property and not within the public right-of-way.
(2)Residents of a residential subdivision may indicate their desire not to have solicitors call on any residences in that subdivision by giving notice of the desire to refuse solicitors by displaying a clearly visible weatherproof placard no smaller than eight inches by ten inches and no larger than 18 inches by 24 inches stating "No Soliciting" which shall be posted on or near the main entrance of the subdivision on private property and not within the public right-of-way.
(3)The display of said placard shall be deemed to constitute notice to any solicitor that the inhabitant of the residence does not desire to invite solicitors.
(i)Duties of solicitors.
(1)Every solicitor shall, upon entering premises on which a residence is located, examine the main entrance to the premises for any "No Soliciting" placard, and if one is posted, desist in any efforts to solicit or to leave any literature concerning the solicitation at that residence. Possession of a certificate of registration does not relieve any solicitor of this duty.
(2)It is unlawful for any person to appear, canvass or solicit at any private residence whereon a placard bearing the words "No Soliciting" is posted for public view indicating that solicitors are not wanted at such residence with the purpose of circumventing subsection (i)(1) of this section through ruse, deception or concealment of a purpose to solicit or to take action calculated to secure an audience with the occupant of a residence that has a posted "No Soliciting" notice. Possession of a certificate of registration does not relieve any solicitor of this duty.
(3)Any solicitor who is asked to leave any residence by the occupant shall immediately and peacefully depart. Possession of a certificate of registration does not relieve any solicitor of this duty.
(4)Every solicitor shall at all times, while exercising the privilege in the City of Madison incident to the permit, carry upon his person his permit, and the same shall be exhibited by such person whenever he is requested to do so by any police officer or by any person who is solicited.
(j)Time-of-day restrictions on soliciting. It is a violation of this section for any person, whether registered or not, to solicit any person at his or her residence before 8:00 a.m. or after 6:00 p.m. Central Standard Time, unless the solicitor has express permission from the resident to do so.
(k)Penalty for nonregistration or violation. Any person violating any provision of this section shall upon conviction be punished under the provisions of section 14-1 of the Code of Ordinances of the City of Madison, Alabama.
(Ord. No. 2007-71, §§ 1—11, 5-29-07)
Ord. No. 2007-71, adopted May 29, 2007, has been treated as superceding Ord. No. 92-64, adopted June 9, 1992, which pertained to solicitation of merchandise upon private residences and from which former § 14-7 derived.
Effective May 1, 2018, all sales, use, rental, and lodging taxes are to be filed through the My Alabama Taxes (MAT) website. A copy of the ordinance can be found on the Revenue Department homepage. Please be sure to have your Tax ID number. If you do not know it, please contact us before filing online.
Blank copies of tax forms may be downloaded in the taxes portion of our website. Also, contact us at (256) 772-5654 and we will be happy to mail new forms to you.