Town of Alto

Founded in 1877, Alto (previously known as "Lulah City" and "Long View") was incorporated on December 16, 1895. The community straddles Habersham and Banks counties. Originally, the Town was one square mile in size and 1,395 feet above sea level, it has a population of approximately 1,220 people. The community name derives from Italian term for "high," for its elevation.

Council Meetings
City Council meets on the second Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m.

Water Service
The Town of Alto offers water service, but sewer service is not available at this time. Residents applying for water service may do so at Town Hall by filling out a New Resident Application form. Applicants will need to know their 911 (street) and mailing address. A photo ID of the applicant and a $100 deposit are required to obtain service. The water service is disconnected after the 15th of the month if it is unpaid with two (2) months past due without notification. The reconnection fee is $25, and there is a $100 fine for using water illegally. Fees are subject to change without notice.

Garbage Pickup Service
There is weekly curbside pickup for all residents within the town limits. The fee is $10 per month added to the water bill. Water customers outside the town limits can add garbage pickup service to their bills for $16 per month.

Building Permits
The Town of Alto issues building permits. The cost varies according to the type of permit needed and the work to be done. For more information about when a permit must be obtained and what is required to receive one, please contact Town Hall. To build, remodel, grade, and add a room, etc., please contact the Town Hall.

Yard Sale Guidelines
Thinking of hosting a yard sale in the Town of Alto? The simple requirements to do so are listed below:

  • Two days before the date of the sale, apply for a permit and pay a $10 retainer
  • Display the permit during the event
  • Be careful not to cause traffic or other hazards, and place signs only where permitted by law
  • Sell for no more than three consecutive days (unless another permit is acquired -- see below)
  • Clean up within two days afterwards
  • Pick up retainer at Town Hall within seven days of the sale

For each two additional days, another permit should be obtained and another retainer fee paid. Yard sales are limited to four per year.

Spring Fling Festival and Parade
Every year, on the first Saturday in June, Alto hosts the Spring Fling Festival and Parade, featuring live entertainment, great food vendors, kids' activities, a tractor contest, a car competition, crafts, and more. Please come by and enjoy the festivities. Don't forget to mark your calendar!