Building and Construction

When is a Permit Required?

A building permit is required to erect, construct, enlarge, alter, repair, improve, remove, convert, move or demolish any building or structure within in the City’s zoning jurisdiction.  To learn whether your project requires a permit, call us at 205-699-0943. A trade permit (electrical, mechanical, plumbing, irrigation) may also be required depending on the scope of work.

Do I need a permit?

How do I obtain a permit?

What happens after the permitted work has been completed?

Depending on the type of work that is permitted, an inspection is required.  Click here to learn more about the type of inspections required.  Once the permitted work is completed, a final inspection must be scheduled and completed.    Upon completion, a Certificate of Occupancy (CO) or Certificate of Compliance (CC) will be issued.

I have a permit, now I need an Inspection

Do Permits Expire?

Permits remain active for 180 days, but will expire on the 181st day if the project has not received an inspection, or after the date of the last inspection that shows progress towards completion of the project.  An expired permit must be resolved before a new building permit can be issued.  To check whether an expired permit exists on your property, call 205-699-0943.   You can resolve expired permits by following the expired permit process.