Development Services Department
Inspections & Enforcement Division
Director: Derek C.S. Burr
The Jefferson County Department Development Services Inspections & Enforcement division provides for the safety of the public through enforcement of building construction codes. The Department issues all building construction permits and inspects all building construction in unincorporated Jefferson County areas.
other divisions/functions of Development Services:
Jefferson County Courthouse Ste 260
716 Richard Arrington Jr. Blvd North
Birmingham, AL 35203
This division only investigates code-related complaints that occur while under construction work is being done. To report work being done without a permit, please contact our office at 325-5321.
All Codes, Forms, and Fees on this site are subject to change.
Please contact the Department at (205) 325-5321 to verify current official fee calculations or to verify the most up-to-date information.
The Jefferson County Development Services Department is responsible for issuing building permits. Separate permits are required for:
Moving a Structure
Fees - The cost of the requested permit is calculated at the time of permit issuance according to the guidelines below. Additional fees are required for electrical, plumbing and gas work. These are based on the actual work to be done added to a minimum base fee.
- For a building permit where the valuation does not exceed $250.00, no fee shall be required unless an inspection is necessary, in which case there is a $50.00 fee (minimum permit fee)
- For a valuation over $250.00 up to and including $5,000.00 - $50.00
- For a valuation over $5,000.00 - $9.00 per thousand or fraction thereof
- Moving a structure - $100.00
- Demolish a building or structure - $9.00 per thousand/Minimum fee: $100.00
- Erect a Group A tent - $50.00
- Erect a sign – For a valuation of $5000.00 or less - $50.00 Fee. For valuations over $5000.00 - $9.00 per thousand or fraction thereof the total valuation
The Jefferson County Development Services Department inspects all construction or work for which a permit is required at various intervals.
Fees - Permits issued generally include three inspections in the cost of each permit. When additional plumbing, gas or electrical inspections are required due to faulty materials, equipment, apparatus or workmanship, re-inspection fees are charged at a progressive rate. There is no charge for additional building re-inspections.
- 1st re-inspection - $20.00
- 2nd re-inspection - $40.00
- All additional re-inspections - $50.00
Building Plans Examination
Commercial and residential construction plans are reviewed to ensure that the design meets all applicable codes. Plan review greatly reduces the number of construction mistakes that occur during the construction process. Many dollars can be saved if problems are caught at the review stage and not during the actual construction.
Fees - A non-refundable application submittal and plans-checking fee is paid at the time of submitting plans and specifications for checking. The fee is $1.00 per thousand or fraction thereof of the valuation. If a building permit is obtained from the County within nine months of the application submittal, the cost of the permit is reduced by the amount of the application and plans-checking fee. This fee is generally limited to commercial construction. Residential plans are generally reviewed at the time of permit application.
Jefferson County Code Ordinances
Bonds and Affidavits
Applications for Permits:
All Applications for Permits on this site are for reference only and are subject to change - you MUST apply for a Permit in person.