Jefferson County, Alabama

Development Services Building Division


Jefferson County Alabama Development Services Department - Building Division
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.


Anyone (Prime Contractors and Sub-Contractors) who undertakes to construct or superintend any type of construction, alteration, maintenance, repair, rehabilitation, reclamation, remediation, demolition or any improvement (other than single family dwellings) costing $50,000 or more and any swimming pool exceeding $5,000 must be licensed by the state of Alabama General Contractors License Board.
This is in addition to any other city, county, or state license that may be required.

For information, contact the STATE LICENSING BOARD FOR GENERAL CONTRACTORS  at 334-272-5030 or

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Building Permits

Jefferson County Development Services Department is responsible for issuing building permits. With our new permitting system, applicants are required to provide the names of the trade contractors that will be working on the project. These contractors now will be working under the umbrella of the Construction Permit and no longer need to apply for separate permits.

Notice Of Changes Effective Friday August 26, 2022
Erosion Control Requirements are now part of the following Building Combo permits: You will no longer need to apply for an Erosion Control Permit separately.

  • Commercial New Building & Commercial Building Addition
  • Residential New Building & Residential Building Addition
Check out our ePermitJC of useful Info. Click Here for other Helpful Documents related to this change

Separate permits are still required for:

  • Low Voltage (Telephones, fire and security systems, closed-circuit and cable television, etc.)
  • Moving a Structure
  • Miscellaneous Construction
  • Demolition

Building Permits Checklists

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.

Building Inspections

The Jefferson County Development Services Department inspects all construction or work for which a permit is required at various intervals.
Development Services Department does not inspect existing properties for code violations.

Development Services uses an automated inspection request system known as interactive voice response (IVR) and SelectTXT, providing extra channels for contractors and homeowners with their Inspection management. Click to see the instructional brochure.

Fees:(Beginning February 3, 2020) See the Fee Schedule

  • Incomplete or failed inspections: $55.00 each
  • After Hours inspections fee:
    • Up to 4 hours: $300.00
    • Each additional hour: $75.00