- ADOPTION OF AMENDMENTS TO BUILDING, GAS, PLUMBING AND ELECTRICAL CODES:
On July 9, 2020, the Jefferson County Commission adopted amendments to the previously adopted codes to correct scriveners errors identified in the 2019 adoption, updating of fees to be consistent with online permitting, clarification of permit expiration, and formatting to ensure all four trade ordinances are consistent in content.
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 www.genconbd.state.al.us
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Jefferson County Development Services Department is responsible for issuing building permits. Separate permits are required for:
- Electrical Work
- Moving a Structure
- Miscellaneous Construction
- Low Voltage
Building Permits Checklists
Fees will be calculated for all Building and Trade and permits according to the guidelines below:
- For a valuation up to and including $5,000, the fee shall be $50.00. (Beginning February 2020)
- For a valuation over $5,000, the fee shall be $9 per thousand or fraction thereof. (Beginning February 2020)
- 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.
Development Services Department does not inspect existing properties for code violations.
Fees: (Beginning February 3, 2020)
- Incomplete or failed inspections: $55.00 each
- After Hours inspections fee:
- Up to 4 hours: $300.00
- Each additional hour: $75.00
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.
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
- Building Codes Amended July 09, 2020
- Electrical Codes Amended July 09, 2020
- Plumbing Codes Amended July 09, 2020
- Fuel Gas Codes Amended July 09, 2020
Contractor Information, Affidavits, and Bonds
- Electrical Contractor Information Sheet
- Gas Contractor Information Sheet
- Plumbing Contractor Information Sheet
- Building Demolition Bond
Permit Extension Request (Access the Help File)