Jefferson County, Alabama

Development Services Department


Department of Development Services
Director: Derek C.S. Burr | AICP

Please contact our office at 205-325-5321 for  verbal assistance.

Inspections - Option 1
Permit/Plans Review Questions - Option 2
Engineering - Option 3
Planning/Zoning/Public Hearings - Option 4
Subdivisions - Option 5
Code Enforcement - Option 6
Additional Assistance - Option 9
Reach staff by name - Option 0
Stormwater Hotline - 205-325-5792
Zoning/Litter Violations - 205-582-6555
Fax - 205-325-5516

Click HERE to access the Public Hearings Calendar


On November 5, 2020, the Development Services Fees were consolidated into one fee ordinance, Ordinance 6349, which supersedes any previous fees. You may find this consolidated Fee schedule document HERE .
On July 9, 2020, the Jefferson County Commission adopted amendments to the previously adopted Building, Fuel Gas, Plumbing, and Electrical Code Ordinances. Read more.

We have adjusted our submission processes for all Planning & Building Permit applications.

Thank you for visiting Development Services “virtual” information page. With COVID-19, we have worked diligently to provide you with more virtual options to conduct business for your safety and our staff.
Effective March 2, 2021, Development Services is entirely digital. All permits and applications are available electronically and all payments may be made online, thus reducing, if not eliminating your need to visit in person. Permits, zoning amendments, subdivision, beverage cases, site plan and all other applications may be applied for online at ePermits. All plans for building or site plans are requested to be submitted electronically in Adobe PDF format and can be uploaded during you application process. All plans will be reviewed electronically using ePermitHub giving you instant access 24/7 to staff review comments.

Also, all inspection requests for building permits issued after November 1, 2020 may be made by telephoning 205-918-7762 for our IVR or texting “Schedule” to 844-752-6068. You can also request an inspection using Accela ACA at ePermits. For older permits, you may telephone 205-325-5321, and choose “Option 1” to speak to permit staff. IVR and SelecTXT options are available to you 24/7.

First time users, can learn how to create a new account and apply for online permits/applications at ePermitJC Portal. To create a new online ePermitJC account, please visit ePermits. If you are actively pulling permits in person and would like to also start applying on ePermitJC portal, you need to connect your Licensed Professional to Your ePermitJC Account. Here's How.

As always, YOU are the reason we are here, and we want your experience to be exceptional. During these extraordinary times we appreciate your patience and understanding.

Go to ePermits

Mission Statement: Development Services is a customer focused department that facilitates investment in the County and promotes orderly growth and environmental quality to create a balanced, sustainable community, one that enhances quality of life and protects the health, safety, and welfare of residents, business owners and visitors.

Office Hours:

Monday to Friday
7:30 am to 4:30 pm (Except on Holidays)


Jefferson County Courthouse Suite B200
716 Richard Arrington Jr. Blvd. N.
Birmingham, AL 35203

General Information:  The core functions of the Development Services Department include:

  • Residential and Commercial Permitting
  • Land Disturbance

  • Subdivisions
  • Zoning
  • Site Plan Review & Processing
  • Comprehensive Planning
  • Strategic Planning
  • Future Land Use Map
  • Beverage Licensing

Site Plan Review

Code Enforcement (zoning and litter)

  • Water Quality
  • NPDES and MS4 Stormwater Management
  • Erosion and Sedimentation Control, Permitting, and Enforcement
  • Environmental Education
  • FEMA Flood Zone Administration

  • Address Assignment and 911 Database Support
  • GIS Mapping and Historical Research (aerial photography)

The Jefferson County Development Services department maintains the official zoning map of Jefferson County. Only this office has the OFFICIAL zoning of unincorporated county property; zoning information obtained from ANY other source, including other County Departments, should be verified through our office before taking any kind of action.

Regulations and Ordinances
Click here to visit our page of information about and copies of the Jefferson County regulations & ordinances.

Click here to visit our page with printable brochures, forms and other publications with information about Zoning, Dividing Property, Enforcement, Floodplain and other functions of Development Services.

Click on the links below to download PDF versions of these documents:
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