Jefferson County, Alabama

Inspection Services


Development Services Department
Inspections & Enforcement Division

Director: Derek C.S. Burr

General Information:
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

Phone Number: 
(205) 325-5321
Fax Number: 
(205) 325-5224

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.

Building Permits
The Jefferson County Development Services Department is responsible for issuing building permits. Separate permits are required for:

Electrical Work
Moving a Structure
Miscellaneous Construction

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

Building Inspections
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.


Downloadable Forms:
Jefferson County Code Ordinances  

Building Code

Electrical Code

Fuel Gas Code

Plumbing Code

Bonds and Affidavits

Electrician’s Bond

Electrical Contractor

Gas Fitter’s Bond

Gas Contractor

Home Builders Licensure Board

Plumber’s Bond

Plumbing Contractor

Building Demolition Bond

Electrical Affidavit

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. 

Application for Permit to Demolish a Building

Application for Electrical Permit

Application for Gas Permit

Application for Miscellaneous Building Permit

Application for Liquefied Petroleum Gas

Application for Permit to Move a Building

Application for Non-Residential Building Permit

Application for Plumbing Permit

Application for Residential Building Permit