- 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. 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 andl no longer need to apply for seperate permits.
Separate permits are required for:
- Low Voltage (Telephones, fire and security systems, closed-circuit and cable television, etc.)
- Moving a Structure
- Miscellaneous Construction
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.
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) 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