Jefferson County, Alabama

Development Services Department


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Director: Derek C.S. Burr | AICP
Please contact our office at 205-325-5321 for  verbal assistance.

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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 are working diligently to provide you with more virtual options to conduct business for your safety and our staff.
A few examples we can offer you today are online permitting and payment for trade records, subdivisions, and all planning-type applications. Please visit ePermitJC for more information.
Our next technology phase will include electronic building permits for both residential and commercial, site plan permits, electronic plans review, and IVR with texting capabilities. IVR will allow access 24/7 to schedule and manage inspections over the phone (landline or cellular) to give you the convenience and accessibility to get your work done. IVR can also eliminate the need to visit the Courthouse to conduct business or wait to speak to staff to schedule your inspection. ePermitJC coupled with IVR will provide you with 24/7 access to apply, monitor, and view inspection results, on your permits and applications by internet or telephone.
We hope these new services will not only benefit your business needs, but also keep you and our staff safe with the ongoing COVID-19 challenges.

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.

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
Jefferson County Courthouse
Suite B200
716 Richard Arrington Jr. Blvd. N.
Birmingham, AL 35203
Phone Numbers:
Main Office: (205) 325-5321
Stormwater Hotline:(205) 325-5792
Dumping/Litter Issues: (205) 582-6555
Addressing: (205) 325-5174
Fax: (205) 325-5516

Notice of Adoption of Administrative Amendments to Building, Fuel Gas, Plumbing, and Electrical Code Ordinances
On July 9, 2020, the Jefferson County Commission adopted amendments to the previously adopted Building, Fuel Gas, Plumbing, and Electrical Code Ordinances. Read more.

Jefferson County, AL has launched ePermitJC February 1st, 2020. The ePermitJC portal allows users to register, apply for and view permits online. We are pleased to announce that customers can upload plans and documents without visiting the County, monitor and track the process of their applications, view corrective comments from our team, pay fees, and more.

Enter ePermitJC Portal

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

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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