Building Department
***Baldwin County Commission waives permit fees related to the repair of damaged residential structures caused by Hurricane Sally for six months.***

The Baldwin County Building Department is responsible for the permitting and inspection of residential and commercial construction (including new construction, additions, alterations, repairs, and remodeling) throughout the County's building permitting jurisdiction as required by the International Building Codes.


BUILDING PERMIT JURISDICTION:
The county building permit jurisdiction includes all unincorporated areas of Baldwin County as well as the towns of Elberta, Magnolia Springs, and Perdido Beach. For properties located inside any city limits other than those towns listed above, the property owner or contractor should contact the specific city's building department office for permitting requirements and information.


ADOPTED BUILDING CODES:
The Baldwin County Commission has adopted and enforces the International Code Series as noted below as of May 21, 2019:

  • National Electric Code, 2017 for Commercial Buildings and Residential Buildings containing more than two (2) dwelling units

Should any of the above-adopted codes have a minimum requirement that is in conflict, the more restrictive requirement will prevail and will be required.

NOTE: All new construction (including alterations) must have all structural components designed by an Alabama licensed design professional. The construction plans must be signed and stamped by the design professional. 



REFERRAL TO PLANNING & ZONING DEPARTMENTS:
If the property is located within a zoned area of Baldwin County, the applicant must first obtain approval from the Planning & Zoning Department that services the property's location BEFORE applying for a building permit. Contact the Planning & Zoning Department for the property's location to verify zoning:

  • Baldwin County Planning & Zoning (Lillian, Ono Island, Fort Morgan peninsula, and all other unincorporated areas): Robertsdale Central Annex, 22251 Palmer St., 251.580.1655 or Foley Satellite Courthouse, 201 E. Section Ave., 251.972.8523.
  • Town of Elberta Planning & Zoning: 251.986.6174 for Caryn Woerner
  • Town of Magnolia Springs Planning & Zoning: 251.965.9888, ext. 4904 for Jenny Opal White
  • Town of Perdido Beach Planning & Zoning: 251.962.2200 (P&Z approval not required for a re-roofing permit)


BUILDING DEPARTMENT OFFICE LOCATIONS AND BUSINESS HOURS:
The Baldwin County Building Department has three office locations throughout the county. You may choose the location most convenient for you:

  • Bay Minette Office, 312 Courthouse Sq., 251.580.1886
    • Open Monday through Friday from 8:00AM to 10:00AM
  • Fairhope Satellite Courthouse, 1100 Fairhope Ave., 251.990.4641
    • Open Monday through Friday from 8:00AM to 4:30PM, closed for lunch 12:00PM to 1:00PM
  • Foley Satellite Courthouse, 201 E. Section Ave., 251.972.6837
    • Open Monday through Friday from 8:00AM to 4:30PM, closed for lunch 12:00PM to 1:00PM


INFORMATION REGARDING REPAIRS DUE TO HURRICANE SALLY: 


HURRICANE SALLY DAMAGE: DO YOU NEED A PERMIT?
For any structural damage/repairs? Yes!
For any flood damage? Yes!
Repairing/replacing Electrical/HVAC/Plumbing? Yes!
Replacing broken windows or doors? Yes!
Repairing or rebuilding a deck or stairs? Yes!
Repairing/replacing a roof where roof-decking/plywood will be exposed? Yes!
Replacing a few missing shingles? No.
Small cosmetic repairs? No.


The Baldwin County Commission has agreed to waive permit fees related to the repair of damaged residential structures caused by Hurricane Sally for six months (through March 16, 2021). However, building permits are required. We suggest that you take photos of the structural damage prior to starting any work. We will need printed copies of the photos when you apply for your permit.

All repairs and construction must meet the adopted 2018 International Code Series and the Baldwin County Supplemental Code. Click on this link to obtain a list of those codes adopted by Baldwin County: https://baldwincountyal.gov/departments/building-inspection/building-codes. You may also click here to view Roofing Requirements

HURRICANE PERMIT APPLICATIONS & REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:
You may download the Building Department permit application here: 
Residential Building Permit Application for Hurricane Damage
Trade Permit Application (Electrical, HVAC, or Plumbing)

Please refer to the second page of the Building Permit application for a complete list of requirements and documents needed. Please note for building construction or repairs, construction plans will be required. If the damage affected the structural integrity, the construction plans must be signed and stamped by a design professional who is licensed in the State of Alabama. Two sets of plans are required for unzoned property. Three sets of plans are required for zoned property. The applicant will receive one approved set of plans back when the permit is issued. 

Property owners or their authorized agent (such as a contractor) may apply for permits. If an authorized agent or a contractor will be used, then both the property owner and the authorized agent or contractor must complete and sign an Agent Authorization Form.

If a property owner will be performing the repairs and work himself/herself, then he/she will need to complete and sign the Owner Acting as Contractor Form.

Once you have completed the permit application and have all required documents (including an approved Land Use Certificate if you are in a zoned area), you may submit your application in person at one of our three office locations.


CONTRACTOR REQUIREMENTS:
Ask to see their licenses!!!

All contractors working in the Baldwin County permitting jurisdiction are required to hold an active State of Alabama business license that is issued through any county in the state. To obtain the required business license, contractors may contact the Baldwin County Sales & Use Tax/License Inspection Department at 251-972-6844.

In the State of Alabama, any contractor who is repairing or replacing a residential roof with a job valuation (cost of labor & materials) over $2,500, the builder is required to hold a home builders roofers license and a $10,000.00 bond. For any contractor repairing a residential structure with a job valuation (cost of labor & materials) over $10,000, the builder is required to have a home builders unlimited or limited license. If the work involves more than one trade and/or affects structural integrity, then the builder is required to have an unlimited license. You may search for licensed roofers and home builders on the State of Alabama Home Builders Licensure Board website at https://hblb.alabama.gov/.

All electrical contractors are required to hold an active Master Electricians license from the Alabama Electrical Contractors Board

All plumbing contractors are required to hold an active Master Plumbers license from the Alabama Plumbers & Gas Fitters Examining Board.

All mechanical/HVAC contractors are required to hold an active HVAC license from the Alabama Heating & Air Conditioning Contractors Board.


DOWNLOAD DOCUMENTS & LINKS TO RESOURCES:
FEMA Individual Assistance Website
Building Codes & Supplemental Code Adopted by Baldwin County
Residential Building Permit Application for Hurricane Damage
Trade Permit Application (Electrical, HVAC, or Plumbing)
Owner Acting as Contractor Form
Roofing Requirements & Inspection Information
Agent Authorization Form

Contact Us

Foley Office (map)
Foley Satellite Courthouse 
201 E. Section Ave.
Foley, AL 36535
Office: 251.972.6837
Open Mon-Fri 8AM-4:30PM
Closed for lunch 12PM-1PM


Fairhope Office 
(map)
Fairhope Satellite Courthouse
1100 Fairhope Ave.
Fairhope, AL 36532
Office: 251.990.4641
Open Mon-Fri 8AM-4:30PM
Closed for lunch 12PM-1PM


Bay Minette Office

312 Courthouse Sq., Ste.14
Bay Minette, AL 36507
Office: 251.580.1886
Open Mon-Fri 8AM-10AM