Baldwin County

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's building permit jurisdiction includes 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. Click here for a list of municipalities inside Baldwin County and links to their websites.


CITIZENSERVE PORTAL - APPLY FOR PERMITS ONLINE:
In the portal, you may submit Planning & Zoning Department applications and Building Department permit applications. You may also upload construction plans and required documents, check application review status, pay fees, schedule inspections, and much more.

The portal is compatible with most tech devices - phones, tablets, laptops, and desktop computers. You can log in anytime and anywhere - from your office, home, or even from the jobsite. The portal is most compatible with the Google Chrome internet browser.

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PERMIT REQUIREMENTS:

Residential Permit Requirements
Commercial Permit Requirements
Roofing Requirements
Flood Zone Requirements


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 residential construction requires construction plans to be signed and stamped by an Alabama licensed architect OR engineer.

All non-residential construction requires construction plans to be signed and stamped by both an Alabama licensed architect AND engineer.



FEE SCHEDULE:
Building Department Fee Schedule - Effective 11/02/2020



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:



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. For information on how to obtain the required business license, visit the County's Probate Office website at https://baldwincountyal.gov/Government/probate/licenses/business-license.

Contractors who will repair or replace a residential roof with a job valuation (cost of labor & materials) over $2,500.00 are required to hold a home builders roofers license and a $10,000.00 bond. A contractor with an unlimited home builders license is also qualified to repair or replace a residential roof. You may search for licensed residential roofers and home builders on the State of Alabama Home Builders Licensure Board website at https://hblb.alabama.gov/.

Contractors who work with residential structures with a job valuation (cost of labor & materials) over $10,000.00 are required to have a home builders unlimited or limited license. If the work involves more than one trade and/or affects structural integrity, the builder is required to have an unlimited license. You may search for licensed home builders on the State of Alabama Home Builders Licensure Board website at https://hblb.alabama.gov/.

Contractors who work with non-residential structures with a job valuation (cost of labor & materials) of $50,000.00 or more or who construct any swimming pool with a job valuation of $5,000.00 or more are required to have a general contractors license. Subcontractors performing minimum contracts including labor and materials of $50,000 ($5,000 swimming pools) or more under contract to a licensed prime contractor must also be licensed by the General Contractors board. You may search for licensed General Contractors on the Alabama Licensing Board for General Contractors website at https://genconbd.alabama.gov/Law.aspx.

Manufactured Home Installers are required to hold an active Installers license from the Alabama Manufactured Housing Commission

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

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

Plumbing contractors are required to hold an active Master Plumbers license and gas contractors are required to hold an active Master Gas Fitters license from the Alabama Plumbers & Gas Fitters Examining Board.

Although the Baldwin County Building Department does not currently require or issue permits for gas fitting, you should still follow the guidelines of the State of Alabama Plumbers & Gas Fitters Examining Board. Property owners should not perform their own gas fitting work. Gas contractors are required to hold an active Master Gas Fitter license from the Alabama Plumbers & Gas Fitters Examining Board.



PROPERTY OWNER WISHING TO BUILD OR IMPROVE THEIR OWN PERSONAL HOME:

State law requires residential construction to be performed by a licensed residential home builder. The property owner may apply for a permit under an exemption to that law. This exemption allows the owner of the property to act as his/her own builder even though he/she does not have a license.

You may build or improve your own residence, but it must be for your use and occupancy. It may not be built or improved for the purposes of selling. If you place the residence for sale within one year after the construction is complete, the law will presume that you built it for sale, which is a violation of this exemption.

You may not hire or compensate anyone to supervise the building or improvement of the residence. It is your responsibility to make sure that subcontractors employed by you have the proper licenses required by state law and a State of Alabama business license. Your construction must comply with all applicable laws, ordinances, building codes, and zoning regulations.

By claiming exempt status, the property owner waives his/her rights for protection under the provisions of the Home Builders Licensure law. In the event of litigation involving activities resulting from the granting of a permit, the property owner may not make demand of any money from the Homeowner's Recovery Fund, established by the Home Builders Licensure law.

To qualify for this exemption, the property owner must review, complete, and return the Sworn Statement of Party Claiming Exemption from the Requirements of the Home Builders Licensure Law to the Building Department before the permit is issued.



INSPECTION INFORMATION:

All inspections must be requested through the Permit Portal. Same day inspection requests are not accepted. Inspections must be requested at least one day in advance and can be requested up until midnight the night before the inspection is needed. We cannot guarantee AM or PM time frames. Make sure your project is ready for inspection by the day it is scheduled. There is a $45.00 re-inspection fee if your project is not ready for inspection when the inspector arrives. No mechanical, electrical, plumbing, or other building services are to be covered prior to approval of required inspections. Here are some common types of required inspections:

Inspections for Re-Roofing:
Log in at www.citizenserve.com/BaldwinCountyAL. Click on “My Account”, then “View My Requests”, then choose “Building Department” from the drop down list, then click on the permit #. Next, click on “Upload Documents” to submit photos showing the nailing pattern, joint seal, and final project. Then, use the “Schedule an Inspection” link to send the inspection request to the inspectors. When the inspector has reviewed the photos, you will receive an email notification with your inspection report results.

Inspections for New Construction:
Log in at www.citizenserve.com/BaldwinCountyAL. Click on “My Account”, then “View My Requests”, then choose “Building Department” from the drop down list, then click on the permit #. Next, click on “Schedule an Inspection”. When the inspector has completed the inspection, you will receive an email notification with your inspection report results.

  • Footing Inspection - once all reinforcement is placed & supported
  • Plumbing: Open Trench Inspection (Rough-In) - piping underground with water head
  • Slab Ready to Pour Concrete (Not Plumbing) Inspection - vapor barrier & wire mesh shall be supported at 5ft intervals
  • Vapor Barrier* - only if installing exterior wall covering prior to 4-Way Inspection
  • Brick Tie Inspection* - only if installing brick veneer prior to 4-Way Inspection
  • 4-Way Inspection – includes Framing, Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing, and Fire Sprinkler System. Obtain all trade permits prior to scheduling. Also, the following is required prior to scheduling:
    • Framing: All components installed, rough framing, provide truss details (if applicable), strapping, sheathing, vapor barrier, brick ties, windows, flashing, exterior doors, fire blocking, bracing, thermal barriers, etc.
    • Mechanical: All components installed, supply, return, make up air and exhaust duct work supported, tapped, and mastic. Air handler (if applicable), all attic installed mechanical equipment requires minimum 30in work platform and minimum 24in walk way to access equipment, condensate lines, etc.
    • Electrical: All components installed, wiring, strapping, nail guards where required, switch, receptacle, smoke alarm junction boxes installed. All circuits must be landed at sub panel. Main feeders and dedicated circuits routed and strapped to service panel location, etc.
    • Plumbing: All components installed, DWV-drain, waste vent piping with water head supported and nail guards installed where required, water closet flanges, washer box, ice maker box, shower/tub units, etc. Pressurize water supply piping.
    • Fire Sprinkler System: All blaze orange piping installed, supported, pressurized, and terminated at head location.
  • Energy Inspection - Insulation/air barriers installed. Seal all wall plates and around windows/doors.
  • Final Building Inspection - Glazing protection on site and fasteners installed (if applicable). Upload copies of the following documents prior to scheduling:
    • Duct Pressure Test (if applicable)
    • Blower Door Test (if applicable)
    • Finished Construction Elevation Certificate (if applicable) 

* Some inspections may be performed virtually with photos uploaded into the portal.



DOWNLOAD DOCUMENTS & LINKS TO RESOURCES:
Building Codes & Supplemental Code Adopted by Baldwin County
Roofing Requirements & Inspection Information
Coastal-A-Zone or V-Zone Design Certificate Form
Owner Exemption Form (Owner Acting as Own Contractor) - Residential Construction
Owner Exemption Form (Owner Acting as Contractor) - Non-Residential Construction and Swimming Pools
Authorized Agent Form
FEMA Individual Assistance Website

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