Building Department
***Baldwin County Commission waives permit fees related to repairs of Hurricane Sally damage for Baldwin County residents.***

**** IF YOU HAVE BUILDINGS ON YOUR PROPERTY THAT WERE DAMAGED DURING HURRICANE SALLY, PLEASE READ BELOW FOR PERMITTING REQUIREMENTS AND INFORMATION ****


BALDWIN COUNTY BUILDING PERMIT JURISDICTION:
The Baldwin County Building D
epartment issues building permits for the unincorporated areas of Baldwin County (including but not limited to Lillian, Ono Island, and the Fort Morgan peninsula) as well as for the Towns of Elberta, Magnolia Springs, and Perdido Beach. If you live inside city limits other than those towns listed above, please contact your city’s Building Department for permitting requirements and information.

REFERRAL TO PLANNING & ZONING DEPARTMENTS:
If you are located within a zoned area of Baldwin County, you must first obtain approval from the Planning & Zoning Department that services your location BEFORE applying for a building permit. You may contact your Planning & Zoning Department to determine if your property is in a zoned area and for information on how to apply to their department:

  • Baldwin County Planning & Zoning (Lillian, Ono Island, Fort Morgan peninsula, and other unincorporated areas): Foley Satellite Courthouse, 201 E. Section Ave., 251.972.8523 or Robertsdale Central Annex, 22251 Palmer St., 251.580.1655.
  • 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:
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
  • Fairhope Satellite Courthouse, 1100 Fairhope Ave., 251.990.4641
  • Foley Satellite Courthouse, 201 E. Section Ave., 251.972.6837

Our normal business hours are Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and closed for lunch from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.


ADOPTED BUILDING CODES:
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


PERMITTING REQUIREMENTS & INFORMATION RELATED TO HURRICANE SALLY DAMAGE:
The Baldwin County Commission has agreed to waive all residential permit fees related to the repair of damaged structures caused by Hurricane Sally for six months (through March 16, 2021). However, if you had any structural damage to your roof or your structure, you will still need to apply for and obtain a building permit. 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.


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. If you can scan or combine all of your documents into one file, then you may choose to submit your application online on our website at https://services.baldwincountyal.gov/BuildingInspection. Keep in mind that if your project requires construction plans, you should not submit your application online. You will  need to submit your application in person at one of our office locations. Please do not send digital copies of construction plans at this time.


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
Alabama Home Builder Licensure Board
Alabama Electrical Contractors Board
Alabama Plumbers & Gas Fitters Examining Board
Alabama Heating & Air Conditioning Contractors Board




If you are a trade contractor (electrical, plumbing, mechanical/HVAC) who needs to apply for a permit related to a new construction single family dwelling, please click here for Registered Trade Contractors applications.

If you need to apply for any other type of permit, please click here for all other Online Permit applications.



******** COMING SOON ********
In Baldwin County Commission's continued effort to become more efficient, our Planning & Zoning Department and the Building Department will soon offer online services through a new combined portal.
You will be able to apply for Land Use Certificates, Building Permits, and Trade Permits. You will also be able to upload construction plans and required documents, check application status, pay online, schedule inspections, and much more.
The portal is
compatible with all tech devices - phones, tablets, laptops, and desktop computers - so you can log in anytime and anywhere - from your office, home, or even from the jobsite.
Pre-Registration starts now! Click here to register!



The Baldwin County Building Department is responsible for accepting applications for construction, reviewing plans, issuing permits, and providing inspection services as required by the International Building Codes. The Building Department administers and enforces all applicable building codes with regard to residential and commercial construction in the permitting jurisdiction of the unincorporated areas of Baldwin County.

We also provide assistance to our customers so that they may understand and meet the code requirements for their projects. In order to protect the health, safety, and welfare of the citizens in the permitting jurisdiction of the unincorporated areas of Baldwin County, all construction must meet a series of requirements set forth by specific building codes. This includes new construction, additions to existing structures, and remodeling of both residential and commercial projects.



The Baldwin County Commission adopted and began enforcing the following codes as of May 21, 2019:

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


NOTE: Per Section 301.2.1, all new construction in the unincorporated Baldwin County jurisdiction shall be designed and stamped by an architect and/or engineer licensed in the State of Alabama.

Contact Us

Foley Office (map)
Foley Satellite Courthouse 
201 E. Section Ave.
Foley, AL 36535
Office: 251.972.6837

Fairhope Office 
(map)
Fairhope Satellite Courthouse
1100 Fairhope Ave.
Fairhope, AL 36532
Office: 251.990.4641

Bay Minette Office
Baldwin County Courthouse
312 Courthouse Sq., Ste.12
Bay Minette ,AL 36507
Office: 251.580.1886