Commercial Permit Requirements

Checklist to Apply for Commercial Building Permits

As of 11/02/2020, all Building Permits applications should be submitted online through our Citizenserve Portal at www.BaldwinCountyAL.gov/Citizenserve-Portal. Any of the following required documents will need to be provided in a digital PDF format:

Parcel Number
 – search online at http://www.deltacomputersystems.com/al/al05/pappraisala.html, locate on the property tax bill, or contact local Revenue Commissioner office: North Baldwin 251-937-0245; South Baldwin 251-972-6819; Eastern Shore 251-990-4627

Address Verification Letter – required for any new construction; must first have parcel number, then request address online at https://www.baldwin911.org/

Approved Land Use Certificate 
- required for a property located in a zoned area if any structure will be added to the property or if square footage will be added to or modified on an existing structure on the property. There may be other projects that require a Land Use Certificate as well. Determine if a property is zoned and if a Land Use Certificate is required by contacting the appropriate Planning & Zoning Dept. The Land Use Certificate must be applied for and issued prior to applying for the building permit.

  • Baldwin County Planning & Zoning: apply online at www.BaldwinCountyAL.gov/Citizenserve-Portal or contact Foley Office at 251-972-8523 or Robertsdale Office at 251-580-1655
  • Town of Elberta Planning & Zoning Dept.: 251-986-6174 for Caryn Woerner
  • Town of Magnolia Springs Planning & Zoning Dept.: 251-965-9888, ext 4904 for Jenny Opal White
  • Town of Perdido Beach Planning & Zoning Dept.: 251-962-2200

Construction Plans – must be drawn to scale; structural components must be signed and stamped by a design professional who is licensed in the State of Alabama; plans must be provided in a digital PDF format. 

Plot Plan/Site Plan/Survey - must be drawn to scale; must indicate footprint of all existing structures as well as the proposed structure (with dimensions); must include all distances from property lines and from other structures on property, etc.

Culvert/Driveway Access Permit - confirmation that culvert is existing, has been applied for, is not required, or is not county maintained

  • For driveway located on state highway, contact Alabama Dept. of Transportation (ALDOT) at 251-937-2086.
  •  For a driveway located on any road other than a state highway, apply online at http://www.deltacomputersystems.com/cgi-bpa3/BPMCGIDW?HTMCNTY=AL05&HTMBASE=C& or contact Baldwin County Highway Dept.: North Baldwin: 251-937-0371, Central Baldwin 251-972-6897, or South Baldwin 251-990-4635

Sewer Release or Health Department Release:

  • For sewer service, contact the sewer utility company for the property’s area to obtain sewer release.
  • For septic tanks, contact the Baldwin County Health Department at 251-947-3618 or 251-937-6935 to obtain sewer release.

Water Release - often called a tap fee receipt; contact the water utility company for the property’s area to obtain water release. If a well is proposed, a water release is not required.

Name of Power/Electrical Utility Service Company

Use of Building and/or Storage Area– what will the building be used for and what will be stored in the storage areas?

Any additional documentation that has been deemed necessary by the Building Department.


For a structure located in a Flood Zone, the following additional requirements apply:

Temporary Benchmark (TBM) or Elevation Certificate – must be provided on a survey or statement signed and stamped by an Alabama registered surveyor

Finished Construction Elevation Certificate - must be signed and stamped by an Alabama registered surveyor, must be submitted and approved prior to scheduling a final building inspection

A Zone Requirements Acknowledgement Form – required only if structure will be located in an A, AE, AH, AO, or A-1 through A-30 Zones (excluding Coastal AE Zones and V Zones)

Coastal AE Zone or V Zone Certificate– required only if structure will be located in a Coastal AE Zone or a V Zone

Coastal AE Zone and V Zone Requirements Acknowledgement Form – required only if structure will be located in a Coastal AE Zone or a V Zone


For a structure located in a Floodway, the following additional requirements apply: 

"No-Rise" Certificate


The following additional requirements apply for certain locations or conditions:

ADEM Permit - for property located on Fort Morgan Peninsula beach front lot, contact Baldwin County Building Dept., Mindy Smith at 972-6837, option 3

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Incidental Take Permit (ITP) - for property located on Fort Morgan Peninsula, contact 251-441-5868 or 251-441-5181

Alabama State Lands Division Permit - for marine accessory (boathouse/pier/dock) built on any Baldwin County Waterways, contact 251-621-1216

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Permit - for marine accessory (boathouse/pier/dock) built on any Baldwin County Waterways and/or for property includes wetlands area, contact 251-690-2658


Additional Information: 

Permits may only be issued to the property owner or the owner’s authorized agent/contractor.

A License Roster Search is available on the Alabama Licensing Board for General Contractors website at http://genconbd.alabama.gov/.