Residential Permit Requirements

Checklist to Apply for Residential 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 A Zones and V Zones)

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

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

Coastal Area Program Permit - for property located on Fort Morgan Peninsula beach front lot or any lot that intersects the Coastal Construction Control Line, contact Baldwin County Building Dept., Janie Joiner at 972-6837

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


CONTRACTOR REQUIREMENTS

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

Ask to see contractors 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. 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. 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 residential roofers and home builders on the State of Alabama Home Builders Licensure Board website at https://hblb.alabama.gov/consumers/.

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

Mechanical/HVAC contractors are required to hold an active HVAC license from the Alabama Heating & Air Conditioning Contractors 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 can 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 or renting. If you place the residence for sale or rent within one year after the construction is complete, the law will presume that you built it for sale or rent, 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 issued through any county in the state. 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.