Inspection Services

Jefferson County Inspection Services

Interim Director
Zhaleh M. McCullers

General Information
The Jefferson County Department of Inspection Services provides for the safety of the public through enforcement of construction codes. The Department issues all building construction permits and inspects all building construction in unincorporated Jefferson County.

Address
Jefferson County Department of Inspection Services
Jefferson County Courthouse
Room B200
716 Richard Arrington Jr. Blvd North
Birmingham, AL 35203
Phone: (205) 325-5321

*** NOTE ***

The Bessemer Inspection Services Office is currently closed,
please call 325-5321 or visit our Birmingham Office.

Jefferson County Department of Inspection Services
Bessemer Courthouse
Room 105
1801 3rd Avenue North
Bessemer, AL 35020
Phone: (205) 481-4115

More Information

Fees on this site are subject to change. Please contact the Department of Inspection Services at (205) 325-5152 for official values.

I. Building Permits: The Jefferson County Department of Inspection Services is responsible for issuing building permits. Separate permits are required for:

1.    Building

2.    Miscellaneous construction

3.    Demolition

4.    Structure Moving

5.    Plumbing

6.    Gas

7.    Electrical Work

Fees - The cost of the requested permit is calculated at the time of permit issuance according to these guidelines:

§  For a building permit where the valuation does not exceed $250.00, no fee shall be required unless an inspection is necessary, in which case there is a $50.00 fee (minimum permit fee)

§  For a valuation over $250.00 up to and including $5,000.00 - $50.00

§  For a valuation over $5,000.00 - $9.00 per thousand or fraction thereof

§  Moving a structure - $100.00

§  Demolish a building or structure - $9.00 per thousand/Minimum fee: $100.00

§  Erect a Group A tent - $50.00

§  Erect a sign – For a valuation of $5000.00 or less - $50.00 Fee.  For valuations over $5000.00 - $9.00 per thousand or fraction thereof the total valuation

Additional fees are required for electrical, plumbing and gas work. These are based on the actual work to be done with a minimum

II. Building Inspections: The Jefferson County Department of Inspection Services inspects at various intervals all construction or work for which a permit is required.

Fees - Permits issued by the Department of Inspection Services generally include three inspections in the cost of each permit. When additional plumbing, gas or electrical inspections are required due to faulty materials, equipment, apparatus or workmanship, re-inspection fees are charged at a progressive rate as follows:

  • 1st re-inspection - $20.00
  • 2nd re-inspection - $40.00
  • All additional re-inspections - $50.00

There is no charge for additional building re-inspections.

III. Complaints: The Jefferson County Department of Inspection Services can only handle code-related complaints that occur while the construction work is being done. To report work being done without a permit, call 325-5321.

IV. Building Plans Examination: Construction plans are reviewed to insure that the design meets all applicable codes. Plan review greatly reduces the number of construction mistakes that occur during the construction process. Many dollars can be saved if problems are caught at the review stage and not during the actual construction. Commercial plan review is only conducted at the Birmingham location, residential plan review is conducted at both Birmingham and Bessemer locations.

Fees - A non-refundable application submittal and plans-checking fee is paid at the time of submitting plans and specifications for checking. The fee is $1.00 per thousand or fraction thereof of the valuation. If a building permit is obtained from the County within nine months of the application submittal, the cost of the permit is reduced by the amount of the application and plans-checking fee. This fee is generally limited to commercial construction. Residential plans are generally reviewed at the time of permit application.

Downloadable Forms
Note: All Codes, Forms, and Fees on this site are subject to change.  Please contact the Department of Inspection Services at (205) 325-5152 for current information.

I. Jefferson County Code Ordinances

The following 2015 Jefferson County Building, Plumbing, Fuel Gas and the 2014 Jefferson County Electrical Codes will become effective and enforced beginning January 4, 2016.   

II. Bonds and Affidavits

Maps & Directions

 

Applications for Permits
Note: All Applications for Permits on this site are for reference only and are subject to change.  You must apply for a Permit in person.  Please contact the Department of Inspection Services at (205) 325-5152 for current information.

Application for Permit to Demolish a Building

Application for Electrical Permit

Application for Gas Permit

Application for Miscellaneous Building Permit

Application for Liquefied Petroleum Gas

Application for Permit to Move a Building

Application for Non-Residential Building Permit

Application for Plumbing Permit

Application for Residential Building Permit