Building Department
***Visit our Citizenserve Portal to obtain permits online.***

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 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 - GET 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.

Click to Enter the Citizenserve Portal
Instructional How-To Videos: 
>>>> Register for the Portal as a Property Owner <<<<
>>>> Register for the Portal as a Contractor <<<<
>>>> How to Submit a Permit Application in the Portal <<<<



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 license!!!

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.

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.

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



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.



DOWNLOAD DOCUMENTS & LINKS TO RESOURCES:
Building Codes & Supplemental Code Adopted by Baldwin County
Coastal-A-Zone or V-Zone Design Certificate Form
Roofing Requirements & Inspection Information
Owner Acting as Contractor Form (Sworn Statement of Party Claiming Exemption from the Requirements of the Home Builders Licensure Law)
Authorized Agent Form
FEMA Individual Assistance Website

CONTACT US

FOLEY  (map) 
Foley Satellite Courthouse 
201 E. Section Ave.
Foley, AL 36535
Office: 251.972.6837
Office Hours:
Mon, Wed, & Fri: 8AM-4:30PM, 
closed for lunch 12PM-1PM
Tues & Thurs: 8AM-12PM
Holiday Closures:
5/31: closed for Memorial Day

FAIRHOPE  (map)
Fairhope Satellite Courthouse
1100 Fairhope Ave.
Fairhope, AL 36532
Office: 251.990.4641
Office Hours:
Mon, Wed, & Fri: 8AM-4:30PM, 
closed for lunch 12PM-1PM
Tues & Thurs: 8AM-12PM
Holiday Closures &
Special Hours:

4/23: open 8AM-10AM only
4/26: open 8AM-10AM only
5/14: open 8AM-10AM only
5/17: open 8AM-10AM only
5/28: open 8AM-10AM only
5/31: closed for Memorial Day

BAY MINETTE  (map)
312 Courthouse Sq., Ste.14
Bay Minette, AL 36507
Office: 251.580.1886
Office Hours:
Mon, Wed, & Fri: 8AM-4:30PM, 
closed for lunch 12PM-1PM
Tues & Thurs: 8AM-12PM
Holiday Closures &
Special Hours:
4/21: closed all day
5/19: open 8AM-10AM only
5/31: closed for Memorial Day