The Inspection Services Department is responsible for plan reviews, code enforcement, issuing building permits and Certificates of Occupancy, and performing inspections on all building components. These components include structural, plumbing, mechanical, electrical, natural and propane gas, and investigating complaints received from the public. Links are provided to assist you in these processes.
Planning and Zoning is a division of the Inspection Services Department regulating and controlling the design, quality of materials, building and property use and location of all residential and commercial developments within the city. This department is also responsible for safeguarding property and the public welfare through the enforcement of the City’s zoning codes. This includes enforcement of the City’s Zoning Ordinance (Ord. No. 2013-02), the Subdivision Regulations, and the Vision 2020 Comprehensive Land Use Plan.
Business Licenses: Inspection Services also performs inspections and verifies zoning for the release of business licenses, both for new businesses and for those having a change of location within the city. The New Business Start-Up Guide has been created to assist in this process. Information is also provided for the Home Occupation business licenses.
A contractor / sub-contractor performing any commercial construction work of $50,000 or more must be licensed by the State of Alabama General Contractors Board:
Alabama Licensing Board for General Contractors (Commercial)
A contractor / sub-contractor performing any residential construction work of $10,000 or more must be licensed with the State of Alabama Home Builders Licensure Board:
Alabama Home Builders Licensure Board (Residential)
Below are additional State of Alabama licensing boards:
Alabama Electronic Security Board of Licensure (AESBL)
Alabama Electrical Contractors Board
Alabama Plumbers and Gas Fitters Examining Board
Alabama Board of Heating, Air Conditioning & Refrigeration Contractors