How is a permit
obtained, and how long does the process
Permit applications may
be picked up in the Building Department, or
if requested, received by fax or mail. Some
types of permits can be issued at the time
the application is filed. Other types
require review of detailed drawings, which
must be submitted and approved; these
include, new residential construction
(excluding most accessory structures),
commercial and industrial jobs, and signs.
New residential construction drawings can
usually be reviewed, and a permit issued
within two or three working days.
In addition to Building
Department review, drawings for commercial
and industrial jobs are also examined by
other departments. Depending upon the
complexity of the drawings, a permit for a
commercial/industrial job can normally be
issued within ten to fifteen working days.
How long is a permit
The work for which a
permit has been issued must be started
within six months of the issue date. As long
as work has started within the six month
period and reasonable work progress is made
on the job, the permit is valid.
What is the cost of
Permit fees for new
residential construction are based on the
square footage. Permit fees for commercial
and industrial jobs are based on the cost of
construction. Sign permits are based upon
the valuation plus installation cost of
signage. A contractor license fee is applied
to permits, for work performed inside the
City Limits. See Building Department Fee
Schedule for more information.
Why do I need a
permit if the job is not inside the City
A permit is required
within the three (3) mile police
jurisdiction; however a City contractor's
license or license fee is not required.
State Licensing regulations still apply
within the Police Jurisdiction. Zoning
regulations do not apply within the
jurisdiction outside the city limits with
the exception of property that has been
"zoned" and designated as
"extra-territorial", in accordance with
Legislative Act No. 2135.
When are drawings
For commercial and
industrial jobs, a minimum of two complete
sets of drawings are required, along with
two additional site plans including
landscape drawings, plus an additional set
of electrical drawings. Plans are examined
by Owen Sewell of the Building Department,
with the exception of landscape drawings
which are reviewed by Kathy Austin. Mr.
Sewell also coordinates a review of the
plans with various
required to obtain a sign permit?
In addition to a permit
application, a drawing of all proposed
signage is required. A site plan is also
required for ground supported signs. Sign
permits are issued separately from building
permits. For more information contact Kathy
Austin at (256) 760-6325 or
When is an
required on all slabs and footings, framing,
electrical (rough-ins, temporaries and
finals), first and second stage plumbing,
and final plumbing, and gas. For more
information a handout is available in the
How is an inspection
It is the contractor's
responsibility to telephone the Building
Department, and request an inspection.
Depending upon the volume of inspection
requests, an inspection called in during the
morning can normally be made in the
afternoon. Inspections called in during the
afternoon will normally be made the
following week day morning.