Building Permit  Procedures for Construction and/or Demolition                                      

All applicants must develop preliminary plans and meet with the Building Plan Reviewer. Topographical elevations are required on all certified surveys with a minimum of four corners  Two folded sets of complete construction drawings, a certified survey, and all pertinent information, such as job specification, must be submitted at the time of application.

A Building Permit, Site Evaluation Application and complete plans must be submitted to the Community Development Department allowing approximately two to three weeks for review. Once plans have been reviewed, the applicant is contacted and either asked to respond to the review or to pick up the building permit/demolition permit.               

Additional Requirements

  • Please make all fees payable to the "The City of Birmingham"               
  • Plumbing, heating, refrigeration and electrical alterations require separate permits.
  • Building applications must include a copy of a current Builders License.
  • All Plot Plans submitted must have location of City Trees in Right of Way.

For residential demolition, refer to the Residential Demolition Requirements page.