Contact Building Dept.
City of Spanish Fort
7361 Spanish Fort Boulevard
Spanish Fort, Alabama 36527

Entrance at the southeast
corner of the Spanish Fort
Community Center building.

Hours: 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Monday - Friday

Building Department Staff:
Chester Patterson
Building Official, Inspector
buildingofficial@
cityofspanishfort.com


Casey Rains
Environmental Manager,
Planning Staff
environment@
cityofspanishfort.com


Ashley Tucker
Permit Clerk
permitclerk@
cityofspanishfort.com


251.626.4993
fax:  251.626.4880

Permit Requirements and Fees - Ord. No. 449-2013
Spanish Fort Building Department

Spanish Fort Building Department

Building Permits and Inspections

The Building Department is responsible for:

  • Plan review of all residential and commercial construction plans  
  • Issuance of building, mechanical, electrical, plumbing, land disturbance, and other required permits
  • Issuance of Certificates of Occupancy
  • Scheduling and performing of inspections on all building components, including structural, mechanical, electrical, plumbing and life safety
  • Scheduling and performing of all land disturbance activities to ensure compliance with issuance of a Land Disturbance Permit
  • Developing and enforcing environmental protection measures, such as storm water and erosion-control regulations
Building Plan Review 
Once construction and plot plans have been received by the Building Department, the staff will make every effort to review the plans as quickly as possible. Upon completion of the plan review, the applicant will be called and advised that the review is complete. At that time, the applicant may return to the Building Department with the remaining required elements on the permitting checklist in order to complete the permitting process.

*A Building Permit shall not be issued on any sites disturbing at least 1000 sq ft without the proper application and approval of a Land Disturbance Permit

Erosion Control and BMP Plan Review
Once erosion control and BMP plans have been received by the Building Department, staff will make every effort to review those plans in a timely manner. Upon completion of the plan review, the applicant will be notified and advised on any changes needed. At that time, the applicant may return to the Building Department with the remaining required elements or revisions on the permitting checklist in order to complete the permitting process no more than seven (7) days after notification of completed review.

A Land Disturbance Permit with erosion control and BMP plans shall be required for any land disturbing activity totaling at least 1000 sq ft, all in-ground swimming pools, and any land disturbing activity that has been found to cause or contribute to an illicit discharge into the City's MS4.

Exemptions to the Land Disturbance Permit requirements are as follows:
Agriculture; Silviculture; Minor land disturbing activities on individual residential lots such as home gardens, landscaping, etc.; Minor land disturbing activities such as individual connections for utility or sewer services for single or two-family residences; Emergency utility repairs; Installation of water supply wells or environmental ground water monitoring wells. 

Permit Requirements and Fees 
The City of Spanish Fort Building Department does business according to current adopted codes found in City of Spanish Fort Ordinance No. 449-2013. Listed below are the current adopted code titles. For a complete document on the latest ordinances and published fees, click on the link below.  For additional information regarding permit requirements and fees, please go to the Permit Applications and Information page.

Current Adopted Codes – Ordinance No. 449-2013    
(Adopted September 9, 2013)
  • International Building Code – 2012 Edition with all Appendices except Appendix D (Fire Districts) and Appendix H (Signs).
  • International Residential Code – 2012 Edition except Chapter 11 (Energy)
  • International Plumbing Code – 2012 Edition with all Appendices except Appendix A (Permit Fees)
  • International Mechanical Code – 2012 Edition with all Appendices except Appendix B (Permit Fees)
  • International Fuel Gas Code – 2012 Edition 
  • International Existing Buildings Code – 2012 Edition
  • International Fire Code – 2012 Edition
  • International Energy Conservation Code - 2009 Edition, as amended by Alabama Energy and Residential Code
  • National Electric Code – 2011 Edition 
  • ICC/ANSI A117.1 – 2009 Edition
The Building Department entrance is located on the southeast corner of the Spanish Fort Community Center building, 7361 Spanish Fort Boulevard.