Building Permits and Inspections
The Building Department is responsible for:
Building Plan Review
- Plan review of all residential and commercial construction plans
- Issuance of building, mechanical, electrical, plumbing 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
- Developing and enforcing environmental protection measures, such as storm water and erosion-control regulations
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.
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.