Residential Building Permits:
Do I need a Residential Permit?

You need a permit for:

  • Building a new home

  • Building another structure on your property. (garage, storage building, shop, pole barn, pool house, guest house, etc.

  • An Addition to an existing structure (ie.- attached garage, room extension, bedroom, family room, carport, sunroom, storage room, etc.)

  • Structural changes to an existing structure (ie.- removing a wall(s), enlarging a window opening, enclosing a garage or carport, enlarging a doorway for side lites, installing a fireplace, etc.

  • Adding a deck, patio, patio cover, etc.

  • Installing a component manufactured canopy, carport, R.V. cover, boat cover, sun room, screened room, etc.

  • Installing a pre-manufactured building for storage, shop, etc.

  • General repairs including siding, roofing, window replacement, and replacement of structural members.

  • Construction of piers, bulkheads, and boathouses.

  • Construction of retaining walls over four (4) feet in height. (Measured from the bottom of the footing to the top of the wall)

  • Erecting a fence over six (6) feet in height.

  • Installation of a pool or spa (above or below ground) that is 24" or greater in depth.

  • Any construction or development adjacent to a Floodway.

  • Modular Buildings or Manufactured Homes (see Manufactured Homes and Modular Buildings)

 

You do not need a permit for:

  • Making changes to your home such as painting, redecorating, changing counter tops, installing new cabinetry, replacing light fixtures, ceiling fans, or replacing equipment that requires no rewiring.

  • Installing a sidewalk or driveway. (Check with the Mobile County Engineering Office if you are an occupant/owner building a new house. You may qualify for a driveway installation by Mobile County Public Works) 251 574-8595

  • Erecting a fence six (6) feet or less in height.


 



Inspection Office

MOBILE COUNTY
INSPECTION OFFICE

1110 Schillinger Road N, Ste 100
Mobile, AL 36608
(251) 574-3507

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Do I need a Residential Permit? | Where do I get a Residential Permit? | Street address and Flood Zone verification | Requirements for Residential Building Permits | Requirements for building in a Flood Zone | After obtaining your building permit you may need: | Inspection Sequence | Notes on Inspections | Pool and Spa Inspections | Other Inspections | Manufactured Homes and Modular Buildings | Permit requirements for manufactured homes | Permit requirements for Modular Homes and Buildings | Enforcement of Building Codes | One last thing on permitting | Additional items that may arise during your building experience | Sewage Disposal Systems - sewer hook-up and Septic Tank Systems | Local Flooding | Environmental Concerns | Document Downloads | Permit Home Page

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