Building Permit Information

The permitting and inspection process protects property owners and the public by verifying new construction and improvements to property are in compliance with State building codes. Any owner or authorized agent shall first make application to the building official and obtain the required permit if they intend to:

  • Alter
  • Change the occupancy of
  • Construct
  • Demolish
  • Enlarge
  • Move
  • Repair a building or structure

The Permitting Process

Before work on a project begins, a permit must be obtained by the property owner or licensed trade professional responsible for the project along with a complete list of subcontractors.

Single Permits

If the project involves a single licensed trade, such as electrical, plumbing, or heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) (mechanical) work, a single permit can be obtained. Contact Building Services for:

  • Electrical Permit
  • Gas Permit
  • Mechanical Permit
  • Plumbing Permit

Building Permits

If the project involves multiple licensed trades, then a Building Permit can be obtained which will cover all the licensed trades involved in the project. A building permit is also required for projects that involve structural work.

Specialty Permits

Certain projects require special permits instead of or in addition to building permits:

  • Antenna: required to erect a cell-network antenna or similar.
  • Demolition: required for the demolition of free-standing buildings.
  • Excavating and Grading: required for projects that affect the existing ground level and slopes on a property such as:
    • Extensive landscaping projects.
    • Pond construction/removal.
    • Swimming pool removal.
    • Storm drain systems.
  • Land Disturbance: required for commercial projects that have an impact on surrounding properties.

For more information contact the Building Department.

Projects That Do Not Require a Permit

Projects that don’t require a permit are those that don’t involve a licensed trade or change the footprint of the property, and are mostly cosmetic upgrades that include:

  • Fencing
  • Flooring (carpet, tile, hardwood installations)
  • Painting

If you are in doubt as to whether your project requires a permit, call 256-891-8211 and ask to speak with a Building Department Representative.


The City’s building inspectors verify the contractor’s or property owner’s work at each milestone of the project. These inspections ensure the state adopted building codes are being followed correctly. Once the project is complete, a final inspection. The contractor must contact Building Services to schedule inspections.

Permit Desk Hours & Location

The contraction permit desk is open for business 7:30 am to 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday. Payments for permitting services will be accepted until 4:30 pm.

The construction permit desk is located in the Building Department entrance on the south side of City Hall.


In Albertville, the fees for construction permits are based on a number of factors. To find out how much the permit will cost and to get assistance in calculating your permit fee, please contact the Building Department at 256-891-8211.