Inspections & Permitting
Inspection Services is responsible for plan reviews, code enforcement, issuing building permits and Certificates of Occupancy, performing inspections on all building components (including structural, plumbing, mechanical, electrical, and natural and propane gas), and investigating complaints received from the public. Additionally, the department is responsible for regulating and controlling the design, quality of materials, building and property use, and location of all residential and commercial developments within the city. This includes enforcement of the City’s Zoning Ordinance (Ord. No. 2013-02), the Subdivision Regulations, the Vision 2020 Comprehensive Land Use Plan, and the release of business licenses. The New Business Start-Up Guide has been created to assist in the process of obtaining business licenses, both for new businesses and for those having a change of location within the city. Home occupation business licenses are also available. Links are provided to assist you in these processes.
Alabama Home Builders License
All contractors must be licensed by the City of Gardendale.
A contractor / sub-contractor performing any commercial construction work of $50,000 or more must be licensed by the State of Alabama General Contractors Board:
Alabama Licensing Board for General Contractors (Commercial)
In the state of Alabama, individuals or companies who wish to engage in the residential construction or roofing must obtain a Home Builders License. The UNLIMITED Home Builders License permits holders to do all types of residential construction activities, including new construction, remodeling, repair, and improvement. It also covers roofing. The LIMITED Home Builders License authorizes holders to do single trades not affecting the structural integrity of the home. However, if an individual or company holds ONLY a LIMITED license, they are not permitted to do residential roofing without obtaining a separate Roofers License. The Roofers License grants holders the authority to undertake projects involving residential roofing, provided the cost exceeds $2,500. If you or your company holds BOTH LIMITED and UNLIMITED and ROOFERS licenses, please note the following:
- You cannot use both licenses on a single For example, you cannot use your ROOFERS license to perform residential roofing on a structure and then use your LIMITED license to perform an additional trade, such as flooring or painting, when the cost of the undertaking of the additional trade would be over $10,000.
- If you perform work outside the scope of the license, you may be subject to fines, suspension, or revocation of your Home Builders License pursuant to Ala. Code 34-14A-8.