A legal lot is any lot or parcel of land that complied with all applicable laws, ordinances, and regulations when created. The term “legal lot” relates to how the parcel or lot was created and does not reflect the title or ownership status. For verification of a legal lot of record, please contact a staff member in the Planning Services division of Development Services at (205) 620-0050 option 2.
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The applicant will be required to complete a Shelby County ABC application form and must pay all applicable fees. The Department of Development Services will forward this application to other agencies for review.
The application will be introduced at a regularly scheduled County Commission meeting to be determined once all requested information from other reviewing agencies has been received and evaluated; no action will be taken at this time. The approval of the application will then be considered at a subsequent meeting. The applicant must attend the second meeting, as the Commission will hear the request and make a decision.
For additional information contact the Department of Development Services at (205) 620-6650. ABC Submission Procedures Packet
A setback verification survey is an official survey showing the location of any structures on the property within a zoned area of Shelby County. The purpose of this survey is to confirm the new structure meets the required setbacks of the zoning district. Setback verification surveys must be prepared by an Alabama Registered Land Surveyor to verify the new construction, addition/covered structure, alteration, pool and/or accessory structure (site built or pre-fab) meets the required minimum setbacks.
A single manufactured/mobile home is allowed as a residence on each legal lot of record in unzoned areas of Shelby County; in the A-1, Agricultural District; or in the H-Z, Holding Zone District upon approval by the Shelby County Planning Commission.
Only one manufactured/mobile home or recreational vehicle is permitted on a legal lot of any size in unincorporated Shelby County.
Two (2) or more manufactured/mobile homes may be allowed provided the property owner complies with the Shelby County Regulations for Manufactured Home Communities. You are strongly encouraged to contact a staff member in the Planning Services division of Development Services at (205) 620-6650 option 2 with questions regarding manufactured/mobile homes in Shelby County.
A tiny home with an axle is allowed on a legal lot of any size in unincorporated, unzoned Shelby County in accordance with the Shelby County Regulations for Manufactured Home Communities. Where property is zoned, one manufactured/mobile home or recreational vehicle may be placed in the A-1, Agricultural District. A tiny home constructed on a permanent foundation must be compliant with the adopted building code.
Zoning can be viewed online through the Shelby County GIS or may be verified with a staff member in the Planning Services division of Development Services at (205) 620-6650 option 2.
A plot plan is a hand drawn document showing the proposed location of all structures on the property in relation to the property lines and each other. A setback verification survey is prepared by an Alabama Registered Land Surveyor and shows the exact location of all structures on the property in relation to the property lines and each other in order to verify the placement meets the required minimum setbacks.
All properties located in a zoned area or inside any city limit will require a setback verification survey. To determine if your project will require a setback verification survey please contact a staff member in the Planning Services division of Development Services at (205) 620-6650, option 2.
Different options are available for subdividing property, depending on your road access. Please contact a staff member in the Planning Services division of Development Services at (205) 620-6650, option 2 for additional information. If your proposed subdivision will create lots that are less than 20 acres in size, the split (subdivision) must adhere to the Shelby County Subdivision Regulations.
Shelby County provides Building Permits and Inspections for the following cities: Chelsea, Columbiana, Indian Springs Village, Montevallo, Vincent, Wilsonville and Wilton. A Zoning Authorization Form from the following cities must be submitted with your application: Chelsea, Columbiana, Indian Springs Village and Wilton.
Shelby County administers the zoning and subdivision regulations for the cities of Montevallo, Vincent and Wilsonville. Subdivision applications, zoning review, site plan applications, rezoning applications, conditional use applications and variance applications for these three cities are administered though the Department of Development Services.
Please contact the Shelby County Health Department Environmental Office (205) 685-4178 or visit their website at www.alabamapublichealth.gov for information regarding Septic System permitting, installation or inspection.
Shelby County accepts cash, Visa, Discover, MasterCard, or checks payable to Shelby County Commission. Payment can be made in person, by mail, or by telephone. The payment address is Development Services, 1123 County Services Drive, Pelham, AL 35124.
You may leave your documents in our "drop off" box in the lobby or with a clerk in the office; mail your documents to Development Services, 1123 County Services Drive, Pelham, AL 35124; or email your documents to firstname.lastname@example.org.
A few instances require someone to escort our inspector during inspections; Shelby County will notify you whenever you are required to be onsite for an inspection.
Yes, your project will require some type of plans, depending on the complexity of work being performed. New construction, renovations, additions, alterations and other minor projects require plans showing footing detail; elevation views-front, both sides, and rear; beam and joist sizes and location; foundation plans, pier locations and dimensions; rafter and header sizes and spans. Others will require a detailed scope of work.
When Shelby County receives an application for improvements, it is entered into our software system, date stamped and scheduled for plan review by our planning and zoning staff; structural examiner; electrical examiner; and plumbing, gas, and mechanical examiner. All applications are addressed in the order received. If your application packet did not contain all required information, each additional submittal is addressed in the same manner as a new submittal: date stamped and scheduled for review. Keep in mind, at the time of your submittal, there are already existing applications in the queue waiting for examination ahead of your submittal.
No; however, a house wrap inspection will be required for new construction, additions or replacement of exterior coverings; call (205) 620-6650 to schedule your house wrap or energy inspection.
No; Shelby County issues one permit per project which will include the structural, electrical, gas, mechanical, and plumbing installation or any combination applicable to your specific project.
Unfortunately, the answer is no. The inspector’s schedule is created the day before and typically includes 20 different site visits daily throughout Shelby County. We strive to be good stewards of county resources while also being considerate of our customers. We ask that you make sure your project is ready for inspection before calling to schedule an inspector site visit.