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Adopted Codes
Codes Currently Being Enforced
  • 2015 International Building Code with Appendices C, E, H, I    
  • 2015 International Fire Code
  • 2015 International Fuel Gas Code
  • 2015 International Mechanical Code
  • 2015 International Plumbing Code
  • 2009 International Residential Code with Appendix G
  • 2014 National Electric Code

How to Know If You Need a Building Permit
Any and all new construction projects, along with additions, remodels, renovations, electrical service upgrades, tenant build outs, moved homes, manufactured homes, recreational vehicle connections, plumbing, gas, and mechanical installations, and other projects, are required to purchase a building permit.

Pursuant to the Alabama Energy and Residential Codes (AERC) Board under the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs Rule 305-2-4-.08 “Commercial Energy Code” and 305-2-4-.09, “Residential Building and Energy Code”, Shelby County will begin enforcement of the International Residential Code 2015 Edition and the International Energy Code 2015 Edition with the amendments as promulgated by the AERC Board for all permit applications submitted after January 1, 2017.

Additional information can be found at: http://adeca.alabama.gov/Divisions/energy/energycodes/Pages/default.aspx 

Full text versions of Rule 305-2-4-.08: http://adeca.alabama.gov/Divisions/energy/energycodes/Energy%20Codes/2015%20Alabama%20Commercial%20Energy%20Code.pdf

Full text versions of Rule 305-2-4-.09: http://adeca.alabama.gov/Divisions/energy/energycodes/Energy%20Codes/2015%20Alabama%20Residential%20Energy%20Code.pdf

Construction Industry Training Fee:
Pursuant to State of Alabama Act 2015-308, a fee of one dollar for every one thousand dollars of construction authorized shall apply to any non-residential building permit issued after September 30, 2016.

A full text of Act 2015-308 is available on the Secretary of State’s website at http://arc-sos.state.al.us/PAC/SOSACPDF.--1/A0010945.PDF


Shelby County, Alabama
200 West College St.
Columbiana, AL 35051
Ph: (205) 670-6550