Applications & Permits



All building plan submittals will be handled in the lobby of the Pelham Water Works building, 3111 Cummings Street. Please make sure you include all required documents. 

Required Documentation


All business permits/applications and payments via phone at 205.620.6480 or by mail to City of Pelham, P. O. 1238, Pelham, Alabama 35124.


Credit Card Payments

Visa, MasterCard or Discover can be accepted in person. There is a 3.5% convenience fee or $3.00 charged by the card company if a debit or credit card is used. Cash, money order, cashier's check or check is accepted. 

Permit Requirements

Additional Information

  • Permit fee is based on square footage of home/commercial improvement.
  • Builder is required to pay a sewer impact fee at the time the permit is purchased if the project is going on the sewer system.
  • Inspections are to be called in the day before an inspection is needed.
  • All construction is to be in accordance to the International Building Code, 2015 Edition, International Residential Code, 2015 edition.
  • A form board survey for all residential homes is REQUIRED before an inspection can be scheduled. 
  • For additional adopted codes and regulations, call 205-620-6411 or fax 205-663-3116.
  • All contractors, subs, and suppliers are to be licensed with the City of Pelham.
  • Proof of State certification is required on certain classifications.
  • Contractors are to check with the Building Department regarding zoning of property sites before submitting plans for construction.

Sign Permits

The City of Pelham Sign Ordinance requires the issuance of a permit to erect, change or alter any type sign. The square footage of the building determines the copy area and height allowed for signs. The permit fee is based on the cost of improvement.