I received a stop work order - now what?

Why do I need a permit to do work on my own property?

The City has adopted a comprehensive set of building codes that must be followed on construction projects within the City. These building codes govern the design, construction, alterations, and maintenance of structures. Building codes establish the minimum requirements to safeguard the health, safety, and welfare of the building's occupants. The permitting process is designed to allow the City to ensure that work is in compliance with the building codes.  It also allows the City to ensure that contractors working in the City are properly licensed. 

Why was a Stop Work Order issued?

Stop Work Orders are issued by the City of Pelham when work is ongoing that does not conform to the City’s Code of Ordinances. The most common reason for a Stop Work Order being issued is for ongoing construction work not being properly permitted. The reason a Stop Work Order was issued on your property is listed on the Order. 

How much does a permit cost?

For new construction, the City charges a permitting fee. In response to large-scale events such as a tornado or a flood, the City will often waive all permitting fees. All permitting fees for construction related to the October 6, 2021 flooding event have been waived.  

How do I obtain a permit?

You can find information about obtaining a permit in several ways:

  1. Call the Building Department at 205-620-6409 and a member of the building department staff can walk you through the process and answer any questions you may have.
  2. Email any questions to kcunningham@pelhamalabama.gov

   3. All permit applications can be found here.

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