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Residential Permits
A general contractor and all subcontractors must be licensed by the City of Hoover and must also have the required state license(s).

Requirements for Residential Permits

Prior to building a new home in Hoover the following items must be submitted to the Building Inspections Department:
  • 2 sets of plans
  • A plot plan (showing the proposed location of the home on the lot)
  • Completed application for building permit
  • Completed application for land disturbing permit, if applicable
  • Sewer or septic tank approval
  • Stair and wall detail (section of stair and wall, usually included in most plans already)

On your plot plan you must note the location of all erosion control measures, providing a best management plan (BMP). Upon receipt of your application and supporting documentation, the Building Inspections Department staff will schedule an appointment to review the erosion control measures to be installed on the lot. The erosion control measures must be approved before a building permit will be issued. Installation of the erosion control measures is the only activity permitted on the lot prior to receiving a residential building permit.

Architecturally Controlled Neighborhoods
If constructing a residence in an architecturally controlled neighborhood, approval of the architectural control committee must be stamped on both copies of the plans and the plot plan before the Building Inspections Department will issue a building permit. Please contact us at 205-444-7586 regarding the subdivisions that require this additional approval.

If constructing a residence that is not in an architecturally controlled neighborhood, measures to ensure compliance with the Hoover Tree and Landscaping Ordinances (i.e. tree save areas, etc.) must be noted on the plot plan.

Residential Construction
For residential additions affecting the exterior of the home, the following items must be submitted to the Building Inspections Department
  • 2 sets of drawings of the proposed additions
  • A completed building permit application
  • A completed land disturbing application, if applicable
  • A survey of the property showing the location of existing structures - the location(s) of proposed addition(s) should be drawn or overlaid on this survey
  • Sewer or septic tank approvals, if applicable

Note: This includes accessory structures, either attached or detached - for example, garages, storage structures, swimming pools, etc.

For interior residential construction, the following items must be submitted to the Building Inspections Department:
  • 2 sets of drawings of the proposed construction
  • A completed building permit application
  • Sewer or septic tank approvals, if applicable

Additional Information
A certified, post-foundation survey is required for all new construction including additions to existing structures. No rough inspections will be scheduled until the post-foundation survey has been received by this office. Construction should be discontinued until the survey has been reviewed and approved by the Building Inspections Department.

For additional information, call 205-444-7586