Adopted Codes

Codes Currently Being Enforced

  • 2018 International Building Code with Appendices C, E, H, I
  • 2018 International Fire Code
  • 2018 International Fuel Gas Code
  • 2018 International Mechanical Code
  • 2018 International Plumbing Code
  • 2015 International Residential Code with Appendix G
  • 2020 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: 

Full text versions of Rule 305-2-4-.08 at

Full text versions of Rule 305-2-4-.09 at

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.

A full text of Act 2015-308 is available on the Secretary of State’s website