Alabama Building Code

Alabama Building Code, Building Permit, Energy Code & Licensing Information

Updated: 5/24/21

Alabama Building Code Agency

Alabama Building Commission
Alabama Department of Finance, Real Property Management – Division of Construction Management
770 Washington Avenue, Suite 444, Montgomery, AL 36104
(334) 242-4082 (ph) ◦

For Energy Codes, the AL Dept. of Economic and Community Affairs (ADECA) and the Alabama Energy and Residential Codes Board:

Alabama Construction Codes and Edition Adopted:

  • 2015 International Building Code (IBC)
  • 2015 International Code Council (IRC), with amendments
  • 2015 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC), with significant amendments (for residential and commercial) effective Oct. 1, 2016
  • 2013 ASHRAE 90.1 (alternative to the 2015 IECC for commercial) effective Jan. 1, 2016
  • 2014 National Electric Code (NEC)
  • National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 101 also enforced by fire marshal
  • ICC500-2008

Applicability (statewide, local, limited): LIMITED

Plan review, inspection, and enforcement of the building code (commercial) is limited to state-owned and funded buildings, all public and certain private schools, hotel/motels, and movie theaters. Commercial Energy and Accessibility codes apply to additional buildings, mandatory state-wide. Combined residential and residential energy code is enforced at local level only, but mandatory state-wide.

State inspectors exist for projects under the jurisdiction of the state.

See a Statewide List of Building Codes here.

State Website
State Licensing Specialty contractor licensing is required by the State of Alabama. Local jurisdictions may also require licensing.
State Building Code Alabama does not have a statewide standard, as the adopted code only applies to state buildings, schools, hotels, and motion picture studios. Here are a few of the local jurisdictional adoptions

  • County of Shelby — NEC-2017
  • City of Montgomery — NEC-2017
  • City of Birmingham — NEC-2014
  • City of Mobile — NEC-2014
  • City of Tuscaloosa — NEC-2014
  • City of Hoover — NEC-2014
  • City of Dothan — NEC-2014
  • County of Madison — NEC-2002
State Licensing Division
State Energy Code Information


State Environmental Permit
Alabama Building Code by County
Alabama Construction Code by County

Additional Building Codes by State

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