Jefferson County, Alabama

Development Services Department


Director: Derek C.S. Burr | AICP
Mission Statement: Development Services is a customer focused department that facilitates investment in the County and promotes orderly growth and environmental quality to create a balanced, sustainable community, one that enhances quality of life and protects the health, safety, and welfare of residents, business owners and visitors.
Office Hours:
Monday to Friday
7:45 am to 4:30 pm
Jefferson County Courthouse
Suite B200
716 Richard Arrington Jr. Blvd. N.
Birmingham, AL 35203
Phone Numbers:
Main Office: (205) 325-5321
Stormwater Hotline:(205) 325-5792
Dumping/Litter Issues: (205) 582-6555
Addressing: (205) 325-5174
Fax: (205) 325-5516

    All COs are signed and ready for pick up only at 8:30 am and 4:15 pm (M-F). Please call ahead of time to confirm your CO is ready to be picked up.
    If an individual or a person working for a company applies for a permit with DDS and they have Add Fees due to Jefferson County, no permit will be issued to the individual or company the person works for until the Add Fees are paid.
  • As of January 1, 2020, Jefferson County will no longer issue County Cards for Electrical Master, Electrical Journeyman, and Electrical Apprentice to work in unincorporated County.
    A copy of the current State of Alabama Master Electrician License will be required to represent a company as the Master for the Company.
  • Click Here to view the Jefferson County Stormwater Management Program Plan that was developed by the Stormwater Division of the Department of Development Services.

To pull an Electrical Permit for 110 volts or above, the following is required:
  • Current State of Alabama Master Electrician Card
  • Current Jefferson County Business license
  • Current Driverís License
To pull a Low Voltage permit for normal items, the following is required:
  • Current Jefferson County Business license
  • Current Driverís License
To pull a Fire Alarm Permit, the following is required:
  • Current State Certification
  • Current Jefferson County Business license
  • Current Driverís License

General Information:  The core functions of the Development Services Department include:

  • Residential and Commercial Permitting
  • Land Disturbance

  • Subdivisions
  • Zoning
  • Site Plan Review & Processing
  • Comprehensive Planning
  • Strategic Planning
  • Future Land Use Map
  • Beverage Licensing

Code Enforcement (zoning and litter)

  • Water Quality
  • NPDES and MS4 Stormwater Management
  • Erosion and Sedimentation Control, Permitting, and Enforcement
  • Environmental Education
  • FEMA Flood Zone Administration

  • Address Assignment and 911 Database Support
  • GIS Mapping and Historical Research (aerial photography)

The Jefferson County Development Services department maintains the official zoning map of Jefferson County. Only this office has the OFFICIAL zoning of unincorporated county property; zoning information obtained from ANY other source, including other County Departments, should be verified through our office before taking any kind of action.

Regulations and Ordinances
Click here to visit our page of information about and copies of the Jefferson County regulations & ordinances.

Click here to visit our page with printable brochures, forms and other publications with information about Zoning, Dividing Property, Enforcement, Floodplain and other functions of Development Services.

Click on the links below to download PDF versions of these documents:
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