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What Commercial Construction require inspection?

All construction, alterations, movement, enlargement, replacement, repair, equipment, use and occupancy, location, maintenance, removal and demolition of every building or structure or any appurtenances connected or attached to such buildings or structures regardless of cost.

What is required for a commercial permit?

  • Obtain a legal street address from the Madison County Housing Numbering System — 256-746-2909
  • Obtain a Health Department Permit for the construction of a septic system — 256-539-3711. If a private sewer disposal system is being used, an approval letter for connection from systems operator.
  • Make application for plans review at the Building Inspection Department — see Forms page.
  • After plans review has been completed, contractor may make application for building permit — see Forms page.

 

Notice

Any improvement that is added to a property should be reported /assessed in the Madison County Tax Assessor’s office per the following code:

Alabama Code 40-7-1

“…Should the owner of any real estate make improvements on such property, or should any improvements be removed or destroyed or partially removed or destroyed during any taxable year, it shall be the duty of such owner to make a tax return between October 1 and prior to January 1 covering all such changes made subsequent to October 1 of the preceding tax year. Improvements partially completed on October 1 shall be reported to the tax assessor or other assessing official by the owner thereof and shall be assessed as incomplete for that tax year. It shall be the duty of any person who purchases real estate prior to October 1 of any taxable year and who owns said real estate on that date to report such purchase to and assess that property with the tax assessor or other assessing official between October 1 and prior to January 1 following such purchase. No penalty shall be charged such taxpayer for failure to report the purchase or sale of any real estate.”

Required Inspections

The number of inspections will vary depending on the type of construction. It is the responsibility of the contractor to contact the Madison County Inspection Department 24 hours prior to needing inspections.

 

Building

Footing/Slab: Footing/Slab Inspections will be conducted prior to the pouring of concrete. Monolithic and built-up slabs must have an inspection of plumbing, electrical, mechanical and gas before concrete is poured.

Foundation/Crawlspace: Foundation and Floor framing will be inspected prior to the application of floor sheathing.

Brick Option: Brick inspections are required before work can start.

Framing: Made when windows, roofing, sheathing, etc. has been installed to the building and prior to installation of insulation and drop ceiling.

Final: To be made when all other final inspections have been passed and structure is ready for a Certificate of Occupancy.

 

Electrical

Slab: To be made if any electrical conduit or wire have been installed in the slab. This can be conducted along with other trade inspections before covering with gravel and poly.

Underground Conduit: To be made if any electrical conduit or wiring are installed underground before backfilling.

Rough-In: To be when all wiring have been pulled and secured just prior to sheetrock and before insulation.

Final: To be made when all fixtures, plugs, and appliances are installed.

Plumbing

Slab: To be made prior to covering of any plumbing piping installed in a slab.

Testing of piping is required. This can be conducted along with other trade inspections before covering with gravel and poly.

Rough-In: To be made when all plumbing pipes are stubbed-out and pressure tested prior to sheetrock and insulation.

Sewer/Water Lines: To be made before sewer lines and waterlines are covered.

Final: To be made when all fixtures are set and plumbing is completed.

Gas/Mechanical

Slab: To be made if gas lines or mechanical work is installed under or through slabs prior to backfill. This can be conducted along with other trade inspections before covering with gravel and poly. Testing may be required.

Rough-In: To be made when all gas piping and mechanical work are stubbed-out prior to sheetrock and insulation. Gas Piping test required.

Final: To be made when all gas piping, appliances, and mechanical work are installed and completed. Final test for gas piping required.