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Planning and Zoning Permits and Applications
Look through the list of Planning and Zoning Permits below to find the permit that most closely suits your needs. Once you have found the permit you need you can click to find additional information necessary to complete the application.  You can also visit our FAQ for answers to some initial questions you may have during the planning and early stages of your project.

Incomplete applications will not be processed.

Land Development Forms
Site Plan
 
Provides a detailed site layout for commercial, industrial, and residential developments (greater than 3 units). Site plan approval is required prior to the submittal of a building permit.

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Online Application Process
  • For an easy, step-by-step permit application process visit our City of Gulf Shores Online Licensing and Permitting Portal.
  • Find the Site Plan in the Planning and Zoning section of the portal.
  • Before beginning the application process, make sure you have all materials necessary from the Site Plan Checklist.
  • Fill out the online application and attach all required documents.
  • Once you have submitted your application, please allow for a thirty day review process which concludes with a Planning Commission Meeting that you are recommended to attend. You will be able to see the status of your permit at any time from your portal account home page.
Physical Application Process
  • Fill out the General Planning and Zoning Application.
  • Submit completed Planning and Zoning Application with all Site Plan Checklist materials to:
    City of Gulf Shores Planning and Zoning Department
    205 Clubhouse Drive Suite B
    P.O. Box 299

    Gulf Shores, AL 36542
  • Once we have received your application, please allow for a thirty day review process which concludes with a Planning Commission Meeting that you are recommended to attend.
Documents and Materials Required Fees
  • $300 - Application Fee
  • Other applicable fees, such as advertising costs, as determined by the City of Gulf Shores.
Additional Information

Minor Subdivision Permit
 
A subdivision containing six lots or less and does not require construction of streets, utilities, or other public improvements.

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Online Application Process
  • For an easy, step-by-step permit application process visit our City of Gulf Shores Online Licensing and Permitting Portal.
  • Find the Minor Subdivision Permit in the Planning and Zoning section of the portal.
  • Before beginning the application process, make sure you have all materials necessary from the Minor Subdivision Checklist and Public Notification Checklist.
  • Fill out the online application and attach all required documents.
  • Once you have submitted your application, please allow for a thirty day review process which concludes with a Planning Commission Meeting that you are recommended to attend. You will be able to see the status of your permit at any time from your portal account home page.
Physical Application Process
  • Fill out the General Planning and Zoning Application.
  • Submit completed Planning and Zoning Application with all requirements of the Minor Subdivision Checklist and Public Notification Checklist to:
    City of Gulf Shores Planning and Zoning Department
    205 Clubhouse Drive Suite B
    P.O. Box 299

    Gulf Shores, AL 36542
  • Once we have received your application, please allow for a thirty day review process which concludes with a Planning Commission Meeting that you are recommended to attend.
Documents and Materials Required Fees
  • $300 - Application Fee
  • Other applicable fees, such as advertising costs, as determined by the City of Gulf Shores.
Additional Information

Major Subdivision Permit
 
A subdivision containing seven lots or more and/or requires the installation of new streets, utilities, or other public improvements.

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Online Application Process
  • For an easy, step-by-step permit application process visit our City of Gulf Shores Online Licensing and Permitting Portal.
  • Find the Preliminary Major Subdivision Permit in the Planning and Zoning section of the portal.
  • Before beginning the application process, make sure you have all materials necessary from the Preliminary Major Subdivision Checklist and Public Notification Checklist.
  • Fill out the online application and attach all required documents.
  • Once you have submitted your application, please allow for a thirty day review process which includes a Planning Commission Meeting that you are recommended to attend. You will be able to see the status of your permit at any time from your portal account home page.
  • When your Preliminary Major Subdivision Application has been approved you will be able to begin construction of the subdivision.
  • After completion of construction of the subdivision you may apply for your Final Major Subdivision Permit.
  • Find the Final Major Subdivision Permit in the Planning and Zoning section of the portal.
  • Before beginning the application process, make sure you have all materials necessary from the Final Major Subdivision Checklist.
  • Fill out the online application and attach all required documents.
  • Once you have submitted the application, please allow for another thirty day review process which concludes with another Planning Commission Meeting that you are recommended to attend. You will be able to see the status of your permit at any time from your portal account home page.
Physical Application Process
  • Fill out the General Planning and Zoning Application.
  • Submit completed Planning and Zoning Application with all Preliminary Major Subdivision Checklist and Public Notification Checklist materials to:
    City of Gulf Shores Planning and Zoning Department
    205 Clubhouse Drive Suite B
    P.O. Box 299

    Gulf Shores, AL 36542
  • Once we have received your application, please allow for a thirty day review process which includes a Planning Commission Meeting that you are recommended to attend.
  • When your Preliminary Major Subdivision Permit Application has been approved you will be able to apply to begin construction of the subdivision.
  • Submit the General Planning and Zoning Application and all Final Major Subdivision Checklist materials to the Planning and Zoning Department address listed above.
  • The Final Major Subdivision Application will also go through a 30 day review process, concluding with another Planning Commission Meeting that you are recommended to attend.
Documents and Materials Required Fees
  • $1,000 - Application Fee + $75 per lot in the subdivision (Preliminary Application)
  • $300 - Application Fee (Final Application)
  • Other applicable fees, such as advertising cost, as determined by the City of Gulf Shores.
Additional Information

Land Disturbance Permit
 
An activity involving the clearing, cutting, excavating, filling, or grading of land or any other activity that alters land topography or vegetative cover. A land disturbance permit is not required if a building permit has been issued.

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Online Application Process
  • For an easy, step-by-step permit application process visit our City of Gulf Shores Online Licensing and Permitting Portal.
  • Find the Land Disturbance Permit in the Planning and Zoning section of the portal.
  • Before beginning the application process, make sure you have all materials necessary from the Land Disturbance Permit Checklist.
  • Fill out the online application and attach all required documents.
  • Please allow for a ten day review process after completing the online application. You will be able to see the status of your permit at any time from your portal account home page.
Physical Application Process
  • Fill out the General Planning and Zoning Application.
  • Submit completed General Planning and Zoning Application with Land Disturbance Permit Checklist materials to:
    City of Gulf Shores Planning and Zoning Department
    205 Clubhouse Drive Suite B
    P.O. Box 299

    Gulf Shores, AL 36542
  • Please allow for a ten day review process once we have received your application. At the end of the review process we will contact you with the resulting status of the permit application.
Documents and Materials Required Fees
  • $250 - Application Fee
  • Other applicable fees as determined by the City of Gulf Shores.
Additional Information

Temporary Sales Trailer Permit
 
Apply to allow a temporary sales trailer to be placed on your property.

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Online Application Process
  • For an easy, step-by-step permit application process visit our City of Gulf Shores Online Licensing and Permitting Portal.
  • Find the Temporary Sales Trailer Permit Application in the Planning and Zoning section of the portal.
  • Before beginning the application process, make sure you have all materials necessary from the Temporary Sales Trailer Application Checklist.
  • Fill out the online application and attach all required documents.
  • Once you have submitted your application, please allow for a ten day review process. You will be able to see the status of your permit at any time from your portal account home page.
Physical Application Process
  • Fill out the General Planning and Zoning Application.
  • Submit completed Planning and Zoning Application and all requirements of the Temporary Sales Trailer Application Checklist to:
    City of Gulf Shores Planning and Zoning Department
    205 Clubhouse Drive Suite B
    P.O. Box 299

    Gulf Shores, AL 36542
  • Please allow for a ten day review process once we have received your application.
Documents and Materials Required Fees
  • No Fee

Zoning Forms
Rezoning Application
 
Change the zoning classification of lots or land.

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Online Application Process
  • For an easy, step-by-step permit application process visit our City of Gulf Shores Online Licensing and Permitting Portal.
  • Find the Rezoning Permit Application in the Planning and Zoning section of the portal.
  • Before beginning the application process, make sure you have all materials necessary from the Rezoning Checklist and Public Notification Checklist.
  • Fill out the online application and attach all required documents.
  • Once you have submitted your application, please allow for a ninety day review process which includes a Planning Commission Hearing and concludes with a City Council Hearing, both of which you are recommended to attend. You will be able to see the status of your permit at any time from your portal account home page.
Physical Application Process
  • Fill out the General Planning and Zoning Application.
  • Submit completed Planning and Zoning Application with all requirements of the Rezoning Checklist and Public Notification Checklist to:
    City of Gulf Shores Planning and Zoning Department
    205 Clubhouse Drive Suite B
    P.O. Box 299

    Gulf Shores, AL 36542
  • Once we have received your application, please allow for a ninety day review process which includes a Planning Commission Hearing and concludes with a City Council Hearing, both of which you are recommended to attend.
Documents and Materials Required Fees
  • $1,000 - Application Fee
  • Other applicable fees as determined by the City of Gulf Shores.
Additional Information

PUD Master Plan
 
A special zoning district which serves as an overlay to the base zoning district to encourage flexibility in design and development. PUDs allow for modifications to use and design requirements of the base zoning district. PUDs require the submittal and approval of a master development plan.

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Online Application Process
  • For an easy, step-by-step permit application process visit our City of Gulf Shores Online Licensing and Permitting Portal.
  • Find the PUD Master Plan Permit in the Planning and Zoning section of the portal.
  • Before beginning the application process, make sure you have all materials necessary from the PUD Master Plan Checklist and Public Notification Checklist.
  • Fill out the online application and attach all required documents.
  • Once you have submitted your application, please allow for a ninety day review process which includes a Planning Commission Hearing and concludes with a City Council Hearing, both of which you are recommended to attend. You will be able to see the status of your permit at any time from your portal account home page.
Physical Application Process
  • Fill out the General Planning and Zoning Application.
  • Submit completed Planning and Zoning Application with all requirements of the PUD Master Plan Checklist and Public Notification Checklist to:
    City of Gulf Shores Planning and Zoning Department
    205 Clubhouse Drive Suite B
    P.O. Box 299

    Gulf Shores, AL 36542
  • Once we have received your application, please allow for a ninety day review process which includes a Planning Commission Hearing and concludes with a City Council Hearing, both of which you are recommended to attend.
Documents and Materials Required Fees
  • $1,500 - Application Fee
  • Other applicable fees as determined by the City of Gulf Shores.
Additional Information

Variance Application
 
A variance is a relaxation of the area and dimensional requirements imposed on property.

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Online Application Process
  • For an easy, step-by-step permit application process visit our City of Gulf Shores Online Licensing and Permitting Portal.
  • Find the Variance Permit Application in the Planning and Zoning section of the portal.
  • Before beginning the application process, make sure you have all materials necessary from the Variance Checklist and Public Notification Checklist.
  • Fill out the online application and attach all required documents.
  • Once you have submitted your application, please allow for a thirty day review process which concludes with a Zoning Board of Adjustment Hearing that you are recommended to attend. You will be able to see the status of your permit at any time from your portal account home page.
Physical Application Process
  • Fill out the General Planning and Zoning Application and Variance Checklist.
  • Submit completed Planning and Zoning Application, Variance Checklist, and all Variance Checklist and Public Notification Checklist materials to:
    City of Gulf Shores Planning and Zoning Department
    205 Clubhouse Drive Suite B
    P.O. Box 299

    Gulf Shores, AL 36542
  • Once we have received your application, please allow for a thirty day review process which concludes with a Zoning Board of Adjustment Hearing that you are recommended to attend.
Documents and Materials Required Fees
  • $100 - Single Family/Duplex Variance Application Fee; $500 - All Other Properties Variance Application Fee
  • Other applicable fees, such as advertising cost, as determined by the City of Gulf Shores.
Additional Information

Zoning Verification Request
 
Determine the current zoning of a piece of property.

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Online Application Process
  • For an easy, step-by-step permit application process visit our City of Gulf Shores Online Licensing and Permitting Portal.
  • Find the Zoning Verification Application in the Planning and Zoning section of the portal.
  • Fill out the online application.
  • Once you have submitted your application, please allow for a three day processing period. You will be able to see the status of your application at any time from your portal account home page.
Physical Application Process
  • Fill out the Zoning Verification Form.
  • Submit the completed Zoning Verification Form to:
    City of Gulf Shores Planning and Zoning Department
    205 Clubhouse Drive Suite B
    P.O. Box 299

    Gulf Shores, AL 36542
  • Please allow for a three day processing period once we have received your application.
Documents and Materials Required Fees
  • $75 - Request Fee
Additional Information

Miscellaneous Forms
Sign Permit
 
Construct a new sign, replace the face of an old sign, or put up a temporary banner/sign/etc.

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Online Application Process
  • For an easy, step-by-step permit application process visit our City of Gulf Shores Online Licensing and Permitting Portal.
  • Find the Sign Permit or Temporary Sign Permit in the Planning and Zoning section of the portal.
  • Before beginning the application process, make sure you have all materials necessary from the Sign Permit Checklist.
  • Fill out the online application and attach all required documents.
  • Please allow for a three day review process after completing the online application. You will be able to see the status of your permit at any time from your portal account home page.
Physical Application Process
  • Fill out the Sign Permit Application or the Temporary Sign Permit Application.
  • Fill out the Digital Sign Application if you are applying for a digital sign.
  • Submit completed Sign Permit Application(s) with all checklist materials to:
    City of Gulf Shores Planning and Zoning Department
    205 Clubhouse Drive Suite B
    P.O. Box 299

    Gulf Shores, AL 36542
  • Please allow for a three day review process once we have received your application. At the end of the review process we will contact you with the resulting status of the permit application.
Documents and Materials Required Optional Documents Fees
  • Sign Permitting:
    $100 - Plan Check Fee
    $50 - Electrical Sign Fee
    $1 - Per square foot of sign in excess of 32 square feet
  • Temporary Sign Permitting:
    $25 - Temporary Sign Permit Fee
Additional Information

Annexation Application
 
An owner of property that is contiguous to the current boundary of the City of Gulf Shores may apply for annexation to become part of the City of Gulf Shores.

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Online Application Process
  • For an easy, step-by-step permit application process visit our City of Gulf Shores Online Licensing and Permitting Portal.
  • Find the Annexation Application in the Planning and Zoning section of the portal.
  • Before beginning the application process, make sure you have all materials necessary from the checklist at the bottom of the Annexation Application form.
  • Fill out the online application and attach all required documents.
  • Once we have received your application, please allow for a twenty day review process that concludes with a City Council hearing which you are recommended to attend. You will be able to see the status of your application at any time from your portal account home page.
Physical Application Process
  • Fill out the Annexation Application.
  • Make sure all materials from the checklist in the lower section of the Annexation Application are in order.
  • Submit completed Annexation Application with all checklist materials to:
    City of Gulf Shores Planning and Zoning Department
    205 Clubhouse Drive Suite B
    P.O. Box 299

    Gulf Shores, AL 36542
  • Once we have received your application, please allow for a twenty day review process that concludes with a City Council hearing which you are recommended to attend.
Documents and Materials Required Fees
  • No fee
Additional Information

Tree Removal Permit
 
A tree removal permit is required for removal of any protected tree on a commercial, industrial, or residential property greater than one acre.

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Online Application Process
  • For an easy, step-by-step permit application process visit our City of Gulf Shores Online Licensing and Permitting Portal.
  • Find the Tree Removal Permit in the Planning and Zoning section of the portal.
  • Before beginning the application process, make sure you have all materials necessary from the Tree Removal Checklist.
  • Fill out the online application and attach all required documents.
  • Once you have submitted your application, please allow for a five day processing period. You will be able to see the status of your application at any time from your portal account home page.
Physical Application Process
  • Fill out the General Planning and Zoning Application.
  • Submit completed Planning and Zoning Application with all Tree Removal Checklist materials to:
    City of Gulf Shores Planning and Zoning Department
    205 Clubhouse Drive Suite B
    P.O. Box 299

    Gulf Shores, AL 36542
  • Please allow for a five day review process once we have received your application. At the end of the review process we will contact you with the resulting status of the permit application.
Documents and Materials Required Fees
  • $250 - Permit Fee
Additional Information

Street Vacation/Relocation Application
 
Vacate or relocate a public street.

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Online Application Process
  • For an easy, step-by-step permit application process visit our City of Gulf Shores Online Licensing and Permitting Portal.
  • Find the Street Vacation/Relocation Permit in the Planning and Zoning section of the portal.
  • Before beginning the application process, make sure you have all materials necessary from the Right-of-Way Relocation Checklist.
  • Fill out the online application and attach all required documents.
  • After completing the online application, please allow for a forty-five day review process that concludes with a City Council Hearing that you are recommended to attend. You will be able to see the status of your permit at any time from your portal account home page.
Physical Application Process
  • Fill out the General Planning and Zoning Application.
  • Submit the completed Planning and Zoning Application with all Street Vacation/Relocation Checklist and Public Notification Checklist materials to:
    City of Gulf Shores Planning and Zoning Department
    205 Clubhouse Drive Suite B
    P.O. Box 299

    Gulf Shores, AL 36542
  • Once we have received your application, please allow for a forty-five day review process that concludes with a City Council Hearing that you are recommended to attend.
Documents and Materials Required Fees
  • $500 - Application Fee
  • Other applicable fees, such as advertising cost, as determined by the City of Gulf Shores
Additional Information

Contact Us
City of Gulf Shores Planning and Zoning Department
205 Clubhouse Drive Suite B
PO Box 299
Gulf Shores, AL 36542 
(251) 968-1164

Andy Bauer
Director
abauer@gulfshoresal.gov

Jennifer Watkins
Planner
jwatkins@gulfshoresal.gov

Sherri Smith
Administrative Assistant
ssmith@gulfshoresal.gov

Justin Clopton
Code Enforcement
jclopton@gulfshoresal.gov

Hours
Monday - Friday
8 a.m. - 5 p.m.