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The City of Gulf Shores maintains elevation certificates for structures built from 1998 to the present. If your structure was built before 2011, please call Emily Tidwell at 251-968-1126. If it was completed after 2011 you may contact Tamatha Norman at 251-968-1142.
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Multifamily construction permits are based on $10 / 1000 of the valuation. Commercial construction permits are based on $5 / $1000 of the valuation. Residential construction permits are based on $4 / $1000 of the valuation. Impact fees are calculated separately. Contact the Building Department at 251-968-1142 for more information.
To find out what documentation is needed to get a building permit, please view the Building Permit Checklist.
For all beach fronting properties, the City must run an advertisement in the local paper with a 30-day comment period once the plans have been submitted for review. The cost of this ad is $1,100.00 for Residential and $14,000.00 for Commercial/Multifamily.
We currently enforce the 2021 International Codes and the 2020 NEC with a minimum wind speed requirement of 160 mph.
Before the City of Gulf Shores can issue a building permit to, you must first obtain permission from The Corps of Engineers at 251-690-2511 and the Alabama State Lands Division 251-621-1216.
You will also need to fill out the Pier/Bulkhead Permit Application.