Flood Information

Home Repairs After a Flood

Those who receive damage to their homes due to flooding must obtain a Building Permit before work begins to make repairs. 

To obtain a flood permit, the applicant must submit a building permit application and a detailed cost estimate/schedule of values for the work. This can be an estimate from a contractor or an insurance adjuster. The Building Department will not accept a total amount unless the supporting documentation is provided.

Homeowners may pull the permit and hire subcontractors to work under the permit. To do this, a detailed cost estimate and a permit application must be submitted. All subcontractors must have or obtain a current Pelham Business License before performing their portion of work. To verify if a contractor has a proper business license with the City of Pelham please call 205-620-6480.

If hired by a homeowner, Certified State of Alabama Home Builders can pull the permit on the homeowner's behalf and submit the required documentation.

The turnaround to get a building permit is three business days. Permit applications and supporting documentation can be emailed to the Building Permit Office or dropped off in-person to the Building Department, which is located on the 2nd floor of the Water Department building at 3111 Cummings Street, Pelham, AL 35124.

If you have questions about anything related to flooding or recovering from a flood, please email the Flood Plain Administrator.


Why do I need a permit to do work on my own property?

The City has adopted a comprehensive set of building codes that must be followed on construction projects within the City. These building codes govern the design, construction, alterations, and maintenance of structures. Building codes establish the minimum requirements to safeguard the health, safety, and welfare of the building's occupants. The permitting process is designed to allow the City to ensure that work is in compliance with the building codes.  It also allows the City to ensure that contractors working in the City are properly licensed. 

Why was a Stop Work Order issued?

Stop Work Orders are issued by the City of Pelham when work is ongoing that does not conform to the City’s Code of Ordinances. The most common reason for a Stop Work Order being issued is for ongoing construction work not being properly permitted. The reason a Stop Work Order was issued on your property is listed on the Order. 

How much does a permit cost?

For new construction, the City charges a permitting fee. In response to large-scale events such as a tornado or a flood, the City will often waive all permitting fees. All permitting fees for construction related to the October 6, 2021 flooding event have been waived.  

How do I obtain a permit?

You can find information about obtaining a permit in several ways:

  1. Call the Building Department at 205-620-6409 and a member of the building department staff can walk you through the process and answer any questions you may have.
  2. Email any questions to the Permit Technician.

   3. All permit applications can be found here.

Flood Ordinance Procedures

Structures in the Special Flood Hazard Area must meet construction requirements of the Flood Plain Ordinance in certain situations. Read a comprehensive breakdown of the Flood Ordinance Procedures.

Federal Disaster Declaration

Shelby County, including the City of Pelham, has been approved for an Individual Assistance Major Disaster Declaration for the October 6th -7th, 2021 flood event. Low-interest disaster loans are also available through the Small Business Administration.

This graphic outlines public assistance for flood recovery.

SBA Loans


Flood Recovery Fact-Check

We realize many of you have thoughts and questions about the ongoing recovery from the October 6th flood event. It is important to us that you have the facts, so we compiled, addressed, and answered the most common questions and misconceptions that have been communicated to us. Flood Recovery Fact-Check

Weekly Updates

Flood Recovery Update - November 23, 2021

Flood Recovery Update - December 2, 2021

Flood Recovery Update - December 10, 2021

Flood Recovery Update - December 17, 2021

Flood Recovery Update - December 23, 2021

Other Helpful Resources

FEMA Help after a Disaster

Who's Knocking at Your Door After a Flood?

Three Steps to SBA Disaster Assistance Loans

National Flood Insurance Program

FEMA Flood Insurance

PRP Eligibility Extension

FEMA Flood Maps

Understanding Flood Zones and Maps