Building Inspection Department

The City of Daphne Building Inspection Department is responsible for:

  • Issuing Building Permits.
  • Performing inspections on all building components, including structural, plumbing, mechanical, electrical and life safety.
  • Developing and enforcing environmental protection measures, such as stormwater and erosion control regulations.


Current Adopted Codes

(Effective June 18, 2012)

  • 2012 International Building Code
  • 2012 International Residential Code
  • 2012 International Residential Code Appendix G
  • 2012 City of Daphne Supplemental Code for Residential Structures in Addition to the International Residential Code 2012
  • 2012 International Fuel Gas Code
  • 2012 International Mechanical Code
  • 2012 International Plumbing Code
  • 2011 National Electrical Code


Site Containment

Erosion and sediment control involves the implementation of site specific Best Management Practices (BMPs) to insure that sediment and construction debris do not leave construction sites. The City of Daphne’s Site Containment Inspector is responsible for inspecting all permitted home and commercial sites in Daphne to ensure compliance. If a site has chronic non-compliance, the City can ticket the contractor and/or owner or issue a stop work order until site conditions reach compliance status.

Site Containment – Erosion Control Ordinance

Permits, Fees & Requirements

Checklist for Applying for Building Permits:

  • 2 sets of plans
  • 1 plot plan
  • copy of water & sewer receipt
  • permit application
  • subcontractors list – must be turned in before permit is issued
  • subdivision approval letter, if required
  • BMP Plan with Land Disturbance Permit Application


Requirements for calling in an inspection:

Note: on all inspections, a 48 hour notice is required.

  • permit #
  • Builder Name / Company Name
  • contact person & phone #
  • physical address of job site
  • lot #, unit # & subdivision
  • time needed
  • type of inspection
  • all permit cards must be visible from street
  • signed contracts will be required on all new commercial and all residential and commercial renovations
  • Public Works requests that contractors do not block streets on garbage days
  • a container will be required on all construction job sites
  • port-o-lets will be required on all construction job sites
  • a homeowner is not allowed to occupy a house until a final inspection and certificate of occupancy has been issued – failure to comply could result in a double permit fee or municipal offense ticket
  • all lot corner pins must be clearly visible for footing inspections – if site lines are not clearly visible, you will be required to clear the lines and string the lot
  • all disturbed areas on permitted sites have to be stable before a certificate of occupancy will be issued


Schedule of Fees:
Click here for the latest Building Inspection Department Schedule of Fees.

Building Inspection Department Employees

Richard Merchant, CBO, CFM
Building Official

Donnie Lambeth, QCI
ICC Certified Residential Building Inspector

Shane Friday
Building Inspector

Ashley Campbell, CPESC
Environmental Programs Manager

Mikel Corporaal, QCI
Site Containment Inspector

Kimberly Sparks
ICC Certified Permit Technician


Phone: 251.621.3080 / Fax: 251.621.3719

City of Daphne Building Inspection Department
Daphne City Hall
1705 Main Street
P.O. Box 400
Daphne, Alabama 36526


Monday – Friday, 7:00am – 4:00pm