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Jurisdiction

The Division of Construction Management's (DCM's) primary function involves promulgating and enforcing the State Building Code through plan reviews, inspections and serving as the state's contract administrator for state-funded construction.

The State Building Code is limited to any construction on state-owned property, all public and private schools including kindergarten through twelfth grades (K-12) and post-secondary education, hotels/motels and movie theaters. Municipal and county-owned projects must meet ADA Standards. DCM does not have jurisdiction over residential property or commercial property except for hotels/motels and movie theaters. Contact the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs as well as city or county building departments concerning codes for residential and most commercial property. Where there is no local authority having jurisdiction, the default code enforcement is by the State Fire Marshal.

DCM Divisions

  • Plan Review Division: Administers the State Building Code and other regulations through review of proposed construction plans, specifications and related documents for projects on property under DCM's jurisdiction which includes any construction on state-owned property, public (including charter) and private schools regardless of funding sources including all K-12 and post-secondary education, hotels/motels and movie theaters. DCM also reviews municipal and county-owned project submittals for ADA Standards compliance.
  • Contract Administration Division: Administers and reviews owner/architect agreements, amendments, construction contracts, change orders and related documents for state agencies, Alabama Community College System (ACCS), Public School and College Authority (PSCA)-funded and other bond-funded projects to ensure compliance with state laws, DCM procedures and other regulations.
    Note: Architects submit locally-funded public (including charter) K-12 documents to the State Department of Education (SDE) for full review. SDE then forwards a copy of the documents to DCM.
  • Project Management Division: Supervises and administers state agency projects assigned to DCM to ensure compliance with state laws, DCM procedures and other regulations.
  • Project Inspection Division: Facilitates pre-construction conferences and inspects projects under construction to ensure code compliance and conformance with contract documents. In conjunction with the design professional and the Awarding Authority/Owner, the Inspectors establish substantial completion for building occupancy. Inspections are limited to state-funded construction, any project on state-owned property, public K-12 schools and public higher education schools including junior and community colleges, institutes, trade schools, and universities.
  • Home Inspectors / EIFS Inspectors Licensing Division: Issues licenses for Home Inspector and EIFS Inspector applicants after confirming compliance with state laws. Reviews compliance during the annual renewal period.

Project Types

  • State Agency Projects: Administered by Plan Review Division, Contract Administration Division and Project Inspection Division. Also administered by Project Management Division when applicable, see assigned agencies.
  • Alabama Community College System (ACCS) Projects: Administered by Plan Review Division, Contract Administration Division and Project Inspection Division.
  • Public University Projects: Administered by Plan Review Division and Project Inspection Division.
  • Private Post-Secondary Projects Administered by Plan Review Division.
  • PSCA-Funded Projects: Administered by Plan Review Division, Contract Administration Division and Project Inspection Division.
  • Locally-Funded (non-PSCA) Public (including Charter) K-12 Projects: Administered by Plan Review Division and Project Inspection Division.
    Note: Architects and Engineers submit owner/architect agreements, amendments, construction contract, and change order documents to the State Department of Education (SDE) for full review. SDE then forwards a copy of the documents to DCM Contract Administration Division.
  • Private K-12 projects: Administered by Plan Review Division.
  • Hotel/Motel Projects: Administered by Plan Review Division.
  • Movie Theater Projects: Administered by Plan Review Division.
  • County and Municipal Owned Projects: Administered by Plan Review Division for ADA Standards compliance only.