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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 new construction, addition, renovation, modification of mechanical, electrical, plumbing systems, sitework and generally any and all work on state-owned property and/or using state funds, on all public and private kindergarten through twelfth grade (K-12) schools, on public postsecondary schools, on hotels/motels and on movie theaters. DCM's jurisdiction over any construction on municipal and county-owned projects is limited to such projects meeting Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Standards. DCM does not have jurisdiction over residential or commercial property except for hotels/motels and movie theaters. Contact the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs and 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 K-12 schools regardless of funding sources, public postsecondary schools, hotels/motels and movie theaters. DCM also reviews municipal and county-owned project submittals for ADA Standards compliance only.
  • 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), partially or fully Public School and College Authority (PSCA)-funded and other bond-funded projects to ensure compliance with state laws, DCM procedures and other regulations.
    Note: Designers submit fully locally-funded public K-12 (including charter) contract documents to the State Department of Education (SDE) for review and approval. 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 (including charter) schools and public higher education schools including junior and community colleges, institutions, 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 supervised by Project Management Division when applicable, see assigned agencies.
  • Partially or Fully PSCA-Funded Projects: Administered by Plan Review Division, Contract Administration Division and Project Inspection Division.
  • Alabama Community College System (ACCS) Projects: Administered by Plan Review Division, Contract Administration Division and Project Inspection Division.
  • Public Postsecondary School including University Projects: Administered by Plan Review Division and Project Inspection Division.
  • Fully Locally-Funded Public K-12 (including Charter) School Projects: Administered by Plan Review Division and Project Inspection Division.
    Note: Designers submit owner/architect agreements, amendments, construction contract, and change orders to the State Department of Education (SDE) for review and approval. 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.