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All individuals, partnerships, corporations, and sole proprietors conducting business in the City of Gulf Shores are required to have a business license. This includes persons dealing with residential and commercial real estate rentals or who operate home-based businesses within the City. In most cases, licenses are based on the gross receipts of your business. Business license fees are non refundable and that issuance of a business license should not be construed as authorization to conduct a business, unless the business has complied with all federal, state and local regulations.

If you are applying for or renewing a business license use the Licensing link to the left.

If you are the owner of a Short-Term Rental Unit and need to Add/Update your Local Emergency Contact Information, please click here to be directed to the online form, or review your license renewal documents for the appropriate location to submit this information.

Permitting & Inspections

The Building Department enforces codes and regulations established by the State of Alabama and Baldwin County governing the construction, alteration, and maintenance of buildings and structures within the City of Gulf Shores for the protection of residents and property.

To apply for a Building and/or Trade Permit use the Permitting link to the left.

Planning & Zoning

Planning and Zoning Department is tasked to administer the Zoning Ordinance of the City of Gulf Shores. This includes reviewing all proposals and applications for compliance, processing applications for zoning relief, and providing zoning information in order to maintain compliance of all properties within the City. The Planning and Zoning Department reviews all building applications for building permits, zoning and text amendments, conditional use permits, major and minor subdivision applications, sign permits, variance applications, design review, site plan review, and planned unit development applications.

The following applications and/or requests are available for submission online:

General Application: including Administrative and Site Plan Review, Conditional Use Permit, Planned Unit Development, Major and Minor Subdivision, Rezoning, Variance or Appeal, Tree Removal and ROW Relocation.

Verification Requests: including Address Verification and Zoning Verification

Permits: including Sign Permit and Temporary Sign Permit

To apply for any of the above development permits, or to complete a planning and zoning request, use the Planning & Zoning link to the left.

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