Jefferson County’s Development Services Building Division requires contractors who are applying for a demolition or structure moving permit to obtain the necessary $5,000 building permit surety bond
Jet Insurance Company provides both the Building Demolition Bond and the Structure Moving Bond as a guarantee to Jefferson County that the contractor will follow the terms and conditions of their permit, as well as all building code regulations. Each surety bond acts as a financial guarantee in cases of permit obligations not being upheld and to cover any damages caused by the contractor.
At Jet, both the Building Demolition Bond and the Structure Moving Bond cost as low as $100 annually. Our bond rates are based on the personal credit score of the applicant. Refer to the chart below for Jet’s preferred tier bond rates. Most qualify for the rates below.
Jet Insurance Company is a direct surety provider so you won't have to deal with middlemen brokers or agents when purchasing your bond. The process is quick and easy!
Applying for your bond: Our online bond application will ask for some basic information such as your contact information and personal social security number for a soft credit check. But don't worry! This won't affect your current credit score.
Once you submit your completed application and receive an approved rate, simply fulfill payment and you'll be all set for your bond. You then receive a copy of the bond form and your receipt. We’ll take care of the rest of the process for you.
Filing your bond: The Jet team can file your bond for you! Both the original, signed and sealed Jefferson Building Demolition Bond and Structure Moving Bond are filed with the county’s Building Division. If you would like to file the bond yourself, you may select this option at checkout.
The necessary building permit applications can be found on the Development Services Building Division webpage. All documentation should be sent to the mailing address below:
716 Richard Arrington Jr. Blvd. N.
Birmingham, AL 35203
Cancelling your bond: Should the need arise to cancel your surety bond, just email us at [email protected] requesting cancellation. Jet will notify Jefferson County’s Building Official of the bond termination, liability of the bond will be released once we receive an official acceptance letter for the bond’s cancellation. A reimbursement may then be sent to you for any unearned premium left on your bond. Be advised that bond must be replaced if the permit terms have yet to be completed
Renewing your bond: If the duration of your permit work goes beyond the expected one year mark, you may renew your bond with Jet. An invoice will be sent to you before your bond term’s expiration date, just fulfill payment and you’ll be set.
Demolition and structure moving contractors are expected to follow all industry regulations pursuant to the Jefferson County Building Code, Section 3303 (Pages 23-28), as well as the terms and conditions of their appropriate permit. Merely upholding these obligations will prevent you from receiving a claim on your bond.
However, claims will typically only be filed on the Building Demolition Bond or the Structure Moving Bond if the contractor causes damages to Jefferson County’s streets, curbs, sidewalks, shade trees, highways, sewers, or any other county property during the permit work and then refuses to fix such damages.
It is in the best interest of the contractor to resolve any and all issues with Jefferson County before violation penalties and an expensive bond claim ensues.
If Jefferson County files a claim on your bond, immediately contact Jet with all available documentation and information as we will need it for a review and investigation of the claim. In cases of the claim proving to be valid, Jet Insurance Company is legally obligated by the surety bond form to make payment up to the $5,000 limit. You (the contractor) remain liable for your actions and must reimburse Jet for the paid out claim. Omission of this responsibility will result in future difficulties acquiring required permit surety bonds in Jefferson County.