Licensing & Permitting

Tuscaloosa County Licenses and Permits

Permit/License

State

County

City/Town

Business Privilege License (Annual)

Minimum: $100, Maximum: $15,000. Calculated on a sliding scale of $1000 of net worth (taxable income)

$300.00

Typically based on a sliding scale and calculated on gross receipts annually. Scale specific to project jurisdiction.

Building Permit

None

None

Based on total value of project construction. Fee calculations specific to project jurisdiction.

Note: Information based on a general manufacturing facility. Additional licenses or permits may be necessary depending on the type and location of the business. Contact TCIDA for additional information.

Environmental Permitting

Environmental permitting is managed through the Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM). No Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM) regulation exceeds federal standards.

There are no additional environmental permitting requirements at the local level.

Tuscaloosa is designated as an attainment area, meaning there are no restrictions concerning air quality purposes, in accordance with the Environmental Protection Agency’s National Ambient Air Quality Standards.

State Implementation Plan: The State Implementation Plan (SIP) has been approved with permitting power resting in the jurisdiction of ADEM.  ADEM has established a “one-stop” permitting system that allows all permits to be obtained through one agency, at one central location.

Environmental Impact Statement: The federal government decides if an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) is required, depending on the type of business and where it intends to locate.  The State of Alabama, at present, has no guidelines for the implementation of a state regulated EIS.

Hazardous waste disposal: There is a hazardous waste disposal facility in Emelle, Alabama, approximately 60 miles (97 km) southwest of Tuscaloosa.

Timing for Environmental Permitting Processes

Air – Not Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD)

Completed Application Received      ADEM Review     Public Notice    

Review of Comments     Public Hearing if needed     Permit Issuance or Denial

Entire process takes approximately 65 days.

Air – PSD

Completed Application Received     ADEM Review     Public Hearing  

Review of Comments     Permit Issuance of Denial

Entire process takes approximately 120 days.

National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES)

Completed Application Received     ADEM Review     Facility Draft Review  

Public Notice     Public Hearing if needed     Permit Issuance or Denial

Entire process without a public hearing takes approximately 120 days.

Entire process with a public hearing takes approximately 150 days.