Governing Law and Regulations
Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM)
Alabama State Board of Health (ASBH)
Office of the Probate Judge
Local Health Departments
See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.
See national section for basic information and federal regulations.
Comparison: State vs. Federal
• Rules. Alabama does not have specific property transfer laws that go beyond the federal requirements. The Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM) does require disclosure and deed notifications at sites that were used for hazardous or solid waste disposal, or where concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) exist that do not meet state setback requirements. In addition, owners of regulated underground storage tanks (USTs) must notify the agency and the new owner of the presence of these units before property transfer.
• Administration and enforcement. ADEM administers and ASBH both enforce disclosure rules in Alabama.
Any site that has an environmental permit will typically require agency notification indicating that an ownership change is anticipated with a certification that all existing permit requirements will be met by the future owner. This can often be completed by submitting a permit transfer form, but some ...