The Department of Planning, Engineering and Permits deals with permits application for blasting building, civil construction, demolition, plumbing, and soil erosion and sediment control. It also practices in the areas of electrical, mechanical, and driveway and sidewalk construction. The department also provides supplemental forms and applications for apprentice and journeyman electrician registration, as well as storm sewer system and surface water drainage certification. It is operated by the City of Birmingham in Alabama, which additionally manages police, human resources, finance, parks and recreation, economic development, transportation and fire departments. The city has a population of more than 242,800 residents. The City of Birmingham covers an area of over 5,300 square miles.