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Process for Obtaining a Privilege License
The following are simplified procedures for obtaining a Privilege License, and must be followed before a City of Dothan Privilege License will be printed:
  • Complete an Application for Privilege License. This is obtained in the Business License Office, and consists of questions concerning ownership, name of business, type of business, address, (both mailing and physical location), telephone number, federal ID number, etc.
  • Complete a Clearance Form. Businesses which are located in the corporate limits of the City of Dothan must be inspected and approved by:
    • Building Inspection Department: (334) 615-4452
    • Fire Marshall: (334) 615-4520
    • Planning and Zoning Office: (334) 615-4412
    • Engineering Services: (334) 615-4422
    • Utility Collections: (334) 615-4110
  • Businesses wanting to serve food must obtain a health certificate or food permit from the Houston County Health Department. For more information about obtaining a food permit from the Houston County Health Department, call (334) 678-2815.
  • If alcoholic beverages are applied for, applicant must have the Board of Commissioners approval. Application is initiated with the ABC Board, telephone (334) 792-9155, and applies to the sale of alcoholic beverages both on and off premise. Application is then filed in the City Clerk's Office, Room 213 of the Roy Driggers Municipal Building (Civic Center), telephone (334) 615-3160.
  • Businesses in the building or construction industry, in addition to obtaining a City of Dothan Privilege License, must also obtain construction permits from the Building Inspection Department. For more information concerning construction permits, call (334) 615-4450.

More Information
If you have any questions or need more information, please contact our License Office, either by:
U.S. Mail City of Dothan
Business License Division
P. O. Box 2128
Dothan, AL 36302 
Ph:  (334) 615-3163 or (334) 615-3165

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