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Permit Requirements
A permit is required on new construction, alterations, or additions and all electrical and plumbing work, as per Section 14-5, Chapter 14 of the City Ordinance. A permit is NOT required for painting or replacing floor covering regardless of valuation. Permits can be waived by the Building Official for minor repairs under $1,000.00 (non-structural). Accessory structures, portable buildings, and fences require permits for placement on property. If you are not sure whether or not you need a permit, please contact Permits & Inspections at (334) 615-4450.

A permit may be obtained by the property owner through owner's privilege if they are doing the work themselves, otherwise it must be obtained by a contractor licensed to work in the City of Dothan.  A licensed contractor may designate representatives to obtain permits under his/her license by completing an Affidavit which will be kept on file in the Permits & Inspections office.  The affidavit must be renewed each year.    

Permits must be obtained in person at the Permits & Inspections office. Our office is located in Room 315 of the Roy Driggers Municipal Building (Dothan Civic Center) at 126 N Saint Andrews Street, Dothan, Alabama 36303. Permit applications are processed Monday through Friday from 7:00am until 4:15pm. Payment may be made by cash, check, Visa, or MasterCard. An additional 1.6% convenience fee is added to the permit fee for credit card transactions.

Permit fees are based on the Fee Schedule approved by the City Commission.

How do I apply for a permit?
  1. Complete the Permit Application for the type of project you plan to do.
  2. Take the completed application to the Permits & Inspection office, located in Room 315 of the Roy Driggers Municipal Building (Dothan Civic Center) at 126 N Saint Andrews Street, Dothan, Alabama 36303. Permit applications are processed Monday through Friday from 7:00am until 4:15pm.
  3. A Permits & Inspection Service Technician will assist you in obtaining the permit.


The following guides are available for detailed instructions:

How to pass an Energy Conservation Inspection (It is MANDATORY that all new structures meet the requirements of the State of Alabama Energy Code, which became effective October 1, 2012.)

How to obtain a Commercial Building Permit
Commercial Submittal Package

How to obtain a Residential Building Permit
Residential Homeowner's Construction Package (for a homeowner building a home for personal use)

How to obtain Commercial or Residential Utility Services

Manufactured Home Setup Procedures


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