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. Accessory structures, portable buildings, and fences require permits for placement on the property. Call the Permits and Inspections office at (334) 615-4450 to determine if a permit is required for your project.

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 and Inspections office. The affidavit must be renewed each year.

Permit fees are based on the Fee Schedule (PDF) approved by the City Commission. Payment may be made by cash, check, Visa, or MasterCard. 

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 and Inspection office, located in Room 315 of the Roy Driggers Municipal Building (Dothan Civic Center) at 126 North Saint Andrews Street, Dothan, Alabama 36303. Permit applications are processed Monday through Friday from 8:00 am until 4:00 pm.
  3. A Permits and Inspection Service Technician will assist you in obtaining the permit.

The following guides are available for detailed instructions: 

  1. Building Inspection Services

    Physical Address
    126 N Saint Andrews Street
    Dothan, AL 36303

    Mailing Address
    P.O. Box 2128
    Dothan, AL 36302

    Office Hours 
    Monday through Friday 
    8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

    Customer Service Hours
    Monday through Friday 
    8 a.m. to 4 p.m.