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A City of Dothan building permit is not required if you live outside the city limits of Dothan. However, a building permit may be required by the county or township/municipality the property is located in. Be sure to check with those entities to determine if there are any permit requirements.
If you are unsure whether or not the property is within the city limits of Dothan, please call the Permits & Inspections office at (334) 615-4450 for verification.
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A permit may be obtained by either the property owner, doing his/her own work, or a contractor licensed to work in the City of Dothan.
Permits must be obtained in person at the Permits & Inspections office, located in Room 315 of the Dothan Civic Center at 126 N Saint Andrews Street. Permit applications are processed Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Payments may be made by cash, check, Visa, or MasterCard. Credit card transactions are assessed an additional 1.6% convenience fee. Credit card payments are not accepted by phone.
Contractors may establish an escrow account in order to submit certain types of permit applications by fax or email. Contact Permits & Inspections at (334) 615-4450 for more information on this option.
Permit requirements do not change if a homeowner is doing the work instead of a contractor. A permit is required on new construction, alterations, or additions and all electrical and plumbing work, per Section 14-5 of the City Code. Accessory structures, portable buildings, and fences also require permits.
A permit is not required for painting, replacing floor covering, or replacing cabinets. Permits may be waived by the Building Official for minor, non-structural repairs valued under $1,000.00.
Please call Permits & Inspections at (334) 615-4450 for clarification on whether or not a permit is required.
The Dothan Police Department issues home alarm permits. Please visit https://www.dothanpd.org/safety/home-alarm-permit/ for more information.