Building Permits

Building permits are required to erect, enlarge, alter, demolish, or repair a structure in the City of Arab. This includes everything from garages to commercial construction, signs and additions. The current codes in effect are the Southern Building, Gas, Mechanical, Plumbing, Fire Prevention, and the National Electrical Code.

Building Permit Fees

A building permit is required for all construction with a value in excess of $2,500.00, or (regardless of the construction value) if plumbing, electrical, or structural work requiring an inspection is involved in the project. Owners or contractors proposing construction projects should consult with the Building Department to determine if a permit is required. For single-family residential construction, value is determined at $50.00 per square heated floor area and $25.00 per square ft. of un-heated floor area. Industrial, commercial, multi-family and other construction permit fees are based on the actual contract bid, plus all applicable engineering fees. Once construction value has been determined, the permit fee is calculated according to the “slide scale” listed below.

Construction Industry Craft Training (CICT) Fees

As of October 1, 2016, The State of Alabama Department of Finance mandated the CICT program and it is to be funded from any county, city, or other political subdivision of the state that issues non-residential construction building permits. The fee shall be equal to one dollar ($1.00) for every one thousand dollars ($1000.00) of construction authorized. This Fee applies to Commercial Building Permits Only and will be in addition to the building permit fee.

Building Permit Requirements

  • Zoning Verification
  • Site Plan
  • Drainage Plan
  • Building Plans, stamped by a registered architect or engineer (if required)
  • Copy of Contractor's License
  • Business License

Currently, the City of Arab uses:
2005 NEC Electrical Code
2006 ICC Building Codes

Inspections Required

All contractors and/or sub-contractors are responsible for calling for inspections. To avoid delays, a 24-hour notice is required for scheduling inspections.

Construction Value "Slide Scale"

Demolition Fee:

For the demolition of any building or structure, the fee shall be:
0 to 100,000 cubic feet $50.00
100,000 cubic feet and over $.50/1,000 cubic feet


Where work for which a permit is required by this code schedule is started or proceeded prior to obtaining said permit, the fees herein specified shall be doubled, but the payment of such double fee shall not relieve any persons from fully complying with the requirements of this code in the execution neither of the work nor from any other penalties prescribed herein.

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Arab Building Permit Application
Arab Sign Permit Application
Subdivision Regulations