Building Department

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 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.

Building Department
740 North Main Street
Arab, Alabama 35016
Phone: (256) 586-5968
Fax: (256) 586-9711

Dameon Pittenger, Building Inspector
Email
Dameon Pittenger
Kim Johnson, Assistant to Inspector
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Office Hours:
Monday – Friday
7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 

The City of Arab uses:
2005 NEC Electrical Code
2006 ICC Building Codes

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

Inspections Required

  • Footing Inspection (prior to concrete)
  • Rough-In Framing
  • Electrical and Plumbing
  • Final Inspection

All contractors and/or sub-contractors are responsible for calling to schedule inspections. A 24-hour notice is REQUIRED.

Construction Value “Slide Scale”

  • Less than $2,500.00:

No fee unless inspection required, in which case a $25.00 fee for each inspection shall be charged

  • $2,501.00 to $50,000.00:

$25.00 for the first $2,500.00, plus $5.00 for each additional thousand or fraction thereof, up to and including $50,000.00

  • $50,001.00 to $100,000.00:

$260.00 for the first $50,000.00, plus $4.00 for each additional thousand or fraction thereof, up to and including $100,000.00

  • $100,001.00 to $500,000.00:

$460.00 for the first $100,000.00, plus $3.00 for each additional thousand or fraction thereof, up to and including $500,000.00

  • $500,001.00 and up:

$1,660.00 for the first $500,000.00, plus $2.00 for each additional thousand or fraction thereof

Other Permits

Sign Permit:  

For all non-illuminated sign permits, the fee shall be $50.00.

For all illuminated sign permits, the fee shall be $75.00.

Swimming Pool:

For all pool permits, the fee shall be $50.00.

Moving Fee:

For the moving of any building or structure, the fee shall be $100.00.

Demolition Fee:

For the demolition of any building or structure, the fee shall be:

Penalties:

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.

Arab City Hall

LOCATION
740 North Main Street
Arab, Alabama 35016

OFFICE HOURS
Monday - Friday
7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

CONTACT
Phone (256) 586-3544
Fax (256) 586-9711

Mission Statement

The City of Arab has a mission to foster and sustain a living environment that cultivates progressive awareness and the acceptance of diverse cultural differences, while maintaining a wholesome family atmosphere.

The mission also includes an improved quality of life through economic growth and development, continuously seeking ways to increase revenues, and the ongoing expansion of local Infrastructure.