FAQ

    1.  How many sets of plans are required for construction?
    2.  What is the time frame when submitting plans for obtaining a building permit?
    3.  Is a contractor required to be certified by the contractor's board to do commercial construction?
    4.  How is an inspection requested with the City of Oxford?
    5.  What type of inspections are required for construction?
    6.  When is a City of Oxford business license required?
    7.  Does the City have an ordinance to control high weeds and grass?
    8.  Does the City of Oxford have an ordinance concerning abandoned and junk vehicles?
    9.  When is a building permit required?
    10.  How can I determine if a parcel is in the City limits of Oxford?
    11.  Who do you need to call prior to your electric inspection?
    12.  Who do I call to set up my gas service?
    13.  Who do I call to establish phone service?
    14.  Who do I call concerning water and sewer?
    15.  Who do I contact concerning addressing for the City of Oxford?
    16.  What do residential contracts require?
    17.  What is required of plumbing contractors?
    18.  What is required of Electrical contractors?
    19.  How do I contact my local Home Builders Association?
    20.  How can I find out if a Home Builder is licensed?
    21.  Have you have been a victim of home repair fraud?
    22.  How can I find out if any complaints have been filed against a builder?
    23.  How do I find out if I live in the city limits?
 
    Q.  How many sets of plans are required for construction?
    A. 

One (1) set of complete drawings for residential. Two (2) sets of complete, stamped, drawings for commercial. Preferably one (1) set on CD or emailed as PDF for our use and one (1) paper set for the jobsite.



    Q.  What is the time frame when submitting plans for obtaining a building permit?
    A. 

It takes approximately 2 weeks.



    Q.  Is a contractor required to be certified by the contractor's board to do commercial construction?
    A. 

Yes, this is a state requirement. Commercial contracts over $50,000.00 require State of Alabama General Contractors License 800-356-6361 or visit their website at http://www.genconbd.state.al.us/

 



    Q.  How is an inspection requested with the City of Oxford?
    A. 

To set up an inspection call  (256) 831-9685. When requesting an inspection provide the permit number and address along with a contact number. The inspector will call if there are any questions concerning the inspection.



    Q.  What type of inspections are required for construction?
    A. 

Footings/ Slabs "before concrete is placed"
Temporary power pole
Framing "carpenter work"
Plumbing, Mechanical, & Electrical "Rough-in"
Plumbing, Mechanical, Electrical & Building "final inspection"
Permanent Power
Certificate of Occupancy


 

 



    Q.  When is a City of Oxford business license required?
    A. 

A business license is required by any person or other entity prior to starting any service or activity in the City of Oxford.



    Q.  Does the City have an ordinance to control high weeds and grass?
    A. 

Yes, to request a copy of this ordinance please call (256) 831-9685.



    Q.  Does the City of Oxford have an ordinance concerning abandoned and junk vehicles?
    A. 

Yes, to request a copy of this ordinance please call (256) 831-9685



    Q.  When is a building permit required?
    A. 

Any repair, alteration,addition, fences, outdoor storage buildings, pools, decks, carports, etc. that has a value of $500.00 or more requires a building permit.  Permits are required prior to doing work.



    Q.  How can I determine if a parcel is in the City limits of Oxford?
    A. 

You can contact the Building Services Office at (256) 831-9685.



    Q.  Who do you need to call prior to your electric inspection?
    A. 

You need to call Alabama power company at (256) 231-3754 prior to setting up your Temp. Pole inspection or Perm. Power inspection.Make sure you have an application on file with them before calling for an inspection.



    Q.  Who do I call to set up my gas service?
    A.  Alabama Gas Company (256) 236-2532

    Q.  Who do I call to establish phone service?
    A. 

Bellsouth for residential service (888) 757-6500 
Bellsouth for business service (866) 620-6000



    Q.  Who do I call concerning water and sewer?
    A.  Oxford Water Department (256)831-5618

    Q.  Who do I contact concerning addressing for the City of Oxford?
    A.  The 911 office handles all of Oxfords addresses (256)237-9119 Ext. 214

    Q.  What do residential contracts require?
    A.  Residential contracts over $10,000.00 require State of Alabama Home Builders License 800-304-0853 or visit their website at http://www.hblb.state.al.us/index2.htm


    Q.  What is required of plumbing contractors?
    A. 

Plumbing contractors must have State Plumbing Card and $5,000 Surety bond. You can also visit The Alabama Plumbers and Gas Fitters examining board at their website http://www.aecb.state.al.us/



    Q.  What is required of Electrical contractors?
    A. 

Electrical contractors must have State Electrical Card and $5,000 surety bond. You can also visit The Alabama Electrical Contractors Board website http://www.aecb.state.al.us/



    Q.  How do I contact my local Home Builders Association?
    A.  Contact the Home Builders Association of Alabama (800) 745-4222  or at their website

http://www.hbaa.org/




    Q.  How can I find out if a Home Builder is licensed?
    A.  Contact the Home Builders Licensure Board (800) 304-0853 or their website is

http://www.hblb.state.al.us/



    Q.  Have you have been a victim of home repair fraud?
    A. 

Contact the Attorney General's Consumer Hotline at (800) 392-5658 or at their website

http://www.ago.state.al.us/



    Q.  How can I find out if any complaints have been filed against a builder?
    A.  Contact the Better Business Bureau at (800) 824-5274 or at their website

http://www.bbb.org/



    Q.  How do I find out if I live in the city limits?
    A. 
You can contact the Building Services Department with your address and we can determine whether or not you are located within the city limits.