Administration works to support the various municipal departments and provide a smooth base of operations. Led by the City Manager (Gary Brinkley), Arkadelphia’s goal is to provide a professional level of service for residents within our fiscal boundaries. 

Located on the second floor of Town Hall, we strive to make Arkadelphia a great place to live, work and play! Contact us at 870.246.9864 if we can ever be of any assistance to you, your family or your business.


Animal Control

Arkadelphia Animal Control is a subset of Arkadelphia’s Sanitation Department. The department strives to reunite missing pets with their family, and find permanent homes for stray dogs found in our city.

Animal Control is also responsible for responding to and handling nuisance animals (raccoons, opossums, etc.) in the interest of pulic safety. 

Residents with questions or concerns can contact Animal Control at 870.260.4079.

Arkadelphia Animal Control is a municipally-owned and operated animal shelter facility with a focus on public safety.  We make every effort to offer animals for adoption, but we do have the policy to euthanize in place set by City of Arkadelphia ordinance, enacted by-election in 1970. 

If you would like to adopt an animal from us, please fill out the form below and submit it to our Animal Control Officer.  If there is a particular animal you are interested in adopting, please let the Animal Control Officer know ahead of time.

Animal Adoption Form

We strive to save every pet, and are always looking for foster families. Fostering a pet is a great way to provide a comfortable environment for an animal while they are waiting to be adopted into their permanent home.  If you are interested in fostering a pet, please submit the Foster Volunteer Form for our Animal Control Officer to review.

Animal Foster Form

Pets are a huge commitment for every family, and we understand that sometimes, it’s just not possible to keep a pet. We gladly offer a “Animal Surrender” program. By surrendering your pet to us, they will be provided food, water and shelter while they wait on finding their fur-ever home. If you are unable to continue caring for your pet, we ask you please utilize this service rather than dropping them off on the side of the road.

Owner Surrender Form

Arkadelphia Animal Control loans out live traps to deal with nuisance animals (raccoons, opossums, feral cats, etc.).  There is no fee to borrow a trap, just complete the application form and submit it to the Animal Control Officer, and you may borrow a trap if one is available.  We only provide the trap, you are responsible for removing the nuisance animal once it has been trapped.

Live Trap Loan Agreement

The City of Arkadelphia requires those living within city limits who own a pit bull breed, must register their dog with the city.

Click the link below to view our policy.

Pitbull Restrictions


Building & Code Enforcement

The Building Department administers and enforces regulatory codes and ordinances to protect the citizens of Arkadelphia from health and building hazards.  This is done through the issuance of permits for all types of work involved in the construction or repair of any structure, and the enforcement of all codes for building, fire, electrical, gas, plumbing, mechanical, and housing.

Planning Commission & Zoning Adjustments

Next Meeting: Thursday, February 9, 2023 @ 5:30 p.m.

Mobile Food Vendor

For approval to operate a food truck within city limits the Building Department will need the following documents:

Mobile Vendor Ordinance

Gray Water Disposal Letter (Permission from Dump Site)

Letter from the Arkansas Department of Health

Mobile Food Vendor Permit

Sales Tax Permit

Stormwater Pollution Awareness

Stormwater is water that comes from rain, ice or snow. Some of the water will soak into the ground or evaporate off our roads and sidewalks. However, most of it will runoff to another location. Stormwater becomes a concern during this process because the water will pick up pollutants that could cause serious damage to our waterways and wildlife.

So, what can we do to prevent this?

Understanding what stormwater is, where it travels and how you can limit pollutants is a great place to start!

Click here to learn about stormwater ponds.

Click here to learn about illicit discharge.

Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan

We are excited you chose Arkadelphia as the location of your new home or business, but we want you to go about it safely. In order to do that, you’ll need to create a Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan.

Take some time and review the following documents. Before you start your project, you will need your contractor to complete them and bring them to our offices at Town Hall.

Do you need a stormwater permit?

Does you site require a NPDES General Permit ARR150000?

Stormwater pollution prevention plan agreement.

Stormwater pollution control measure maintenance agreement.

Stormwater pollution prevention plan for small construction sites.

Contact Us

The Building Department is located on the first floor of Town Hall in suite 121. Hours of operation include:

Monday – Thursday 7:30 – 5:30
Friday 7:30 – 11:30
Saturday – Sunday CLOSED

To contact the Building Department, please call 870.246.1818.

Dexter B. Florence Memorial Field Airport

Dexter B. Florence Memorial Field is a city-owned, public-use airport located one nautical mile (2 km) south of the central business district of Arkadelphia.  The airport includes a 5,000-foot runway and a full-length taxiway.  Conventional and T-hangars are offered at the airport, along with self-service fuel.  The airport includes administrative and educational facilities that serves the Henderson State University Aviation program.

To learn more about Dexter B. Florence Memorial Field, call 870.246.8945.

Fire Department

The Arkadelphia Fire Department currently has 9 full-time firefighters who work on a regular 24-on-48-off schedule and 15 paid volunteers who report to the Fire Chief, Jason Hunt. In addition to fighting fires, AFD also conduct fire inspections, safety classes and car seat installations.

The City of Arkadelphia currently has an ISO rating of 4.


AFD adopted the 2012 Edition of the International Fire Code and code references are taken directly from that source.


Those wishing to perform controlled burns within city limits must apply for a burn permit. 


Completed applications can be dropped off at Fire Station 1 for review and approval. 

Did you know fireworks cause around 18,500 fires in the U.S. per year?

Fireworks also account for thousands of injuries and emergency room visits.

The best thing you can do is leave it to the professionals, but if you insist on setting them off yourself, be sure to follow our safety tips.


Christmas light safety information coming soon. 

AFD holds regular meeting sfor full-time and voluteer firefighets on the first and third Monday nights of each month. Meetings start at 6:30 and end at 8:30.

AFD is always accepting applications for those interested in joining the Fire Department.

Interested candidates will need to email a completed application to Chief Hunt, or drop off one at Fire Station 1.


In cases of emergency, call 9-1-1.

For non-emergency calls, the Fire Department can be reached at 870-246-9354.

Parks and Recreation

Arkadelphia Parks and Recreation strives to encourage healthy living by providing quality parks, open spaces and affordable recreational opportunities. The Parks and Rec team manages approximately 10 parks, trails and facilities within city limits, and offers a wide variety of programs, activies and events for the community. 

Keeping up with Parks and Rec has never been easier. Click the button below, create a Parks and Rec profile and download the app to stay up-to-date on the latest program offerings and family-fun events.


Monday – Thursday 6am – 9pm
Friday 6am – 8pm
Saturday 8am – 8pm
Sunday 1pm – 6pm

CONTACT US: 870.246.5499




The City of Arkadelphia Police Department is dedicated to serving and protecting the Arkadelphia community. APD is divided into five divisions which include Administration, Communications, Crime Investigation, Patrol Officers and Code Enforcement.

In cases of emergency, please call 9-1-1.

Otherwise, APD can be reached at 870.246.4545.


The administration division of the Arkadelphia Police Department consists of the Chief of Police, the Communications Supervisor, and one Administrative Clerk.

Criminial investigation (CID)

The Arkadelphia Police Department has two officers dedicated to Criminal Investigations.  CID handles all cases or incidents which require an investigation and include both felony and misdemeanor charges.


The Arkadelphia Police Department has four full-time dispatchers, and one part-time dispatcher all of which are trained on the National Crime Information Center and Arkansas Crime Information Center databases and equipment.  The Communications Supervisor serves in a multi-functional position supervising communications, assisting with the Police Department’s annual budget, maintaining records for all officers and dispatch activity statistics, supervising court dockets, and bond and fine intake..


In 2007, the Arkadelphia Board of Directors budgeted for a full-time code enforcement officer.  This officer enforces ordinances that govern issues such as dilapidated structures, signage, trash and debris, junk cars, high grass, and tall weeds.  In addition to these issues, he also assists with additional responsibilities for the Police Department.


The Arkadelphia Police Department has four shifts that make up the Patrol Division.  Each shift has one shift supervisor and three patrol officers.  This division is considered the eyes and ears of the department, handling the day-to-day incidents and calls that are the majority of the department’s activities.  The City of Arkadelphia also has two School Resource Officers.  Their primary function is to serve at Goza Middle School and Arkadelphia High School to ensure safety and security in our public schools..

Sanitation Department

The Sanitation Department handles the collection and disposal of all solid waste within the city limits, and the recycling of all acceptable materials. Residential trash pickup is conducted semi-weekly on Monday/Thursday or Tuesday/Friday. All garbage must be bagged and placed as close to the street as possible by 7:00 a.m. on the morning of pickup. Trash should not be put out the night before to ensure it is not torn open by animals. 

Click here to view the sanitaiton map. 


The recycling program is an easy way for residents to participate in city efforts to become a sustainable community. 

Interested residents will receive a free recycling bin to place eligible materials in.

Recycling pickup happens on Thursday and Friday of each week at a different time than trash pickup. Residents are asked to place recyclables next to trash or in the same area by 7:00 a.m. the day of pickup. 

Check the sanitation map to see when your recycables will be picked up. 

Recycling Requirements

  • Bins must have top on.
    • Bins left in open state will not be picked up. 
  • Bins must include accepted recyclables.
    • Bins including non-recyclables will not be picked up. 

Recyclable Items

  • Aluminum cans
  • Junk mail
  • Newspaper
  • Office paper
  • Pasteboard (cereal boxes)
  • Cardboard (pizza boxes)

Non-Recyclable Items

  • Plastics
  • Steel cans (dog/cat food, canned goos)
  • Aluminum Foil
  • Tissue or paper towels
  • Styrofoam

Residential trash pickup is conducted semi-weekly on Monday/Thursday or Tuesday/Friday according to location. 

Click here to view the sanitation map. 


Large item pickup is available upon request for residents living within city limits.

Large item pickups are not scheduled for any specific time. On Monday morning, all requests from the previous week are gathered and placed in a route. Residents are asked to place their items on the curb by 7:00 a.m. on the Monday following their request.

Large Item Pickup Requirements 

  • Large items should be placed away from power lines, limbs, fire hydrants, gas meters, mailboxes and/or any structure that could be damaged.
  • Large items should be stacked in a neat pile or piles.
  • Battiers, paint, shingles, railroad cross ties, asbestos materials and/or household trash are NOT included in large item pickup.
  • Commerical customers are allowed one large item pickup per quarter.

Large Items Eligible For Scheduled Pickup

  • Couches
  • Mattresses
  • Furniture
  • Wood
  • Building materials
  • Brush/limbs

Cut Tree Policy 

  • No trunks, logs or spoils from timber/tree removal.
  • Tree trunk, stump, and spoils from tree removal are to pay a fee at a rate set at a minimum of $75.00 per truck trip to the site plus landfill fees.
    • $25.75 per ton or $44.00 per ton if paper products are mixed with the debris.

Residents with large amounts of household trash not considered to be large items can rent a mobile dumpster. 

Rental Requirements

  • Renter will not throw rocks, dirt, shingles, paint, tires or battiers into dumpster. 
  • Renter will not overload dumpster. 
  • Rental will not have items hanging off side of dumpster. 
  • Renter will leave dumpster in driveway, or on street close to curb.
    • Dumpsters are not allowed to be set in yards. 

Rental Expectations

  • Dumpsters are delivered Monday afternoon and picked up the following Monday.
  • Dumpsters cost $20 per week.
  • Renters who need extra dumps will be charged a $20 per dump fee. 

To schedule a dumpster delivery, please call 870.246.5863.



The Sanitation Department’s hours of operation are Monday – Friday from 7:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. 

To contact the Sanitation Department directly, please call 870.246.1803. 

Street Department

The Arkadelphia Street Department strives to maintain and improve our city streets, sidewalks and traffic control. Grounds Maintenance is a division of the Street Department, and is responsible for the upkeep of the City’s parks, street right-of-ways and other city-owned property. 

Department Activities

  • Street overlays
  • Street repair and maintenance
  • Curb and gutter construction
  • Maintenance of right-of-ways
  • Storm drain and open ditch maintenance
  • Street, crossing, and parking painting
  • Street sweeping
  • Traffic signal maintenance
  • Motor vehicle maintenance

Residents can contact the Street Department by calling 870.246.1802.

Payment Options

Online Bill Pay

Payment Window:
7:30 AM – 4:45 PM, Monday – Thursday
7:30 AM – 10:45 AM, Friday

Mailing Address:
Arkadelphia Water Utilities
P.O. Box 495
Arkadelphia, AR 71923

Hours of Operation:

Office Hours:
7:30 AM – 5:30 PM, Monday – Thursday
7:30 AM – 11:30 AM, Friday

Night Deposit:
Open 24/7, the 1st – 20th of each month, and closes at 5:30 PM on the 21st of each month.

After Hours Phone:

Water Department

Arkadelphia Water & Wastewater Utilities is a municipally owned, customer-oriented organization providing water and wastewater service for its customers in an economical, reliable way and consistently meeting or exceeding industry standards and practices. We provide water to Caddo Valley, Gum Springs, Country Water Facilities, and River Valley Water Facilities.

Your Annual Drinking Water Quality Report:

Copies are available upon request from the Arkadelphia Water Department.

Contact the Water Deparment by calling 870.246.5863.

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