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, April 6, 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.

Economic Development

 Arkadelphia is open for business!

Located in the foothills of the Ouachita Mountains, Arkadelphia is home to:

  • 10,380 residents
  • Two, four-year colleges
  • An abundance of natrual resources
  • Perfectly situated along Intersate 30
    • One hour north of Texarkana, Texas
    • One hour south of Little Rock, Arkansas

Arkadelphia is growing, and we want you to be part of it! If you are interested in establishing your business here, please contact us at 870.246.9864, or email Arkadelphia City Clerk Samantha Roybal, for more information.

Arkadelphia Regional Economic Development Alliance and Area Chamber of Commerce

Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center

Tax ID Number / Employer Identification Number (EIN)

To register or incorporate a state trademark, you must contact the Arkansas Secretary of State’s Office.  There is a one-time $50.00 filing fee, and a minimum $150.00 franchise fee annually.  To file for incorporation contact:

Secretary of State’s Office

Business/Commerical Services Division

1401 West Capitol Ave, Suite 250

Little Rock, AR




A permit to sell alcoholic beverages is based on seating capacity.  Restaurants with a seating capacity of 0-99 seats is $500.00 annually.

Restaurants with a seating capacity exceeding 100 is $1,000 annually.

Additionally, 10% of all alcohol sales must be paid to the City of Arkadelphia.


Beer/Wine only sales – Code B – $20.00 per year with an additional $5 per $1,000 of revenue from alcohol sales exceeding $2,000.

Beer/Wine and Liquor – Code A – $425.00 per year with an additional $5 per $1,000 of revenue from alcohol sales  exceeding $2,000.


To obtain a Liquor License you must complete an application and submit it to:

Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control

5515 West 7th Street Suite 503

Little Rock, AR 72201


Additionally, to obtain a permit, applicants must attend a 4-hour educational seminar that is provided by the Alcoholic Beverages Control Division (ABC).  These seminars are provided twice monthly.  Permit fees range from $0 to $1,000.00, an additional federal occupational tax of approximately $250.00.  City taxes on selling alcohol depends on if your business is retail or a restaurant.  Restaurant alcohol taxes depend on the seating capacity of your facility, while retail is based on sales.  If a retail business is new and doesn’t have a sales record to base their sales on, taxes will start at no less than $15.00 and it is determined on annual sales after that point.  Annual sales are recorded from July 1st to June 30th of the following year.


Businesses in Arkadelphia are not required to obtain an occupation tax permit. However, there are a few things you should before you start your business building journey. Below, you will find some guidelines the City of Arkadelphia and the State of Arkansas requires you to follow. 


To obtain your Arkansas Sales Tax Number Contact the State of Arkansas Sales Tax Office.

Department of Finance and Administration
7th and Wolfe Streets, Room 211
Little Rock, AR 72202
Phone: (501)682-2242

New businesses must complete an application for withholding taxes for employees (form AR4ER).  Applicants should include their Federal ID Number with the application.  Forms are available online at or by contacting:

Arkansas Finance and Administration Withholding Tax Branch:

Ledbetter Building
1816 West 7th Street, Room 1380, Little Rock, AR 72201

Mailing Address for W2s:
P.O. BOx 8055, Little Rock, AR, 72203

Mailing Address for Payments:

P.O. Box 9941, Little Rock, AR 72203
Phone: (501)682-7290

A $50.00 non-refundable fee is required of all Arkansas vendors on a retail or wholesale basis.  The Application form, “Application for Arkansas Business Permit” is available online, at the link below or Applications may be obtained by contacting:

State of Arkansas Sales and Use Tax Section Ledbetter Building
1816 West 7th Street, Suite 1330 Little Rock, AR 72201

Mailing Address: P.O. Box 1272, Little Rock, AR 72203

Phone Number: (501)683-7104

State of Arkansas: 6.5%
City of Arkadelphia: 2.0%
Clark County: 1.5%
Total: 10.0%



Arkansas Licenses both commercial and residential contractors.  To apply for the license to work on construction projects, contact:

State of Arkansas Contractors’ Licensing Board

4100 Richards Rd.

North Little Rock, AR 72117


To apply for  an Electrician’s License contact:

Arkansas Board of Electrical Examiners

10421 West Markham

Little Rock, AR 72117



To practice plumbing work outside of your own property (residence or agriculture building), you must have a license by the State of Arkansas.  To apply for a license contact:

Arkansas Department of Health-Plumbing and Natural Gas Section; Division of Protective Health Codes

4815 West Markham Slot 24

Little Rock, AR 72201


Massage Therapy

To apply for a massage therapy license contact:

Arkansas State Board of Massage Therapy

101 East Capitol Ave. Suite 206

P.O. Box 2019

Little Rock, AR 72201 (501)683-1448


Arkansas law requires all businesses to assess their Business Personal Property each year between January 1 and May 31.  Assessments are now available to complete online at or if you would like to assess by completing the Commercial Personal Property Assessment Form, please contact the Assessor’s office at 870-246-4431.


People that are looking for property to establish their business should speak with the City of Arkadelphia, Building Department, contact information is included below.  For those wanting to rezone existing property they must go before the City of Arkadelphia Planning Commission.  This can be coordinated by the City of Arkadelphia Building Department.

City of Arkadelphia, Building Department
700 Clay Street, Arkadelphia, AR 71923

Phone: (870)246-1818

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