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Codes, Permits, Ordinances


One great advantage to doing business in El Dorado and Union County is the time it takes to complete the permit process. It generally only takes around 7 days!


Whether you are looking to build a new facility or renovate an existing structure inside El Dorado city limits, a permit will be required for most work.


Permits are required for the following work on any property:

  • Demolition
  • Construction (New and Remodel)
  • Renovation (excluding paint and flooring)
  • HVAC Systems
  • Electrical Systems
  • Plumbing Systems
  • Signs, Awnings, and Fences


Permits require documented cost estimate for the total project. Additional information may be required including but not limited to:

  • Survey of the property
  • Approved plumbing plans by the Arkansas Department of Health Division of Plumbing
  • Certified Architect Plans


All work must be performed by a licensed contractor when required by state law. All Contractors must be licensed with the City of El Dorado.


The City has adopted the Arkansas Fire Prevention Code. Building projects and renovations must comply with this statewide code, even in rural and unincorporated areas.  The El Dorado Fire Department is responsible for approving permits, compliance inspections, and issuing a Certificate of Occupancy once the project is completed. Contact the Fire Marshal’s Division for guidance on code requirements:


If you are looking to build outside El Dorado city limits, you do not have to have a building permit nor a business license. The state fire marshal’s office should be contacted in unincorporated areas concerning compliance with the Arkansas Fire Prevention Code.


For more information contact:


Permit Requirements

City of El Dorado

Debbie Stinson
City Hall
P.O. Box 2170
El Dorado, AR 71731
Office: (870) 863-4244
Fax: (870) 881-4164


Fire and Building Code Requirements

Fire Marshal

El Dorado Fire Department

Office: (870) 881-4855
Fax: (870) 881-4856
204 North West Avenue 
El Dorado, AR 71730


Plumbing and Electrical Code Requirements

City Inspector

City Hall
P.O. Box 2170
El Dorado, AR 71731
Office: (870) 863-4244
Fax: (870) 881-4164

Application For Occupation or Privilege License
City Collector 
City Hall
P.O. Box 2170
El Dorado, AR 71731
Office: (870) 881-4867
Fax: (870) 881-4164




Here are a few resources to help you get started:

City of El Dorado Directory - Contact Information

Building Permit Application

Occupation or Privilege License

El Dorado Zoning Map

El Dorado Zoning Codes

El Dorado Sign Ordinance

El Dorado Industrial District Covenants

El Dorado Advertising & Promotion Commission Request Form

Article VII. Occupational Licenses


Historic District forms:

Application for a Certificate of Appropriateness

Commission Application Process

Current Historical Buildings

Historic District Ordinance 1685

Historic District Design Review Guidelines

Commercial Historic District Map


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