Building Department


The City of Petal Building Department is located at 101 West Eighth Avenue, Petal, MS 39465. Our telephone number is (601) 544-6048. Building Department director is Amy Heath.


The primary objective of the City of Petal Building Department is to protect the public’s life, health, safety and welfare. We endeavor to provide responsive and efficient services to the public by becoming more professional in our inspections through the continued education and training of our personnel.


The City of Petal Building Department services the public in several areas, including:


  • Building Inspections and Permits

  • Code Enforcement

  • Planning Commission

  • Electrical and Plumbing Boards


Building Inspections and Permits


The Building Inspector performs all building, electrical, plumbing and heating and air inspections, to ensure that development is in accordance with the City’s building codes. Inspections are scheduled through the Building Department office, as well as consultations on particular projects. The Building Inspector also issues building permits, approves all building site plans (commercial and residential), sign permits, tree permits, dumpster permits, and other miscellaneous permits. Permit applications may be obtained and submitted at the Building Department office. You may contact the Building Official by calling the office phone number listed above or by email at the following email address:


Code Enforcement


Community appearance is a vitally important aspect of civic pride, as is health and safety, which contributes to the preservation and enhancement of the environmental quality of our City, as well as stimulation of our economy. The Code Enforcement Officers continuously inspect properties for a range of violations including abandoned vehicles, abandoned buildings, dilapidated buildings, overgrown lots, and trash, litter and debris.


Planning Commission


The Planning Commission provides consultation to citizens on zoning matters, as well as makes recommendations to the Board of Aldermen with regard to land use and development. The Commission is comprised of members who are appointed by the Mayor and Board of Aldermen.


The Planning Commission meets on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at 6 p.m.


Electrical/Mechanical and Plumbing Boards


The Electrical/Mechanical and Plumbing Boards exist to ensure that contractors working within the City are qualified tradesmen. The Boards grade exams and review transfer applications for licenses. The Electrical/Mechanical Board meets on the last Monday of each month at 5:00 p.m. The Plumbing Board meets on the second Wednesday of each month at 5:00 p.m.


Building Permit Requirements



  • Complete State Residential Builders law form

  • Plot Plan ( show location of house, drives, drainage, etc.)

  • Contruction Plans

  • Name, address, phone numbers of all contractors (general, plumbing, electrical, and HVAC).




A copy of your application for water service MUST be supplied to the Building Department before your building permit can be issued!


**Elevation Certificates are required if property is in a flood zone!



  • Plot Plans

  • Construction Plans

  • Mississippi Materials Purchase Certficate for Construction exceeding $10,000 (Owner construction not subject to)

  • State Contractor’s License for private projects over $100,000 and/or 7,500 sq. ft. and/or more than 2 stories

  • Construction plans to have official seal of architecture or engineer for the following: A. All group A, E and I occupancies. B. Structures 5,000 sq. ft or more. For all other sturctures, the submittal shall bear the certification of the applicant that some specific state law exception permits its preparation by a person not so registered.


**Elevation Certificates are required if property is in a flood zone!


  • Within the City requires a permit from this office.

  • This permit must be with the boring/digging crew in the event a City employee request to see it.

  • An 811 locate must obtained before boring/digging inside the City.



Building Permits and Code Enforcement
Amy Heath
Phone: (601) 544-6048