Erosion and Sediment Control

Effective: July 1, 2018

One or Two Family Residential Construction the City requires:

  • Grading Permit Application
  • Fee check
  • Any other necessary permits or letters
  • Complete set of the Erosion and Sediment Control Plan. Unless the site is required to have an NPDES permit, these plans do not have to be done by a certified professional, but it is your obligation to ensure adequate control measures are used and maintained.

Commercial Construction and Grading the City requires:

  • Grading Permit Application
  • Fee check
  • Any other necessary permits or letters
    • Erosion and Siltation control bond based on the total disturbed area
    • Complete set of plans which include the Erosion and Sediment Control Plan (in a Phase I and Phase II format, only if necessary by the projects complexity)

Any site which uses structural BMP’s to address stormwater runoff must also apply for a Grading Permit.

More information about fees, how to fill out the permit, and what is required on the Erosion and Sediment Control Plan can be found in the Grading Permit Package. Those exempt from requiring a Grading Permit can be found in Erosion and Sediment Control Ordinance in Section 4.

pdfGrading Permit Package

pdfGrading Permit Application

pdfSite Clearing Activity Only Performance Bond

pdfSite Clearing Earthwork, Grading and other Site Activity Performance Bond

pdfSite Clearing Earthwork, Grading and other Site Activity Letter of Credit

pdfStandard Erosion Control Details for Residential Construction

Additional Information:

ADEM General Permit

Concrete Washout Disposal

FEMA has established an appeal process for communities and their residents where flood maps are being revised. Appeals must be completed within the established 90-day comment period and must be based on technical data.

All appeals must be submitted to the city to be included with official submission. The city will review and evaluate all appeals submitted. The city may choose to include valid appeals as a part of an official city submission. Regardless of whether the city submits an official appeal, all items received will be submitted to FEMA for further review.

The official comment period for the preliminary Autauga County and Elmore County FIRM's started on July 28, 2013 and ends on October 24, 2013. No appeals will be accepted by FEMA beyond the ending date. Appeals and comments to be considered as a part of a possible city submission should be forwarded to the Prattville Planning Department no later than September 27, 2013 at 5 p.m. to allow sufficient time evaluation by city staff. Appeals and comments should be addressed in writing to:

Prattville Planning Department
ATTN: Flood Map Appeals
102 West Main Street
Prattville, AL 36067

Below are links to additional resources regarding the appeals period and process. All questions may be addressed to the Prattville Planning Department at 334-595-0500, or .

Notice of Appeal Periodpdf

Newspaper Noticespdf 

Criteria for Appeals of Flood Insurance Rate Mapspdf 

How Do I Know If I Am Affected?

Included below is a map showing the floodways and SFHA's in the City of Prattville and the areas added and deleted from the regulated floodplain. You may zoom in on areas of the map by selecting one of the numbered sub-areas.

Complete preliminary maps and FIS's are available for review in the offices of the Prattville Planning Department. Planning Department staff members are available to review the maps and locate specific addresses.

Prattville Planning Department
102 West Main Street (City Hall Annex)
Prattville, AL 36067

Current and preliminary FIS's and FIRM's for Autauga and Elmore Counties are also available through the Alabama Office of Water Resources website.

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On March 27, 2013, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) provided preliminary Flood Insurance Studies (FIS) and Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRM) to the City of Prattville. These maps update the existing Autauga County maps last updated on June 16, 2009 and the Elmore County maps effective on July 18, 2011. After a required review and comment period, these maps are expected to become the official flood maps in early- to mid-2014. Based on the new maps, properties may have been added or removed from the Special Flood Hazard Area (SFHA), also commonly referred to the 100-year floodplain or A zones. Areas added to the SFHA will be managed under the city's Flood Prevention Ordinance following the effective date of the new maps. In addition, mortgaged properties in the newly designated SFHA will be required to obtain flood insurance after the effective date of the new maps. New maps will be finalized at the end of the required appeal period, which ends October 24, 2013. Additional information concerning the appeal period and process is available here.

Additional information concerning the National Flood Insurance Program and the City of Prattville's participation in the programs can be found at Floodplain Management.

How Do I Know If I Am Affected By the New Maps?

What If I Disagree With the New Maps?

The Alabama Emergency Management Agency and the National Weather Service have developed a flood warning system. Warnings will be disseminated by radio, TV, and weather radio. The flood warning system is intended to provide up to one-hour advance warning of a flood hazard. FLASH FLOOD WATCH  means the conditions are favorable for flash flooding in the watch area. FLASH FLOOD WARNING  means that flash flooding is imminent or has been reported in the warning area.

All residents residing near a flood hazard area should be concerned about flood events. Fast-moving flood waters, sometimes accompanied by logs and debris, can rise very rapidly. There are several actions you can take to lessen the danger of the flood hazard to your family and property, including:

  1. Know the flood warning procedures.
  2. Have an evacuation plan for yourself, your family and pets. Plan escape routes and strategies now before the flood occurs.
  3. During times of heavy rainfall, monitor the level of water in the drainage way. Stay tuned to radio and TV for possible flood watches and warnings.
  4. Evacuate the flood hazard area in times of impending flood or when advised to do so by the police or fire department.
  5. Do not attempt to cross a flooding stream on foot or by car.
  6. If your car stalls in high water abandon it immediately and seek higher ground.
  7. Keep children away from flood waters, ditches, culverts and storm drains.

Be especially cautious of flood hazards at night. Have a plan for safely returning to your flooded home or business. Documents and assistance are available from the Planning Department and Autauga County Emergency Management Agency concerning repairing your flooded structure.

The City of Prattville maintains its drainage ways on a continuous basis with regular inspections and cleaning at six month intervals. These inspections and cleaning facilitate the downstream movement of water. Please help us by keeping drainage areas free of debris that can choke the flow of water and ultimately lead to damage and loss of property. The dumping of leaves and grass into the storm drains and gutters is a violation of city ordinance. Section 46-66 of the Prattville Municipal Code prohibits the littering of drainage ways and imposes a fine of up to $500 for any violation. Suspected violations should be reported to the Planning Department.

There are various ways you can minimize the amount of damage or loss incurred as a result of flooding. These are called flood proofing or retrofitting and include such simple tasks as elevating a house above the level of any anticipated flooding. A number of methods for flood proofing your property are detailed in publications available from the Federal Emergency Management Agency or the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers. Many of these publications are available in the reference section of the Prattville Public Library or from the Prattville Planning Department.

Flooding is the most common natural disaster in the United States. Flooding can occur both during and after heavy storms or periods of extended heavy rainfall. While the City of Prattville annually maintains and upgrades drainage ways throughout the city, storm drains do not eliminate the flooding risk in areas near streams and drainage ways. Homeowner's insurance policies do not cover losses due to flooding. Prattville’s participation in the National Flood Insurance Program makes flood insurance available for any homeowner or renter in the city or county. Information about flood insurance may be obtained from your local insurance agent, by visiting, or by contacting the Planning Department. You do not have to live in a designated or regulated flood zone to purchase flood insurance. A thirty (30) day waiting period exist before a new flood insurance policy goes into effect. No flood losses will be covered during the waiting period.

Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requires the City of Prattville, as a public entity with more than 50 employees, designate an individual to oversee the city’s compliance with the ADA. The city’s ADA Coordinator is Lisa Thrash, Human Resources Director.  These responsibilities for compliance only apply to the City of Prattville programs, services and facilities. Questions regarding the City of Prattville’s compliance with the ADA should be directed to Mrs. Thrash at 334-595-0700 or .

Grievance Process

Also, in accordance with the ADA, the City of Prattville has an established grievance process . If you have a complaint or concern pertaining to access to a city service, program or facility, please contact Lisa Thrash at 334-595-0700 or .

ADA and Entities Other than the City of Prattville

Enforcement of the ADA is the responsibility of the U. S. Department of Justice, which may be contacted at

Many of the accessibility requirements of the ADA are duplicated by the city’s building code. If you have a question concerning accessibility to a place of business or assembly, you may contact the Code Enforcement Inspector at 334-595-0218.

Sidewalks and Curb Ramps

By Resolution 2009A-066, the Prattville City Council adopted the Pedestrian Facilities Transition Plan detailing the city’s policies for replacement and repair of curb ramps and sidewalks.

Pedestrian Facilities Transition Plan 

Curb Ramp Request Form 

Related Links:

Alabama Governor’s Office on Disability
ADA and Service Animals
American Association of People with Disabilities
Assistive Technology Resources
Disability, Federal Government Clearinghouse
National Council on Disability
U.S. Access Board
U.S. Department of Labor Office of Disability
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
U.S Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

Technical assistance and administrative support is provided the Prattville Planning Commission and Board of Zoning Adjustment.

Both boards are composed of citizens appointed by the Mayor and/or City Council.

The Planning Commission is responsible for zoning recommendations and subdivision approval.

The Board of Zoning Adjustment is responsible for the issuance of zoning variances and zoning uses on appeal.


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Over a period of time, many structures important to Prattville's history have been lost--some in the name of progress, some because of neglect and others because of vandalism. Among those are Daniel Pratt's home, mill village houses that Pratt furnished for his employees, and many other residences and buildings.

On September 10, 2002, some of the buildings Daniel Pratt built in the 1850s were completely destroyed by fire. These buildings had last housed Gurney Manufacturing, a textile business that manufactured cloth. The buildings had been unoccupied since 1997 when Gurney went out of business and a group of individuals interested in preserving the structures bought them. Fortunately, the historic buildings housing nearby Continental Gin Shop were unharmed.

Since the 1980s, there has been interest in preservation, refurbishing and revitalization of the historic district. Prattville is unique in the fact that during the time that other downtown areas were facing blight because of mass exoduses from the older areas to shopping malls and new residential subdivisions, Prattville has been able to maintain a viable business district surrounded by a residential area which contains a mix of age and economic groups in well-cared for dwellings.

Due in large part by the efforts of the Autauga County Heritage Association, the Daniel Pratt Historic District was accepted and has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 1984.

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New address creation and implementation is facilitated through Department of Planning and Development. For additional information, call (334) 595-0504 or email Shelby Hutcheson, GIS Coordinator.

Click to download a copy of the Address Request Form or visit the Department of Planning and Development at 102 West Main Street in the City Hall Annex in downtown Prattville. Address Request Forms are available at the front counter.

Once your completed form is received, a number will be assigned for the new address or addresses.*

Once the new address number is determined, Autauga County E911 will be notified. Autauga County E911 notifies all affiliated local government and utility agencies of the existence of the new address number(s).


*Steps taken to generate new addresses involve the use of geographic information files created through the use of Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI) GIS software. For further information, please contact Planning & Development at (334) 595-0504 or by email.

The Planning Department employs a geographic information systems coordinator. The GIS Coordinator collects and maintains all data important to the facilitation of several city departments and displays it in ways that assist in improved facilitation of local government and department endeavors. It is this coordinator's responsibility to provide the following:

  • Geographic and spatial distribution information to any city department in need of viewing their data on a map or in various other unique formats, as well as affiliated entities such as Engineering Firms, and Contractors.
  • Aerial photography and topographic information. Topography is the study of the Earths terrain and usually is better known for the representation of height above or below sea level.
  • Address range information based on street segments throughout Prattville and Autauga County to Emergency 911 for use in dispatch and location interpretation. Able to locate individual addresses by placing a computer generated dot on the plasma screen map display in the dispatch center indicating the origin of a call placed to 911. On all major roadways throughout Autauga County, able to represent specific location based on Global Positioning Systems (GPS) referenced mile markers.
  • Global Positioning Systems (GPS) referenced fire hydrants to aid the Fire Department their bi-annual hydrant test flow. This assists them by enabling fire fighters to keep better records, not leave one hydrant unaccounted for, and not have to wander aimlessly in search of a hydrant that may be covered by vegetation over-growth; or have been moved due to road construction.
  • Aerial photo interpretation to the Prattville Police Department through the use of GIS software. They can receive 2000 ft. radius maps centered around convicted sex offender residences to insure that these individuals that pose a threat to society are kept at a minimum legal distance limit away from all children’s facilities.
  • Geo-referenced scanned images of plats, blueprints, and architectural layouts displayed against a backdrop of various GIS files such as streets, and tax parcels, as well as aerial photography.

The following information can be obtained by the public from the Planning Department: aerial photography and topography of property, distance from specific landmarks, city council district and councilman information, location in relation to city limits, park location information, maps, data CD’s and DVD’s.

You can also visit the State of Alabama Geological Survey website. By entering “Prattville” in the search box on the webpage, you can view a map of the city of Prattville with updated street coverage and city limit area. The public can also access the GIS Coordinator’s metadata to view GIS information that is available for distribution.

For further information, please contact the GIS Coordinator, Shelby Hutcheson, at 

NOTICE: New Floodplain maps are being issued for Autauga and Elmore Counties, including the Prattville city limits. Additional information concerning these changes, effective dates, and an appeals period can be found here.

Since 1981, the City of Prattville has participated in the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) administered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Flooding hazards exists in areas adjacent to Prattville’s major watercourses such as the Alabama River, Autauga Creek, Fay Branch, Noland Creek, and Pine Creek, as well as their smaller tributaries. This page provides information concerning the flood hazards associated with Prattville’s drainage ways, the city’s floodplain management program and actions you can take to protect your life and property.


Flood Hazard Areas

The 100-year floodplain or Special Flood Hazard Area is an area defined by FEMA that has a 1% chance in any given year of being flooded. Smaller floods have a greater chance of occurring in any year and present a significant flood hazard to property near the stream's channel. Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRM) defining the floodplain are available for inspection in the Prattville Planning Department. Information available may also include depth of flooding above a building’s first floor, past flood events in the area and copies of elevation certificates on buildings in the floodplain built since 1987.

Development in Floodplain

Most development in the Special Flood Hazard Area requires a Floodplain Development Permit from the City of Prattville. Types of development requiring a permit include:

  • New residential construction or manufactured home installation.
  • New commercial or industrial construction.
  • Installation or replacement of electrical, gas, and heating and air appliances.
  • Substantial improvement of an existing structure. Substantially improved residential structures must be elevated to at least one foot above the base flood elevation. Commercial property may be flood-proofed or elevated to the one foot above base flood elevation.
  • Alterations to the natural terrain including filling or excavating and any modifications to drainage way or stream.

Please consult the Planning Department or the city’s Flood Damage Prevention Ordinance for complete information regarding development in the Special Flood Hazard Area. Applications for a Floodplain Development Permit are located on the Forms page.

Improper or unpermitted development in the floodplain should be reported to Planning Department immediately. Improper modifications or development in the floodplain may result in additional flooding hazards and property damage.

Additional Resources

Annual Floodplain Mailer – City of Prattville pdf

Federal Emergency Management Agency

FEMA Form 086-0-33 (Revised 7/15) – Flood Elevation Certificate

FEMA MT-1 Application/Instructions – LOMA/LOMR-F

FEMA MT-2 Application/Instructions – CLOMR/LOMR


The Code Enforcement Inspector is also tasked with the enforcement of the City's Zoning Ordinance, the Dilapidated Housing ordinance, and the enforcement of building permit requirements. The Code Enforcement Inspector also assists the Revenue Inspector and Police Department with matters relating to these issues.

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Any sign placed inside the city limits must be on the property where the sign is advertised. It must be at least ten feet from the curbing. It must not be on any State, Federal, County or City right-of-way and it must have a permit.

Any signage placed on any right-of-way will be removed by the city and disposed of at the landfill or recycled. Please help us keep our city clean by not placing any type of signage in the right-of-way.

For more information about sign regulations, please contact the Planning Department at 361-3613.

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The City of Prattville has many areas where water may collect and stagnate. The city's ordinance addresses all situations where water may collect and stagnate as well as with stagnant swimming pools.

The Code Inspector will issue a ten (10) day notice to the person in control of the property. If the person does not treat or remove the water within that time, an arrest warrant will be issued so that the person in control of the property will appear in court.

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Abandoned motor vehicles exist in two forms:

  1. Abandoned/non-operating vehicles on private property.
  2. Abandoned/non-operating vehicles on a roadway.

An abandoned/non-operating vehicle is one that does not have a current tag, has been wrecked, junked, no longer operates, or if it cannot be immediately driven legally upon the roadways of the State of Alabama.

The Planning Department deals with non-operating vehicles on private property by issuing the owner a ten day notice to remove the vehicle or to make the vehicle operable. If the vehicle is not made operable or removed within the ten days, an arrest warrant is issued so that the individual will appear in court.

Abandoned vehicles on the roadway will have a notice posted on the by the Planning or Police Department notifying the owner of vehicle that they must remove the vehicle from the street within seventy-two (72) hours or it will be removed by the city at the owner's expense.

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Weeded lots pose a constant problem for our city. It is unlawful for any person in charge or control over the property to allow weeds and grass to grow to a height exceeding eighteen (18) inches. The Planning Department deals with weeded lots in two ways:

  1. The person living at the address will be given a ten day notice to cut the property. If the property is not cut within that time, an arrest warrant is issued so that the person will appear before a judge and explain why the property is not being maintained.
  2. If the property owner, or persons in charge of the property, lives outside the area, the Planning Department must follow State Statute 11-67-60. This statute allows the city to go upon the property and cut it and assess the costs to the property tax bill. This process is very lengthy and takes months to complete.

    (Please note that both processes take time to achieve our desired outcome.)

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Mission Statement
The mission of the Planning Department is to manage changes to Prattville's physical and natural environments through the wise use of land, resources, and codes to ensure a high quality of life for present and future generations.


Under the guidance of the Mayor, City Council and Planning Commission, the Planning and Development Department is responsible for managing the physical development of the city. Through the enforcement of city codes, the department enhances the beauty of the community and protects the health and safety of its citizens.


Legal Advertisements Updates: Effective February 2022: 

The Montgomery Advertiser has advised that they will no longer be printing the Saturday edition. There is no price difference on the days that legal advertisements are run. Therefore, the City will start posting our legal advertisements in the Sunday editions of the paper starting with the next advertisement scheduled for Sunday, February 6th.


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Contact Info:
City Hall Annex
102 West Main Street
Prattville, AL 36067


8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Monday - Friday


City Planner:
Scott Stephens