Project Types and 2020 Forms

A transition from the 2001/2006 Forms to the 2020 Forms began on January 1, 2020 and ended on July 31, 2020. All projects with Agreements Between Owner and Architect (O/A Agreements) dated August 1, 2020 or later must use the 2020 Forms. Pre-2020 Forms for such projects will not be accepted. 2020 Forms may be used for any project with O/A Agreements dated earlier than August 1, 2020.

O/A Agreement, Amendment, Construction Contract and Change Order signature spaces vary depending on a project owner's type and funding.

The following new DCM Forms will be available by the end of August 2020: Contractor's Affidavit of Payment of Debts and Claims, Consent of Surety to Final Payment, and Contractor's Affidavit of Release of Claims and Liens.


The following documents no longer need to be submitted separately or stated in Special Provisions because they have been incorporated into the 2020 Form B-2A Standard Articles of the Agreement and the 2020 Form C-8 General Conditions to the Contract: B-2A-A Waivers of Subrogation, C-8B Waivers of Subrogation, C-8S Supplement to the General Conditions of the Contract, Statement of Compliance with Act 2011-535 re Alabama Immigration Law, and Statement of Compliance with Act 2016-312 re Alabama Boycott Law. Those documents are now automatically part of Agreements and Contracts.

Plan Review Submittals

  • All project types and funding: A completed B-1: Transmittal form must be included with each submittal of plans and/or specifications.
  • One hardcopy of each submittal must be sent to the DCM office, with the following exception: if an entire submittal of addenda, ASI's or a response to a project comment letter does not include large-scale plans (larger than 11x17) and is not more than 25 pages total, such a submittal may be emailed to planreview@realproperty.alabama.gov, and the DCM office will print out the submittal for DCM's onsite reviewers.
  • Pdfs of all non-Schematic and non-Preliminary submittals must be included on a CD or jump drive with the hardcopy, or emailed to planreview@realproperty.alabama.gov. The pdfs must include the entire submittal such as the B-1 transmittal, drawings, any project manual, addenda or ASI narrative, COMcheck, response letter and the project comment letter to which it is responding. A non-Schematic or non-Preliminary review can commence following DCM's receipt of pdfs and any other required items.
  • All addenda and ASI’s are an integral part of the construction documents and must be submitted to DCM for review and approval upon publication. All narratives and supplemental drawings must be sealed by the project architect as required by the Board for Registration of Architects. Supplemental engineering drawings and/or specifications included with addenda must be sealed, signed and dated to comply with the State of Alabama Engineers Licensure Law, Administrative Code Chapter 330-X-11-.03(2).
  • For detailed Plan Review Submittal instructions see Manual of Procedures - Chapter 3: Submittal Requirements & Procedures for Plan Review.
  • Plan Review Fee payment information is available on the User Fees webpage.

User Fees Calculation Worksheets


For Reference


PDF Forms/Security

DCM’s pdf documents work best when opened with the most recent version of the free Adobe Acrobat Reader and when opened from a user's device instead of on an internet browser. First download a pdf from the DCM website onto your computer, then open the pdf from your computer and use the document (fillable pdf fields may not work/save correctly when opened and used on an internet browser). After entering data into fillable fields, users can perform a File>Save function onto their computers or storage devices, then re-open and re-edit the document. Users may also wish to lock fillable-field text before forwarding a document for signature. Such users can perform a File>Print function, then select Printer>Adobe PDF, select Print, then on the Save PDF File As screen that may be minimized on the taskbar: select the save location and change the document name if preferred to keep both editable and non-editable versions. As a further precaution you may then set a password to be required for edits by selecting File>Properties>Security. Please note that locking text into a flattened .pdf and setting a password is not a guarantee against edits by other users with pdf-editing and password-stripping software.