While still one of the more economically challenged states in the nation, Alabama has a number of important cities and economic centers. Alabama has a moderate number of business licenses and permits regulating a number of industries. However, Alabama's cities and counties also play a significant role in state business license and permit issuance.
In Alabama, an earthwork and paving contractor digs, moves, and places material forming the surface of the earth, other than water, in such a manner that a cut, fill, excavation, grade, trench, backfill, or tunnel (if incidental thereto) can be executed, including the use of explosives for these purposes. This classification includes the mixing, fabricating and placing of paving and any other surfacing materials.