The Planning and Development Department is responsible for regulating residential and commercial development activity and land use within the unincorporated areas of Maricopa County. The value and safety of your structure rely heavily on obtaining a building permit prior to construction; a building permit is your reassurance that your building plans, as well as the structure you build, will be inspected for minimum code safety.
Please Note: Your project may need to consider land conditions affecting the drainage systems and patterns of the area in which you wish to build. For information about drainage regulations and requirements, please refer to the Drainage Review page.
The Planning and Development Department is striving to provide as many of its services online as possible to benefit our customers by providing valuable time and cost savings, as well as improving our environment through reductions in paper use and travel requirements – and this includes the ability to submit your permit application online. Please see the Electronic Document Review page for more information on electronic permitting and view the EDR guides, tutorials and applications.
All plan sets submitted on paper will need to be folded prior to acceptance at the Intake Counter. This will assist with our efforts to provide our customers with timely turnaround services by allowing our review staff to focus on the plan details.
All plan sets of 30 pages or less are to be folded, not exceeding approximately 9" x 12" in size, and with the title block (or bottom right portion) facing up. Plan sets of over 30 pages may be submitted as rolled plans. Please see the below step-by-step guide for properly folding plans (30 pages or less).
Planning and Development has a number of programs to assist customers with proceeding quickly through the permitting process and reducing costs wherever possible. Learn more about Fast Track, Permit By Inspector, Annual Facilities Permit, and Standard Plans on our Featured Permitting Solutions page.
You may not realize how connected the permitting departments of Maricopa County really are. There are easy-to-follow instructions and resources for first-timers or those looking for more guidance on their project: