Residential Construction is defined as any construction that is not considered commercial in nature. The value, safety, and code compliance of your structure is heavily dependent on obtaining a building permit prior to construction or installation. You may submit for your Residential permit online by following the steps listed below.
Know what type of permit application you need to complete. Need help with this? Read the guide on application types.
Make sure you have your site plans. View a typical site plan example.
Know what other required documents you'll need to provide. These are listed on the permit applications, provided in step 2.
Have your contact information, owner & property information handy. Look up your parcel number for property information.
Make sure your documents meet all requirements. See Document Guidelines and Check Your PDFs Before Submitting.
Know your project's upfront fees (if any), and get an estimate for your project's permitting cost.
Fill Out the Application.
The applications are listed by category. Select the one that's right for your project. Don't see the application you're looking for? View all permits or call (602) 506-3301.
Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing & Solar
Fencing & Grading
Apply Online Using the Permit Tool.
Here you will either register as a first time user or sign in. The tool will walk you through a number of questions and prompts. You will be uploading the permit application you filled out, along with your required PDF documents and paying any upfront fees, if applicable.
The Maricopa County Planning and Development Department is responsible for regulating development activity and land use within the unincorporated areas of Maricopa County. Obtaining the necessary permits is the first step in ensuring your development activity is successful. There are several resources available to assist you with the permitting process.
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.
Visit our Permit Actions and Activities page to learn more about permit actions (such as cancellation and extension requests), permit modifications, and permit research request options for permits and parcels located within the unincorporated areas of Maricopa County.
Thinking about adding solar service to your residential property? There are different ways to apply for your permit, depending on which solar service you choose – Roof-Mounted Photovoltaic (PV) system or Ground-Mounted Photovoltaic (PV) system. Review our Go Solar for Residential Service page to determine which option works best for you.
Drainage Administration is one of the regulatory activities that the Planning and Development Department provides for the benefit of the residents of unincorporated Maricopa County to ensure compliance with County drainage regulations. Learn more about Drainage regulations, clearances, floodplains, and other resources on our Drainage Review page.
Fee schedules are structured to cover the cost of service and will vary widely depending on the type of project, valuation, and other unique elements related to a particular parcel / site. To assist you in determining approximate permitting costs associated with your project, review our Fee Schedule and Estimators page for fee information and estimator tools for construction permits filed with the Planning & Development Department.
For Residential projects, inspections are an important part of the approval process. To find out what type of inspection you need, this guide should help. If you're ready to schedule an inspection, please visit here Version OptionsResidential ConstructionGet Prepared.Fill Out the Application.Apply Online Using the Permit Tool.Headline.
The value, safety, and code compliance of your structure is heavily dependent on obtaining a building permit prior to construction or installation; a building permit is your reassurance that your building plans, as well as the structure you build, will be inspected for minimum code safety. For more information related to Compliance Inspections, grading and paving, manufactured housing, and signage, please visit our Additional Permit Information page.
Residential Use in Military High Noise or Accident Potential Zone:
New residential land uses are NOT permitted in the High Noise or Accident Potential Zone of a Military Airport (Luke Air Force Base) and Ancillary Military Facility (Luke Auxiliary Airfield Number 1 and Gila Bend Auxiliary Airfield). See if your parcel is in a high noise or accident potential zone by using PlanNet.
Other, non-residential uses, such as commercial or industrial may be authorized through a process that begins first with a pre-application meeting. Depending upon the site’s viability for such uses and the outcome of that meeting, you may be able to apply for a UCCD (Use Compatibility and Consistency Determination). Luke Air Force Base will consider the application and then determine whether the proposed use(s) is/are compatible and consistent with the High Noise or Accident Potential Zone of the Military Airport or Ancillary Military Facility. Should they determine that the use(s) is/are compatible, you may then apply for a Military Compatibility Permit - which is the entitlement of the property.
Please see the below documents for more information:
Please see Chapter 10, Section 1010 (PDF) of Maricopa County Zoning Ordinance for specific details on the High Noise or Accident Potential Zone.
Other uses (non-residential) should be proposed at a Pre-Application Meeting. See https://www.maricopa.gov/2206/Pre-Application-Meeting for more information about how to apply for a Pre-Application Meeting.
- Permit Process Overview (PDF)
- Residential Site Plan and Building Plan Checklist (PDF)
- Construction Plan Checklist (PDF)
- Typical Site Plan Example with Checklist (PDF)
- Submittal Matrix (PDF)
- Expired Permit Information (PDF)
- Inspection Information (PDF)
- Fast Track Program (PDF)
- Building Elevation Requirements (PDF)
- Attached Patio Carport Building Standards (PDF)
- Carport Enclosure Building Standards (PDF)
- Fence Details 2019 (PDF)
- Fence Details for Sun City and Sun City West (PDF)
- Permit Processing Change HB2443l Information (PDF)
- Pool Barrier Requirements
- Public Utility Easement Waiver (PDF)
- Standard Plans 2018-03
- Permit by Inspector Guidelines (PDF)
- Residential Inspection Guide
- Compliance for Final Acknowledgement Form (PDF)
Still Need Help?
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: