Featured Permitting Solutions
Every project is unique, but many fall into categories that enable us to streamline the permitting process, reduce timeframes or minimize requirements.Please read the various program outlines below to see if your project would benefit from one of them.
- Over the Counter
- Fast Track
- Online Submittals
- Permit By Inspector
- Expedited Program
- Annual Facilities Permit
- Standard Plans
Many projects can be reviewed and issued over the counter.
These are the Minor Non-Technical projects that do not need review by technical staff.
These projects include:
- Electrical Clearance Only - 200 Amps or Less
- Electrical Upgrade - 0 to 200 Amps
- Electrical Repair/Replace, Like for Like
- Electrical Panel of 200 Amps or Less, Outlets, Fixtures
- Plumbing - New Gas Line
- BBQ, Fireplace, Pit, Wok, Kiva, Pool/Spa Heater
- Propane - Less than 250 Gallon Propane Tank
- Mechanical - New Upgrade Ground Mounted Unit, A/C, Evaporative Cooler, HVAC
These projects may also be submitted online through the Online Permit Manager
The Fast Track program
This permitting option offers a more expedient review process for many simple projects. Those projects are ones that have no dominant zoning, environmental, drainage or floodplain concerns and can be processed the same day (while customers wait or return to the office later the same day). If the project would have originally been Fast Track eligible, modifications are also accepted with certain restrictions - please inquire. Please note that all upfront fees are non-refundable.
What permits are eligible for the Fast-Track option?
• Solar Water Heater with ground-mounted tank
• Gas Clearance – No Work Performed
• Plumbing Repair/Replace Like for Like (equipment, water line, sewer, gas line)
• Plumbing New Gas Line to BBQ, Fireplace, Fire Pit, Fire Wok, Kiva, Pool/Spa Heater
• Plumbing New Gas Line to serve 250 gallon or less propane or water tank (above or underground)
• Repair/Replace Like for Like, New or Upgraded ground-mounted A/C, Evap. Cooler, or HVAC
• Electrical Clearance ONLY (400 amps or less)
• Electrical Repair/Replace Like for Like (400 amp panel or less, outlets, fixtures)
• Electrical Service Upgrade / Service up to 400 amps
• Roof-Mounted PV System
• Patio Covers
• Attached Golf Cart Garage
• Attached Garage
• Attached Carport
• Covered Breezeway
• Propane or Water Tank 250 gallons or larger (above or underground)
• Fountain / Water Feature
• Mare Motel
• Storage Structure
• Ramada / Gazebo
• Sea Container
• Detached Garage
• Detached Shade Structure
• Enclose Carport / Convert to Garage
• Exterior Remodel
• New HVAC with Duct Work
Residential Pools, Spas, Fences:
• Custom, Standard Plan or Above Ground Pools and/or Spas (engineering can be accepted for these projects)
• Block, Rail, Wood, Wrought Iron Fencing
• Commercial Demolition
What would determine if a project is NOT eligible for the Fast-Track process?
• Engineered design and analysis is required – This does not apply to standard plan engineering
or engineering related to pre-fabricated products – Alumawood covers, Metals USA units, etc.
• Hillside property.
• Floodplain, floodway, or washes that will or may be impacted by the planned construction.
• Accessory or additions exceeding 1,000 sq. ft.
• Structures with walls over 10 ft. in height
• Projects involving electrical service greater than 400 amps.
• Projects increase the capacity of the onsite wastewater/septic system (if applicable).
• Projects in which ownership or parcel changes are still in progress or cannot be readily verified.
• Projects for a fence on a vacant lot that have no assigned address
What are the minimum plan requirements?
• The submittal requirements are 7 site plans and 3 sets of construction plans.
• If the project involves a fence, 4 fence details.
Special Note for properties on Septic: With the exception of a Roof-Mounted PV,
Fencing or Carport conversion to Garage (with no additional plumbing), the approved
septic site plan from Environmental Services must be verified in order to participate in
the Fast Track process. To speed the review, the applicant can provide the approved
Environmental Services site plan, but this is not required. If the approved septic cannot
be verified, the project will go through the standard review.
If the application involves increasing fixture count, usage, or capacity, the submittal
must be routed to Environmental Services for a technical review and would not qualify
for the Fast Track process.
When you submit a Fast Track permit you have several options for waiting or
Wait in the lobby for the permit to be reviewed:
When the permit is approved, Customer Service will call you to Station One to give you the issued permit or send you to the cashier to pay for any permit fees and then the cashier will issue the permit for you.
If it is determined that the project must be routed for standard review, you will be told
by the reviewer, so you do not have to wait any longer.
Return later the same day:
A contact phone number is required in case a reviewer has questions about the project
or you need to be notified that the permit must be routed for standard review.
Return the following day:
If you choose not to wait, you would check the status of the permit online as you would
any other. If you see a “Revisions Needed” status, then the permit would have been
routed for standard review and comments will be sent per our normal process. If the
permit is approved, you would be notified by Quality Control that the permit is ready for
If you do not return for the permit the same day and it is approved, it will still be ready for pick up at your convenience.
Note: If a submittal cannot be reviewed the same day due to unexpected circumstances,
staff will contact the applicant to advise as to the review time or any other pertinent
Our options for online submittals has greatly expanded!
Please check out our Electronic Document Review (EDR) information on the Online Services pages of the website where we have quick start guides, user guides and application packets, video tutorials and training opportunities.
PERMIT BY INSPECTOR PROGRAM
The Permit by Inspector Program (PBI) Opens a New Window. allows customers to obtain plan review services and permit approval at the construction site.
Residential remodels, carport enclosures & fire alterations
Commercial tenant improvements
RESIDENTIAL: INTERIOR REMODELS, CARPORT ENCLOSURES & FIRE ALTERATIONS
- Conventionally framed wood or masonry structures using structural elements as specified in the International Residential Code
- Single-story structures
- Gable or flat roof systems
- Remodels to existing spaces that do not exceed 2000 square feet and in which structural components are not removed or altered
COMMERCIAL: TENANT IMPROVEMENTS
- Less than 3,000 square feet
- No increase in square footage
- Interior space only
- Contractor already selected
- Must be on sewer if any change to plumbing fixture count
- Less than 20 occupants
- No work on any structural member spanning more than 20 feet
- Projects that require review by other disciplines or departments (such as hillside, grading and drainage or floodplain)
- Structures that require an engineered design (lateral and/or vertical analysis)
- Structures with walls greater than 10 feet in height
- Projects including the installation or alteration of a 400 amp or greater electric service
- Projects on septic that involve an increase in plumbing fixture count
- Projects that involve additional square footage
- Projects that involve a change of occupancy, such as to a group home, or to allow a home-based business
- As-built construction with an open violation case
THE PROJECT CANNOT:
- Require any site or civil approval
- Require a separate fire review
- Be an adult use, restaurant, medical or dental office, beauty salon, hazardous use, dog grooming facility or veterinary office, or change of use/occupancy
- Include a paint, spray booth
- Involve any deferred submittals or be part of a larger project
- Include structural alterations
- Be an AFP (Annual Facilities Program) facility
Information coming soon!
Information coming soon!
The Standard Plan process provides for unlimited permits based upon a particular construction plan for a one-time plan review fee. The plan, with limited options, may be used repeatedly during a three-year period (3 years).
A standard plan approval may be adopted for any type of building although the most common applications are for single-family residences, pools, spas, and accessory buildings.
A standard plan may be used anywhere in Maricopa County jurisdiction noting that the plan complies with all Zoning, Drainage and Building Codes.
The standard plans shall be prepared, signed and dated by a registered professional, this includes all sheets within the plans and calculations.
There shall be one Owner/Contractor of record per standard plan, and shall be licensed and registered with the Arizona Registrar of Contractors (AROC).
The Owner/Contractor of Record is the only one authorized to use the standard plan tracking number for a production permit.
For more information, please see our Standard Plan Directiive.