Apply for a Permit

 


Use the NEW Online Building Permit Application to apply and submit for a building permit*.
This online form will be used in place of the hard copy permit application document.

 

*Please Note: Development Packages, Residential Model Plans, Permits off of Model Plans, Special Applications, and Entitlement applications will continue to use the File Drop located here.


Review these step-by-step instructions on how to apply for a building permit


City of Tucson Planning & Development Services reviews plans for residential and commercial construction before issuing permits for the work intended.

Each of the sections below provides information about the materials required for different permit types.

Getting Started

Make sure your plans comply with currently adopted standards by reviewing All Codes.

View Frequently Asked Permit Questions (FAQ)

All building permit application materials should be submitted using the new Online Building Permit Application. *Please Note: Development Packages and Residential Model Plans will continue to use the File Drop located here. Please review the instructions on how to submit via File Drop.

Fee Schedule and how to pay fees online

Information for Development Professionals – resources for design professionals and registered contractors

 

Building Permits

There are two basic types of building permits:

Residential Permits - Permits for one- & two-family dwellings, additions, garages, porches, electrical reconnects, gas lines, air conditioning

Commercial Permits - Permits for tenant improvements, certificate of occupancy, new multifamily and commercial buildings

Plan Check / Permit Extension Request Form - Due to COVID-19, all active permits will receive 180-day extensions upon written request.

View items that do NOT need permits at Building Permit Exemptions.

 

Development Package or Land Division/Subdivision

The City Development Review Committee (CDRC) reviews development packages and applications for land division/subdivision. The CDRC is composed of agencies that regulate land use per Administrative Manual (AM) Section 3-01. Questions, contact CDRC@tucsonaz.gov.

Review Types

Development package can include the following types of review: site/tentative plat, landscape, native plant preservation (npp), water harvesting, grading, private road paving, storm water pollution preservation plan (swppp), flood plain use permit, environmental resource report (err), and flexible lot development (fld). A development package is a construction document used to demonstrate how a project site will be developed to comply with the Unified Development Code (UDC), any other local applicable regulations, and state statute.

  • Format and content requirements can be found in AM Section 2-06 [see submittal requirements].
  • Timeframe can be found in AM Section 3-02. First submittal review up to 20 working days and repeats for re-submittal until approvable.
  • Fees for review and permit can be found in AM Section 4-01 .2 (tech and archive), .5.5 (grading and swppp), & .17 (site and landscape) or .20 (tentative plat).
  • Revision to an active development package issued a permit, can be made to applicable sheets with cloud and delta, this includes field changes and as-builts. Provide a revision letter of the sheet numbers and changes.

Land division/subdivision is one of the following types of review: land split, lot reconfiguration, block plat, condominium, minor subdivision, or final plat. A final plat is a survey document suitable for recordation of all or part of a subdivision substantially conforming to an approved tentative plat (if required) prepared in accordance with UDC Article 8, any other local applicable regulations, and state statute. A final plat is recorded after approval by Mayor & Council.

  • Format and content requirements can be found in AM Section 2-07 (2-08 for land split).
  • Timeframe can be found in AM Section 3-02. First submittal review up to 20 working days and repeats for re-submittal until approvable.
  • Fees for review can be found in AM Section 4-01.20 ($82.50 for land split) and .2 (tech and archive). Additional fees are required for apartments being converted into condominiums of $100 per unit per resolution #20473, along with elevations, floor plans, & cross sections.
  • Release (partial or final) of assurance or substitution of assurance to a recorded subdivision can be viewed in UDC Article 8.6.2 and AM Section 2-09. Email a complete and acceptable Assurance Release Request (PDF) or Assurance Agreement (Doc) to subdividsionlotrelease@tucsonaz.gov. Fee for substitution of assurance can be found in AM Section 4-01.4 (assurances).

CDRC Pre-Submittal Meetings 

Prior to submitting for a Development Package or Land Division, applicants are welcome to attend a pre-submittal meeting with the City Development Review Committee (CDRC). This is an informal meeting that typically includes City staff from Planning and Development Services, Transportation and Mobility, Fire, and Water. Other reviewers may be included, as needed, such as the City’s Design Professional, Historic Preservation Officer, and Economic Initiatives staff. Please note, pre-submittal meeting attendance is required prior to formal submittal for a block plat, minor subdivision and special districts application.  

Meetings are currently held every Thursday afternoon via virtual meetings (Microsoft Teams). Conference call instructions are emailed to all attendees before their meeting.  

To be placed on a CDRC Pre-Submittal schedule, upload the following online at https://www.tucsonaz.gov/pdsd-filedrop select Submission Type "Development Package or Land Division" at least TWO Mondays prior to Thursday (if Monday is a Holiday, then Tuesday @ 9:00 am). You may submit documents any day of the week.  

  1. Thursday Pre-Submittal Meeting Application (PDF) 

  1. Plan set (one compiled PDF) 

  1. List of specific questions or topics you wish to discuss at the meeting 

  1. Reports of drainage, geotechnical, soils, environmental resource, traffic impact, title, CC&Rs, or assurance agreement (as applicable) 

  1. Conditions of rezoning, annexation, special exception, overlay, modification, or variance (if applicable) 

  1. Last approved site plan or supplemental floor/elevation/site plan exhibit (if applicable) 

  1. Decision letters from director, zoning administrator, or design review committee (if applicable) 

  1. If opting into a special district (IID, UOD) also include: brief project scope, relevant design and historic preservation information 

After receipt of materials, City staff will contact the applicant (within 1-2 days) to confirm the meeting time and provide an activity number. Comments are entered in the City system and available to review by an activity number to search on www.tucsonaz.gov/pro. Please note, the quality of the review will be directly related to the quality and level of detail of the documents and information provided by the applicant. Comments will be reviewed with applicant at the meeting and are finalized by reviewers by 5:00 pm on the Monday following the meeting. 

Please note, if your project is located within a special district, Infill Incentive District (IID) or Urban Overlay Zone (UOD), the required special district pre-application meeting will be combined with a CDRC pre-submittal meeting. Please make sure to include relevant additional materials listed above and also select the special district on your Pre-Submittal Meeting application. 

 

Submittal

Apply to obtain review and approval for:

  1. Upload the following online at https://www.tucsonaz.gov/pdsd-filedrop (no checklist needed): application
  • plan set (one compiled PDF)
  • reports of drainage, geotechnical, soils, environmental resource, traffic impact, title, cc&rs, or assurance agreement (as applicable)
  • conditions of rezoning, annexation, special exception, overlay, modification, or variance (if applicable)
  • last approved site plan or supplemental floor/elevation/site plan exhibit (if applicable)
  • decision letters from director, zoning administrator, or design review committee (if applicable)
  1. Receive email within 5 working days acknowledging the application is complete and under review by an activity number to search on www.tucsonaz.gov/pro. Over the counter review is available--be sure to upload and receive an email prior to visiting. Staff will review the files on the computer with you.
  2. Pay the invoiced fees at the permit counter or mail a check prior to completion of the first substantive review.

Floodplain Use Permits

FEMA Floodplain Information

Grading Permits

Permits for grading with bond information.

Sign Permits

Permits for wall signs, freestanding signs, banners etc.

Modifications and Appeals

Request Modifications and Appeals to the Building Code.

Request Modifications and Variances to the Zoning Code, Dimensional Standard, Development Standard, Parking Design, Technical Standard, etc.

Please Note

Applicant is responsible for obtaining review and approval by Pima County for projects involving ADEQ/RWRD sewers, on-site wastewater treatment facilities and public water systems.

The granting of a City permit does not exempt the applicant from complying with any HOA's CC&Rs or any other private deed restrictions associated with the property; and the issuance of this permit is not in any way an indication that the work/project complies with any HOA's CC&Rs or any other private deed restrictions associated with the property.