Code Enforcement

Property, Housing, Zoning, Signs, Debris and other Code Violations

The City of Tucson’s Code Enforcement Division is responsible for enforcing property maintenance codes throughout Tucson.  These codes ensure owners maintain their property which helps to protect citizens’ health, safety and welfare.  Code Enforcement has a direct impact on preserving the livability and property values of Tucson’s neighborhoods by enforcing the following regulations:

  • Chapter 16 of the City Code,  the Neighborhood Preservation Ordinance (NPO)
  • Chapter 3 of the City Code, the Sign Code
  • Portions of the Unified Development Code, formerly known as the Land Use Code

View the NPO  

Appeal Forms

Administrative Conference Appeal of a Re-inspection Fee 
Appeal of NOV for Tucson Code, Chapter 16

NPO - Proposed Code Change Survey Results

Recently we contacted active neighborhood associations and interested citizens to request participation in a survey. This survey addressed two proposed code changes for the Neighborhood Preservation Ordinance that are still being reviewed - large vehicles (excluding RVs) parked on a residential property and yard sale restrictions. This survey was shared with many others and we received 454 responses. We appreciate everyone's participation. Based on these results plus the responses we received at two meetings, we will be presenting the outcome to the council at a future Study Session.

View the Proposed Code Change Survey Results

Code Compliance Issues

Common Violations Brochure

Code Enforcement Information

Code Enforcement Presentation

Below are some examples of issues that Code Enforcement is responsible for investigating.

Exterior Property Issues

  • Excessive residential storage
  • Excessive vegetation and/or weeds
  • Junk motor vehicles
  • Illegal Dumping
  • Trash, debris
  • Dilapidated buildings and/or structures
  • General building maintenance
  • Dilapidated fence or accessory building
  • Peeling exterior paint, more than 50% of the building
  • Vacant, unsecured, boarded structure
  • Unsecured pools and spas

Interior Property Issues (Occupant may be required to meet with a code enforcement inspector)

  • Unsanitary Conditions
  • Lack of utilities, heating, or cooling
  • Inoperable plumbing
  • Pests, cockroaches, rodents
  • Unsafe interior and living conditions
  • Electrical violations


  • Construction work without permits
  • Prohibited Signs
  • Excessive yard sales
  • Hazardous building modifications
  • Home occupations illegal to the zone
  • Peddler violations
  • Non-conforming setbacks
  • Zoning violations
  • Objects in the right-of-way
  • Grading of desert landscape
  • Lack of certificate of occupancy

Contact Us

If you suspect a Property and Housing violation within the City limits you can use any of the following options to submit a report to the Code Enforcement Division.

Use the new 24 hour/7 days a week service: Report a Complaint Online

  • We will respond back to your concern with an activity number if we are able to open a case for inspection.
  • To track the progress of the case enter the activity number here: Inspection Results

Phone (520) 791-5843 on Monday-Friday from 9:30 AM to 4 PM.

Fax: (520) 791-2513 - Use the mail-in/fax form: Complaint Form 

Mailing Address: 201 N. Stone Ave., Tucson, AZ 85701 - Use the mail-in/fax form: Complaint Form