Codes & Plans


General Plan

Plan Tucson, the City of Tucson General & Sustainability Plan, was ratified by voters at the November 5, 2013 General Election. The General Plan documents our City’s goals and aspirations for the future and guides development and policy.

2001 General Plan

Building Codes

The City of Tucson has adopted the 2018 International Building Codes with local amendments. The codes are updated periodically to reflect the latest standards of life-safety and construction technology. The following items can be viewed in the Building Codes web page:

  • Local Amendments to the Building Codes
  • Code Modification Appeal to the Building Official
  • Policy Documents
  • City of Tucson/Pima County Outdoor Lighting Code
  • Water and Energy Conservation

Zoning Codes

The Unified Development Code & Supporting Documents – the Administrative Manual and the Technical Standards Manual – went into effect on January 2, 2013. These documents replaced the Land Use Code, Development Standards, and the development review procedures in Chapter 23A of the Tucson Code. The following items can be viewed in the Zoning Codes web page:

Unified Development Code (UDC) - Administrative Manual (AM) - Technical Standards Manual (TSM)

Engineering Codes

Engineering Regulatory Documents - Below is a list of documents used in plan review that are helpful for applicants to refer to when preparing plans for engineering review.

On January 5, 2021, Mayor and Council approved amendments to the Technical Standards Manual related to the Design Standards for Stormwater Detention and Retention.

  • The changes made to the Technical Standards Manuel may be located here.  
  • The new amendments to go into effect on June 1, 2021, now reference the most recent manual adopted in June 2014 located here

Plan Documents

Information about the following items can be viewed on the Plan Documents web page:

Other Information