Development & Permits

City of Tucson Planning & Development Services reviews plans for residential and commercial construction and signs in order to issue permits for the work intended. Each of the links below gives information about the different types of reviews.

Limited services are now available for electronic submissions. Online Permits

View currently adopted standards at All Codes.

View a list of the items that do NOT need permits at Work Exempt From Permit.

Request Modifications and Appeals to the Building Code.

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

Permit Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

View the handout to obtain review by Pima County for projects involving ADEQ/RWRD sewers, on-site wastewater treatment facilities and public water systems. The applicant is responsible to obtain review by Pima County.

Preparing Your Plans for a Development Package Permit

CDRC/Tuesday Pre-Submittal (No application, only informal round table discussion with site plan) - Tuesdays @ 1:30 pm in 2nd Floor Conference Room, sign up sheet posted at 1:00 pm on 1st Floor Counter.

Checklist for Minor Development Changes to Existing Commercial/Industrial Site

CDRC/Thursday Pre-Submittal Application (PDF) - Thursdays @ 1:30 pm in 2nd Floor Conference Room, sign up sheet posted at 1:00 pm on 1st Floor Counter.

Development Package Application (PDF)

Development Package Submittal Requirements (PDF)

Development Package Stamp (PDF File) (JPEG) (DWG)

Submittal Layout (PDF)

Regulatory Bill of Rights (PDF)

Preparing your Site/Landscaping Plan:

A development package is used to demonstrate how a project site will be developed. The required plans in a development package are the site, landscape and native plant preservation (NPP) plans. If a concurrent review is desired, the development package may include all site related reviews such as grading, storm water pollution prevention plan (SWPPP), and a flood plain use permit.

Preparing your Tentative Plat:

A tentative plat is a graphic representation of a proposed subdivision, including supporting data, designed and prepared in accordance with the subdivision provisions of Article 8, any other local applicable regulation, and state statute. A tentative plat is the same as a preliminary plat as defined in state statute.

Preparing your 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 a tentative plat is required, prepared in accordance with the subdivision provisions of Article 8, any other local applicable regulations, and state stature.

Amendment to Trust - Third Party Trust (Doc)

Third Party Trust Assurance Agreement (Doc)

Third Party Trust Substitute Assurance Agreement (Doc)

Completion/Performance Bond Assurance Agreement (Doc)

Escrow Account Assurance Agreement (Doc)

Letter of Credit Assurance Agreement (Doc)

Preparing Your Plans for a Floodplain Use Permit

FEMA Floodplain Information

Preparing Your Plans for a Grading Permit

Permits for grading with bond information.

Preparing Your Plans for a Building Permit

All commercial permits require a licensed contractor. All commercial structural permits require a licensed architect or engineer. If you do not find the answers to your questions here, please feel free to look under FAQ’S or contact us. All plans require a minimum of 3/32” type.

Building Permit Application (PDF)

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

Commercial Permits - Permits for tenant improvements, certificate of occupancy, new buildings, etc.

Tent and Membrane Structures - Permits for temporary shade structures including Gem Show tents.

Special Events - Tucson Fire Department has helpful information regarding special event safety requirements

Self Certification Program for Design Professionals - This program allows a registered design professional to certify that plans prepared by them meet the requirements of all applicable building codes.  It allows the building owner and project designer the opportunity to evaluate the risks involved and elect to self certify projects within the scope of the policy or use our traditional plan review services.

Water & Energy Conservation - The City of Tucson has made these two elements of significant concern by adopting a few ordinances to ensure sustainable potential in the future.

Preparing Your Plans for a Sign Permit

Permits for wall signs, freestanding signs, banners etc.