2018 International Building Codes

The City of Tucson is adopting the 2018 International Building Code and associated standards. The Tucson/Pima County Joint Code Committee has met each month during 2017 to discuss the changes in the building codes since the 2012 editions currently adopted. Recommendations will be taken to Mayor & Council during the September 5th Study Session. If you would like to receive periodic updates to the code adoption, please send an email to Angie.Ruiz@tucsonaz.gov 


PDSD Policy for WCF - Director's Decision Letters for Equipment Swap-outs

Effective March 19th 2018, the following will be applicable to Wireless Commnication Facilities (WCF) equipment swap-outs for previously approved special exceptions applications.

Applicants are no longer required to apply for a Director's Decision Letter for equipment swap-outs that meet the following threshold for a no substantial change:

Remote Video Inspections

Have you considered remote video inspections?

The City of Tucson Planning & Development Services offers inspection services via Skype or FaceTime for the following activities:

Rooftop Solar Installations

Electrical Service Upgrades

Electrical Reconnects

Gas Line Installations

Water Heater Installations

DATE CHANGED: Mayor and Council Public Hearing for the Sign Code Revision Project Changed to December 5, 2017

Due to concerns that have arisen related to the proximity of November 21st to the Thanksgiving holiday, the date scheduled for the Mayor and Council Public Hearing to review the Sign Code Revision Project has been moved to December 5, 2017, at or after 5:30PM in the Mayor and Council Chambers of City Hall, 255 West Alameda, Tucson, AZ.   This was done to ensure everyone who would like to speak to this item has a chance.

Remote Video Inspections

The City of Tucson is now performing remote video inspections via Skype.

A limited selection of permit types are now eligible to participate in the remote video inspection program including:

  • Rooftop Solar Installations
  • Electrical Service Upgrades
  • Electrical Reconnects
  • Water Heater Installations
  • Gas Line Installations

For more information on how to prepare for a remote video inspection, please click here

Schedule an Appointment

Scheduling an appointment is now easier than ever. The Planning & Development Services organizational chart has been updated with links to common contacts. Simply click on a division and send an email to request an appointment. Don't forget to indicate the nature of the request so we can ensure you're meeting with the best contact. You can also schedule an appointment with our Permit Counter, Records, and Remote Video Inspection (Skype required).

PDSD Org Chart

Construction Start Times

Noise Ordinance

City Code 16-31(b)(5) prohibits construction noise between the hours of 8:00 p.m. through sunrise Mondays through Saturdays, and at any time on Sundays and legal holidays (Persons may engage in such activities at that person's own residence between 9:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. on Sundays or legal holidays).

If you have a construction project, please be courteous of your neighbors. The ordinance may be viewed online at the following link

Walk-in Permit Counter Hours

Starting on January 9th, 2017 Planning & Development Services will have new service hours for the Permit Counter. Walk through services at the Permit Counter will end at 2 p.m. daily. However, there will be a limited number of appointments available after this time. An online service will soon be available to schedule these appointments.