A permit is required to perform work on private property. Please refer to the exceptions for work that may be done without a permit. After a permit has been obtained, work may begin. Permit holders must have the work inspected prior to covering it up. For example, foundations must be inspected after the dirt is removed but before the concrete is poured.

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

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

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.

Walk-in Service Hours

Starting Monday, February 29, 2016, the 1st floor PDSD counter hours are as follows:

Walk-in Service Hours Monday – Friday

8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.          Information Desk, Permits Counter

8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.          Records (Effective 7/18/16)

8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.          Site Plan & Residential Building Counter Review

8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.          Commercial Building Counter Review

8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.          Fire Department Counter Review

Property Research Online (PRO)

PRO will no longer be "live" effective January 28th, 2016.  It will update twice a day at 12:30 pm and 7:30 pm.  Please be aware when searching PRO some information and recent activity will not be available until the next scheduled update. If you need immediate assistance concerning your inspection or plan review results please contact the Permit Counter at mailto:COTDSDPermits@Tucsonaz.gov or 520-791-5550.

Thank you for your patience.

New Building Permit Requirement

State law requires that all permitted work on commercial properties, residential rentals, and properties for sale must be done by a licensed contractor.

Effective December 1st, 2015, a letter from the licensed contractor stating their affiliation with the project must be provided to the Permit Counter prior to the issuance of the permit.  The letter must include: permit activity number, project address, contractor ROC, phone number and contact address. Letters may be emailed to COTDSDPermits@Tucsonaz.gov or faxed to 520-791-4475.