Frequently Asked Questions
What is available from PDSD Records?
The following public records are all available on microfiche, in paper format, or through Property Research Online (PRO):
- Building permits from the mid-1950's to current
- Commercial Building plans from the mid-1950's to current
- Residential plans from the mid-1950's to current
- Certificate of Occupancy
- Plot plans for houses in residential subdivisions
More historic records are being added to Property Research Online (PRO) continually.
What is not available?
- Information on property outside the Tucson City limits, built on or in the Pima County before city annexation.
- Public buildings such as State, Federal, and City owned property that are exempt based on Homeland Security laws.
- Sewer information - Pima County Wastewater Management operates the sewer system in the metropolitan Tucson area, including the City of Tucson. For information, call (520) 724-6500.
- Septic Information - Pima County Department of Environmental Quality is the authority on septic systems. For information, call (520) 724-3340.
- Current Ownership - check with the Pima County Assessor’s Office at (520) 724-8630.
- Square Footage - For the square footage legally on record check with the Pima County Assessor’s Office at (520) 724-8369.
What do I need to be able to get records information?
You will need the exact property site address or activity (permit) number to search on Property Research Online (PRO) or for PDSD Records to find information.
How can I obtain copies of records?
Most copies of records from 2006 to the present are available on Property Research Online (PRO), free of charge.
If you can't find record information on PRO, PDSD Records staff will assist you with the use of the microfilm viewers and making copies of paper documents you may wish to have copied in our office during business hours. A complete and signed release form is required for any copies being requested and along with the fee for copies. See fees for copies in the table below.
What are fees for copies?
|Record Format||Copy Format||Price|
| $1.10 for first copy (any size)
$0.27 for additional paper copies
|Microfiche copies** 8 1/2 x 11||Paper||$1.65 per page|
|Microfiche copies** 11 x 17||Paper||$2.20 per page|
|Property Research Online (PRO)||Digital||Free|
*Copies from paper files limited to 20 copies per request.
**Copies from microfiche files limited to 10 per day.
Cash, check, and credit card are accepted by the cashier.
PDSD Records staff will instruct customers on how to use the viewers but cannot perform research for you.
What do my house plans show?
House plans provide information related to the foundation, framing, electricity, plumbing, and heating/air conditioning.
What if the City doesn't have my house plans on file?
The owner should contact the original builder to request copies through them. If you do not know who your original builder was, PDSD Records staff may be able to provide this information.
Are some records not available to the public?
How do I determine if there are any building code violations?
Building code violations can be found on Property Research Online (PRO) by searching the property address or activity (permit) number.
If you cannot find the building code violation information on PRO, contact City of Tucson Code Enforcement.
I lost my plans, how do I get copies made for the jobsite?
You will need the exact property site address or activity (permit) number to search on Property Research Online (PRO) to find a copy of the plans. If plans are not available on PRO then PDSD Records staff will produce a jobsite copy of the plans of your project for a fee during business hours.
Contact Us and Hours
PDSD Records is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Public Works Building located at 201 North Stone Avenue, Tucson, AZ 85701.
PDSD Records can be contacted at (520) 791-5550.