Residential Permits

Permits Required

A permit and inspections are required for most residential projects including porches, additions, and equipment such as air conditioners and water heaters. If new work is performed such as replacement of gas piping, a plan may be necessary to obtain the permit.

It is the homeowner/property owner’s responsibility to provide plans and obtain a permit

  • All new residential buildings
  • Electrical reconnections, service increases, panel replacement or repair
  • Gas lines pressure tests (new or replacement lines)
  • Water heater installation (including replacements)
  • Furnaces, Heat Pumps, Air Conditioners (new or replacement) & Evaporative Coolers (new only) NOTE: Load and sizing calculations are required for new AND replacement HVAC equipment
  • All residential walls or fences must have a site plan review for Zoning Compliance. Additionally, walls and fences over 7 feet tall require a building permit with a structural engineered design.
  • Detached accessory structures over 200 square feet (e.g. Storage Sheds).
  • Porches, additions or garages
  • Remodeling of existing structures

Planning and Development Services can review construction plans submitted by the customer but we can not design the plans for you. If you need help in designing a plan you will need to contact a design professional.  The Residential plan reviewers do not review setback restrictions (distance from property lines) or building height limitations. For setback information, please contact Zoning Information at (520) 837-4891 or speak with a Zoning Planner in our office. For more specific information regarding residential building codes, please contact our office at (520) 791-5550 or a residential plan reviewer directly at 520-837-4912. All plans are required to be neat, legible and well organized. Rental units are considered commercial property and all commercial permits require a licensed contractor.

It is possible to obtain a permit for work that has already occurred. However, the same requirements will apply to include a full set of construction drawings and completed inspections. A permit authorizes work to be done so if the project has already begun, please discontinue work until you obtain your permit.

Reconnect Permits

A permit is also required to reconnect electric or gas service to a residence. Reconnect permits are required if the utility has been shut off to a residential structure for 6 consecutive months. The permit cost is $99.00 which covers administrative and inspection costs. We inspect for any obvious code violations relating to the utility being connected or other life safety hazards are addressed prior to approving release of electrical power or gas to the premises. We recommend that you print out the Electrical Reconnect Guidelines and pre-inspect the dwelling prior to your inspection. New equipment is not considered a reconnect and will be charged according to the proposed work.

Helpful Links

Online Permits

Child Daycare Checklist

Lista de Articulos para Guarderia

Common Code References


Gas Piping Information Handout

Gas Piping Template

Inclusive Home Design Ordinance Summary

Mechanical Upgrade Template

Outdoor Lighting Calculation

Residential Plan Checklist

Sample Gas Piping Template

Sample Floor Plan

Sample Plot Plan

Water and Energy Conservation