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 for:

  • 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. 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.

When you submit your plans they will be reviewed by different staff to determine compliance with building codes, zoning codes, floodplain regulations, fire safety and other topics. Be sure to review applicable codes as you design your project. 

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 required to reconnect electric or gas service to a residence. This is sometimes referred to as "jurisdictional clearance" by utility companies. 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. If you are installing water or gas piping, a drawing must be submitted that identifies the size and length of all piping. Include the Gas Piping Template found below with your application.

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 review 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.


Building Permit Requirements

All submissions should use the permit application and follow the checklist to make sure your application is complete. Application and required materials should be submitted online

Permit Application                                             

Residential Plan Requirements & Checklist                               

Other materials that may be required:

Owner/Builder Affidavit

Floor Plan Example

Plot Plan Sample

Site Plan Example

Addition Sample

Porch Sample

Garage Sample


Demolition of a Structure


Demolition Confirmation Notice Statement

Electrical Work

Electrical Reconnect Guidelines                                                       

Gas Piping Work

Gas Piping Template

Gas Piping Template - SAMPLE

Mechanical Work

Mechanical Upgrade Template

Adult and Child Care

Child Daycare Checklist     

Lista de Articulos para Guarderia


Adopted Codes and Ordinances

Make sure that your plans comply with currently adopted codes:

City of Tucson Building Codes and Ordinances

Common Code References

Inclusive Home Design Ordinance Summary

Water and Energy Conservation

Outdoor Lighting Calculation