RESIDENTIAL ZONING DISTRICTS
The Zoning Regulations include various residential districts. These districts protect areas where people live. They allow residential uses as a right so long as zoning code requirements are met, such as setbacks from the property line, building height, and lot sizes. Some of these districts allow mobile and manufactured homes as well as site-built homes. Others allow only site-built homes. This handout explains how to get a permit for a residence. For a residential permit application package, call the Planning Department at (520) 432-9240 or Print from this Web page.
COMPLETE APPLICATION INCLUDES:
Joint Permit Application
Fees for (amount varies): Building Permit Processing, Septic Permit, Right-of-Way Permit (if utility or driveway construction is along a County-maintained road), Floodplain Use Permit, Rural Addressing and Zoning Review
Proof of Valid Contractor’s license form
If a septic system is to be installed, the property must be evaluated by a certified site evaluator.
Complete and readable site plan (to be completed by the soil/site evaluator if a septic system is included)
Two sets of construction plans
Processing begins when all fees and required information are submitted.
JOINT PERMIT REVIEW
As a service to the public, the Planning Department takes care of coordinating the review of your permit. For example, we will submit your permit to the Highway/Floodplain and Health Departments for their review. These agencies may require more information or fees.
HOW LONG DOES THE PROCESS TAKE?
Usually, you will receive your permit in a minimum of five working days. If there are problems with the application, such as incomplete information or the inability to meet specific site development standards, the process may take longer.
SITE DEVELOPMENT STANDARDS
The Zoning Regulations have development standards for all uses. For example, houses must be setback from the property line and are limited to a certain height.
WHAT IF I CAN’T MEET SITE DEVELOPMENT STANDARDS?
If you cannot meet a site development standard, you can ask for a variance which will be heard by the Board of Adjustment or Lot Modication (see handouts on Variances and Lot Modifications).
WHERE DOES THE BUILDING CODE APPLY?
Per state law, all construction must meet Building Code standards.
International Building Code standards are enforced County wide at this time. The fees pay for a building code plan review and safety inspections to ensure that the foundation, framing, plumbing, mechanical and electrical systems are properly constructed.
Permits are required for all structures or improvements valued over $1000 (market rate price for labor plus materials). Some residential home repair exemptions are listed in Article 1704 of the Zoning Regulations. A permit is required to place or move a mobile/manufactured home. Mobile homes are inspected per State safety requirements. All permits require inspections.
HOW LONG IS THE PERMIT GOOD FOR?
Permits are valid for 24 months. If substantial construction begins within 24 months, one extension of 12 months may be granted. Owner-Builder Rural Residential permits are valid for 36 months. If substantial construction begins within 36 months, one extension of 12 months may be granted. A written request is required prior to expiration of the permit, explaining progress made and why the extension is needed. Mobile home permits are only valid for six months. One extension of 6 months may be granted.
WHEN CAN I MOVE IN?
Building Code Permits: after all code inspections are completed and approved, a certificate of occupancy will be issued and the house can be occupied.
Owner-Builder Rural permits: occupancy can take place after the residence is constructed and a final zoning inspection has been requested and performed.
Manufactured homes must pass zoning and installation inspections before occupancy, anywhere in the County.
In all areas, the septic system must be inspected by the Health Department before occupancy.