Code Compliance

illegal dumping

Welcome to the Code Compliance Division of Development Services, Cochise County

The Code Compliance Division strives to promote, protect, and improve the health, safety, and welfare of Cochise County residents and business owners through education and voluntary compliance of the County’s Zoning Regulations. 



A zoning violation exists when a property's use has not been approved by County Planning through the Building/Use Permit process, when the conditions of a Building/Use Permit are being violated, or when a property is being used in violation of the Cochise County Zoning Regulations.

Building Safety

  • Blowing construction debris
  • Businesses operating without a permit
  • Expired permit violation
  • Operating without a final inspection
  • Noncompliance with permit conditions 
  • Violation of sign regulations
  • Structure built too close to the property line
  • Construction of a structure without a permit

Public Nuisances

  • An excessive number of cars on the property
  • Animal/livestock violation
  • Filth/debris on the property
  • Heavy equipment/trucks in a residential area
  • Illegal dumping - garbage, tires, miscellaneous debris
  • Noise, odor, vibration, or dust violation
  • Ongoing yard sale
  • Outdoor storage of appliances (such as refrigerators with doors)
  • Outdoor storage violation
  • Light pollution code violation


  • Abandoned/dilapidated structure
  • Unregulated auto repair
  • Fencing violation
  • Illegal parcel splitting activity
  • Inappropriate dumping of car parts, hazardous or toxic materials
  • Junkyard being operated on a property
  • Land clearing without a permit (more than one acre)
  • Permanent living in a recreational vehicle or tent
  • Too many dwellings on the property


Wildcat Dumping is the improper and illegal disposal of solid waste. The County's Solid Waste Disposal Ordinance (PDF) is in place to ensure the health and safety of the citizens of Cochise County. The Solid Waste Inspector works with all departments within the County to identify and enforce the Wildcat Dumping Ordinance. To report illegal dumping, call the hotline listed above or report the violation online. Include information about the location, description of items, and if applicable any information describing who disposed of the solid waste. Here is a list of example commonly dumped items:

  • Appliances
  • Bagged Household Trash
  • Bedding (Mattress, Boxsprings)
  • Construction Waste
  • Furniture
  • Tires
  • Yard Waste