The Building Safety Division

Building Safety coordinates all facets of building plan review and the subsequent inspection process during construction (both residential and commercial) for code conformance in the interest of public safety.

The Cochise County Building Safety Code incorporates various building, plumbing, electrical, fire, mechanical, and energy conservation codes for the applicable portions of the unincorporated areas of the county.

To ensure quality construction for the county's residents and visitors, Building Safety regulates building construction and building occupancy through the enforcement of the Building Safety Code.  Building Safety staff also performs the state-required installation inspections on Mobile and Manufactured Homes in the county, under an agreement with the State of Arizona Office of Manufactured Housing.

Do you need a building permit?

Building permits safeguard public health, safety and general welfare through enforcement of various building and zoning codes. Consequently, a permit is almost always needed for any type of building, structure, structural remodel/repair, or grading project. 

Per state law, building permits are required for all new structures or renovations of existing structures that meet or exceed $1,000 in value, although some home repairs and uses are exempt from this requirement. This includes the specific improvements and uses that are included in Articles 1704.01 and 1720.04 of the Zoning Regulations. Regardless of whether your project requires a permit, it must still be constructed in conformance to the regulations of this jurisdiction and all applicable state laws. We encourage you to submit an application for a permit by clicking on the link below.


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Cochise County Building Codes

Cochise County currently applies the standards contained in the 2012 International Building Code. All the International Building Codes are available for viewing at the offices of Development Services, local libraries, or they can be purchased online from the International Code Council.   You may also view these document online. Be advised, local amendments to this code apply.  To see a compilation of the local amendments pertinent to Cochise County click here.

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