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You can check your property's zoning on the County's interactive web map INFOMap. Search by address or APN (Format: 123459876).
ArcGIS Cochise County INFOMap
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. A list of specific improvements that do not require a building permit can be found on the Permit Exemptions Webpage. Be advised, 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.
Owner Builder Webpage
Yes, the County has adopted Appendix Q (Tiny Homes) of the 2018 International Residential Code (IRC). Here is a link to those requirements: Appendix Q
No. There must be a house, or some other established use, on the property in order to camp. This applies to all forms and durations of camping requests.
The County uses the following building codes:
Please note: The International Building Code and other related codes are subject to the amendments contained in the Local amendments pertinent to Cochise County (PDF)
Building Safety Page
Yes, but a standard septic system is still required. Contact the Cochise County Health Department, at 520-586-8206, for more information.
Septic Systems Page
If there is an existing principal use on the property, such as a house, you may be eligible to live in an RV on your property for up to 6 months in a calendar year with an approved temporary use permit. You may also live in an RV while a principal use is being constructed with an approved temporary use permit.
Temporary Use Permit (PDF)
Yes, in some locations. Cochise County offers an owner builder amendment to the building safety code. This is an incentive program for rural home construction in Cochise County. Be advised, program participants must comply with all Cochise County Building Safety Code and zoning requirements. Also, all properties must meet the minimum requirements for the owner builder option. (See "what are the minimum requirements for the owner builder option." )
We have a lot of information, including historical permit documents, zoning designation, and flood hazard zones, on the County's interactive web map INFOMap. For additional information email the Planning and Zoning Department.
ArcGIS Cochise County INFOMap
Accessory dwelling structures are allowed within certain zoning districts. They must be equal to or lesser in height than the existing principal dwelling and they are limited in size to a maximum of 50% of the livable square footage of the principal dwelling or 1,000 square feet, whichever is less.
Also, accessory living structures must comply with all development standards as the principal structure. For more information, please see the Accessory Living Quarters Page.
Most vacant property in Cochise County is not addressed. Addresses are assigned during the permit process for a residential dwelling or commercial building.
Rural Addressing Page
All permit fees are included in the Development Services Fee Schedule (PDF). Here's a couple of examples:
Example Residential Fee for a new Single-Family Home:
Example Manufactured Home Permit Fee:
We make it easy for you! Register and apply for a permit online.
Cochise County regulates the 100- year floodplain. Property within the 100-year floodplain has a one (1%) percent chance of flooding annually. The County's Info Map includes a National Flood Hazard Layer, showing where floodplain throughout Cochise County is present. To access this information, please go to our Mapping Resource page.