Planning and Zoning

The Planning, Zoning and Building Safety Division is pleased to announce that effective immediately, our One Stop Shop for your permitting needs can be utilized every day of the week.  You no longer have to wait for Wednesday mornings.  To find out if staff will be able to issue your permit over the counter, please contact our office at 520.432.9300 or via email at: before you drive to our Bisbee office.  We accept faxed, emailed, and mailed permits on a daily basis.  All permits are reviewed and issued as soon as possible, to better serve your building needs.  We are also able to accept credit card payments.  Please note that some plans may not be legible via fax so give us a call prior to faxing plans.

The Community Development Staff hopes to hear from you soon and will work promptly to provide the permits you might need.

The Cochise County Community Development Department is the regulatory authority for all land use and development related activities which occur on private property within the unincorporated areas of the County. As such, persons interested in developing a piece of property in the County with a residential or non-residential use should call the Department on obtaining a permit. Anyone wishing to obtain general information on the various rules and regulations governing development are encouraged to call. This Department also issues new addresses in the County. Planners are available to work with unincorporated communities and areas to assist in developing plans addressing future growth and land uses.

The Community Development Department is divided into three divisions: PlanningZoning and Building Safety.

A summary of the functions of these divisions is provided below.

Planning Division
The Planning Division is responsible for developing and updating the Comprehensive Plan for the unincorporated areas of Cochise County. This Division also works with communities to develop more specific area, neighborhood and community plans. Further, the Planning Division assists in developing and revising the Zoning and Subdivision ordinances. This Division also processes special use requests, rezonings, home occupations, accessory living quarters applications, lot modifications and variances to the Zoning Regulations, as well as subdivisions. In addition the Planning Division is responsible for the County’s Rural Addressing program.

Mid-Sulphur Springs Valley Community Plan

Zoning Division
The Zoning Division is responsible for the issuance of land clearing and demolition permits.  The Division enforces the Zoning Regulations, Land Clearing Ordinance, Light Pollution Ordinance, Hazard Abatement Ordinance,Graffiti Abatement in the enclaves of Sierra Vista and the Solid Waste (Wildcat Dumping) Ordinance.

Building Safety Division
The Building Safety Division is responsible for the issuance of building and use permits (both residential and commercial), and 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, the Building Safety Division regulates building construction and building occupancy through the enforcement of the Building Safety Code.  The Building Safety Division 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.  The Division serves for issuing County permits and, as such, is responsible for receiving applications and issuing permits for septic systems ( Health Department), residential work in the right-of-way, and floodplain use permits (see Highway and Floodplain Department for Right-of-Way and Floodplain information) once those departments have provided their reviews.


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