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Architectural and Engineering Design Guidelines


Plan Preparation Tools

Design Standards and Policy Manual (DSPM) - Guidelines for the design of public and private projects in the city of Scottsdale.

Standard Detail Drawings - Building Review Details and "Standard Detail Drawings" - available in DWG and PDF.

MAG Supplements - Supplements to the
Maricopa Association of Governments
(MAG) Uniform Standard Specifications
and Details for Public Works Construction.

Traffic Signals - Special Requirements -
For use by vendors and contractors when bidding and/or building traffic signals.

CADD Files for Public Works Construction - for plan preparation and submittals

Master Bid Item List - for Capital Improvement Projects

Benchmarks - All plans submitted that have a vertical element must be based on the city or Scottsdale's vertical datum system (NAVD 88).

Plan Review

Submittal Checklists

Design Guidelines

Sensitive Design Program is a comprehensive compilation of policies and guidelines related to the city's built environment.


Lighting Design Guidelines

Commercial Retail

Desert Parks

Gas Station & Convenience Stores 

Golf Course

Office Design Guidelines 


Downtown Urban Design and Architectural Guidelines

Downtown Urban Design and Architectural Guidelines Update


Building Code Information

Zoning Ordinance

Landscaping Ordinance 

Parking Ordinance 

Environmentally Sensitive Lands 

Native Plants 



Staff Contacts: 

Building Code Hotline - 480-312-2633

Plan Review - 480-312-7080

Customer Relations Office - 480-312-7800 or planninginfo@scottsdaleaz.gov.