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Commercial Permit Process

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Most commercial development requires review and approval from the Development Review Board (approval of site plan, elevations, colors, landscaping, etc). Preliminary Plats, new construction and major tenant improvements all require DRB approval.

Construction within city rights-of-way, including infrastructure improvements, may require review and approval from DRB, particularly for landscaping, walls, or other aesthetic elements. Improvement plans may be submitted once DRB approval (if required) is obtained.

You must submit a pre-application to begin this approval process. Once DRB approval is obtained, submit plans for review to the One Stop Shop.

Multi-Family, Commercial and Civil, and Tenant Improvement plans should use the e-Application for Plan Review & Permitting 

Submittal Requirements

Submittal Requirements Summary
Commercial Tenant Improvements (TIs) (pdf/58KB/5pp)
Commercial Tenant Improvements 3-Tiered Review Cycles

Commercial Carport Submittal Requirements

Please Note: All pages/sheets in a commercial submittal need to be stamped and sealed.

Submittal Checklists & Forms

Detached, non-habitable structures smaller than 120 square feet in floor area do not require a permit; however, site plan approval is required.

Construction Document Requirements

Commercial and Multi-Family Architectural Review Checklist (pdf/129kb/10pp) 
Site Plan Notes (pdf / 114 kb / 1 pgs)

Commercial & Multi-Family Landscaping Plan Notes (pdf/103kb/1pp) 
Landscape Review Checklist (pdf/218kb/6pp)

Condominium Conversion Application (pdf/16kb/2pp)


All exterior changes
to a commercial building need at a minimum a staff approval. This includes:
  • Landscape changes
  • Repainting (pdf/59kb/2pp)
  • Installation of an awning
  • Installation of a roll up security blind over a window

None of the above need a permit but all require, at a minimum, a Development Review Board application. Prior to submitting an application the applicant shall first submit a
pre-application request to the One Stop Shop.

Design Guidelines

Commercial Retail (pdf/45KB/16pp)

Office (pdf/397KB/27pp)

Gas Stations & Convenience Stores (pdf/154KB/8pp)

Restaurants (pdf/25KB/9pp)

Architecural & Engineering Guidelines

Lighting Guidelines

Sensitive Design Program

Downtown

Need Help? 

Planning and Development
480-312-7800
P & D Online
PlanningInfo@ScottsdaleAZ.gov

 

Long Range Planning Department
480-312-7990
Long Range Planning

 

Current Planning Department
480-312-7000
Current Planning

 

Development Services Department / One Stop Shop
480-312-2500
One Stop Shop Online

 

Neighborhood Resources Department
480-312-3111
Neighorhood Resources

 

Plan Review
480-312-7080
Plan Review Info

 

Inspections
480-312-5750
Inspections Info

 

Records
480-312-2356
Records, Research & Reports