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Activities Requiring Building Permits

Building permits are necessary to safeguard health, property, safety, and welfare of citizens. Homeowners, contractors, or developers who build or undertake some structural improvements, repairs, or demolition must obtain a building permit. Permits are required for all construction work, ranging from a swimming pool or room addition by a homeowner to a major development site undertaking. Work completed without a permit will be fined an amount equal to double the permit fee.


Examples of activities requiring building permits:


Minor (Minimum) Permits

Minor Building Permits, as listed below, can be obtained on-line with a credit card. Many minor permits still require an inspection to confirm installation per Building Code. Inspection requirements will be provided at permit issuance.

  • Replace gas water heater
  • Replace water lines for single family residence
  • Repair broken water lines
  • Exterior appliance natural gas line
    (BBQ, Pool Heater, Fire Pit/Fireplace, Torches, Gaslights, Patio Heater)
  • Exterior appliance propane gas line
    (BBQ, Pool Heater, Fire Pit/Fireplace, Torches, Gaslights, Patio Heater)
  • Repair natural gas line
  • Repair propane gas line
  • Existing natural gas line meter clearance
  • Replace pool pump
  • Plumbing for a water softener
  • Plumbing for hot water recirculator
  • Sewer line repair
  • Service upgrade or change out
    (400 AMP max.)
  • Replace electric water heater
  • Relocate panel box
  • Raise electrical mast
  • Electrical re-wire
  • Residential load controller
  • Ceiling fan
  • Replace main breaker
  • Temporary power pole
  • Air conditioner change out

Permit Expiration & Renewal

Once a permit is issued, there are 180 days to obtain the first inspection or the permit will expire. Each proceeding inspection must occur within 180 days of the latest inspection. A fee is required to reinstate an expired permit.

  • Within 6 months of expiration a fee of 1/2 of the original cost is required
  • If expired for greater than 6 months a re-application is required, and a full fee must be paid (calculated at the current fee schedule).

Revocation of Permits

The Zoning Administrator may revoke a permit or approval if any false statement or misrepresentation was made in the application or plans on which the permit or approval was based.

 

right-of-way permits

Right-of-Way Permits were previously known as encroachment permits. As of July 1, 2014, when Chapter 47 of the Scottsdale Revised Code became effective, encroachment permit terminology changed to reflect differences between temporary work in the right-of-way and permanent improvements in the right-of-way:
  • PWR – Permit to work in the right-of-way (temporary) 
  • PIR – Permit for private improvements in the right-of-way ​(permanent)

See Chapter 47, Scottsdale Revised Code, for the definition of right-of-way.

Right-of-Way Permit Lookup

Certificate of Insurance Requirements (PDF/151kb/1p)


Activities Requiring a Right-of-Way Permit

Right-of-Way Permits are required for construction and certain other activities in the public right-of-way, and in some easements where the city has an interest, such as public utility easements. Work initiated without appropriate permits is illegal and subject to enforcement action and other ramifications. See Chapter 47 of the Scottsdale Revised Code and Chapter 5 of the Design Standards & Policies Manual for more information.

Permit Expiration

See Chapter 5 of the Design Standards & Policies Manual for information on permit duration.

Permit Revocation

The city may revoke an right-of-way permit upon reasonable notice to the permit holder.

PERMIT EXPIRATION

Building Plan Review Fee - Permits must be issued within 180 days of the date the application fee is paid.

Building, Electrical, Mechanical and Plumbing Permits - Once a permit is issued, there are 180 days to obtain the first inspection or the permit will expire. Each proceeding inspection must occur within 180 days of the latest inspection.

A fee is required to reinstate an expired permit.

  • Within 6 months of expiration a fee of 1/2 of the original cost is required
  • If expired for greater than 6 months a re-application is required, and a full fee must be paid (calculated at the current fee schedule).
  • If an Encroachment permit expires, the plan approval also expires and will require re-approval.

Extension of Time

A one-time extension for a permit may be granted under certain circumstances. For specific information please contact the Development Services Department at 312-2500.

Compliance Orders

Building Inspectors will issue a Compliance Order if work is started without having acquired the necessary permits. The owner of the property or contractor must then obtain the required permits plus pay a double fee before continuing the work.

Walls/Fences built without a permit

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