Water Features

Sec. 49-242. Limitation on water features for commercial users, new industrial users and common areas of residential developments.

  1. No person shall place into operation after February 1, 1991, any water feature that either sprays water into the air in a fine mist or sprays or drops water into the air in excess of six (6) feet in vertical height.
  2. Water features shall be:
    1. Outside of city right-of-way, not visible from the street unless approved by the water conservation office.
    2. Designed with a potable water make up. This make up supply shall include a reduced pressure principle backflow prevention assembly installed as per the current standard detail adopted by the City of Scottsdale Standards and Specification Committee. No water shall be used to supply any water feature from a landscape irrigation system.
    3. Designed with catch basins that will maximize the amount of water recycled and minimize make up water. Outdoor water features that may over-spray shall be equipped with wind shut-off valves.
    4. Designed using equipment that will minimize leakage throughout the life of the water feature.
    5. Equipped with a recirculating pump. Filtered backwash shall be reused in a beneficial manner to surrounding plant material and landscaped areas. Discharge of water into streets and alleys is prohibited.
    6. Separately metered if using more than one thousand (1,000) gallons of water per day.
  3. In addition to the provisions above, nonresidential water features shall be:
    1. Operational only during normal business hours.
    2. Sited to allow significant environmental enhancement to on-site users and used to cool surrounding area and mask objectionable noises. Allowable examples: Courtyards and restaurant seating areas not visible from the street.
  4. Any person installing a water feature must provide a water feature plan to the city and obtain a permit before commencing construction.
  5. Exclusions.
    1. Any system that injects or drops water into the air solely for the purpose of cooling a confined air space.
    2. Water parks.
    3. Single-family residential properties.

(Ord. No. 2318, 2, 12-17-90; Ord. No. 3161, 5, 6-15-98; Ord. No. 3409, 11-26-01; Ord. No. 3621, 1A, 7-5-05)

Submittal requirements for water features.

  1. An 8.5 x 11 letter that agrees to comply with every section of the water conservation ordinance and has the project name, address, developer and company requesting the approval on it.
  2. An 11 x 17 copy of site plan that shows location of the water feature on the property in relation to the streets.
  3. An 8.5 x 11 or 11 x 17 drawing, picture or rendering of the water feature that includes dimension.

Please call for an appointment, prior to delivery, if you plan on submitting via mail or courier.

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Need Help? 

Planning and Development Services
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