What to know BEFORE you begin
Home Improvement Process -Overview
Do you need a permit?
Water & Sewer improvements may be required
Home Energy Yardstick
Accessory Buildings (guest house, shed, etc)
Green Building Program - consider green
Applications, Forms & Checklists
Digital Plan Review (Major Improvements)
Obtain Minimum Permit Online
Over-the-Counter permits for "minor" home improvements
Is it considered a remodel or new construction?
Plumbing & Landscaping Rebates
Limited Saturday Inspections Available
Homeowners can now request Saturday inspections for:
* water heaters,
* hot water recirculator pumps and;
* swimming pool finals
Because these inspections often require homeowners to be on site and frequently cause interruptions to work/week schedules, the Inspections Services department is now offering Saturday service for a limited number of inspection types.
To schedule a Saturday inspection for the inspection types listed above call (480) 312-HOME (4656) and leave a message with your name, phone number, type of inspection and address. A city of Scottsdale building inspector will return your call to confirm the type of inspection being requested and schedule a time. Our goal is for the inspection to occur within a one hour window of the time identified.
If you have questions about whether an inspection qualifies for this service, please call Steve Gallant at (480) 312-5773.
Adapting a Home for Accessibility
AARP Home Design information
Standard Plan details
Attached Residential Patio Cover (pdf/747KB/9pp)
Carport Enclosure to Garage (pdf/458KB/8pp)
Detached Garage / Storage Shed (pdf/1MB/13pp)
Masonry Fence / Wall (pdf/1.6MB/12pp)
Major Additions / Remodels, Guest House (pdf/2MB)
Minor Addition / Remodel
Tips & Guides
Electrical Service Upgrade Guide(pdf/292kb/9pp)
Green Building Remodeling Workbook (pdf/1.2mb)
Green Home Remodeling Tips (pdf/42kb)
Re-roofing Your Home
Swimming Pools & Spas
Outdoor Fireplaces (pdf/20kb) a gas line permit is required.
Walls & Fences
Water Heater Handout (pdf/71kb/4pp)
Wood Burning Fireplaces
Exterior stucco -- contractor or home owner needs to obtain a minimum building permit and submit the ICBO# which specifies that the stucco material has been tested, certified and approved.
One Stop Shop: 480-312-2500
General Building Requirements
Construction Activity Hours
Construction Debris in Alleyways
Construction Site Security