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Home Improvement Center

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 


City Processes: 

Applications, Forms & Checklists

Digital Plan Review (Major Improvements)

Historic Neighborhoods

Obtain Minimum Permit Online

Over-the-Counter permits for "minor" home improvements

Is it considered a remodel or new construction?

Plumbing & Landscaping Rebates

Setback Requests


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.   


Landscaping Assistance

Landscape Workshops

Landscaping Rebates


Adapting a Home for Accessibility

AARP Home Design information leavingcos


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Standard Plan details

Attached Residential Patio Cover (pdf/747KB/9pp)

Carport Enclosure to Garage (pdf/458KB/8pp)

Detached Garage / Storage Shed (pdf/1MB/12pp)

Masonry Fence / Wall (pdf/1.6MB/12pp)  


Submittal Packets

Major Additions / Remodels, Guest House (pdf/2.8MB)

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 


Additional Resources

General Building Requirements

Construction Activity Hours

Construction Debris in Alleyways


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