Single Family Residential Process
Any residential improvement that involves 25% or more of the existing structure; and/or adds more than 25% to the original structure, requires that
Any residential improvement that involves 50% or more of the existing structure; and/or adds more than 50% to the original structure, requires that
Water & Sewer improvements may be required.
Building or remodeling a home?
What you need to know BEFORE you begin...
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Pre-Application For Single Family Residential Plans
Planning and Development is introducing a new process for Single Family Residential Plans.
This process is optional for Single Family Residential plans and may be beneficial to the applicant before submitting their Single Family plans.
- Submit the Pre-Application for Single Family Residential Plans with the submittal requirements to One Stop Shop (fee required).
- Notification of your scheduled meeting. You will meet with a representative from the Planning Department and a Stormwater Engineer to discuss the property and the plans for the single family residence.
- City staff will inform you of any major issues with the property and guide you through the Single Family Residential review process. This process will facilitate the elimination of surprises during the Single Family review process. Our goal is to create a smoother and quicker Single Family plan review.
Undeveloped Lot with an ESL Overlay?
The city has created an instructional diagram (pdf/49kb/1p) that demonstrates how to determine the buildable lot area for vacant parcels in ESL areas.
- When is it considered a remodel vs. new construction?
- Temporary Certificate of Occupancy
- Forms, Worksheets, Fee Calculators
- Swimming Pools
- Accessory Buildings -- Tool Sheds, Detached Garages, Guest Houses
- Additional Resources -- Land Division Process, Staff Approvals
- Condo Conversions
- Multi-Family Review Checklist (pdf/230kb/6pp)
- Site Plan Notes (pdf/114kb/1p)
- Landscape Review Checklist (pdf/218kb/6pp)
Questions? Contact the Planning & Development Customer Relations Office at 480-312-7800 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Resubmittal Checklist (pdf/229KB/6pp)
Fire Sprinkler Worksheet (xls/15kb/1sheet)
Owner Builder Statement (pdf/74kb/3pp)
Section 404 Certification Form (pdf/59kb/1p)
Special Inspections Certification Form (pdf/25kb/1p) - if required
Soils Waiver (pdf/31kb/1p)
SFR Water Meter Calcs (pdf/32kb/1p)
SFR Fire Sprinkler Worksheet (xls/15kb/1sheet/04-12-04)
Truss Waiver (pdf/21kb/1p)
Water Meter Calcs (pdf/32kb/1p)
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Required Fire Flow Test
The City requires a "Fire Flow Test" on all projects which require waterline extensions and or Commercial Fire Protection Systems including multi-family (apartments, condos, etc.) developments. We also require different levels of "Basis of Design" reports on these types of projects. As far as "single family residences" are concerned, a pressure test is required as a function of the building and sprinkler system review.
A "certified" flow test is required for commercial sprinklers and extensions, which includes an encroachment permit. For single family, just a "certified" pressure test is required - no fire flow test unless an extension is included.
Do you need an Architect?
In some instances, you may not need an Architect (A.R.S. 32-144.A.3-4 ). There are times, however, when a Structural Engineer would be required, even if an Architect is not. To determine the specific requirements for your project, call the Arizona State Board of Technical Registration at 602-364-4930.
While it is not always required, it is recommended that you hire an architect or a builder to help you through any project that requires permits and inspections. A licensed professional can help you through the process, and one that has a proven record of success in developing in established neighborhoods can provide invaluable insight for your project.
If you do hire a professional, make sure they visit your home and have them demonstrate to you how your project will affect your neighbors.
Staff Approval Process (pdf/136kb/1p)
Flood Insurance Rate Map Information - FEMA Block (pdf/40kb/1p)
Appeals of Dedication, Exactions or Zoning Regulations
Resolution 6161 (pdf/78kb/1p)