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Commercial Tenant Improvements

The City of Scottsdale will process Commercial Tenant Improvements (TIs) using a two-tiered process that will allow certain types of TIs to be reviewed, and permits issued. 

The table identifies the review timelines, applicable criteria, and who to ask for when you come into the One Stop Shop with your plans.


Counter Plan

TI/comm remodel Review

2,000 sq ft MAX
Group B or M occupancy ONLY
Single-story, non-structural
No Use changes
No Use Permit required
No exterior work*

Groups A, B, E or M occupancy ONLY
Non Structural
No Use changes
No Use Permit required
Little or no exterior work*

Ask for a Counter Plan Reviewer
Hours: Mon-Tues & TH-Fri 8 AM to 4 PM 
   Wednesdays 9 AM to 4 PM 

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Development Services Rep

*(other than roof mounted equipment that is fully screened)


Please remember to fill out a Customer Feedback Card and let us know how we are doing. Any suggestions that you feel we can make to provide you with a better experience is appreciated and welcomed.


Michael Clack, C. B. O.
Chief Development Officer


Submittal Checklists & Forms

Submittal Requirements

Fee Sheets

Tenant Improvement (TI) Checklist - Planning Only (pdf/38kb/2pp)

e-Application for Plan Review & Permitting

TI Digital Submittal Process

Commercial and Multi-Family Architectural Review Checklist - Planning Only (pdf/230kb/6pp) 

Site Plan Notes - Planning Only (pdf/114kb/1p)

All exterior changes to a commercial building need, at a minimum, a staff approval. This includes:

  • Landscape changes
  • Repainting (pdf/59kb/2pp)
  • Installation of an awning
  • Installation of a roll up security blind over a window

None of the above need a permit but all need a staff approval or, at times, full DRB approval.

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