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Photo: family during home construction.jpg (15 kb)What to know BEFORE you begin

When is it considered a remodel vs new construction?

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

City Processes 

Applications, Forms & Checklists

Digital Plan Review 

Historic Neighborhoods

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

Plumbing & Landscaping Rebates

Setback Requests 

Landscaping Assistance

Landscape Workshops

Landscaping Rebates 

Adapting a Home for Accessibility

AARP Home Design informationlinks to external site 

Standard Plan Details

Attached Residential Patio Cover (PDF)

Carport Enclosure to Garage  (PDF)

Detached Garage / Storage Shed  (PDF)

Masonry Fence / Wall  (PDF)   

Submittal Packets

Major Additions / Remodels, Guest House  (PDF)

Minor Addition / Remodel  (PDF)  

Tips & Guides

Electrical Service Upgrade Guide  (PDF)

Green Building Remodeling Workbook (PDF)

Green Home Remodeling Tips  (PDF)

Re-roofing Your Home  (PDF)

Swimming Pools & Spas

Outdoor Fireplaces (PDF) a gas line permit is required.

Walls & Fences

Water Heater Handout  (PDF)

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   


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.

Additional Resources

General Building Requirements

Construction Activity Hours

Construction Debris in Alleyways (PDF)

Contact Information

Planning - Zoning Requests, General Plan
P: 480-312-7000

One Stop Shop -  Permits and Plan Review
P: 480-312-2500
7447 E. Indian School Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85251 

P: 480-312-2356 

Inspections -  Permit Inspections
P: 480-312-5750

Inspection Hours:
Summer (Apr-Oct) 6 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Winter (Nov-Mar) 7 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Code Enforcement - Property Maintenance & Zoning Violations
P: 480-312-2546

Building Code Hotline
P: 480-312-2633