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Architectural & Engineering Design Guidelines

Plan Preparation Tools

Design Standards and Policy Manual (DSPM) - Guidelines for the design of public and private projects in the city of Scottsdale.

Standard Detail Drawings - Building Review Details and "Standard Detail Drawings" - available in DWG and PDF.

MAG Supplements - Supplements to the Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG) Uniform Standard Specifications and Details for Public Works Construction.

Traffic Signals - Special Requirements - For use by vendors and contractors when bidding and/or building traffic signals.

CADD Files for Public Works Construction - for plan preparation and submittals

Master Bid Item List - for Capital Improvement Projects

Benchmarks - All plans submitted that have a vertical element must be based on the city or Scottsdale's vertical datum system (NAVD 88).

Plan Review

Submittal Checklists

Design Guidelines

Sensitive Design Program is a comprehensive compilation of policies and guidelines related to the city's built environment.


Lighting Design Guidelines

Commercial Retail (PDF)

Desert Parks (PDF)

Gas Station & Convenience Stores  (PDF)

Golf Course (PDF)

Office Design Guidelines  (PDF)

Restaurants (PDF)

Downtown Urban Design and Architectural Guidelines  (PDF)

Downtown Urban Design and Architectural Guidelines Update


Building Code Information

Zoning Ordinance

Landscaping Ordinance 

Parking Ordinance 

Environmentally Sensitive Lands 

Native Plants 

Contact Information

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

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

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