Plan Review Services
The purpose of Plan Review Services is to determine compliance with the codes and ordinances adopted by the City of Scottsdale. Once the construction documents for a building or structure is determined to be in compliance a permit is issued.
Plan Submittal Process
Preliminary Plan Review
A preliminary plan review gives architects and engineers the opportunity to ask questions specific to their project and get clarification on code related items prior to the formal submittal of plans.
Requirements & Guidelines
In order to receive a permit for your construction project, you must make application for a building permit, by the submittal of construction documents and other required data as required. Construction documents shall be of such clarity to indicate the location, nature and extent of the work proposed and show in detail that it will conform to the provisions of the applicable adopted construction codes and relevant laws ordinances rules and regulations.
Digital Plan Submittal
Digital Plan Review enables plan submittal, payment, and staff review/approval to all occur electronically - reducing (and potentially eliminating) trips to the One Stop Shop, ensuring enhanced collaboration, resulting in plans being finalized as effectively and efficiently as possible.
Access your project online with the provided Plan Check number and keycode
Over the Counter Submittal
For smaller residential remodels/additions, the city offers an over-the-counter plan review and permitting process. Review is completed over the counter at the One Stop Shop.
Qualified projects for the over-the-counter plan review
- Remodels or Additions less than 1000 SF - no second floor additions.
- Patio additions and enclosures.
- Carports enclosures into garages or livable space.
- Garage conversions to livable space.
- Non-habitable accessory buildings less than 1000 SF.
- Solar panels that are in compliance with City of Scottsdale placement guidelines.
- During busy waiting periods, only one plan per customer will be honored.
- Projects zoned Environmentally Sensitive Lands (ESL) must be submitted for review.
- Properties with non-conforming structures and/or properties requiring additional research may be submitted for review.
- Projects north of the CAP will require some planning input before approving for over-the-counter review. Please ask to speak with a Planner.
One Stop Shop hours:
8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday - Friday
Opening at 9 a.m. on Wednesdays
At Risk Grading Submittal
At Risk submittals includes preliminary grading and drainage only. This type of permit will allow contractors to begin moving dirt and begin rough grading activities only prior to an actual permits for improvement plans may be issued. Please refer to the DSPM for more information.
The following civil plans should already be submitted for review:
- Pre Approval for submittal from City engineering reviewing main civil set.
- Letter stating understanding that the plans are being submitted “At Risk” and any corrections that must be made after final review of improvement plans will be done at the applicant’s cost.
- Three sets of improvement plans for Contractor, Engineer, and Inspector
At Risk Fees
- Client is charged per hour.
- First hour fee is collected at time of submittal. Additional hourly fees will be collected prior to the issuance of the At Risk Permit.
- Refer to Fee Sheets to estimate costs any additional costs.
Fees & Payment Options
Fees are to be paid at the time of application for plan check.
Client is charged for the air-conditioned and the non air-conditioned square footage of the house. In addition, they are charged for the grading and drainage, per sheet based on landform. Fences and retaining walls are charged per linear foot.
Plan checks for home improvements, new single-family residences and other new construction can be made over the counter at the One Stop Shop.
- Log In - enter your plan check number and keycode to pay fees by credit card
Plan Review Processes
Required Plan Reviews
Scottsdale reviews plans based upon five disciplines: Planning, Building, Engineering, Stormwater and Fire. The resources provided below are to assist you in each phase of review. Case documents identify specific items required for final plan submittal, including additional documents, such as design reports, and dedication documents. Refer to the Submittal Checklist from the case file for this information.
Scottsdale is a participant in the National Flood Insurance Program. Portions of the City of Scottsdale are designated as “special flood hazard areas”. Buildings in these areas are subject to mandatory flood insurance. Additional Stormwater and Floodplain Management information.
- City staff will create a sheet within the PDF file for redlines each sheet will have the plan reviewers contact information.
- Log In - enter your plan check number and keycode to download redlines/corrections
- The city will unlock the upload function of the digital submittal portal for resubmittals. Log In - enter your plan check number and keycode to upload revisions.
- A representative will call or email you when all reviews are completed.
- City review comments are posted to the City website for the customer.
- Come into the One Stop Shop to obtain permits or ask a development services representative if your plan type qualifies for approval of online permitting.
- Upon receipt of permit fees the city will upload approved plans as a PDF file.
The City will retain original files as "read only" and will purge according to the standard records retention schedule.
- Log In - enter your plan check number and keycode to download the approved plans.
- Send plans to printer. Print/Plot options to include pages and comments/markups; print in color.
Review Time frames in staff working days
|Plan Type||Administrative Review||Substantive Review|
|All Other Plan Types||10||21|
The plan review time frame is a maximum time frame. The city's standard turnaround goals remain the same.
A permit is issued once plans are approved and permit fees are paid. Failure to obtain a permit withing 180 days of submitting plans requires the resubmission of the plans and payment of the appropriate plan review fees. Prior to the plan review experation date, the Chief Development Officer may grant a one time 180-day extension depending on the relationship of the plans to the current codes, and depending on whether or not any required DRB approval has expired.
Contact a Development Services counter representative with a extension request.
An application for a permit for any proposed work shall be deemed to have been abandoned 180 days after the date of the last completed review for correction or approval, unless the application has been pursued in good faith or a permit has been issued. However, the building official is authorized to grant one or more extensions of time for additional periods not exceeding 180 days each. The extension shall be requested in writing and justifiable cause demonstrated.