Architectural & Engineering Design Guidelines

Design Guidelines

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

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

Commercial Design Guidelines (PDF)

Desert Parks (PDF)

Old Town Scottsdale Urban Design & Architectural Guidelines

Old Town Scottsdale Urban Design & Architectural Guidelines  (PDF)

Gas Station & Convenience Stores  (PDF)

Golf Course (PDF)

Greater Phoenix Metro Green Infrastructure Handbook (PDF)

Lighting Design Guidelines

Office Design Guidelines  (PDF)

Restaurants (PDF)


Plan Preparation Tools

As-Built Checklist (PDF) - For Capital Improvement Projects - to be included by the contractor when submitting project As-Builts to Capital Project Management.

Benchmark map information for Capital Improvement Projects

Benchmarks for other submittals are to be based on NAVD 88 and meet the FEMA Benchmark Maintenance (BMM) criteria. See the criteria defined within the Coordinator’s Manual links to external site   of the National Flood Insurance Program Community Rating System. Use the  MCDOT links to external site benchmark system in accordance with the BMM criteria.

Building Supplemental Instructions (PDF) -  For Capital Improvement Projects – to be included by the Consultant in the bid specifications for building projects.

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

Guidelines for Preparation of Special Provisions (PDF)- for development of Special Provisions for Capital Improvement Projects, based on MAG & COS Supplemental Specifications.

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

Master Bid Item List - for Capital Improvement Projects

Plan Review

Roadway Design Checklist - 30%, 60%, 90% Bid (PDF) - Set of checklists used for the development of Capital Improvement Roadway Projects. To be used by Consultants when developing design sets for review. (April 2019)

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

Submittal Checklists

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

Map of Detectable Warning Surface & Concrete Sidewalk Colors (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

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