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    Building and Site Development

    The Building and Site Development Division is committed to assisting property owners and professionals complete projects cost-effectively, safely and sustainably.

    • We are located on the 1st floor of the Public Works Building
    • Our lobby hours are 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM weekdays
    • We offer online services for building permits and site development instruments

    Building Permitting

    NB: Electronic submittal required for building permits effective July 1, 2014

    Permitting Process--start here!

    Site & Zoning

    Grading, Hillside, NPPO

    Residential Projects

    Commercial & School Projects

    Day/Residential Care, Assisted Living

    Pools & Spas


    Solar & Wind

    Miscellaneous Projects

    Miscellaneous Design Aids

    Inspections & Special Inspections

    Administrative Processes

    Codes & Local Amendments

    LEED® for Homes

    What is LEED

    The LEED for Homes rating system is a voluntary third party certification system of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) that promotes the design and construction of energy efficient, water efficient, healthier homes. These homes are also called "green homes" or "sustainable homes".  The rating system is appropriate for new single family homes, town homes, multi-family residences such as apartments and assisted living facilities.

    What does Pima County do?

    Pima County works with a network of Green Raters who verify the LEED for Homes measures are met and a certification can be awarded.  Pima County's role is called a "Provider".  Pima County is the only government  jurisdiction selected by the USGBC to have this designation.  Pima County focuses on providing this service in southern Arizona but also serves the entire State, New Mexico and West Texas.

    Getting Started with LEED

    Once you decide to certify your project, contact the green rater nearest you.  The green rater will provide you guidance on the process.  Additional information about getting started can be found at the Green Home Guide and at the USGBC website.

    How Much does LEED Cost

    The cost of registration and certification with the USGBC varies by project type, follow this link and click on the Homes tab.  There is also the cost of verification by the Green Rater and the cost of any additional tests.  Your Green Rater can provide you with a detailed cost estimate.  In general a 2,500 square foot home will cost at least $2,500 to $3,000 for all costs associated with the registration, certification and verification.  Production homes may be as low as $500 per home.  Multifamily projects like apartments may be as low as $250 per home.

    Net Zero Building

    Net-Zero Energy is when a home or building makes as much energy as it needs to keep you comfortable and save you money!  Whether you are a homeowner, home builder, commercial builder or commercial property owner, you will find helpful tools and information at the Net-Zero Energy Building web page to help you build or renovate a net–zero building so you can be cash flow positive on day one  and secure your energy future.

    Regional Green Program Legacy Projects

    Contact a Green Rater 

     Resources and Tools

     Case Studies


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    201 N. Stone Ave.
    Tucson, AZ 85701

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    Yves Khawam, PhD
    Division Manager
    Chief Building Official

    Jim Cunningham, PE, RLS
    Site Review Manager

    Rich Franz-Under, RA
    Green Building Manager

    Daniel Ice
    Assistant Building Official

    Mark Masek
    Plans Examining Supervisor

    Robert Chandler
    Chief Building Inspector