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  • Policies, Ordinances and Procedures

    Pima County issues permits and licenses for numerous commercial, residential and private activities. Below is a directory of applicable policies, procedures and ordinances.

    General Guidance

    Bond Ordinances

    Fee Ordinances:


    Development Services

    • Fee Ordinance 2010-35 – An ordinance of Pima County relating to fees for Planning, Subdivision, Building and Zoning Services provided by the Development Services Department.
    • Development Services Department Fees – Public hearing, review and processing fees
    • Planning includes Boards of Adjustment, Comprehensive Planning, Design Review Committee and Rezoning
    • Development Review includes includes Development Plans, Cultural Resources, Transportation, Site Development Plan, Wastewater, Subdivision Plat, Grading and Recreation Design
    • Permitting includes Building permitting process, Addressing, Online permitting, Codes and Local Amendments
    Note: The following Pima County Building Codes adopted by reference are available for Inspection at Development Services, located at 201 N. Stone: International Building Code, International Residential Code, International Mechanical Code, International Plumbing Code, International Fuel Gas Code, International Energy Conservation Code, International Property Maintenance Code, International Wildland-Urban Interface code, International Existing Building code, published by the International Code Council Inc.; the National Electrical Code (NFPA 70); published by the National Fire Protection Association; and the 2012 City of Tucson/Pima County Outdoor Lighting Code.

    Additional information about building permits, development approvals and zoning is available at PimaXpress.

    Environmental Quality

    Wastewater Reclamation

    Flood Control

    • Floodplain Management Ordinance, Title 16 of the Pima County Code
    • Riparian Habitat Guidelines
    • Substantive Policy Statements
      • Technical Policies – Interpretation of Title 16 and other regulatory documents
      • Technical Procedures – For uniform implementation of technical or complex tasks
      • District Standards – To standardize work products
    • Incorporations by Reference
      • Flood Insurance Study/Flood Insurance Rate Maps
      • Detention/Retention Manual
      • Standard Manual for Drainage Design and Floodplain Management
      • Map of Critical Basins within Unincorporated Pima County
      • Drainage and Channel Design Standards for Local Drainage
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