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  • Subdivision Sanitary Facilities - Draft

    The Pima County Department of Environmental Quality (PDEQ) has delegated authority from the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) to enforce applicable requirements of the Arizona Administrative Code (A.A.C.) Title 18, Chapter 5, Article 4 relating to subdivisions. PDEQ issues a Certificate of Approval of Sanitary Facilities for Subdivisions upon receipt of service agreements for drinking water and garbage collection and disposal.

    View the Subdivision Administrative Submittal Checklist for instructions and guidance on obtaining the Approval of Sanitary Facilities and submit the documents listed in the Forms tab below.

    Note that subdivisions served by onsite wastewater treatment facilities require the submittal of the Septic Concept Approval letter, while subdivisions served by sewer require a copy of the sewer Construction Authorization.


    Special Notice: Starting June 20, 2016, PDEQ will begin a new procedure for invoicing plans received by the department for review. The updated plan review procedure affects submittals for sewer projects, water projects, and the approval of sanitary facilities for subdivision projects. PDEQ, acting in accordance with delegated authority from the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ), reviews and approves plans for new construction of public and private sewage collection system extensions, modifications, and relocations of gravity sewer mains, manholes, forcemains and lift stations.

    Special Notice: Starting July 25, 2016, PDEQ will only accept electronic submittals for water, sewer and Approval of Sanitary Facility projects. Applications must be submitted electronically in PDF format by either emailing all forms and plans to, providing an FTP download link in the application email, or by having a USB flash drive or CD delivered to PDEQ’s office. Please note that the PDEQER inbox will only accept files less than 20 MB in size, so anything larger must be submitted using one of the alternate methods.



    Fees and Payment Instructions

    • Download a PDF of the fees table to view a complete list of review fees, or view the Review Fees tab of the main Water webpage.
    • Fees are established by PDEQ and the original source can be found in its fee schedule in the Pima County Code, Title 7 –Environmental Quality, section 7.03.125.

    Payment Instructions

          • Fees are payable online (instructions are below), by providing credit card information over the phone at PDEQ’s main number (520-724-7400), or by hand-delivering or mailing a check to the PDEQ offices located at 33 N. Stone Avenue, Suite 700, Tucson, AZ 85701.     
        • To pay online: 
            1. Click the Project, Permits, Payments link of DSD’s website 
            2. Input the project’s record/permit number into the search bar in the upper right corner of the page (where it reads "Search by Address, Record #, etc") and search for it
            3. Scroll down to the Fees tab, click on any unpaid fees, and pay them by inputting your credit card information

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