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Getting a Certificate of Coverage

The Certificate of Coverage Program is 100% voluntary. When you elect to participate in the Program, your project’s grading and ground disturbance is ‘covered’ by the County’s Section 10 permit, meaning it is in full compliance with federal endangered species rules.   

Applying for Coverage


Property owners have two ways to apply for coverage:

1.   When applying for a building permit that authorizes grading of 14,000 sq. ft. or more; or
2.   When applying for a site construction permit for a subdivision or commercial or industrial facility

The tabs below describe how to apply for coverage using each process.

REQUESTING COVERAGE

IMPORTANT: You must request a Certificate of Coverage when you submit your site construction permit application materials to Development Services. The following question is now included on the site construction permit checklist:
  • “Indicate whether you want a Section 10 Certificate of Coverage for this project (Y/N).”
To request a Certificate of Coverage, you must answer YES and submit this answer with your site construction permit application. If you fail to answer the question or answer ‘No’, a request for a Certificate of Coverage will not be initiated and no further action is required.

APPLYING FOR COVERAGE

IMPORTANT: Your Certificate of Coverage Application must be submitted to the Office of Sustainability & Conservation before your site construction permit is issued.  If your site construction permit is issued before the Office of Sustainability & Conservation receives your Certificate of Coverage application materials, you will not be able to get coverage for that project.

To apply for a Certificate of Coverage, the following required materials must be submitted to S10PrivateLandAdmin@pima.gov:
  • A completed Certificate of Coverage application form.
  • A drawing of the grading and ground disturbance area(s) on a separate ESRI Shapefile or AutoCAD DWG file referenced to the Pima County GIS coordinate system.
  • A Letter of Authorization confirming the applicant is acting on the owner's behalf when the applicant is not the owner.
Once staff confirms your project’s eligibility and determines your application is administratively complete, you will receive an invoice and email directing you to pay the $720 Application Fee. Fees can be paid online or in person at 201 N Stone Ave.


Natural Open Space Review

The Certificate of Coverage application form includes questions regarding whether your project has associated natural open space that was set aside to comply with:

  1. A rezoning condition requiring Conservation Lands System mitigation; or
  2. Title 16.30 – Watercourse and Riparian Habitat Protection and Mitigation Requirements.

If you answered NO to all of the Natural Open Space questions on the application: your application process is complete. Once your Application Fee is paid, you will receive an email confirming your Certificate of Coverage has been authorized.

If you answered YES to any of the Natural Open Space questions on your application:
staff will contact you directly to complete the natural open space review process and determine whether your project’s natural open space is suitable to serve as Section 10 mitigation land. 

If the natural open space is found suitable: staff will work with you to develop and record an appropriate legal instrument to ensure the open space is conserved in perpetuity (legal instruments that satisfy this requirement generally include these restrictions). Projects with suitable open space will be assessed a $2450 compliance monitoring fee to cover the County’s cost to remotely monitor the lands, as required by the Section 10 permit.

RECEIVING COVERAGE

Once the application and natural open space review process (if applicable) is compete and all pertinent fees are paid, you will receive an email confirming that a Certificate of Coverage has been authorized for your project. This email guarantees that the impacts from the grading and ground disturbance allowed by your site construction permit is covered under the County's Section 10 permit.

Certificate Example

 







Paper certificates available upon request

Questions? Contact us at 520-724-6940 or S10PrivateLandAdmin@pima.gov

IMPORTANT: To use the building permit process to get a Certificate of Coverage, your project must be a residential project on private property in unincorporated Pima County, and it must involve the grading of 14,000 sq. ft. or more.

REQUESTING COVERAGE

To request a Certificate of Coverage using the building permit process, all you have to do is answer ‘Yes’ to one question when you apply for a building permit. This question is included on relevant building permit application checklists: “If grading more than 14,000 square feet, indicate whether you want a Section 10 Certificate of Coverage. (Y/N)” It’s that simple! There are no additional requirements and no fees.

If you do not want a Certificate of Coverage, you must say 'No.'

RECEIVING COVERAGE

If your project meets the eligibility criteria listed above and you answered ‘Yes’ to the Section 10 Certificate of Coverage question, a Certificate of Coverage will be authorized and a statement confirming coverage will be printed on your building permit. This statement guarantees that the impacts from the grading and ground disturbance allowed by your building permit is covered under the County’s Section 10 permit.

Questions? Contact us at 520-724-6940 or S10PrivateLandAdmin@pima.gov

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