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  • Group Home Application and Process

    What is a Group Home?

    A group home is a home that is located within a rural residential or residential zone that is licensed by the State of Arizona to accommodate more than five and up to ten minor children in addition to those minor children related to the operators in residence by blood or adoption; or a licensed home suitable for accommodating more than five, up to ten persons who require special care for physical or mental reasons.

    A group home requires a Certificate of Occupancy issued by Building and Site Development.

    Where do I obtain a State License for a Group Home?

    The State will issue a license for a group home.  The license will specifically be for a group home and is typically issued through Arizona Department of Child Safety or Arizona Department of Economic Security.  To help in understanding what is allowed as a group home, see the Interpretation regarding the Pima County Zoning Code Provisions for Group Homes.

    Now that I know what a Group Home is, how do I apply?

    1.  Prepare and provide the following documents for electronic submittal OR  applications may be 
         submitted in person:

    2.  Submit your electronic documents to DSDPlanning@pima.gov OR  bring your application to the 
          1st floor Planning Division.

    3.  Pay the fee in accordance with Table 3 – Building and Zoning Permit fees, items 2 and 39.  For 
         electronic submittal, a record will be opened and an email containing an invoice with the 
         record number for making payment through the online payment portal will be sent to the                      

    Will my application be approved?

    • A copy of the State License to operate a group home shall be provide to DSDPlanning@pima.gov once it has been received.
    • The application may be approved once the State License to operate a group home has been received and a certificate of occupancy has been issued.  The permit shall be emailed or sent to the applicant for their records and is valid for the listed property and does not need to be renewed.
    • If the permit cannot be approved, the applicant shall be notified in writing as to the reason for denial.


    For information and compliance with Arizona Revised Statutes, see Prohibited Acts by Counties

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