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  • Submittal Checklist for Development Concept Permit


    A Development Concept Permit (formally designated as “Development Plan”) is an engineering document described in Pima County Code Chapter 18.71 that establishes the conditions and requirements related to the development of a site for a proposed use and layout.  A Development Concept Permit does not authorize construction but is available to clients seeking entitlements for the specific use of a site. Clients may bypass the Development Concept Permit and move straight to Site Construction permitting at their discretion.  Development Concept Permits are available for projects of the following scope:

    • New commercial development (or more than three residential units located on an individual lot)
    • An expansion of more than 2000 square feet of gross floor area and/or land use area for an existing commercial development

    The Development Concept permitting process does not include the review of requirements associated with utilities (with the exception of Pima County Regional Wastewater Reclamation Department), fire departments and other agencies (such as ADOT) which may have a regulatory role in the development or from which the applicant may desire a service.  It is the applicant’s responsibility to contact these entities directly.

    Administrative Review Requirements

    The following information is required prior to the County initiating substantive review:

    • To be administratively complete, drawings shall include the following information:
      • The seal of an Arizona Registered Professional
      • Name of development and developer
      • Brief legal description
      • Parcel number(s)
      • A bold line delineating project boundary (on a separate DWG layer)
      • Boundary Survey corner ties (on a separate DWG layer)
      • Parcel/lot boundaries if applicable (on a separate DWG layer)
      • If project is phased, phase lines shall be clearly identified and labeled
      • Building footprints including building height and square footage (on a separate DWG layer)
      • Title Report current to within 60 days
      • Presence of building setbacks (including major streets and scenic route)
      • Presence of proposed grading limits
      • Presence of driveway locations
      • Adjacent streets and developments
      • Sewers
      • North arrow & scale
      • Small location map
    • Traffic Impact Study or Traffic Memorandum, if required
    • Final integrated water management plan, if required as a condition of rezoning
    • Drainage Report
    • Riparian Habitat Disturbance Calculation, if greater than zero, and Riparian Habitat Mitigation Plan, if greater than 14,520 square feet.
    • Landscape Plan
    • New residential apartment buildings shall require the submittal of a recreational area plan
    • Official copies of all approvals and restrictions associated with the property, including but not limited to: Rezoning conditions, Conditional Use Permits, and Board of Adjustment/Design Review Committee cases
    • For septic systems: Soils Reports if new septic system is proposed; Operating Permit if existing septic system is used; Design Calculations if new or existing septic system is used; and approved waiver if septic system is within 200 feet of public sewer
    • If addressing is sought as part of the project approval, the submittal shall include a DWG file with layers per requirements posted on our web site.

    Substantive Review Requirements

    The drawings and supplemental information shall be reviewed against the following criteria in order to determine substantive compliance with adopted regulation:


    • Boundary survey data
    • Provide interior street names, if applicable
    • Indicate the number of floors for each commercial building
    • For apartment complexes, label building numbers and provide the unit numbering scheme on the plan in accordance with county standards
    • For commercial buildings, identify the primary exterior entrances to the building
    • All existing and proposed easements shall be accurately represented on drawings
    • Show all proposed right-of-way and trail dedications


    • Show only existing structures/improvements which are to remain in project and label these as “existing”
    • Delineate front yards and show zoning setbacks including those to major streets and scenic routes, if applicable
    • For all structures that exceed 24 feet in height within the scenic route area of applicability, provide a viewshed analysis (18.77.040.E1b)
    • Label the footprint and use of each building with square footage of buildings, building height and number of stories.  If multiple uses, label individual uses for each building footprint
    • In cases where zoning is conditionally approved as part of rezoning, demonstrate that all rezoning conditions have been or will be approved
    • If site is subject to Hillside Development Zone or other overlay zones, demonstrate compliance with standards
    • RVC zoning requires design review committee approval per PCC 18.41

    Cultural Resources

    • Compliance with protection and documentation of archaeological, historical, and other cultural resources

    Landscaping/Native Plant Preservation

    • Bufferyards
    • A native plant preservation plan is required for all projects unless a waiver has been obtained by demonstrating the historical use of the property prior to August, 1998 has left the property denuded of protected species
    • Identify areas to be landscaped:
    • For expansions of buildings or site areas less than 25% only applicable to the new expansion
    • For expansions of 25% or more must have entire site meet current code
    • Landscape Plan shall meet RFCD requirements of TECH-009, if applicable

    Natural Resources, Parks & Recreation

    • Commercial developments encompassing or abutting trail corridors listed on the Pima Trails System Master Plan shall provide space to accommodate corridors, shall construct the segments of trails therein and shall provide an easement thereto that Pima County may record. 

    Flood Control & Riparian

    • Drainage Report shall meet the requirements of TECH-114 and RFCD Drainage Report checklist
    • Drawings shall be in conformance with RFCD development checklist
    • Show Community Acknowledgement of any FEMA map revisions
    • Demonstrate acceptance of any off-site flood control improvements
    • Drawings shall be in conformance with Riparian Review checklist
    • Riparian Habitat Mitigation Plan, if required, shall conform to the requirements for type of mitigation chosen and Riparian Habitat In-Lieu fee, if applicable, shall be paid
    • Demonstrate compliance with final integrated water management plan

    Note that additional RFCD resources are available.


    • Show paved legal access to the site, driveway aprons and curb cuts, driveway width and throat lengths
    • Show by light shading the extent of all site paving
    • Provide number of parking spaces required, number provided, loading zones, bicycle parking, and delineate a typical parking space with dimensions
    • Provide sidewalks along all sides of development that abut public streets and connect to building entrances
    • Provide drive-through queuing, if applicable
    • Label and dimension all sight visibility triangles and provide profiles for site access points


    • Provide proposed sewer layout
    • Provide proposed point of connection to public sewer including public sewer IMS manhole and/or sewer line number
    • Identify proposed sewer easements

    Septic Systems

    • Show location of existing and proposed septic systems
    • Show location of all well sites within 100 feet of septic systems
    • For assistance, please see our septic concept review checklist for subdivisions


    • Identify water service provider
    • Provide proposed water layout
    • Provide proposed point of connection to public water including public waterline number
    • Identify proposed water easements

    Process Requirements

    Please verify Process for Site Permitting posted on our web site. 

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