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  • Submittal Checklist for Site Construction Permit


    A Site Construction Permit authorizes grading, paving, sewer design/DEQ Construction Authorization (CA) of a project site and associated off-site ROW work.  Application for a Site Construction Permit does not require a Development Concept Permit (formally designated as “Development Plan”).  Alternatively, clients may bypass the Site Construction Permit and move straight to a Building/Site Construction Permit if the proposed development contains no more than one building.

    Site Construction Permits are required for projects of the following scope:

    • New development of one commercial building (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
    • Grading and paving of subdivisions
    • Stockpiling of more than 50,000 cubic yards of material

    The Site Construction 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 (if Development Services has a current approved copy on file of a below referenced report or plan, it will not need to be resubmitted):

    • 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 with building height and square footage (on a separate DWG layer) (not required for subdivision projects)
      • Title Report current to within 60 days, if no previously approved development concept permit or recorded subdivision plat
      • Presence of building setbacks, including major streets and scenic route (not required for subdivision projects)
      • Presence of proposed grading limits
      • Presence of driveway locations (not required for subdivision projects)
      • 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.
    • Geotechnical Report, if project includes road construction
    • Landscape Plan (not required for subdivision projects)
    • Striping, Signing and Signal plans, if applicable
    • DEQ Notice of Intent to Discharge form, if applicable (NOID does not need to include capacity approval letter if serving utility is RWRD) 
    • 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.
    • If permitting of work in the Right-of-Way is sought as part of the project approval, the submittal shall include the ROW application posted on our web site. 
    • Indicate whether you want a Section 10 Certificate of Coverage for this project (Y/N).

    Substantive Review Requirements

    The drawings and supplemental information shall be reviewed against the following criteria in order to determine substantive compliance with adopted regulation (if below elements have already been reviewed as part of an approved Development Concept Permit, or Tentative Plat, they will not be re-reviewed if site conditions remain unchanged):


    • Boundary survey data, basis of bearing and elevation
    • 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
    • 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 (not required for subdivision projects)
    • 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
    • Landscape plans:
    • 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 improvement 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, curb cuts, return radii, width, throat lengths and horizontal/vertical curves
    • Provide drive-through queuing, if applicable
    • Provide streets/pavement cross-sections and grade/roadway cross sections at 50 ft or less intervals
    • Show vertical & horizontal curves, return radii and corner clearances
    • 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
    • Label and dimension all sight visibility triangles and provide profiles for site access points
    • Provide calculations for length and location of roadside barriers per latest edition of AASHTO Roadside Design Guide, if applicable
    • Demonstrate compliance with the Subdivision & Development Streets Standards
    • Striping, Signing and Signal plans, if applicable, need to conform to DOT manuals
    • Provide site accessibility routes in accordance with ANSI A117.1
    • Identify whether work in ROW shall be covered within this permit or within separate ROW Use Permit


    • Provide lighting drawings/calculations in accordance the Outdoor Lighting Code to include on-site and off-site for projects containing lighting in: common areas, streets, parking lots, yards, or on commercial/multifamily buildings. Lighting on residential subdivision lots will be reviewed with the  lot building permits. 
    • When applicable, lighting for multiple commercial buildings on the same site may be submitted as either a deferred submittal on a combined site construction permit or as a separate site construction permit. Lighting for a single building on a commercial site may be submitted with the building permit application.


    • Provide sewer construction plans
    • Provide proposed point of connection to public sewer including public sewer IMS manhole and/or sewer line number
    • Provide necessary sewer easements
    • Provide sewer service agreements, if applicable

    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 document posted on our web site.

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