Residency Requirements

What is the residency requirement for a City of Phoenix employee?

All full-time regular employees shall have twenty-four months after date of employment to move into the designated residency area. The designated residency area is the area within 35 miles (see map of pdf  - 294 KB PDF ) of the center of Phoenix, or the Maricopa Association of Governments' (MAG) planning areas and incorporated areas (pdf map at https://www.azmag.gov/Documents/pdf/cms.maps/IS_2010-03-26_MAG-Municipal-Planning-Areas_53442.pdf 1), and INCLUDES towns and cities whose border is wholly or partially within the 35 mile radius or the MAG boundaries. The center of Phoenix is designated as 13th Avenue & Hatcher Road.

Executive level positions including the City Manager, all Deputy City Managers, Department Heads, Assistant Department Heads, other such classes as are officially included in the Executive category, and such other professional staff of the Mayor, the City Council, and the City Manager's Office as the City Manager shall designate must reside within the boundaries of the City of Phoenix within twenty-four months of appointment or promotion.

Residency Requirements Quick Reference

The following is a quick reference sheet on the City's residency requirements and provides a list of cities, towns, and communities located within the designated residency area.

Executive-level employees are required to live within the boundaries of the City of Phoenix within 24 months of appointment or promotion.

All other full time regular employees shall have 24 months after date of employment to move into the designated residency area. A list of cities, towns and communities located within the designated residency area is provided below:

Anthem� *
Apache Junction� *
Arlington
Avondale
Black Canyon City*
Buckeye
Carefree
Cashion
Cave Creek
Chandler
El Mirage
Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation� *
Fountain Hills
Gila Bend
Gila River Indian Community� *
Gilbert
Glendale
Gold Canyon�
Goodyear
Guadalupe
Higley
Laveen
Litchfield Park
Maricopa*
Mesa
New River
Paradise Valley
Peoria
Phoenix
Queen Creek (includes San Tan Valley)
Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community� *
Scottsdale
Sun City
Sun City West
Sun Lakes
Surprise
Tempe
Tolleson
Tonopah
Waddell
Wickenburg
Wittman
Youngtown

Unless otherwise indicated by the symbols * or �, which are defined below, the list above identifies cities and towns located within Maricopa County:

*indicates cities, towns, or communities which fall within the City of Phoenix 35-mile Distance to Phoenix Centroid map

�indicates cities, towns, or communities which fall within the Maricopa Association of Governments' (MAG) Municipal Planning Areas and Incorporated Areas map

Unincorporated areas of Maricopa County are not identified in the list above but are considered compliant.

The above is intended as a quick reference tool for employees/applicants and may not be all inclusive. Questions regarding employee residency requirements should be directed to the City of Phoenix Human Resources Department, Administration Division, at 602-262-6609.