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Residential General Information

Do you need a Building Permit?

Residential construction permits are needed when existing homes are remodeled or additions are made. A few examples are; garage/carport construction or conversion, porch enclosure, demolition, patio cover and a fence wall. Permits are also required for custom homes built for a specific site and not intended to be used at multiple locations.

Standard plan reviews are completed when a developer or builder wants to use the same basic design at many locations, usually in a specified subdivision. One comprehensive review of the construction elements of the plans is needed. The plan then becomes a "standard" and can be used to obtain permits for numerous sites.

Building plans are reviewed for compliance with the Phoenix Building Construction Code. For more information about the codes that are currently in use, see the section on Codes, Ordinances, Standards and Interpretations.

Have you researched other permits or authorizations you might need?  See Development Due Diligence for assistance.

If a building permit is required, the Process Overview link should prove helpful. If you cannot locate the information you need, contact Planning & Development at 602-262-7811.



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