Permits and Handouts

Building Department Applications and Permits

The Town of Paradise Valley is pleased to announce the launch of its inaugural online application system through the Citizen Portal. This innovative platform offers a streamlined process for various permit applications, encompassing Building, Banner, Demolition, Electrical, Fence/Site Walls, Mechanical, Plumbing, Pool/Spa, and Short-Term Rental permits with more applications coming soon. This digital enhancement aims to enhance accessibility and efficiency for residents and businesses engaging with the Town's permitting processes. 

Click here to Access the Paradise Valley Citizen Portal.

General Permitting Help: 

Citizen Portal How-To Guides: 

For all other questions regarding the permitting process please contact the General Information Line at: 480-348-3692 or email: PVPermitSubmittal@paradisevalleyaz.gov.

 All permit applications must be submitted electronically.  Please follow the instructions from the list below, if your application is not submitted through our citizen portal then email it along with your digital drawings, and supplemental documents to PVPermitSubmittal@paradisevalleyaz.gov.

See all supplemental documents and references listed at bottom of page. 

Building Permit Application (Residential / Commercial):

The Building Permit application should be used for any structure constructed or erected over 8”, the use of which requires a fixed location on the ground. This includes but is not limited to a Single-Family Residence (SFR), Guest House, Ramada, Fountain, Sport Court, etc.). A separate application is required for each type of structure.

Step 1: Begin/initialize application:

Step 2: Required documents to upload with the application:

Other: Additional documents may be required based on scope of work:

  • Sewer Septic Verification
  • Grading and Drainage Plan sealed by a Civil Engineer registered in AZ will be required on a SFR or where 999 sf or more of impervious area is added or if the value of the work is greater than $500,000. Where the scope of work is 750 sq ft or more of impervious area a G&D plan may be required.
  • Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP)
  • Native Plant Preservation Plan
  • Demolition Permit is required any time more than 12 linear feet of wall, fence, roof or slab is removed. See below for Demolition Permit Instructions.
  • Copy of construction staging plan (Required for most applications on hillside-designated property)
  • A form of financial assurance (Required for most applications on hillside-designated property)
  • A right of entry and temporary construction easement agreement (May be required for applications on hillside-designated property)
  • Plan showing the limits of construction, demolition, or proposed Disturbed Areas (required to be clearly staked in the field), along with photographs of the staked limits (Required for most applications on hillside-designated property).
  • Other documents/information as may be required from the Hillside Building Committee approval (as applicable for applications on hillside-designated property)

Reference Material:

Banner Permit Application (Residential / Commercial): 

The Banner Permit application should be used by commercial properties when posting a sign or banner at the property for any period of time (temporary or permanent).

Step 1: Begin/initialize application:

Step 2: Required documents to upload with the application:

  • Narrative
  • Site Plan (Showing banner location and setback)
  • Elevation View (Showing mounted height, banner length and width)

Other: Additional documents may be required based on scope of work:

  • See other documents on bottom of page if additional documents are required based on feedback from staff.

Reference Material:

Change of Address Request (Residential / Commercial):

The Change of Address application may be used when there is a need to assign an address to a parcel which has not been assigned an address or to change the current address associated with a parcel. Generally, it is desirable to have the address on the same street as the “Front Yard Designation”.

Step 1: Begin/initialize application:

Step 2: Required documents along with the application:

  • No Required Documents

Other: Additional documents may be required based on scope of work:

  • See other documents on bottom of page if additional documents are required based on feedback from staff.

Reference Material:

  • No Reference Material

Demolition Permit Application (Residential / Commercial):

The Demolition Permit application is required when more than 12 linear feet of a building wall or fence OR, 12 square foot of roof structure will be removed. A demolition permit must be obtained prior to issuance of the building permit.

Step 1: Begin/initialize application:

Step 2: Required documents to upload with the application:

Other: Additional documents may be required based on scope of work:

  • If demolishing two or more buildings, proof of asbestos inspection by an AHERA-certified asbestos building inspector shall be submitted to the Town.
  • Copy of Construction Staging/Traffic Plan (Required for most applications on hillside-designated property)
  • Form of Financial Assurance/Performance Bond (Required for most applications on hillside-designated property)
  • A Right-of-Entry and Temporary Construction Easement Agreement (May be required for applications on hillside-designated property)
  • Plan showing the Limits of Construction, Demolition, or proposed Disturbed Areas (required to be clearly staked in the field), along with photographs of the staked limits (Required for most applications on hillside-designated property).
  • Other documents/information as may be required from the Hillside Building Committee approval (as applicable for applications on hillside-designated property)

Reference Material:

Electrical Permit Application (Residential / Commercial):

The Electrical Permit application should be used for projects with electrical elements, including but not limited to panel upgrades, panel replacements, lighting changes, and establishing service.

Step 1: Begin/initialize application:

Step 2: Required documents to upload with the application:

  • No Required Documents

Other: Additional documents may be required based on scope of work:

  • Site Plan
  • Load Calculations

Reference Material:

Fence / Site Walls Permit Application (Residential / Commercial):

The Fence/Site Walls Permit application for any fence, including block, chain, etc. Additionally, this permit should be used for gates, planters, gardens and retaining walls.

Step 1: Begin/initialize application:

Step 2: Required documents to upload with the application:

Other: Additional documents may be required based on scope of work:

Reference Material:

Mechanical Permit Application (Residential / Commercial):

The Mechanical Permit application should be used for the installation or replacement of mechanical equipment such as heating, ventilation, and air conditioning.

Step 1: Begin/initialize application:

Step 2: Required documents to upload with the application:

  • Site Plan

Other: Additional documents may be required based on scope of work:

  • See other documents on bottom of page if additional documents are required based on feedback from staff.

Reference Material:

Plumbing Permit Application (Residential / Commercial):

The Plumbing Permit application should be used for plumbing project including but not limited to repairing or replacing gas lines, setting up new sewer service, installing a water heater or re-piping an entire residence.

Step 1: Begin/initialize application:

Step 2: Required documents to upload with the application:

  • Site Plan
  • Plumbing Isometric/Calculations

Other: Additional documents may be required based on scope of work:

  • See other documents on bottom of page if additional documents are required based on feedback from staff.

Reference Material:

Pool / Spa Permit Application (Residential / Commercial):

The Pool/Spa Permit application should be used for project including a pool, spa or “spool”, either in-ground and above-ground.

Step 1: Begin/initialize application:

Step 2: Required documents to upload with the application:

Other: Additional documents may be required based on scope of work:

  • Agent Authorization Letter
  • HOA Acknowledgement
  • Copy of Construction Staging/Traffic Plan (Required for most applications on hillside-designated property)
  • Form of Financial Assurance/Performance Bond (Required for most applications on hillside-designated property)
  • A Right-of-Entry and Temporary Construction Easement Agreement (May be required for applications on hillside-designated property)
  • Plan showing the limits of Construction, Demolition, or proposed Disturbed Areas (required to be clearly staked in the field), along with photographs of the staked limits (Required for most applications on hillside-designated property).
  • Other documents/information as may be required from the Hillside Building Committee approval (as applicable for applications on hillside-designated property)

Reference Material:

Revision/Deferred/Truss Review Application (Residential / Commercial):

The Revision/Deferred/Truss Review Application should be used when revisions are needed for an existing permit, when you need to submit a truss design review, or a miscellaneous deferred submittal review other than Fire

Step 1: Begin/initialize application:

Step 2: Required documents along with the application:

  • Reviews and Stamped Truss layout sheet from the Engineer of Record.
  • For Revision:
    • Revised Plans (All revisions should be clouded or delta)
  • For Deferred/Truss Review:
    • Truss Calculations stamped by an Arizona Truss Design Engineer

Other: Additional documents may be required based on scope of work:

  • See other documents on bottom of page if additional documents are required based on feedback from staff.

Reference Material:

Solar Permit Application (Residential/Commercial):

The Solar Permit Application may be used when you are adding solar panels to an existing structure.

Step 1: Begin/initialize application:

Step 2: Required documents along with the application:

  • Site Plan
  • Design Sheets

Other: Additional documents may be required based on scope of work:

  • See other documents on bottom of page if additional documents are required based on feedback from staff.

Reference Material:

 

Engineering Department Applications and Permits

Floodplain Development Permit Application (Residential / Commercial):

The Floodplain Development Permit application is required when development is proposed in a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Special Flood Hazard Area (SFHA), or other flood hazard area.

Step 1: Begin/initialize application:

Step 2: Required documents to upload with the application:

Other: Additional documents may be required based on scope of work:

  • An Owner Acknowledgement signed by the property owner, acknowledging that a Floodplain Development Permit is being sought.
  • A signed and notarized Property Owner Authorization form (if the owner wishes to grant authority to an agent, contractor, or consultant.)
  • See other documents on bottom of page if additional documents are required based on feedback from staff.

Reference Material:

  • No Reference Material

Grading Permit Application (Residential / Commercial):

The Grading Permit application is required when dirt or earth work is being completed (excavating or filling) and there are changes made to the current gradient of the land and drainage conditions.

Step 1: Begin/initialize application:

Step 2: Required documents to upload with the application:

  • A legal survey of the existing site conditions signed by an Arizona Registered Civil Engineer 
  • A Grading and Drainage (G&D) Plan signed by an Arizona Registered Civil Engineer 
  • Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP) signed by an Arizona Registered Civil Engineer 
  • Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) Notice of Intent (NOI) if the proposed gross disturbance is one acre or greater and/or if required by ADEQ. 
  • A Town of Paradise Valley Dust Control Plan is required if the area disturbed is equal to or less than 0.10 acre. Or, provide a Dust Control Permit from Maricopa County Air Quality Department is required if disturbance > 0.10 acre.

Other: Additional documents may be required based on scope of work:

  • Copy of Construction Staging/Traffic Plan (Required for most applications on hillside-designated property)
  • Form of Financial Assurance/Performance Bond (Required for most applications on hillside-designated property)
  • A Right-of-Entry and Temporary Construction Easement Agreement (May be required for applications on hillside-designated property)
  • Plan showing the limits of construction, demolition, or proposed Disturbed Areas (required to be clearly staked in the field), along with photographs of the staked limits (Required for most applications on hillside-designated property).
  • Other documents/information as may be required from the Hillside Building Committee approval (as applicable for applications on hillside-designated property)

Reference Material:

Right-of-Way Permit Application (Residential / Commercial):

The Right-of-Way/Engineering Permit application is required any time work is done within the Town owned right-of-way. This would include driveway or sidewalk work, but also used for utilities outside the right-of-way requiring Engineering review.

Step 1: Begin/initialize application:

Step 2: Required documents to upload with the application:

Other: Additional documents may be required based on scope of work:

  • Copy of Construction Staging/Traffic Plan (Required for most applications on hillside-designated property)
  • Form of Financial Assurance/Performance Bond (Required for most applications on hillside-designated property)
  • A Right-of Entry and Temporary Construction Easement Agreement (May be required for applications on hillside-designated property)
  • Plan showing the limits of Construction, Demolition, or proposed Disturbed Areas (required to be clearly staked in the field), along with photographs of the staked limits (Required for most applications on hillside-designated property). 
  • Any other documents/information as may be required from the Hillside Building Committee approval (as applicable for applications on hillside-designated property)

Reference Material:

Miscellaneous Engineering Permit Application (Residential / Commercial):

The Miscellaneous Engineering Permit Application should be used for any Engineering work not covered by one of the applications above. Including, but not limited to, blasting, drilling, and hauling permits.

Step 1: Begin/initialize application:

Step 2: Required documents to upload with the application:

  • A Town of Paradise Valley Dust Control Plan is required if the area disturbed is equal to or less than 0.10 acre. Or, provide a Dust Control Permit from Maricopa County Air Quality Department is required if disturbance > 0.10 acre.
  • Certificate of Insurance (COI). Liability insurance is required in the amount of two million dollars, naming the Town of Paradise Valley as an additional insured. The original documents of insurance shall be provided prior to the release of an approved permit.
  • Blasting Permits must comply with requirements outlined in Town Code Section 5-10-4, including but not limited to:
    • Proper Licensing (Applicant shall be a minimum of 21 years of age and shall require a minimum of two (2) years' experience in the conduct of blasting operations. Experience shall include the understanding of blasting designs, drilling of holes, loading of holes, decking stemming, and wiring methods.
    • Certification of Fitness (Any person requesting permission to conduct blasting operations within the Town shall first present a current and valid Certificate of Fitness Card issued by the City of Phoenix.

Other: Additional documents may be required based on scope of work:

  • Copy of Construction Staging Plan/Traffic Control Plan (Required for most applications on hillside-designated property)
  • Form of Financial Assurance/Performance Bond (Required for most applications on hillside-designated property
  • A Right-of-Entry and Temporary Construction Easement Agreement (May be required for applications on hillside-designated property)
  • Plans showing the limits of construction, demolition, or proposed Disturbed Areas (required to be clearly staked in the field), along with photographs of the staked limits (Required for most applications on hillside-designated property).
  • Any other documents/information as may be required from the Hillside Building Committee approval (as applicable for applications on hillside-designated property)

Reference Material:

 

Fire Safety/Special Event Applications and Permits

Fire Safety Permit Application (Residential/Commercial):

The Fire Safety Permit application is required in both residential and commercial settings for new fire sprinkler systems, fire alarms, and any above or below ground LPG tanks. Additionally, tents over 400 square foot in size, smaller tents with 3 enclosed sides, and tents used for cooking are also required to apply. Additionally, the Fire Safety Permit Application is required for general event safety compliance including setbacks, facility boundaries, proposed activity/structure/tent areas, auxiliary power source, location of the launching and landing area for any proposed (i.e., fireworks and food trucks).

Step 1: Begin/initialize application:

Step 2: Required documents to upload with the application:

  • Site Plan
  • Sprinkler Plans:
    • Sprinkler Plans showing sprinkler layout an calculations.
  • Fire Alarm:
    • Fire Alarm Plans to show alarm layout, alarm type and data sheet.
  • Food Truck Permit:
  • Tent Permit:
    • Tent Information (including installation method and material).
  • Fire Alarm Plans (showing alarm layout, alarm types and data sheets)
  • A Firework, Food Truck, or Tent Permit Application must be accompanied by the submittal of a Special Event Permit Application.

Other: Additional documents may be required based on scope of work:

  • See other documents on bottom of page if additional documents are required based on feedback from staff.

Reference Material:

Special Event Permit Application (Residential / Commercial):

The Special Event Permit application is required for events with valet parking, firework, liquor license, or tent components within the Town of Paradise Valley.

Step 1: Begin/initialize application:

Step 2: Required documents to upload with the application:

Other: Additional documents may be required based on scope of work:

  • Special Event Waiver of Appeal process as described in Section 8-8-10 of the Town Code of the decision by the Community Development Director or designee.. 
  • Proof of Federal Exemption under 26 U.S.C. Section 501(c), Section 501(d) or Section 501(e) may be required for Charitable Events/Charitable Non-profit Organizations.. 
  • Rendition/Parking Map (if applicable), depicting the proposed parking locations and flow of traffic. 
  • Certificate of Insurance (COI). Liability insurance is required in the amount of two million dollars, naming the Town of Paradise Valley as an additional insured. The original documents of insurance shall be provided prior to the release of an approved permit.
  • Temporary Sign Plan (if applicable), depicting the proposed location(s) for the placement of temporary directional or traffic control signage, the number and size of the proposed signs and a schedule for the placement and removal of the signs.  
  • Fire Safety Permit/Approval Certifying Compliance with the International Fire Code (If required), issued by the Town Fire Marshall. Required for any structure or tent covering an area of more than 200 square feet, a canopy more than 400 square feet, or fireworks. 

Reference Material:

 

Other Documents:

Other Reference Documents:

Supplemental Documentation and Fillable Exhibits: