Permit Actions and Activities
Learn more about permit actions, permit modifications, and research requests options for permits and parcels located within the unincorporated areas of Maricopa County.
There are several Permit Action Requests that may be submitted for an existing permit:
- Cancellation – A request to terminate a project and remit payment for any outstanding fees
- Extension – A request for one free extension of 180 days, if received within 180 days of the permit's expiration date.
- Refund – A request for a refund (excluding any plan review fees for work already completed) may be submitted, and if approved, a check or credit to the original account will be issued in 4 to 6 weeks.
- Renewal – A request to renew an expired permit (expired beyond 180 days and less than 365 days). Review the Expired Permits Information (PDF) to determine if your project may qualify for a renewal.
To request one of the above actions for an existing permit, please complete and print the Permit Action Request (PDF) form. If requesting a Renewal, check the Extension option and provide an explanation for the renewal request.
The completed form can be submitted by:
- Email – scan and send to Customer Service
- Fax – send a copy to 602-506-3282
- Mail or In Person – send or drop off the form to the Planning & Development Office
Once the completed form has been received, a Department response should be sent within 7 to 10 business days.
There are several ways to research the permit history on a specific parcel within the unincorporated areas of Maricopa County:
Self-Service Options (No Cost):
- Citizens Access Opens a New Window. (or Online Permit Manager) – For projects starting May 18, 2009 through present day.
- Velocity Hall Opens a New Window. – For projects starting between October 1, 1999 and May 17, 2009, and may be expired, terminated, or have received a final inspection.
- Weekly Permit Activity Opens a New Window. – For searching building and construction information by year and week. All information from this tool is deemed unofficial and should be marked as an "Unofficial Copy.“
- Public Records Requests Opens a New Window. completed by staff may also be submitted through these department-specific links. (*Note: There may be charges incurred for copying expenses)
Staff-Supported Options (Fees Apply):
Research requests performed by staff, which are more detailed in nature, require payment to be made at the time of submittal. Select the applicable form below based on the research you would like to receive and then submit the completed form with payment by mail (check) or in person (check, cash, or credit card) to the Planning and Development Office. The research request fee is non-refundable and the results of the staff research will be sent via mail and email (if applicable) to the contact listed on the request form. The average turnaround time for these requests is 7 to 10 business days.
- Permit Research – Permit Research can be prepared for the history of permitting on a designated parcel. Suggested resolution(s) to potential problems on the selected parcel will be identified as part of the permit research response letter from staff. Please be aware research conducted on a parcel is for permit history only; if there are UNPERMITTED structures on a property, neither the Online Permit Manager tool nor the Permit Research option will identify structures which have no permit record. You may want to also visit the property and review aerial maps, then compare whether a permit record is listed on those structures that appear to have been constructed since January 1, 2000. If interested in this staff-supported option, please complete the Permit Research Request (PDF) Opens a New Window. form.
- Zoning Verification – Zoning Verification letters can be prepared for financing or other purposes to give the current zoning and zoning history of a parcel and its surrounding parcels. Suggested resolution(s) to potential problems on the selected parcel will be identified as part of the zoning verification response letter from staff. If interested in this staff-supported option, please complete the Zoning Verification Request (PDF) Opens a New Window. form.
A Permit Modification is a change to a plan set in which the permit has already been issued or reissued. Modifications require another full review; therefore, additional fees for services from Planning and Development as well as any other reviewing departments will apply.
Please Note: Full sets of plans will need to be submitted with a permit modification since the previously approved plan will be superseded by the modification.
Applicants requesting a modification will be required to complete and sign the Modification Financial and Service Acknowledgement (PDF) when the modified plans are submitted.
The proposed changes will need to meet all ordinances, regulations, and codes to receive approval; approval of the modification will result in a reissued permit.
Modifications are to be submitted in the same format (paper or online) as the original permit submission
For modifications deemed as minor changes by the Building Official, a $30 administrative review fee will be assessed for each modification and payable upon reissuance of the permit.
Modifications that are not deemed as minor changes will be assessed the following modification review fees:
- A $100 fee is assessed for changes to the site plan.
- A $250 fee is assessed for changes to the building plans.
- Increased sq. footage or other components will be factored into the valuation calculation.
- If a drainage review is necessary, a $250 fee will be assessed.
- If drainage requires in-progress inspections, a fee of $150 per inspection will be assessed.
- While the modification is being reviewed, inspections on that project are suspended.
If repeated modifications are necessary, the Building Official may deem the continued changes as redesign and therefore, as major changes. Major changes will have the fees applied on each modified submittal.
Each modification submitted will be assessed the following modification review fees:
- A $250 fee is assessed by Zoning for each site plan review.
- An hourly building plan review rate will be assessed on each review of building plans.
- If classified as a minor accessory for a Drainage review, a $650 review fee will be assessed.
- If outside the scope of a minor accessory, Drainage will assess $2,000 plus $125 per acre with a maximum of $22,000.