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Temporary one-year extensions for a variety of permits - emergency proclamation

Post Date:05/22/2020

Tempe Mayor Mark Mitchell issued an emergency declaration on May 5, 2020 in a proactive effort to keep development moving forward.

Read the proclamation.
Uncertain times like these can cause delays in lending, construction and more. To keep the economy moving forward, the City of Tempe has enacted temporary one-year extensions to a variety of permits needed for developers and businesses to bring their projects to completion.

These extensions are not only for developers. They also apply to residents who are working on their homes. They cover permits needed to remodel homes or add garages or accessory buildings.

These permits include the automatic 1-year extensions of:

  • Zoning Map Amendments/Planned Area Development Overlays
  • Development Plan Review
  • Minor General Plan Amendments
  • Subdivision Plats
  • Use Permits
  • Variances
  • Sign Review/Permits
  • And other administrative actions 

All projects with construction documents in review for either a building permit or engineering permit and all Building Safety permitted plans will be extended for one year from the date of expiration. Also, through Dec. 31, 2020, the City of Tempe will consider administrative approval to defer initiating default or cure provisions under a development agreement for excusable delay of defaults, breaches and anticipatory breaches of obligations that are a result of coronavirus (COVID-19.) A written request to Tempe’s Economic Development Director or Community Development Director is required for this.

The City of Tempe also wants to ensure that our residents continue to have the opportunity to provide their input on projects. Even though right now we cannot gather in person to discuss projects, it is vital that we continue to hear from our residents. To keep us all safe and yet continue to keep us informed and involved, the City of Tempe is lifting the requirement for in-person neighborhood meetings. Instead, developers will be required to conduct neighborhood meetings virtually. Proposed site plans, elevations, landscapes and explanation of the project must be provided to everyone. A 15-day comment period is also required. People must be able to email, call or virtually meet directly with an applicant or project team. 

For more information, contact Tempe Community Development at 480-350-4311 or email 

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