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Plan Review Questions by Appointment

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Single family residential project eligible for over the counter permitting and plan review and permitting questions by appointment

Beginning Monday, Jan. 14, 2019 the Community Development Building Safety counter review team will see people on an appointment basis. People may sign up for a 30-minute appointment from 9 to 11 a.m.  or 1 to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday to talk about their remodeling projects, home additions or small commercial projects. They can ask questions about how City of Tempe Building Codes apply to their project and get preliminary plan review, time permitting, prior to submitting for permits. With this new appointment system, there is no waiting and we can ensure that the most appropriate staff person is available to help with your project.

You can sign up for an appointment by emailing or calling 480-350-8341 and ask to speak to the permit center. Please provide the project address, a preliminary description of the work and include any preliminary code questions and/or proposed floor plans with your request.

You may also email preliminary building code and engineering private development questions to

Projects eligible for over the counter permits issued by our Permit Center Counter Services Staff Monday – Friday 8:00 am – 4:30 pm:

a.            Single family residential electrical service replacement/upgrade up to a 300-amp service

b.            Single family residential water, sewer or gas replacement or repair

c.             Residential Standard plans on file for homes. *Note: There is a limit of two per applicant per day by over the counter processing.

d.            Commercial backflow replacements

Effective Jan. 14th, 2019, all building permit applications for single family residential projects must be submitted using Tempe's Accela Citizen Access Portal.  The portal allows users to submit projects at any time of the day, seven days a week from your computer. This saves time and makes the process easier for those submitting applications.

This portal is available at for those who want to start using it now.

Initial plan review comments are returned via the portal and once plans are approved, the building permit is issued via the portal.

Customers who visit Tempe Community Development in person to submit their project after Jan. 14th, 2019 will be assisted in using the Accela portal. 

Those who have questions regarding how to use the portal may email or call 480-350-8341 and ask to speak to the Permit Center.

Building Safety Counter Plan Review Staff are available for a thirty (30) minute appointment Monday - Friday from 9 a.m. – 11am and 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.  regarding any permitting or plan review code questions.

Based on the plan reviewer’s discretion and time remaining during the appointment small projects may be reviewed for possible permitting such as items #1-6 listed below. Plan check and permit fees vary depending upon the type of work being done and the valuation.

1. Single family residential projects:

a. Minor residential interior remodels, patio covers, carport to garage conversions, covered patio to livable, and mobile home permits.

b. Demolition of a swimming pool.

c. Residential Fire Damage Repairs under 50% damage if the Fire Damage Report is available. Note: If roof trusses, other than two-point bearing (common/gable) trusses, are replaced, the applicant must provide two copies of truss calculations/drawings sealed by the Arizona registrant. Repair of damaged trusses requires a truss repair calculation/drawing sealed by the Arizona registrant.

2. Commercial projects:

Counter plan review may be provided for Tenant Improvements (TIs) given the following situations:

                a.  Under 1,000 sq. ft. for Business Offices (no medical, dental, etc. offices)

                b.  Under 1,000 sq. ft. for Mercantile space

                c.  Under 5,000 sq. ft. for storage of Low Hazard Storage less than 12’ in height.

All other Occupancies will require a submittal for plan review such as Multi-Family Residential, Medical Office, Assembly, Educational, Factory or Manufacturing, Hazardous, and Institutional Occupancies.

d.  Fire Damage “Restore to Original” with no structural requirements

3.           Re-instatement of expired permits if the Inspection Record Card has been reviewed by inspection, the remaining fees have been established, and both sets of original “approved” plans are available for re-stamping.

4.            Minor mechanical, electrical, and/or plumbing work. Minor is defined by three or less circuits, small service upgrades, change out of like equipment, replacing existing sewer line, gas line, or water line.

5.            Demolition permits for the complete demolition of a structure.

6.            Interior demolition of non- bearing partitions, ceilings, etc., for pending/future TIs.

7.           A counter plan review for permitting will NOT be provided when any of the following conditions exist:

 a.  A Notice to Comply has been issued for Construction Without Permits

 b.  A Change of Occupancy  

c.    A revision or change to the required exits will occur   

 d.   A Use Permit or other entitlement is required by Planning

                e.  Changes to the exterior of the building which will require Planning approval,  

such as adding roof top mechanical or HVAC  equipment, exterior lighting additions or changes, window and door additions or changes, paint scheme changes, etc.

f.  Projects where structural or other calculations are required.

Please note:  At least two (2) sets of clear, legible plans drawn to scale will be required for all the above submittals.  Please contact our office at (480) 350-4311 with any questions.