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Single-Family Residential

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Answers to the Two (2) Most Commonly Asked Questions

   1.  How do I know if I need a permit?  Please email          with your questions. 

   2.  What is my zoning district?  Search by address


Getting Started

The purpose of Plan Review is to determine compliance with the codes and ordinances adopted by the City of Tempe. Once the construction documents for a building or structure is determined to be in compliance, a permit may be issued.


Residential Rebate Program

After you have completed your work and passed your final inspection, please keep in mind that you may qualify for a complete rebate of your building permit fees. For eligibility requirements and additional information, please visit:


Over-the-Counter Permits

Single-family residential projects may be eligible for over-the-counter permitting and plan review 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.

Scheduling an Appointment

You may request a dedicated appointment by emailing or calling 480-350-4311 and ask to speak to the permit center. Please provide:

  • Project address
  • Brief description / scope of work
  • Existing / proposed floor plans, and site plan (if available)
  • Any preliminary code questions

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

Additional Information

For more information regarding the permit process, forms, applications, FAQs, inspections, and rebates -- select from the three (3) tabs below: