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Beverly Wilson, Director, Planning Division
 
Main Location
1415 Melody Lane, Building E
Bisbee, Arizona 85603

Phone (520)432-9240
Fax     (520)432-9278

Sierra Vista Location
4001 Foothills Dr
Sierra Vista, Arizona 85650

EMAIL Planning & Zoning 
planningandzoning@cochise.az.gov

Non-residential (Commercial) ONE STOP SHOP every Wednesday from 8 a.m. to Noon (In Sierra Vista Only)

Residential ONE STOP SHOP every Wednesday from 8 a.m. to Noon (In Bisbee Only)

Bisbee Office Hours
Monday through Friday

8:00am to 5:00pm
Permit Intake Hours:
8:00am to 4:30pm

Sierra Vista Office Hours
Monday through Wednesday
8:00am to 12:00pm &
1:00pm to 4:30pm
Permit Intake Hours:
8:00am to 11:30am &
1:00pm to 4:00pm

Thursday
1:00pm to 4:30pm
Permit Intake Hours: 
1:00pm to 4:00pm

Friday
8:00am to 12:00pm &
1:00pm to 4:30pm
Permit Intake Hours:
8:00am to 11:30am &
1:00pm to 4:00pm

Building Permits may be
submitted in the Sierra Vista
or Bisbee office through
out the week.

Planning & Zoning Offices in Benson and Willcox: Building permits will need to be submitted by appointment only
Please call (520) 432-9240 to schedule an appointment

Benson appointments will be on Tuesdays
Willcox appointments will be on Thursdays


 

 

 

Community Development Department

Planning, Zoning, and Building Safety Division

 

Zoning Regulations

Below is a search feature specific fo the Zoning Regulations section of our website.

 

ARTICLE 01. TITLE, PURPOSE, AND GUIDING PRINCIPLES 
101    Adoption of Land Use Plan and Zoning Ordinance
102    Purpose 
103    Declaration
 
ARTICLE 02. DEFINITIONS 

201    Intent 
202    Interpretations 
203    Definitions 

 
ARTICLE 03. GENERAL PROVISIONS 

301

General Rules of Construction 

302

Conformance Mandatory 

303

Resolution of Disputes 

304

Special Privileges Forbidden 

305

Minimum Requirements 

306

Private Agreements 

307

Uses Prohibited 

 
ARTICLE 04. PLAN AREA DESIGNATIONS AND MASTER DEVELOPMENT PLANS 

401

Plan Area Categories & Designations

402

Declaration

403

Identifying Plan Area By Growth Area Category

404

Guiding Principles for Amending Plan Designations

405

Major Amendments - Definition

406

Master Development Plans

407

Procedures for Amendments to Comprehensive Plan

 

 

 
ARTICLE 05. ZONING DISTRICTS, MAPS, AND BOUNDARIES 

501

Establishment of Zoning Districts 

502

Zoning District Maps 

503

Boundary Determination

504

Official Zoning District Map

505

Public Way Vacation

506

Lands Previously Zoned

507

Lands Not Previously Zoned

508

Rural Zoned Districts

 
ARTICLE 06. RU, RURAL, ZONING DISTRICTS 

601

Purpose 

602

Division of RU Zoning Districts

603

Permitted Principal Uses

604

Site Development Standards

605

Permitted Accessory Uses

606

Other Permitted Uses

607

Special Uses

 
ARTICLE 07. R, RESIDENTIAL ZONING DISTRICTS 

701

Purpose 

702

Division of TR Zoning Districts 

703

Permitted Principal Uses 

704

Site Development Standards 

705

Permitted Accessory Uses 

706

Other Permitted Uses 

707

 Special Uses 
 
ARTICLE 08. SINGLE-HOUSEHOLD-MANUFACTURED HOME ZONING DISTRICTS 

801

Purpose 

802

Division of SM Zoning Districts 

803

Permitted Principal Uses 

804

Site Development Standards 

805

Permitted Accessory Uses 

806

Special Uses 

 
ARTICLE 09. SR, SINGLE-HOUSEHOLD RESIDENTIAL ZONING DISTRICTS 

901

Purpose 

902

Division of SR Zoning Districts 

903

Permitted Principal Uses 

904

Site Development Standards 

905

Permitted Accessory Uses 

906

Special Uses 

 
ARTICLE 10. MR, MULTIPLE-HOUSEHOLD RESIDENTIAL ZONING DISTRICTS 

1001

Purpose 

1002

Division of MR Districts 

1003

Permitted Principal Uses 

1004

Site Development Standards 

1005

Permitted Accessory Uses 

1006

Special Uses 

 
ARTICLE 11. NB, NEIGHBORHOOD BUSINESS ZONING DISTRICT 

1101

Purpose 

1102

Permitted Principal Uses 

1103

Site Development Standards 

1104

Permitted Accessory Uses 

1105

Other Permitted Uses 

1106Special Uses 
 
ARTICLE 12. GB, GENERAL BUSINESS ZONING DISTRICT 

1201

Purpose 

1202

Permitted Principal Uses 

1203

Site Development Standards 

1204

Permitted Accessory Uses 

1205

Special Uses 

 
ARTICLE 13. LI, LIGHT INDUSTRY ZONING DISTRICT 

1301

Purpose 

1302

Permitted Uses 

1303

Site Development Standards 

1304

Permitted Accessory Uses 

1305

Special Uses 

 
ARTICLE 14. HI, HEAVY INDUSTRY ZONING DISRICT 

1401

Purpose 

1402

Permitted Uses 

1403

Site Development Standards 

1404

Permitted Accessory Uses 

1405

Special Uses 

 
ARTICLE 15. PD, PLANNED DEVELOPMENT DISTRICTS 

1501

Purpose 

1502

Permitted Uses 

1503

Site Development Standards 

1504

Procedures for Planned Development Zoning Amendments and Plan Approval 

1505

Amendments to Approved Master Development Plans for the PD Zoning District 

1506

Previously Zoned PD-1 and PD-2 Districts 

1507Residential Minor Expedited Subdivision Option 
 
ARTICLE 16. Reserved for Future Amendments 

ARTICLE 16   Reserved for Future Amendments    

 
ARTICLE 17. ADMINISTRATION 

1701

County Zoning Inspector 

1702

Permits 

1703

Administrative Rules 

1704

Building/Use Permit Required 

1705

Application for Building/Use Permit 

1706

Basis for Approval 

1707

Withholding Building/Use Permits 

1708

Display of Building/Use Permit and Plans 

1709

Final Inspection Requirements and Time Limits 

1710

Amendments to Building Permits 

1711

Validity of Building/Use Permits 

1712

Permits - Mobile Home and Manufactured Homes 

1713

Misrepresentations 

1714

Building/Use Permit Fee 

1715

Lot Development Administrative Modifications 

1716

Special Uses 

1717

Procedures for Issuing Permits for an Accessory Living Quarter 

1718

Criteria for Issuing Permits for Residential Care Homes or Residential Care Institutions that Provide Care for Juveniles. 

1719

Criteria for Issuing Permits for a Bed and Breakfast Homestay and Inn. 

 
ARTICLE 18. SITE DEVELOPMENT STANDARDS 

1801

Purpose 

1802

Identification of Site Development Standards 

1803

Standards Applicable to Setbacks (See Article 2 for the definition) 

1804

Off-Street Parking and Loading 

1805

Screening 

1806

Landscaping 

1807

Street Improvements, Access Standards and Traffic Circulation 

1808

Sewage Disposal and Water Requirements 

1809

Floodplain and Drainage Requirements 

1810

Outdoor Lighting Standards 

1811

Outdoor Storage 

1812

Site Development Standards for Mobile Home, Manufactured Home and Recreational Vehicle Parks 

1813

Site Development Standards for Wireless Communications Facilities 

1814

Reserved for Future Use 

1815

Keeping of Livestock 

1816

Swimming Pools 

1817

Temporary Uses 

1818 

Golf Courses 

1819 

Land Clearing 

1820 

Water Conservation Measures 

1821

Human Remains Protection 

1822Wind Energy Systems
1823Solar Energy Systems 
1824Solar Energy Power Plants
1825Medical Marijuana Uses
 
ARTICLE 19. SIGNS 

1901

Purpose 

1902

Sign Classification 

1903

Sign Structure 

1904

Definitions and General Specifications 

1905

General Regulations 

1906

Measurement of Signs 

1907

Signs Permitted In All Zoning Districts 

1908

Additional Permitted Signs by Zoning District 

1909

Administrative Procedures and Requirements 

 
ARTICLE 20. EXEMPTIONS, EXCEPTIONS AND NONCONFORMANCES 

2001

Purpose 

2002

Exemptions 

2003

Nonconformances 

 
ARTICLE 21. BOARDS OF ADJUSTMENT 

2101

Creation of Membership 

2102

Meeting and Rules 

2103

Jurisdiction and Powers 

2104

Application For Variance 

2105

Fees 

2106

Hearings 

2107

Decisions 

2108

Conditions 

2109

Appeal of a Decision Made by the Board of Adjustment 

 
ARTICLE 22. AMENDMENTS 

2201

Authority 

2202

Amendments Initiated by the Board of Supervisors, Planning and Zoning Commission or Planning Director 

2203

Citizen Review Process 

2204

Amendments Initiated by Application 

2205

Commission Action on Application 

2206

Commission Action 

2207

Board of Supervisors Action 

2208

Criteria for Establishment of a Zoning District in Accordance with the Comprehensive Plan 

2209

Modifications of Conditions of Approved Rezonings 

 
ARTICLE 23. ENFORCEMENT 

2301

Violations Deemed a Nuisance 

2302

Action to Enforce Regulations 

2303

Remedies 

2304

Penalties 

 
ARTICLE 24. SEVERABILITY 

2401

Severability 

2402

Repeal of Conflicting Regulations 

2403

Effective Date