Building Safety Division

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Welcome to the Building Safety Division of Development Services, Cochise County

The Building Safety Division coordinates all facets of building plan review and the subsequent inspection process during construction (both residential and commercial) for code conformance in the interest of public safety. 

To ensure quality construction for the county's residents and visitors, the Building Safety Division regulates building construction and building occupancy through the enforcement of the Building Safety Code. Building Safety staff also performs the state-required installation inspections on Mobile and Manufactured Homes in the county, under an agreement with the State of Arizona Office of Manufactured Housing.


Building permits safeguard public health, safety, and general welfare through the enforcement of various building and zoning codes. Consequently, a permit is almost always needed for any type of building, structure, structural remodel/repair, or grading project.

Per state law, building permits are required for all new structures or renovations of existing structures that meet or exceed $1,000 in value, although some home repairs and uses are exempt from this requirement.  To see which improvements are exempt, please go the Permit Exemptions webpage. Regardless of whether your project requires a permit, it must still be constructed in conformance to the regulations of this jurisdiction and all applicable state laws. 

Online Building Permit Application


The Cochise County Building Safety Code incorporates various building, plumbing, electrical, fire, mechanical, and energy conservation codes for the applicable portions of the unincorporated areas of the county.

Cochise County currently applies the standards contained in the 2015 International Building Code. All the International Building Codes are available for viewing at the Development Services main office in Bisbee, local libraries, or they can be purchased online from the International Code Council. Be advised, local amendments to this code apply.