Can I build my own home or do I need a licensed contractor?

You may build your own home but you will be required to obtain all required permits and sign an owner/builder affidavit. By signing this affidavit, you affirm that the property is intended for your sole occupancy and will not be offered for sale or rent within one year of completion (ARS 32- 1121.A.5). As an owner/builder, you act as your own contractor, and will be responsible for following all aspects of the permit process. 

Cochise County also offers an additional program to qualifying rural properties called the “owner-builder amendment.” (See Owner-Builder Amendment webpage)

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1. What is the zoning of my property?
2. Do I need a permit?
3. What are the minimum requirements for the owner-builder option?
4. How do I get electric service to my property?
5. Can I build a tiny home on my property and, if so, what are the requirements?
6. Can I camp on my vacant property?
7. What building code does the county use?
8. Can I use an alternative waste disposal system on my property?
9. Can I live in an RV on my property?
10. Can I build my own home or do I need a licensed contractor?
11. Where can I find more information about my property?
12. Can I build an accessory dwelling structure or guest house on my property?
13. How long is my building permit good for?
14. How can I get an address?
15. How much does a permit cost?
16. How do I apply for a permit?
17. Is my property in a floodplain?
18. What is a setback and how is it measured?
19. Can I operate a business out of my home?
20. Can you tell me the location of easements on or near my property?
21. How do I resolve an easement dispute with my neighbor?
22. Am I allowed to have livestock (goats, horses, pigs...) on my property?
23. How do I get potable water to my property?