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The Development Services Department
Welcome to the Development Services Department of Cochise County. We’re committed to enhancing the quality-of-life of residents by ensuring that our County is a safe, attractive, and enjoyable place to live.
We'd love to see you, but be advised, due to Covid-19, we are taking the following precautions:
- The Bisbee front counter is open
- The Benson front counter is available by appointment only (call 520-432-9248 to make an appointment)
- The Sierra Vista front counter is closed, until further notice
Please wear a face-covering and respect social distancing in the lobby and when talking with staff. No more than five people in the lobby area at one time. Thanks for your cooperation!
PUBLIC MEETINGS: Members of the public who wish to attend public meetings can do so remotely and can request a phone number and conference ID by calling (520) 432-9300. Or email the Department at PlanningAndZoning@Cochise.az.gov
The public can submit comments on items posted on the Planning and Zoning Commission agendas or Board of Adjustment agendas. To comment on an agenda item, email Development Services at email@example.com by 5 p.m. the day before the meeting. Please include the meeting, meeting date, your name, your address or parcel number, and agenda number.
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. This includes the specific improvements and uses that are included in Articles 1704.01 and 1720.04 of the Zoning Regulations. 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. We encourage you to submit an application for a permit by clicking on the link below.
In addition, you may use our online portal to apply for a health license, as well as submit planning applications and code compliance complaints, all from your home, office or mobile device.
The Development Services Fee Schedule contains the established fees associated with the services provided by the Development Services Department. The fees included in this schedule are intended to cover the costs and expenses associated with examining, processing, conducting field inspections, publishing legal notices, and meeting with developer and builder applicants. All fees shall be paid to the Development Services Department at the time of filing an application. These fees are generally non-refundable after plans are accepted and the review is started.
License/Permit Review Timeframes
For any new ordinance or code requiring a license, every County in Arizona must have in place an overall time frame during which the county will either grant or deny each type of license that it issues. This information must be posted on the county's website. For more information about review timeframes for building permits and planning applications, please click on the appropriate link below.
Are you interested in learning more about land jurisdictions, boundaries for comprehensive plan designation, special districts, watersheds, and more? INFO Map is an interactive data source that provides a great deal of information related to Cochise County. INFO Map also provides information about permits issued from 2011- to the present. There may also be some limited information associated with permits issued from the years 2006-2011.
Are you interested in learning more about traffic counts? The Cochise County Traffic Count Map provides information for the majority of Cochise County while the Sierra Vista Traffic Count Map provides information about traffic counts for Sierra Vista, Huachuca City, and Hereford.
Are you interested in learning more about statewide assets, resources, and amenities searchable across 27 different categories including infrastructure, education resources, land ownership, startup resources, and labor force information? The Arizona Assets Map is an interactive data source that can give you this information.
The Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Division is responsible for long and short-range planning for unincorporated areas and communities throughout Cochise County. P&Z processes applications associated with special use requests, rezonings, home occupations, subdivisions, and variances to the Zoning Regulations. It is also tasked with developing and updating the Comprehensive Plan.
Have a question about developing land in Cochise County? Call Development Services or Email a Planner
Planning and Zoning also enforce the Zoning Regulations, Land Clearing Ordinance, Light Pollution Ordinance, Hazard Abatement Ordinance, Graffiti Abatement in the enclaves of Sierra Vista, and Solid Waste (Wildcat Dumping) Ordinance.
Have a question? Call Development Services or Email a Code Compliance Officer. You may also submit a Zoning or Code Violation Complaint if there is a particular issue you would like investigated by of our Code Compliance Officers.
The Building Safety Division ensures quality construction for the county's residents and visitors through enforcement of the Building Safety Code. The Building Safety Division is responsible for the issuance of residential and commercial building permits. It coordinates all facets of building plan review and subsequent inspections during construction to ensure code conformance in the interest of public safety. The Building Safety Division also performs:
The State required installation inspections on mobile and manufactured homes in the county
Receiving applications and issuing permits for septic systems (Health Department)
Residential work in the right-of-way (Highway and Floodplain)
Floodplain use permits (Highway and Floodplain)
If you have a question regarding Residential or Non-Residential Permits call or Email a Permit Technician