Commercial Construction

Commercial Construction can be defined as any structure intended to house commercial activity or those structures which are located on property with either commercial or industrial zoning. The value and safety of your structure rely heavily on obtaining a building permit prior to construction; a building permit is your reassurance that your building plans, as well as the structure you build, will be inspected for minimum code safety. You may submit for your Commercial permit online following the steps below.

  1. Applying Online

Step 1Get Prepared.

check squareKnow what type of permit application you need to complete. Need help with this? Read the guide on application types .
check squareMake sure you have your site plans.  View a typical site plan example.
check squareKnow what other required documents you'll need to provide. These are listed on the permit applications, provided in step 2.
check squareHave your contact information, owner & property information handy. Look up your parcel number for property information.
check squareMake sure your documents meet all requirements. See Document Guidelines and Check Your PDFs Before Submitting.
check squareKnow your project's upfront fees (if any), and get an estimate for your project's permitting costs .

Step 2Fill Out the Application.

The applications are listed by category. Select the one that's right for your project. Don't see the application you're looking for? View all permits or call (602) 506-3301.


Addition, Accessory, Alteration (Tenant Improvement) , Comm Manufactured Building , Addendum-Deferred , Modification Form , New Commercial Construction

sign postBillboard & Signs

Billboard , Monument Sign , Wall Sign

cell phone  Cell Towers

Cell Tower Alteration , New Cell Tower

map Grading

Grading - Infrastructure/Subdivision (max $42,000) , Grading - Miscellaneous/Paving , Grading - Stockpile/Grading Only , Stormwater Pre-Construction

Step 3Apply Online Using the Permit Tool.

Here you will either register as a first time user or sign in. The tool will walk you through a number of questions and prompts. You will be uploading the permit application you filled out, along with your required PDF documents and paying any up front fees, if applicable.

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Commercial Construction Permit Information

The Maricopa County Planning and Development Department is responsible for regulating development activity and land use within the unincorporated areas of Maricopa County. Obtaining the necessary permits is the first step in ensuring your development activity is successful. There are several resources available to assist you with the permitting process.

Featured Permitting Solutions

Planning and Development has a number of programs to assist customers with proceeding quickly through the permitting process and reducing costs wherever possible. Learn more about Fast Track, Permit By Inspector, Annual Facilities Permit, and Standard Plans on our Featured Permitting Solutions page.

Permit Actions and Activities

Visit our Permit Actions and Activities page to learn more about permit actions (such as cancellation and extension requests), permit modifications, and permit research request options for permits and parcels located within the unincorporated areas of Maricopa County.

Drainage Review

Drainage Administration is one of the regulatory activities that the Planning and Development Department provides for the benefit of the residents of unincorporated Maricopa County to ensure compliance with County drainage regulations. Learn more about Drainage regulations, clearances, floodplains, and other resources on our Drainage Review page.

Fee Schedule and Estimators

Fee schedules are structured to cover the cost of service and will vary widely depending on the type of project, valuation, and other unique elements related to a particular parcel / site. To assist you in determining approximate permitting costs associated with your project, review our Fee Schedule and Estimators page for fee information and estimator tools for construction permits filed with the Planning & Development Department.

Additional Permit Information

The value, safety, and code compliance of your structure is heavily dependent on obtaining a building permit prior to construction or installation; a building permit is your reassurance that your building plans, as well as the structure you build, will be inspected for minimum code safety. For more information related to Compliance Inspections, grading and paving, manufactured housing, and signage, please visit our Additional Permit Information page.

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Still Need Help?

You may not realize how connected the permitting departments of Maricopa County really are. There are easy-to-follow instructions and resources for first-timers or those looking for more guidance on their project:

 Permitting 101