Planning and Zoning FAQ’s

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Frequently Asked Questions

 

How can I get septic approval/clearance? Contact Graham County Health Dept. at 428-0110 or Gavin Lawson.

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I need to request an inspection.

For Manufactured Homes contact:  Steve McGaughey

For site built homes contact:  Larry Woodside

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What is the zoning on a certain parcel? You can find zoning information on parcels from our GIS Department Maps and look for “County Map”. Learning which boxes to check in order to find the information you need may take some time. If you have any questions on navigating our maps please contact our GIS Department at 928-792-5047. More specific questions regarding zoning such as “Why is my property zoned a particular way?” or requesting to change your property’s zone may be directed to the Graham County Planning & Zoning Dept. at 428-0410.

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I think I see illegal activity on a parcel. (Please mail Complaint Form to P&Z, 921 Thatcher Blvd., Safford AZ 85546) Or contact Graham County Planning & Zoning Dept. at 428-0410

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What is my parcel number? (parcel info search and tax search) Or contact Graham County Assessor’s Office at 428-2828

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How can I obtain a building permit? (Building Permit Application) Or contact Graham County Planning & Zoning Dept. at 428-0410

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Do I need a building permit? (zoning ordinance, sec. 5.6.2) It shall be unlawful to erect, construct, reconstruct, alter, place, or use any building within a Land Use District covered by the Ordinance without first obtaining a Building Permit or appropriate Land Use designation from the Planning and Zoning Department. It is for that purpose the applicant shall provide a sketch of the proposed construction containing sufficient information to show compliance with the Land Use Ordinance. The Inspector shall recognize the limitations placed on his authority by State Laws and shall issue the permit when it appears to fully conform to the Zoning Ordinance. In any other case a Permit may be withheld. A Permit shall be good for one year from the date of issuance in order to start construction. A renewal Permit shall be handled as a new Permit.

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What is the fee for a building permit? Manufactured Home — (zoning ordinance sec. 3.8) All fees shall be paid to the Graham County Planning and Zoning office for the services rendered. The fee schedule is for reference only as of September 1998 and may be adjusted by the Board of Supervisors by resolution from time to time as they determine is needed. Site Built Home — (zoning ordinance sec. 5.15) Inspection and Plan Review Fees

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Am I allowed to have horses on my property? (zoning ordinance sec. 3.9 & 4.1.2.3) 3.9 Animals, other than household pets, that are kept and maintained for commercial production and sale for family food production, education or recreation. Domestic farm animals include horses, cattle and other bovine animals, sheep, goats, ratites and small animals such as rabbits, chickens and potbelly pigs. 4.1.2.3 Private greenhouses and livestock for private use. Although there are no restrictions on the number of livestock a person can have for private use, consideration of noise, odors, the attraction of insects/pests and other possible public health and nuisance factors must be accounted for when keeping animals. A general guide is that one large animal or two smaller animals per 10,000 square feet of property is allowed only on parcels larger than 20,000 square feet, except where prohibited by CC&Rs.

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What setbacks do I need to allow when I build? (zoning ordinance sec. 5.2) Setbacks and Area Requirements.

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I want to know if a piece of land is for sale. How can I find out? (parcel and tax search)

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Where do I go to get a burn permit? Contact Graham County Health Dept. at 428-0110 Property owners are required to obtain permits from the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) for the purpose of conducting open burning. Copies of Open Burning permit applications and permit requirements are available from the Health Dept., however the completed applications must be forwarded to ADEQ for approval. Open burning permits are typically issued for the purpose of weed abatement in rural areas of the County, but will not be issued for the burning of garbage or other prohibited materials. Also, permits may not be issued for properties less than one acre in size, or within subdivisions or the city limits of Safford, Pima or Thatcher (those towns or ADEQ are responsible for issuing burn permits within their jurisdiction). All open burning must be conducted no closer than fifty feet to the nearest structure, during the hours of the day that are allowed by state regulation, and water or other resources must be available to quickly extinguish the fire if necessary.

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