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Yes, “dirt work” does not require a permit, everything else does. Sheds, fences, walls, conex boxes, pools, shops, etc. ALL need permits.
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All building and installation permits are to be submitted using this portal. Make sure to upload your building plans, plot plan sketch, and power of attorney forms so that your submission is not rejected.
The fee is based on value of livable and utility space by the square foot. Please see the chart on the Planning and Zoning page for base fees.
Utility service, insurance adjusters, and lending institutions require proof of permit when conducting business concerning your property. Getting a permit after-the-fact is difficult and expensive. Graham County can charge up to 5X the normal permit fee for construction that has occurred without a permit.
View the following setback resources:
Contact the Graham County Health Department at 928-428-0110 or email Gavin Lawson. You can also visit the Septic and Wastewater page for more information.
Contact the health department at 928-428-0110 or visit the Health Department page.
Contact Joe or Blake by email or phone to schedule an inspection. HAVE YOUR PERMIT NUMBER HANDY. No inspections will be scheduled without having a permit in hand.
The County Assessor and the Planning and Zoning Department both have separate and different “zones” for parcels. You can find land use zones info on the Zoning Maps on the Planning and Zoning page. Search by address or parcel number. Make sure to check the “Graham Zoning” box and consult the legend to see what the colors mean. Your parcel number can be found on your tax bill or valuation notice. Please see Articles 4 and 5 of the County Ordinances for land use regulations and land use provisions.
Fill out a Minor Land Division Affidavit and bring the required documents in to the Planning & Zoning office. Make sure to see the check list on the front page of the affidavit for the list of documents that you will need.
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 and Rs.
You may live in an RV while your home is being built. You must have a temporary RV permit as well as a building permit.
A manufactured home can only be set-up (installed) by a State licensed installer. All building and installation permits are to be submitted using this portal. Make sure to upload your building plans, plot plan sketch, and power of attorney forms so that your submission is not rejected. Homes older than June of 1976 cannot be moved at all and must be demolished.
Your parcel number can be found on your tax bill or valuation notice or (parcel information search and tax search) or contact the Graham County Assessor’s Office at 928-428-2828.
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 Department (928) 428-1962, however the completed applications must be forwarded to ADEQ for approval.
Visit the Arizona Department of Water Resources.
Graham County does not regulate water wells. For information on wells go to https://new.azwater.gov/
Fill out and submit a complaint form found on the Planning & Zoning page.
If you see criminal activity call 911.
Graham County Planning and Zoning has no records of easements on individual lots that are not part of a recorded subdivision. A surveyor, real estate attorney, or a schedule B from a title company may be able to assist you with the location of easements. Recorded subdivisions may have easement information listed as part of the recorded plat. You may also contact our Graham County Recorder's Office at (928) 428-3560.