Building Permits

A building permit is required for new construction or when there is an addition or alteration to residential or commercial main structure or an accessory structure. It’s simple, it’s fast, and worth the extra steps to know the work was done correctly.

Building Permit Applications and Inspection Scheduling

Online Application
You can apply for building permits two ways: Using the telephone, email and/or paper, or apply online. To apply online, click the button below to access the Sierra Vista Self Service site. Do not upload any documents during the online permitting process. Please call Community Development at (520) 417-4413 prior to emailing plans.

You’ll need a user name and password to apply for a permit online.  Get started by calling Community Development at (520) 417-4413, then click the button below.

Paper/Phone Applications
To apply with a paper application, download the application you need below and bring it to Community Development in City Hall, 1011 N. Coronado Drive, or email it to

Homeowner Performing Work
Residential and Commercial – General Contractor Performing Work
Commercial New Construction, Tenant Improvement and Cell Tower – General Contractor Performing Work

Call (520) 452-7019 to schedule an inspection.

Whether you request an inspection online or by phone, the inspection request must be received by 5:00 p.m. the day prior to inspection. Any after-hours messages will not be scheduled for the next business day. Inspections are scheduled between 8:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Sorry, no same-day inspections.

Local building codes and amendments will help guide your process, and commercial developers should review the commercial submittal requirements.

Questions or concerns? Email the Sierra Vista Community Development Department or call (520) 417-4413.

Permit Types

The following list is a sample of required permits:

Tenant Improvements (TI)
Fences or walls
Pool draining
Attached or detached garages
Hot water heater replacement
Heating and air conditioning
Modified Grease, Oil & Sand Interceptor

Other Permits
Permits are also required for:

Home-based business
Electronic message centers
Temporary signs
Temporary uses
Work in the right-of-way

Completed right-of-way permit applications can be submitted by email to

Building Permit Report Map and Summary

The map below shows all building permits issued in the past month. Click on a location (blue dot) on the map below for more information. View a summary of building permits issued.