Permits

The Flood Control District cares about the health of our customers, employees, and the community. 

To that end, we are taking steps to reduce foot traffic in county buildings and request customers to conduct their business electronically.


The following options are available for customers to submit permit applications:

Floodplain Use Permits

Permits

Right of Way Use Permit

Permits

Check Permit Status

Permit Look Up

Working together, we can create a built environment that preserves water conveyance and provides habitat for wildlife.

Which Permit Do You Need?

Floodplain Use Permit

Floodplain Use Permits are issued by the Flood Control District of Maricopa County for development in a floodplain, including extraction of sand and gravel or other material. Even if you may not need a building permit for your project, if you are doing work within a designated floodplain, you are required to obtain a Floodplain Use Permit before you build, grade, fill, install any type of wall or fencing, or perform any other man-made change to the property.

Right-of-Way Use Permit

The Flood Control District requires a Right-of-Way Use Permit be obtained prior to any development or access requested on property that the District owns or has easements over and/or on structures we maintain.

Additional Permits

Applications for subdivision plats, zoning and other processes, and building permits for unincorporated Maricopa County are handled through the Department of Planning and Development. Cities and towns in incorporated Maricopa County process their own building permits for development within the city/town limits.

Are you installing a manufactured homes or factory-built building? You must also apply for an installation permit at the Arizona Department of Housing Manufactured Housing Division. Other permits, such as the Floodplain Use Permit, may be required prior to receiving the installation permit.

What Is the Status of My Permit?

Check the current status of your Floodplain Use Permit.

Floodplain Use Permits

Floodplain Use Permits are issued by the Flood Control District of Maricopa County for development in a floodplain, including extraction of sand and gravel or other material. Even if you may not need a building permit for your project, if you are doing work within a designated floodplain, you are required to obtain a Floodplain Use Permit before you build, grade, fill, install any type of wall or fencing, or perform any other man-made change to the property.

Where do you live?

  1. Building in Unincorporated County
  2. In Unincorporated County - No Building Permit Needed
  3. In a City/Town Managed by the District
  4. Independent City or Town

One Stop Shop

The One Stop Shop was created as a way to streamline Maricopa County Planning & Development Department customer service by offering representatives from a variety of County department services in one location. Our main office includes representatives from Air Quality, Environmental Services and Flood Control.

What are the steps?

Step 1

Submit a complete and accurate application to the One Stop Shop at Planning and Development for a Building Permit and pay the appropriate building permit fee. If the property is in a floodplain, a Floodplain Use Permit will be prepared as part of the building permit process. Review Comments for your Floodplain Use Permit will be sent to you as part of the combined packet from P&D. You will be notified when it is ready for issuance.

If an owner wishes to grant an agent, contractor or consultant authority to make decisions on their behalf, they can submit a notarized Property Owner Authorization form at this time as well

Provide additional information or revisions if requested.

Step 2

You will be contacted when the Floodplain Use Permit is ready for issuance. The following must be completed:

  1. If an owner wishes to grant an agent, contractor or consultant authority to make decisions on their behalf and has not already submitted a notarized Property Owner Authorization form, the form must be submitted at this time.
  2. Review the Floodplain Use Permit and Floodplain Use Permit Conditions and Warning and Disclaimer of Liability with staff.
  3. Submit the required fee.
  4. Sign the Floodplain Use Permit, Applicant’s Responsibilities, and Warning and Disclaimer of Liability.

Step3

Permit issued.

Revisions or modifications

Revisions or modifications to the application for the building permit will be reviewed by the District and the applicant notified if the Floodplain Use Permit or Floodplain Clearance Review must be amended or a new application initiated.

Right of Way Use Permits

The Flood Control District of Maricopa County (District) requires a Right-of-Way use permit for any construction and/or access on District real property. The District has an on-line permit application process. To access the on-line application, register as a new user or sign in here. For assistance with on-line application and plan review see the User Guide. Review the requirements of the section in the User Guide on “File Size and Naming Conventions” prior to uploading plans for review.

How to determine whether or not a Right-of-Way permit is required

First:
Review the District’s Structures and Property Viewer found at http://gis.maricopa.gov/Flood-Projects/ and locate the subject property/project. Please note that property includes easements.

Second: Determine whether or not the project will require work on or adjacent to District property, access to District property, have connections to District projects, or will change access points or drainage to any District property and/or projects.
If so, contact the District ROW Specialist for a final determination of whether or not a permit will be required. 

Right-of-Way Application Process

Concept Plans: Typically, permit application begins with a conceptual plan. At the applicant's discretion, District staff will meet with the applicant to discuss any conceptual plans or scope and provide information on any FCD standards that may impact the design. There is no charge for this preliminary review of your plans, and we strongly encourage this meeting as it will help to reduce the number of review cycles that your plans might need.

Design Plan Approval: The applicant can upload plans and reports to the District for review. The District will review the plans and provide written comments, if there any deficiencies. Upon completion of the review, FCD will transmit the results of the review to the applicant. Revisions to the plans may be necessary. FCD will transmit a final plan approval letter to the applicant once the FCD receives revised plans that address FCD's concerns. Please note that written correspondence does not constitute authorization to begin construction activities within FCD's right-of-way, a Right-of-Way Use Permit is required.

Easement Requirements: For permanent installations on FCD owned Right-of-Way an easement from the FCD will generally be required. The applicant will also need to provide a map exhibit and legal description of the easement in 8 ½ inches by 11 inches recordable format. After approval of the map and legal, a public notice of the proposed easement will be advertised and the property posted, followed by easement valuation. The applicant will be responsible for all costs associated with an appraisal, if applicable. Applicant shall allow 4 to 6 weeks for FCD review.

Permit Issuance: FCD will issue a Right-of-Way Use Permit after any additional paperwork and information that is outlined in the Plan Approval letter is received, all fees have been paid and a bond has been secured. The permit is typically issued to General Contractor doing the work and normally requires preparation and approval of a Work Plan and Emergency Action Plan.

Construction and Inspection: During construction, District inspectors will visit the site and provide approvals for specified activities usually involving structures. The inspection requirements will be identified during a pre-construction meeting. Changes to the plans will require approval from the District and will follow a similar process as the Design Plan Approval which may require an addendum to the permit.

As-built and Close Out: Once the work is complete and approved by the inspectors, the District requires the submittal of as-built plans and QA/QC testing data.

  1. Sarelda Marshall

    Right-of-Way Permits Specialist
    Phone: 602-506-4583

  1. Heather Mitchell

    Right-of-Way Permits Specialist
    Phone: 602-506-5476

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