References & Guidelines

Policy & Regulatory Documents


In accordance with state statute, the Maricopa County Planning and Development Department administers a number of policy and regulatory documents, which include but are not limited to the following:
  • Maricopa County Comprehensive Plan
  • Maricopa County Zoning Ordinance
  • Drainage Regulations of Maricopa County (included in the Zoning Ordinance)
  • Maricopa County Addressing Ordinance
  • 2012 International Building Code
  • 2012 International Plumbing Code
  • 2012 International Mechanical Code
  • 2012 International Fuel Gas Code
  • 2011 National Electric Code
  • Maricopa County Local Additions and Addenda

Related Departments' Policy Documents


Please note that per Section 205 of the Local Additions and Addenda (PDF), code cycles may be bridged for utility-scale solar electric generating facilities. Additional regulatory documents are administered by the County's Air Quality, Transportation and Environmental Services Departments, and the Flood Control District. You may contact these agencies independently for more information.

Potential Agencies' Involvement


In addition to the above guidelines and regulations, other agencies may be involved in the evaluation of the project as various stages of the process.

These agencies include but are not limited to the following:
  • Maricopa County Department of Emergency Management
  • Maricopa County Sheriff's Office
  • Maricopa County Parks and Recreation Department
  • Maricopa Association of Governments
  • Arizona Game and Fish Department
  • Arizona Department of Water Resources
  • Arizona State Historic Preservation Office
  • Arizona Office of the State Fire Marshall
  • Arizona State Land Department
  • Arizona Department of Transportation
  • Luke Air Force Base
  • Marine Corp Air Station - Yuma
  • Federal Aviation Administration
  • Bureau of Land Management
  • US Fish and Wildlife Service
  • US EPA
  • US Department of Agriculture
  • Adjacent municipalities and counties
  • Adjacent Native American communities
  • Local single-purpose governments such as fire, irrigation, and school districts