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Due to the large volume of animals that we take in, we are unable to tell you over the phone or by email if we have your pet in our care. As we don't want to give you wrong information, please visit both our West and East Valley Animal Care Centers every two days to look for your lost pet. You can also use our Interactive Search Tool as a resource in the search for your lost pet.
Unfortunately, MCACC does not have veterinary staff available to provide medical help once a pet is adopted. If your pet is showing signs of illness, take him or her to a veterinarian for treatment. Remember, most illnesses can be easily treated if they are diagnosed early. If you wait to provide treatment for your pet, you risk your pets health and a larger vet bill. If your pet is having complications related to the spay/neuter surgery, please call us at 602-506-PETS (7387). Return to Animal Care & Control
It is the mission of the Board of Supervisors and the experienced professionals at Maricopa County Animal Care and Control to not only save the lives of more animals at our shelters, but also to ensure their well-being while sheltered. MCACC seeks to create an environment that minimizes stress on animals, visitors/adopters, and staff. The current east shelter falls short of our high standards for animal care. Therefore, that shelter will eventually close and a new facility in the East Valley will replace it. This new shelter will offer all services currently available at the Rio Salado location. A timeline has not been determined, but making this change will improve the quality of care animals receive countywide as well as the experience of those who would like to adopt.
Animal Care and Control wants to spend every dollar it gets on things that directly impact animal welfare. Maricopa County’s East Valley campus at Baseline Road and Mesa Drive offers an ideal location for a new animal shelter because there are no land costs. The county owns the site and there’s space available and infrastructure in place for additional services. The campus is located off the highway (US 60) with adjacent bus routes, making it easily accessible for visitors, staff, and volunteers. A specific site on the campus has not been chosen at this time.
Maricopa County staff and contracted architects considered a significant remodel and expansion of the west shelter as a way to provide a best-in-class adoption experience for residents and the best possible care for animals. During the design process, it became clear that trying to expand the existing facility would present too many obstacles to be a viable long-term solution. These obstacles included a long construction timeline that would have caused significant disruption to animal care operations. In the end, county leaders believe a multiple-shelter solution—so long as it includes a replacement for the current east shelter—will be better for animal welfare and the customer experience.
Saving lives has been, and will continue to be, the primary mission of Maricopa County Animal Care and Control. In August 2018, 96% of the more than 2,700 animals that came into our shelters were adopted or relocated. Two years ago, the live-release rate was 84%
Animal intake in Maricopa County has declined 13% every year for the last five years, creating the possibility for a different approach to animal welfare that emphasizes service and prevention, not just sheltering. Our priorities include: increasing the quality of care we provide; reducing the length of stay for animals; improving the experience for customers who want to adopt; providing more resources to reunite people with their pets; and, addressing the challenges that lead people to give up their pets in the first place.
In 2017, the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors approved $1.8 million to study and design a possible renovation and expansion of the Durango shelter. A little more than $300,000 of that amount has been spent to study operations at the Durango shelter. These findings will be used as the county considers both future improvements to the Durango shelter as well as designs for the new east shelter.
If you have questions about the future of the MASH unit, contact the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office.
In most cases, when applying in person at a Maricopa County Vital Registration Office you may be able to receive a certified copy of an Arizona event the same day you make an eligible application.
However, there are some instances when additional time will be needed to process your request. Such instances could include but are not limited to the following examples:
However, please make certain you provide your current mailing address on your application for certified copies if seeking to have your order mailed to you.
For children born in hospitals, certified copies of these birth events may be available as soon as 7 business days from the date of birth. The hospital has 7 business days after the child is born to transmit the birth certificate information to our office, the Maricopa County Office of Vital Registration. Our office ensures that the filing was complete; however, if parents filed paternity paperwork at the hospital, recording the birth certificate may take up to 30 days before certified copies will be available for purchase.
For children born at home or outside a licensed birthing facility or hospital, parents and/or licensed midwives need to register a home birth event within 7 days of the event to our office, the Maricopa County Office of Vital Registration. Our office will verify the information prior to registering this birth and preparing the certificate for certified copies. Please allow time if the birthing information provided to the Office of Vital Registration was incomplete or needs to be completed and/or verified. Our Deputy Local Registrars are also available by telephone to assist you with further questions, Monday-Friday from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at 602-506-6805.
You must apply for a certified copy of your child’s birth certificate with the Office of Vital Registration; certified copies are not provided by hospitals.
Please review the information on the Birth Certificate Corrections page for further details regarding the most commonly requested correction changes and review or print out the forms you may need to prepare before submitting your requests.
Our Deputy Local Registrars are also available by telephone to assist you with further questions, Monday-Friday from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at 602-506-6805. Birth Certificate Corrections
Once a child is born with only the mother listed on the certificate, a father may be added through the correction process.If a mother is not married at the time a child is born and has not been married any time during the preceding 10 months, both biological parents must complete and file the Acknowledgement of Paternity (AOP) (PDF) packet. The parents may also establish paternity by court order. For more information about making changes or corrections to an Arizona Birth Certificate, please review the Birth Corrections page for more information.Our Deputy Local Registrars are also available by telephone to assist you with further questions, Monday-Friday from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at 602-506-6805.
Certified copies of birth certificates are important documents and often are needed when preparing tax filings, school registrations, for benefits enrollment and other legal matters. Original certificates are held in the state archives. Arizona is a “closed” record state which means only certain parties may receive a copy of this important document. Please read the eligibility requirements tab on the Birth Certificates page for more information.
Our offices are located valley wide and accessed easily from major highways. We are open Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Please arrive by 4 p.m. if you are needing to discuss a possible correction with one of our Deputy Local Registrars.
The U.S. Department of State requires a certified copy of the birth certificate of the person needing a passport AND a photocopy of that certified copy as well. Non-certified copies of birth certificates will not be accepted for passport applications. For more information, please review the 2019 U.S. Passport requirements.
The water is not part of the potable (drinkable) water supply.
The nearest drinking water wells are over 1 mile to the southeast and are screened at a much deeper (more than 1,000 feet below ground surface) level. These are City of Phoenix wells that are regularly tested for safe drinking water parameters.
Additional test wells downgradient of the landfill were installed on the City of Phoenix Sonoran Preserve from 2010 through 2012; these include MW-4 through MW-7. Additionally, there is one test well (MW-8) located on Bureau of Land Management property, to the north of the Dove Valley Ranch Golf Course.
Physical components of the on-site extraction remedy consist principally of a new pump and treat (P&T) system located in the southern portion of the property. This includes a groundwater extraction well, piping, groundwater treatment equipment, and an injection well (located either on-site or off-site) to recharge clean, treated water back into the aquifer. There will also be one new off-site monitoring well to test for any impacted groundwater that may not be contained by the P&T system and a soil vapor extraction system located in the northern portion of the site. The SVE system includes multiple vapor extraction wells and air treatment equipment. This cleanup operation is expected to last 30 years.
For the other qualifying events (divorce or legal separation of the employee and spouse or a dependent child’s losing eligibility for coverage as a dependent child), generally you must notify the Plan Administrator within 60 days after the qualifying event occurs. However, your Plan may allow a longer period of time to provide notification. Please consult your Plan’s Summary Plan Description (SPD) to determine the Plan’s qualifying event notification requirements. You must send this notice to: Maricopa County Employee Benefits Division and as directed under the terms of the Plan located in the SPD.
No. The "tonal" alerts you receive on your cell phone are through a different system. This system will call your phone with a recorded message.
The message is recorded at your local 911 call center. The dispatcher will record the message in the necessary languages. CENS now has text capabilities. You opt in to receiving text messages along with voice recordings. The system also has TTY capability for the hearing impaired. There is TTY detection equipment that will bypass the voice-recorded portion when a TTY or TDD is detected. If you are using a relay service. Messages will go to the relay service and sent to you via a video message.
Unlike a landline phones, cell phones and VoIP phones are not part of the 911 database. You now have the option to register your cell phone or VoIP phone with the CENS system. You will only receive CENS notifications based on the address you provide when you register your cell and or VoIP phone.
A constable who is duly elected or who is appointed by the board of supervisors has the authority of a peace officer only in the performance of the constable's official duties. (A.R.S. § 22-131)
Fees are posted and collected by Maricopa County Justice Courts.
Most service is done within 10 days depending on the work load on a day to day basis.
Go to the "Find a Precinct" page for instructions.
Contact Constable Administration at 602-506-1843
We recommend viewing the current contracts, open bids, forms and requirements for contract compliance by visiting the
To find out if you are in a proposed district, you can contact us at (602) 506-8797 or via our contact form. We will need your Assessor's Parcel Number (APN) for the property. If you do not know the APN, visit our "Find Your Districts" page to learn how to find out the APN.
If your subdivision name or your street name is listed in the Special District portion of the bill chances are you are in a Streetlight or Maintenance Improvement District. NOTICE: Not all districts listed in this section of the bill are organized by this office; please call the number listed in the detail for further information. Return to County Improvement Districts
Common examples of establishing legal or other vital interest could include the applicant being named as a beneficiary in Will or Trust or the Decedent and the applicant being named jointly on financial documents. Please read the eligibility requirements tab below for more information.
However, certain circumstances may delay this time frame. Please contact the funeral home or other agency with whom you are communicating about this death event to learn if they have completed their filing.
*Note: The Social Security Administration is notified electronically once someone has passed and typically no longer requires these specially stamped certified copies. Again, please know, these certificates will not be accepted by any other agency.
In most cases, when applying in person at a Maricopa County Vital Registration Office you may be able to receive a certified copy of an Arizona event the same day you make an eligible application. However, there are some instances when additional time will be needed to process your request. Such instances could include but are not limited to the following examples:
The procedure to make changes from changing or adding a name spelling, to correcting errors in the information provided at the time of registration varies with type of change requested and how recently the certificate was filed.
Please review the information on the Death Certificate Corrections page for further details regarding the most commonly requested correction changes and review or print out the forms you may need to prepare before submitting your requests.
Our Deputy Local Registrars are also available by telephone to assist you with further questions, Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at 602-506-6805.
Arizona is a “closed” records state which means only certain parties may receive a copy of this important document. State law explains that only “eligible” applicants may apply for a certified copy of this important document. This is established by providing direct proof of relationship to the Decedent and may also require establishing the applicant’s “legal or other vital interest” in the death certificate. Common examples of establishing legal or other vital interest could include the applicant being named as a beneficiary in Will or Trust or the Decedent and the applicant being named jointly on financial documents.
Appeals take a long time, generally at least 6 months. It is very unlikely that the court of appeals will change anything until the appeal is over, and only then if you win. For example, it is very unlikely that the court of appeals will change child custody arrangements until an appeal ends, and only then if you win.
If you want an appeal, you only have 15 days from a final order to start an appeal. The notice you would like to appeal must be filed within the 15 days. Your lawyer cannot start an appeal for you until you talk to your lawyer and request an appeal after the court makes a final order.
The appeals court checks over what happened in dependency court to see if the judge made a significant legal mistake. To do this, the appeals court looks at the legal papers and transcripts. Transcripts are written "scripts" of everything that was said in court. The appeals court will not look at anything new; the appeals court looks only at what already was done in dependency court.
When the appeals court checks for a legal mistake, it asks a few specific questions:
The appeals court views the evidence in the light most favorable to upholding the ruling of the court. The appellate court will not reweigh the evidence; instead it will see if there is any evidence to support the finding of the judge.
If there was a legal mistake, the appeals court checks to see if the mistake was significant. If the case would have turned out the same even without the mistake, then the mistake is small or harmless, and nothing will change.
If the mistake was large enough to change the whole case, things might change; the appeals court might vacate (undo or cancel) what the juvenile court did, or the appeals court might let the person re-do the case.
The ability to speak a language in addition to English is beneficial to working within the local community. It is not a program requirement in the selection process. Applicants claiming proficiency in a second language may be asked to participate in that language over the course of the interview.
The selection committee will rank applicants in order of preference and send the ranking to D&D Digital System for computer matching.
The ability to speak a language in addition to English is beneficial to working within the local community. It is not a program requirement in the selection process. Applicants claiming proficiency in a second language may be asked to participate in that language over the course of the interview.
Practice sites for the Arizona WIC Track Dietetic Internship will be determined based on the geographic location of the candidates selected and availability of rotation sites. Travel to areas around the state will be required for some rotations.
Because of the great diversity among the residents in Maricopa County, interns able to speak Spanish are highly valued by the rotation sites. However, the ability to speak Spanish is not a requirement for admission into the internship program.
There are four student learning outcomes for the internship program. For a list of these outcomes view the Mission, Goals & Student Learning Outcomes page.
Upon program completion, graduates will be competent to function as entry-level dietetic professionals and will receive a verification statement.
However, if a permit number has already been” issued” you will need to call our Disposition Transit Permit Coordinator at 602-372-0535 and request to delete the inaccurate permit.
If the Maricopa Office of Vital Registration staff are unavailable, please leave a detailed voicemail with the your name, facility you are calling from, the child’s name and their date of delivery, the permit number that needs to be deleted, and the reason you are requesting the deletion.
Flood Insurance can be purchased from the insurance agent who administers your homeowner’s insurance policy, any insurance company, or by visiting the FloodSmart website.
This is incorrect! All residences are eligible for flood insurance even if they are located in a moderate-to-low risk flood areas, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Zone X. Contact the agent that administers your homeowner’s insurance policy to learn more or visit the FloodSmart website to get a list of insurance agents.
Flood insurance is mandatory if your home or property is within a special flood hazard area, as designated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Flood Insurance Rate Maps, and you have a federally-backed or federally-insured mortgage. Your flood insurance policy provides coverage caused by flooding for your residence since your homeowner’s insurance policy does not cover losses caused by flooding.
Typically, mandatory flood insurance is not required if your residence is located in Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Zone X, although your mortgage company may require you to have flood insurance if they believe there is a risk to your residence and they want to protect their interest.
Definitions of FEMA flood zones are located in the Floodplain Regulations for Maricopa County (Article Two Section 205) or refer to FEMA's website for more information on the different flood zones.
If you are not located in the unincorporated areas of Maricopa County, contact the jurisdiction in which the structure is located to inquire about record of the Elevation Certificate. Return to Flood Control District
Please complete the Flood Hazard Information Request so that we can send you a detailed report about your property. You can also view the our Floodplain Viewer to assist with determining if your property is located in a 100-year floodplain.
If your property is located in a jurisdiction that the District does not perform floodplain management duties for, you may be referred to the appropriate jurisdiction for more information.
The Cities of: - Buckeye - Chandler - El Mirage - Litchfield Park - Mesa - Surprise - Tolleson
The Towns of: - Carefree - Cave Creek - Gila Bend - Guadalupe - Queen Creek - Wickenburg - Youngtown
Contact other cities directly for floodplain management in their jurisdiction.
Please contact the District at 602-506-2419 for more information regarding the process and requirements for submission of a Letter of Map Change (LOMC) request to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). A LOMC is for a formal determination of the property’s location and/or elevation relative to the Special Flood Hazard Area (SFHA).
The District may have a record of the Elevation Certificate if the structure is located in the unincorporated areas of Maricopa County and if one was required when the structure was built. Residences constructed prior to being mapped into a high-risk flood zone typically may not have an Elevation Certificate on file. Please contact the District at 602-506-2419.
If you are not located in the unincorporated areas of Maricopa County, contact the jurisdiction in which the structure is located to inquire about record of the Elevation Certificate.
For new or existing structures that were recently identified as being in a floodplain, an Elevation Certificate is typically completed by a registered land surveyor or engineer. However a homeowner or representative may complete the Elevation Certificate for Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Zones AO and A without a base flood elevation.
An Elevation Certificate can range from $400 - $1,000 depending on the complexity of the job. Please contact a qualified land surveyor or engineer to prepare the Elevation Certificate.
The District will provide a copy of an Elevation Certificate at no cost if we have a one on record. Note: the Elevation Certificate is the responsibility of the owner who initially builds the structure and it is used to show compliance with the approved site plan and to provide documentation for obtaining flood insurance.
Please complete the Flood Hazard Information Request so that we can send you a detailed report about your property. You can also view the Floodplain Viewer to assist with determining if your property is located in a 100-year floodplain.
The District is a political subdivision of the state of Arizona. The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors serves as the District's Board of Directors, which in turn receives counsel from the Flood Control Advisory Board comprised of County citizens.
A secondary property tax paid by Maricopa County property owners provides the District's primary funding. The District seeks financial project partnerships from Federal, state and local agencies to supplement tax revenue. Other revenue sources include sales of excess land and other assets, permitting fees, and fund balance interest.
The Flood Control District of Maricopa County performs floodplain management for the following cities & towns:
The following cities & towns conduct their own floodplain management. Contact them directly regarding floodplain questions at the phone numbers below:
All other cities & towns contact the Flood Control District at (602) 506-1501
Citizens in unincorporated Maricopa County should contact the Department of Planning and Development regarding floodplain regulation and permits. (602) 506-3301
Yes, they are all available via the CivicAlerts page.
It depends on the type of permit and the complexity of the review. For Floodplain Use permits, please review the Permitting Fee Schedule for specific costs. For Right-of-Way Use Permits see the Permit Use and Fees.
Floodplain Use Permits in unincorporated Maricopa County must be paid at the Maricopa County Planning and Development Department while the Community Floodplain Use Permits for the jurisdictions that the District performs floodplain management for can be paid at the District or by phone by calling 602-506-1501.
For Right-of-Way Use Permits, fees can be paid on-line as part of the on-line permitting process. For more information visit the Right-of-Way Use Permit web page.
When development is proposed within these areas, it is the intent of the District to take reasonable action and enforce regulations on those that choose to build in Special Flood Hazard Areas in order to minimize the consequence of flooding and to prevent unwise development. Return to Flood Control District
If the development or changes are not permitted, you can report them to the Maricopa County Planning and Development Department Code Enforcement Division. If you suspect the development is within a delineated floodplain within Maricopa County you can contact the District to open an investigation, 602-506-2419. All other potential floodplain violations, not within unincorporated Maricopa County, will be directed to the applicable jurisdiction. Return to Flood Control District
The District has authority to enforce the Floodplain Regulations for Maricopa County on all Special Flood Hazard Areas within the boundaries of Maricopa County in order to protect other residents and to minimize damage and losses due to flooding. When development is proposed within these areas, it is the intent of the District to take reasonable action and enforce regulations on those that choose to build in Special Flood Hazard Areas in order to minimize the consequence of flooding and to prevent unwise development.
If your neighbor has obtained an approved Floodplain Use Permit and/or Building Permit, it should minimize adverse impacts downstream.
If the development or changes are not permitted, you can report them to the Maricopa County Planning and Development Department Code Enforcement Division. If you suspect the development is within a delineated floodplain within Maricopa County you can contact the District to open an investigation, 602-506-2419. All other potential floodplain violations, not within unincorporated Maricopa County, will be directed to the applicable jurisdiction.
No. District channels are for carrying storm water only. Pool water has contaminants that can hurt the environment, and so is not allowed in District channels.
No. Many of the District’s properties serve as replacement habitat and/or are environmentally sensitive areas. This fact along with the existing air quality standards within Maricopa County makes it prohibitive to allow off-road vehicle use on District property.
Learn more about each permit type by browsing the Permits area.
Please contact the District's Contracts Supervisor, 602-506-4433, for questions or more information on procurement procedures, projects or registration.
Please contact 602-506-5460 to receive specific information about District projects that have been surveyed.
Flood control projects are typically initiated by the local jurisdiction where the project would be located. Working with the Flood Control District, the local jurisdiction submits the proposed project to the District "Prioritization Process" for consideration. The project may then at some point in the future move forward as a funded project.
The Projects and Structures page on the website has the latest status of ongoing projects. If you need additional information, please call 602-506-4771. Find the latest status of ongoing projects on our Projects and Structures page.
Priorities are set based on level of flood hazard, historic flooding, municipal partnership requests, development potential and funding availability. The goal is to plan and help build flood control projects that reduce flooding hazards, while balancing schedule, cost and social and environmental considerations.
Project information can be found via the Projects and Structures map or listing, as well as in the Flood Hazard Identification Study map viewer.
It depends. Typically your local jurisdiction or home owners association (HOA) has maintenance responsibilities for drainage in your neighborhood therefore you should contact them first. If the District is responsible for the maintenance, please contact us, 602-506-1501, and ask to speak with the Operations and Maintenance Division.
District properties are inspected routinely throughout the year by our Operations and Maintenance Division. Maintenance, such as vegetation removal, is performed annually or as necessary.
The Flood Control District's website shows projects and associated land rights for those projects. If you have a very specific question as to boundary lines or ownership rights, you should contact the Real Estate Division's Property Engineering Branch.
Some easements can be verified by contacting the Property Engineering Branch, 602-506-0388. Some of the older easements across District property were not originally tracked so it may require getting a Title Report to verify easement grants across District property.
Please contact the Property Management Branch, 602-506-4747.
It depends. Please complete a one-time event permit via the District's Right of Way Use Permit process. Each request will be reviewed on an individual basis to determine if a permit will be authorized. If you need additional assistance, please contact our Right of Way Permits Branch, 602-506-0117. Learn more on our Right-of-Way Use Permit page.
Please contact 602-506-1501 and request to speak with our Operations and Maintenance Division or submit an Inquiry Request which will be forwarded to our Operations and Maintenance Division.
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An ALERT Station is the physical structure, either a standpipe or small building, which houses ALERT sensors, such as a rain gauge, water-level gauge, weather sensors or a combination of all of these.
Yes. Historical weather data, including rainfall and stream-flow information, which does not appear on this site can be provided directly by the District for a nominal fee to cover the cost of compilation and reproduction. Please call 602-506-8701 for more information.
Our rain gauges actually read in millimeters. One millimeter is equal to 0.03937 inches, which rounds up to 0.04 inches.
The density of rain gauges and the placement of individual gauges are based on a variety of factors, including: - District Projects in the Area - Environmental Restraints - Flood Hazard Potential - The Location of Channels - Permitting Requirements - The Proximity of Existing Gauges - Watershed Boundaries
Average Wind Speed sensors do not transmit the instantaneous wind velocity but rather an average wind speed over a time period. They will show a value of "0" or "Down" when there is little or no wind for a 6-hour period.
The water-year is used by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and other federal agencies to define a period of data collection. It runs from October 1st through September 30th. For example, water-year 2006 began on October 1, 2005 and ended on September 30, 2006.
Rainfall and weather information can be found on our Rainfall and Weather page.
All residents are encouraged to share flooding photos on a site that was created to enable residents to view and share pictures and videos of current and past flooding incidents, visit the Report a Flood website. Return to Flood Control District
Please reach out to non-emergency contacts from our Customer Assistance Storm Team (PDF).
If you are experiencing an emergency, please call 911 for police, fire, and paramedics. All residents are encouraged to share flooding photos on a site that was created to enable residents to view and share pictures and videos of current and past flooding incidents, visit the Report a Flood website.
Call your local Fire Department to see if they have sandbags and sand. Availability may depend on the event.
There are many options for the flu vaccine this year. Below is an overview of each option; click the link to learn more about each one.
If you have questions about any of these options, please talk with a doctor about what is right for you or your child.
Does Fluzone High-Dose offer better protection than the adjuvanted flu vaccine?
To date, there have been no randomized studies comparing Fluzone High-Dose with FLUAD (the adjuvanted influenza vaccine).
While seasonal influenza (flu) viruses are detected year-round in the United States, flu is most common during the fall and winter. The exact timing and duration of flu seasons can vary, but influenza activity often begins to increase in October. Most of the time flu activity peaks between December and February, although activity can last as late as May.
No. The flu shot is made from an inactivated influenza virus and cannot give you the flu.
"But my mom got sick..."
Some people experience body aches and fatigue for a short time after getting the flu shot, which is the body’s immune system responding to the vaccine.
It is also possible that you may be exposed to a flu virus shortly before getting vaccinated or during the 2 weeks it takes the body to develop an immune response after getting vaccinated. This exposure may result in you becoming ill with flu before the vaccine begins to protect you.
Unfortunately, we won’t know whether the flu vaccine is a good match to circulating flu viruses until well into the flu season. It’s not possible to predict with certainty if a flu vaccine will be a good match for circulating flu viruses.
A flu vaccine is made to protect against the flu viruses that research and surveillance indicate will likely be most common during the season. However, experts must pick which flu viruses to include in a flu vaccine many months in advance in order for flu vaccines to be produced and delivered on time.
CDC works to characterize about 2000 circulating flu viruses every year to compare them to the virus strains in the vaccine. This helps them understand the flu vaccine’s ability to produce an immune response in people. It also helps them decide what strains to include in the next season’s flu vaccine.
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The number of pediatric deaths from influenza is required to be reported to public health in Arizona by state statute. Because there is no requirement to report influenza-related deaths in adults, we monitor adult deaths due to influenza and/or pneumonia as a substitute.
People who die from influenza typically do not die from influenza itself. They usually die from the bacterial pneumonia that can occur as a complication to influenza.
Influenza viruses are constantly changing. They can change in two different ways:
One way they change is called “antigenic drift.” These are small changes in the genes of influenza viruses that happen continually over time as the virus replicates. But these small genetic changes can accumulate over time and result in viruses that are look different to the body’s immune system. When this happens, the body’s immune system may not recognize those viruses. That is why the flu vaccine composition must be reviewed each year and updated as needed to keep up with changing viruses.
The other type of change is called “antigenic shift.” Antigenic shift is an abrupt, major change in the influenza A viruses, resulting in a completely different virus that infects humans. Such a shift occurred in the spring of 2009, when an H1N1 virus with a new combination of genes emerged to infect people and quickly spread, causing a pandemic. When shift happens, most people have little or no protection against the new virus.
While influenza viruses are changing by antigenic drift all the time, antigenic shift happens only occasionally. Type A viruses undergo both kinds of changes; influenza type B viruses change only by the more gradual process of antigenic drift.
You should get a flu vaccine before flu begins spreading in your community. It takes about two weeks after vaccination for antibodies that protect against flu to develop in the body. CDC recommends that people get a flu vaccine by the end of October.
Children who need two doses of vaccine to be protected should start the vaccination process sooner, because the two doses must be given at least four weeks apart.
Does my child need two doses?
No. It takes about two weeks after vaccination for antibodies to develop in the body and provide protection against influenza virus infection. That’s why it’s better to get vaccinated by the end of October, before the flu season really gets under way.
Flu vaccine protection lasts about one year. Other than children who are getting the flu vaccine for the first time, people only need one dose of flu vaccine each season.
Some people who get vaccinated may still get sick. However, flu vaccination has been shown to reduce severity of illness in people who get vaccinated but still get sick.
The vaccine has also been shown to reduce deaths, intensive care unit admissions, and length of hospitalization among hospitalized flu patients.
A 2017 study was the first of its kind to show that flu vaccination can significantly reduce a child’s risk of dying from influenza.
A flu vaccine is needed every season for two reasons:
For the best protection, everyone 6 months and older should get vaccinated annually.
To find a flu vaccine for you or your child, please visit the flu page and use the Flu Vaccine Finder widget that has options for free flu shots for children and other flu shot options for adults.
The only way to ensure that you are 100% safe from HIV transmission is to abstain from sex. Outside of abstaining from sex, you can decrease your risk for HIV transmission by using a new condom each time you have sexual intercourse, to include oral sex. For oral sex on a woman, the use of a dental dam is recommended in order to decrease the risk of HIV transmission.There is more than one type of barrier available for oral, anal and vaginal sex, the first being the male condom. The male condom should be used according to the manufacturer's instructions with a water-based lubricant for anal and vaginal sex. Also available are flavored male condoms that can effectively be used for oral sex on a male. These are not recommended for vaginal penetration, as they can cause yeast infections given that they are often coated in sugar. The second most common type of protection is the female condom. This should also be used according to the manufacturer's instructions with lubricant for vaginal sex. A couple should not use a male condom and a female condom at the same time as this will cause one or both of them to rip or tear. Lastly, dental dams are recommended for oral sex on a woman and also come in assorted flavors.
You are at risk for HIV if you have unprotected vaginal, anal or oral intercourse or share needles with a partner who is positive for HIV. You cannot tell whether a person is positive for HIV by looking at them. The only way to know for sure that you are not positive for HIV is to get tested at your doctor's office, local health department, or other HIV testing facility. According to the CDC, certain populations are at an increasingly greater risk for HIV transmission:
CDC now recommends that everybody should be tested at least once per year. CDC also recommends that those people who are at high-risk of becoming infected with HIV should test more frequently. You can talk with your doctor or an HIV counselor about how frequently you should be tested for HIV.
You might be at higher risk for getting HIV if:
If your test is negative, you were either not infected with HIV, or you have been infected with HIV, but your body has not yet produced enough HIV Antibodies for the test to detect them in your blood.
If you had an unprotected sexual encounter or shared needles with anybody within the three months prior to your test, you can talk to your doctor or HIV Counselor about when you should be re-tested. During the time you are waiting to be retested, it is recommended that you abstain from sex or use a new barrier/condom with each sexual act during this time. It is also recommended that you refrain from sharing needles during drug use.
If your last unprotected sexual encounter or needle-sharing encounter was more than three months before your test and your test is negative, you now have the ability to remain negative by obtaining education on how to participate in safer sex practices. Visit the CDC to learn about safer sex practices.
No. Scientific studies and reviews have found no relationship between vaccines and autism.
Groups of experts, including the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Institute of Medicine (IOM), also agree that vaccines are not responsible for the number of children now recognized to have autism.
One reason a cause of death may not be entered into VSIMS within this time is if the RA was found into be incomplete and/or needing additional cause of death information. Our office will contact your funeral home and notify you of this situation and update you as to what information is missing. If we are unable to reach you, please also review the comments section of the Decedent’s VSIMS record.
Another common reason the cause of death may not yet be recorded in VSIMS is if Maricopa Office of Vital Records is still awaiting the complete Human Remains Release Form (HRRF) from your facility.
Please fax the HRRF to our office within 24 hours of removing the Decedent from the place of death. Remember, to ensure that the form is complete and accurate so our office may complete our part of the death registration process.
We have found that this advance notice may assist the certifier with completing the RA quickly and efficiently and most physicians will accommodate the needs of the family and expedite the certification of cause of death, as best possible.
Please call the Maricopa County Office of Vital Records Disposition Transit Permit Coordinator at 602-372-0535, ext. 2 so we may be ready to accommodate a potential emergency permit request or advise as suitable. Although we will do our best to accommodate the family’s needs, we cannot guarantee that the cause of death will be sufficient and a disposition transit permit will be issued by the planned date of disposition.
Maricopa Office of Vital Records is required by the Arizona Department of Health Services to receive a sufficient cause of death in accordance with national standards and in some cases certified causes of death are required to be reviewed further by the Medical Examiner of the relevant jurisdiction.
Internal Audit participates in both internal and external quality assurance assessments. Internal assessments include ongoing monitoring of the performance of the internal audit activity and periodic self-assessments. External assessments are done every 5 years or less, and are conducted by a qualified, independent audit team from outside of the organization. The County's independent audit advisory committee oversees this work. A report with findings and recommendations for improvement is issued to the Board of Supervisors.
An appeal is the way to ask if the juvenile court made a big legal mistake in your case. An appeal is decided by the appeals court.
The appeals court will not change your case or give you a chance to re-do your case unless the juvenile court made a big legal mistake in your case.
You can read more about it at this FAQ - What is an appeal
Possible sources of lead contamination:
Through nutrition, housekeeping and personal care.
Adapted from: The National Lead Information Center: 800-424-LEAD (5323).
Public records requests can be made online. Please visit our Records Requests page.
Any water or sewer line project valued at more than $12,500 requires written approval from MCESD prior to review by MCDOT.
Water or sewer line projects on the city of Phoenix’s (COP) facilities require written approval from the COP prior to review by MCDOT.
To compete for contract work with Maricopa County, businesses need to register as a consultant or contractor.
Recorded Information: The Plat Index contains all of the surveys, barring any oversights or indexing errors, that were recorded at the Maricopa County Recorder’s office as indexed under the MAP TYPE "Plat" and "Survey" (Book of Plats and Book of Surveys) starting at Book 1 Page 1 for both.
In addition, it contains some surveys that were completed on 8½ x 11 that are recorded under the Maricopa Recorders Office document code for corner recorded survey.
Unrecorded Information:As of February of 2001, MCDOT has made a concerted effort to index unrecorded surveys donated from private firms or public agencies. The collection is NOT comprehensive, the appropriate firm or agency should always be contacted for additional information.
Moreover, the Plat Index may contain some MCDOT, ADOT, SRP, APS or various other agency plans/surveys (i.e. Right of Way, As Builts, etc) but it is NOT a substitute for contacting that agency for information.
Information Not in the Plat Index:
The action to take depends on the MCR Book and Page.
Book of Plats 1 through 95; (except 023-18 which appears to be missing)These plats are at the State of Arizona Department of Library, Archives & Public Records.
Contact information: Julie Hoff (602) 926-3878 1700 W. Washington Phoenix, AZ firstname.lastname@example.org
Helpful hint: You will probably have to physically go there to retrieve a copy. They do NOT have a full size copier, be prepared to make many 8½ x 11 or legal size prints if you need the whole plat.
Book of Plats 75 through current, Book of Surveys and Book of Roads are managed by the Maricopa County Recorder’s Office.Email the Recorders office at email@example.com and include the following;
You will be sent acknowledgment of your request. The original plat will be obtained, re-scanned and a new digital image will be emailed to you. Depending on the time of day, requests are usually fulfilled in one day if not the same day. Thanks for your patience ahead of time.
Check the report for a column called "Records #". Is there a number in the field? (ex 020048224 which means 02-0048224)
If Yes 1) It is a survey that was recorded under a different document code at the recorders office. In other words, it is not in the "Book of Plats or Surveys". Write down the number and go to the recorders site and type it in.
If No 2) It is a unrecorded plat or document. At this time, we (MCDOT) are still working out the legal issues on releasing unrecorded third party information. Please contact the Firm/Agency to request a copy of the item. If contact is impossible please contact Brian Dalager for further instructions.
The only requirement that we request is very basic knowledge of the Public Land Survey System (PLSS). In other words, the ability to look at a plat and determine which township, range and section(s) it covers.
Besides that, you can volunteer for as little or as much time as you would like. The MCDOT's survey section work hours vary during the year however are generally from 6:00 am to 4:00 pm, Monday through Friday.
Please call one of us (in the following order) to make an appointment:
Unfortunately a good portion of the recorders are missing the following fields.
There are several reasons for this.
We simply have not taken the time as of yet to go back and do the research required to fill in all the blank fields. FYI Roughly 58% of all the recorders indexed as of 09-25-2003 do NOT have the above fields populated. It is unforseen at this time when it will be accomplished.
Some recorded plats are not in the database because they simply have little to not land survey value. We have excluded them from the database and they are either in the list below or on the area of the web site "Survey Related Items" then "Maps":
AZ511 has traffic and road closure information for state roads and highways.
• Death resulting from violence.
• Unexpected or unexplained death.
• Death of a person in a custodial agency as defined in section §13-4401.
• Unexpected or unexplained death of an infant or child.
• Death occurring in a suspicious, unusual or nonnatural manner, including death from an accident believed to be related to the deceased person's occupation or employment.
• Death occurring as a result of anesthetic or surgical procedures.
• Death suspected to be caused by a previously unreported or undiagnosed disease that constitutes a threat to public safety.
• Death involving unidentifiable bodies.It is up to the medical examiner to determine if a case meets jurisdictional requirements to further investigate and certify the cause and manner of death on the Death Certificate.
You can check cause and manner of death online.
The length of time required for the completion of reports will vary depending on the agency caseload as well as the complexity, circumstances, and need for additional testing or investigation required for each individual case. In many cases, cause and manner of death are determined the day of the examination. However, further testing or investigation may be required to accurately determine cause and manner of death. In these situations, the death certificate may have a cause of death listed as “Pending”. To provide the most accurate cause and manner of death possible requires a thorough death investigation and this can be a time-intensive process.
While we cannot provide an exact closure time for any individual case, 90% of reports are completed within 3 months. If, after 3 months, you have not received your requested report, please contact the office at 602-506-3322 to check the status.
Reports are available to the public following completion of the case. If you wish to receive a copy of the report(s), please complete the online
In the event of an emergency at Palo Verde, plant operators would immediately notify State and Maricopa County emergency officials. These organizations are prepared to respond in accordance with the Palo Verde Offsite Response Plan. If it is necessary to alert the public, the sirens will be sounded.
If an incident occurs at Palo Verde involving the actual or potential release of radiation into the atmosphere, the Outdoor Warning Siren System within the 10-mile area around the plant will sound for approximately three minutes with a steady, high pitched sound. If you hear the sirens, go indoors immediately and turn on your radio to KTAR (620 AM or 92.3 FM), KMVP (98.7 FM), or other local radio or television stations to hear instructions from government officials. If you hear a siren and do not hear an Emergency Alert System (EAS) message within 10 minutes, call 602-371-7171. A crew will be sent to repair the siren. From time to time you may hear a siren for 5 to 15 seconds. These are called "chirp" and "growl" tests respectively and are part of the siren maintenance program. These tests are performed only during the day and have a low-pitched sound. If you hear one of these tests, there is no need to call the plant. The Federal government requires a full activation of the system annually for testing. Residents within the 10-mile Emergency Planning Zone are notified in advance of this test date. They are also notified of any other maintenance when sirens may be sounded for extended periods of time.
If you need assistance during an evacuation, please fill out the Assistance Survey (Solicitude de Asistencia) provided by PVGS and return it so we can make arrangements to help before an evacuation is necessary. To download the forms, see the
Bring your pets with you when you leave the 10-mile Emergency Planning Zone. Maricopa County Animal Care and Control and the Arizona Humane Society will have temporary shelter available for your use while you are making alternate arrangements. They will be co-located with the Reception and Care Center. For information on livestock, see Radiological Emergency Information for Farmers, Dairy Farmers, Ranchers, Food Processors, and Distributors
When school is in session all the children attending schools within the 10-mile Emergency Planning Zone will be transported to the designated Reunification Center or Reception and Care Center and can be picked up there. Each school has sufficient buses available to evacuate all the children. It is important that you listen to the school telephone messaging and EAS message to see which location has been opened.
For information on how Palo Verde works, see
No. The fuel used in a nuclear plant has very low levels of the type of material that could cause a nuclear explosion. Even so, precautions need to be taken to ensure that radioactive materials do not reach the environment.
Permits are required in all county zoning districts. There is no category of zoning called “agricultural” – agricultural uses are allowed in the “Rural” zoning districts. Agricultural uses are allowed in any zoning district with an Agricultural Exemption. Please call 602-506-3301 for more information.
The approved land use file must contain representation (on a site plan) of the improvements which qualify as exempt. Those that do qualify will not be required to get permits from Planning and Development. However, improvements which are not incidental to the exempted use require permits and must meet applicable regulations.
It may qualify, but minimum requirements have to be met. An application for an agricultural exemption must be processed and approved after obtaining approval from the Maricopa County Assessor’s Office with an Agricultural Status. An agricultural exemption certificate may then be issued. This exemption certificate authorizes the approved use of the property to be exempt from the County Building Codes, Zoning Ordinance, and Drainage Regulations. However, other regulatory agencies such as Flood Control & Environmental Services still have the authority to regulate.
The land use application for an agricultural exemption certificate is available on the Planning & Development website. Select the “Information Packet & Application” on the Agricultural Exemption page.
To qualify for an agricultural exemption, the property must be a minimum of 5 contiguous commercial acres (175,000 square feet). More than one parcel is acceptable as long as they are contiguous. It must have an agricultural use classification assigned by the County Assessor's Office. To receive this, an application to the Assessor's Office is required and the use must qualify to be exempt as per the Maricopa County Zoning Ordinance. You may then request an Agricultural Exemption Certificate to be issued by the Planning and Development Department.
The Zoning Ordinances states: This Ordinance shall not prevent, restrict or otherwise regulate the use or occupation of land or improvements for railroad, mining, metallurgical, grazing or general agricultural purposes, if the tract/s concerned is/are 5 or more contiguous commercial acres in size (Note: 1 Commercial acre = 35,000 square feet).1. Property is not exempt from the Maricopa County Zoning Ordinance and/or Building Safety Ordinance unless and until the Maricopa Planning and Development Department has issued a certificate of exemption for that property. In order to secure a certificate of exemption, an applicant shall submit a zoning clearance application, including site plan and other reasonable supporting documentation.2. Only property classified by the Maricopa County Assessor’s Office or the Arizona Department of Revenue as property used for one of the purposes enumerated in the first paragraph of this section is eligible for exemption under this section. If property has been so classified, the property is exempt from the Maricopa County Zoning Ordinance and/or Building Safety Ordinance, unless the Planning and Development Director independently determines that all or part of the property is not used primarily for one or more of the purposes enumerated in the first paragraph of this section.3. Any structures built under an exemption that do not meet the underlying zoning district and/or Building Safety Ordinance standards may be required to comply with said standards if, at a future date, the exemption is no longer applicable.
The Zoning Ordinance does not contain a definition for a “church,” although a “church” is included in the definition of “Places of Public Assembly.” A standard dictionary definition is acceptable; Webster’s Ninth New Collegiate dictionary defines “church” as “a building for public and especially Christian worship.”
A Compliance Inspection is a development permit issued to enable one inspection on one property. This type of permit is only used in specific circumstances. A Compliance Inspection does not authorize work; rather, it provides for a property inspection so the inspector may better assist a customer with the next step in the completion of their project.
There are 5 instances where a compliance inspection is appropriate:1. Final Inspection: This is used when a permit had been previously issued, passed all required inspections, except the Final(s), and has since expired. This is a one-time inspection and could be for a Final Building Inspection, a Final Drainage Inspection, or both. If both are necessary, then 2 Compliance Inspections are required with separate fees. Result: An inspection is either approved or denied. If denied, a new permit may be required.2. Fire Damage: One-time inspection where an inspector views the property and structures to determine the extent of the fire damage. Result: A field report is prepared and the customer is advised of the type of permit(s) required.3. Group Home: An inspection of an existing residential structure to ensure all requirements are met for occupancy as a group home with less than 5 occupants. A proper site plan, floor plan and Land Use Certificate application must be submitted for review. Due to the complexity, this permit is not issued over the Counter. Result: An inspection is either approved or denied.4. Code Compliance: An inspection of a building or structure to determine if it is in compliance with all county building codes. Result: An inspection is either approved or denied.5. Move On Structure: An inspection to ensure an existing structure intended to be moved into the County jurisdiction meets all structural requirements. Result: An inspection is either approved or denied.
In the five scenarios listed above, a Compliance Inspection is needed to have a Maricopa County Inspector advise you on the specific actions required for the completion of your project. This will help ensure; protection of your investment, protection for you and your family, protection of the public and future residents, and protection of the environment.
To request a Compliance Inspection, complete a building application and Contact Supplemental form; be sure to identify the type of Compliance Inspection you need. List any prior permits you may have, if applicable. The permit fee is $100 per Compliance Inspection, and there is also a $10 Address Verification. For a Compliance for Final, a compliance request form and compliance application is required. A review is conducted to see if the expired permit or work qualifies for a Compliance permit. Once approved, you will be notified to pay the fee(s) and the permit will be emailed to you with instructions. Be sure to post this permit at the work site and call for the inspection.You may retrieve these forms at our office location or online for your residential or commercial project: Building Services page.
If the property is located in the Unincorporated Areas of Maricopa County, you can call the Flood Control District’s Floodplain Division at 602-506-2419 and ask for floodplain determination. Prior to calling make sure you have the Tax Assessor Number. You may also check the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Flood Insurance Maps
Whether a site inspection is needed or not depends on the location of the site and if the Engineering Division already has drainage information for the site. The Engineering Division Representative will determine if a site inspection is needed at the time of the plan submittal.
Yes, in most instances. Check the Drainage Matrix page
A Drainage Clearance is issued as part of the Building Permitting process. A site plan has to be submitted to the Maricopa County Planning and Development Department. The Plan is taken in and a decision is made whether a site investigation is required. If not, then the plan is either issued over the counter or sent to Engineering for further review. If a site investigation is required, the applicant is told to stake the property corners of the building location and call for the site inspection. Once the inspection is performed, the decision is made as to whether an engineer needs to be retained to provide hydrology and/or hydraulic information, or are we able to issue the Drainage Clearance only based upon minimal information such as drainage arrows and cross-sections.
Once the final plans are prepared and sent to the Engineering Division for review and, if all of the requirements are met, they are approved. When all of the reviewing agencies are satisfied that the plan meets their requirements, a Drainage Clearance is issued as part of the County’s Permitting Process. For further information call 602-506-3301.
Call the Maricopa County Planning and Development at 602-506-3301. Be prepared to provide as much detail as possible, including the address or parcel number involved and a description of the suspected violation. If you choose to provide your name and phone number, efforts will be made to keep that information confidential. You may also report a violation online.
To know what needs to be shown, please review the section regarding Plan Submittal Requirements on the Drainage Review page.
After everything has been completed, all the concrete has been poured, all trenches have been filled, stockpiles/berms removed and the site has been rough graded. Call our inspection line at 602-506-3629. Inspections for the next day need to be called in prior to 2:30 p.m. (This is an automated system). You can also
Prior to pouring the stem walls, you must call for a stem inspection. Have the contractor set up the height of the stem walls for our inspector’s site visit. This should happen after the initial site plan has been approved. Call our inspection line at 602-506-3629. Inspections for the next day need to be called in prior to 2:30 p.m. (This is an automated system). You can also request an inspection online.
Yes. Group homes fall into 2 categories in the Maricopa County Zoning Ordinance:1. Group Homes providing care for no more than 10 non-adjudicated patient residents (plus live in caregivers) are allowed in the rural and residential zoning districts. Group homes are subject to conditions including a minimum a separation of 1320 feet and licensure requirements.2. Homes providing care for more than 10 residents require a Special Use Permit.The County will not reserve future properties for Group Homes, all applications are based upon a first come, first serve basis. Previous approvals may be revoked if the use is discontinued.
It is always a good idea to call the zoning information line before making major commitments to a location. Staff can research the location to make sure the separation minimum is met. You can complete and submit a Land Use application for a group home.
Upon approval of certain land use forms, the forms will be signed and returned to you; the forms may then become a part of your application to the State. Planning and Development requires the forms be a part of the submittal – be sure to submit the appropriate Land Use application.
These facilities are not a category of Group Home. They may be permitted via a Special Use Permit.
Yes, a compliance inspection is part of the process. For existing single family homes, residential building codes apply. If the home plans to have more than five residents, a fire sprinkler system is required. In the case of a new build group home, the building code definition of a group home applies. This requires the home to meet commercial group home building safety codes. Group Homes for more than 10 persons are subject to an Institutional Occupancy classification.
There are 2 types of home occupation definitions in the Zoning Ordinance:1. Residential home occupations, which are allowed as an accessory use in any rural or residential zoning district, subject to the conditions outlined in the Use Regulations of Chapters 5 and 6 of the Ordinance. Garage/yard sales or home parties that are held for the sale of goods or services are not considered a home occupation, provided these sales do not exceed 6 days in one year.2. Cottage industries are permitted in rural and residential zoning districts, subject to obtaining a Special Use Permit approved by the Board of Supervisors (as outlined in Chapter 13 of the Ordinance).
The Zoning Ordinance does not list businesses (i.e. commercial activity) as a permitted primary use in rural or residential districts; however, many accessory commercial businesses can be permitted under the residential home occupation definition or the cottage industry definition assuming the required standards dealing with the level of activity and effects on surrounding properties are adhered to.
First, nonconforming means that the subject does not conform to current regulations; and therefore, is in violation of those regulations. In order to qualify as legal and still be nonconforming, the situation which does not meet current regulation must have lawfully existed before those regulations were effective. Once qualified, a legal nonconforming (grandfathered) situation exists.
Any building or structure in existence on a lot as of January 1, 2000 is considered legal nonconforming and will not be required to obtain a construction permit unless there is an observable defect or public safety concern.
The zoning district in which the property is located determines what uses are allowed on the parcel. A situation where the current use of that property or building(s) does not conform with the zoning, but has been an ongoing use (without an interruption of 12 months or more) since before the zoning regulations took effect on May 29, 1969, may qualify as a legal nonconforming use.
Staff researches legal nonconforming files located in the department to verify or find information on the use on the property. If we have no previous record or substantiation, the owner is required to provide independent third party documentation that the use is legal nonconforming. A site plan, indicating all uses and structures with setbacks, is also required. The information, when submitted and determined adequate, is retained in files and sorted by Assessor Parcel Number.
A public record must be documented and the burden of proof falls mostly to the applicant. A land use submittal for a Legal Nonconforming determination is required. For more information, access the Information packet and application (pdf).
Any rural or residential lot in the unincorporated area of the county may be issued a development permit for the placement of one single-wide or multi-sectional manufactured home built after June 15, 1976. The unit must be on a permanent foundation system, which means either on a slab/stem wall foundation or on a state approved system. Re-roofing, re-siding and structural additions must conform to the Maricopa County Comprehensive Building Code. Manufactured homes are also permitted in a mobile home park.
Mobile Home Parks are allowed in the R-5 Multiple Family Residential Zoning Districts and must adhere to the standards outlined in Section 1203 of the Maricopa County Zoning Ordinancy (PDF).
A multi-sectional manufactured home can be placed in any location in which a site-built home is permitted. A single wide mobile home can also be placed in any location in which a site-built home is permitted, in a mobile home subdivision, or in a mobile home park. All that is needed is a development permit.
Contact the State Office by visiting the Arizona Department of Fire, Building and Life Safety website.
Once a permit is obtained and a final inspection has been performed, the inspector will direct staff to contact the servicing utility company with a clearance number to initiate this process.
The online process follows the same path as paper submittals. The advantage of the online process is convenience for our customers by not having to make the trip into the office, and by not needing to print plans for review. Only one set of each required document is needed for uploading into the online software, currently ProjectDox. The turnaround times for plan review are the same as for paper submittals. View our permitting page.
Learn how to obtain a building permit and how to submit any plans on our informational resources page.
A Plan of Development (POD) is a site plan which describes how a parcel of land is proposed to be improved. It includes outlines of all structures and site improvements, including but not limited to:- Property lines- Setbacks- Driveways- Landscaping- Existing structures- Proposed structures- Utility connectionsTypically, a POD does not involve any entitlements – that is, there is no requirement to obtain additional approvals for the type of development proposed (i.e., zoning, variance, etc.). The POD review focuses on reviewing the entire project layout for basic design and compatibility and to ensure that a project meets applicable regulations and policies.
Often the term plan of development and site plan are used interchangeably. However, in the case of a POD, the site plan must convey the conditions that will ultimately exist at build-out, whereas the site plan submitted for building or construction permits may only consider existing structures and those contemplated by the particular permit.
A POD is required for all non-residential zoning districts, 2-family and multi-family developments, and all sites with a Unit Plan of Development (UPD), and Planned Area Development (PAD).
Yes. For any existing 2-family, multi-family, or commercial developments, an as-built POD (subject to certain conditions and to a zoning clearance review and fee) will be allowed for any development existing prior to September 22, 2008. Industrial developments have a similar allowance, but are subject to the existing effective date of October 15, 1984. An as-built POD is processed via a land use application, with the average process time of 2 to 3 weeks. For proposals on existing 2-family, multi-family, or commercial developments involving internal tenant improvements, additional wall signs, and other non-layout changes or minor permits, only building permits will be required.
Effective September 22, 2008, PODs are processed administratively by staff. Because this office has no control over the quality of submittals, nor the number of resubmittals required, or the time it takes an applicant to make such resubmittal(s), the average processing timeframe is 90 days. Additionally, a number of reasons could require the POD to be forwarded to the Planning and Zoning Commission and Board of Supervisors for review or appeal by either staff or the applicant, which may increase the time.
Yes. A POD may be processed through the Planning and Zoning Commission and Board of Supervisors concurrent with a Zone Change request (under the Zone Change application) or it may be processed administratively (under a separate POD application). All Zone Change requests that require a POD will be charged as a Zone Change with Overlay and a separate POD request will be charged accordingly. Therefore, if a Zone Change and POD are processed under 1 application at the same time, there is a financial savings.
Amendments to existing PODs may be processed administratively via a Major or Minor Amendment process if they do not change or alter the Board of Supervisors’ approved development standard or stipulation of approval. The main difference between a major and minor proposal is in scope of work proposed and required fees.
Yes. POD approvals are valid for 2 years, with a possible extension of 1 additional year. The POD approval will essentially “vest” with issuance of a building or construction permit.
No, however it is recommended. Pre-Application meetings are attended by representatives from Planning, Drainage review, Zoning review, Transportation, Environmental Services, and Flood Control. If the POD is submitted in conjunction with a request for a Zone Change, a pre-application meeting is required.
To learn the history, review our Permit Research options to see if there are any violations, expired and current permits, etc. on the property. If there is an available history of the property, there may be a zoning case, SUP, LU, etc. on the property. For more information, you may also view the PlanNet page
If you need to request any documentation that may assist you as new buyers, visit our public records page.
Our online database is not comprehensive and does not account for all local variations in gradient change which may meet the hillside definition: slope of 15% or greater within any 5 foot elevation change (See MCZO Section 1201). For an accurate picture of a particular lot, please consult with a registered land surveyor. You may view our online planning tool, PlanNet.
Building permits are required for all structures with the exception of a structure that is less than 200 square feet with no electrical, plumbing or mechanical. After speaking with your neighbor, if you feel a violation of the Maricopa County Zoning Ordinance exists, you may submit an online code compliance violation complaint.
Maricopa County Planning and Development 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 research the county recorder office.
If you believe there has been a violation on a neighboring property, please contact the Code Compliance Team to report the issue. For an overview of the Code Compliance process, and the option of submitting a complaint online, view the reporting a complaint page.
All fencing over 1 foot in height requires a permit from the Planning and Development Departments. Fencing is classified as a “B-fence” requiring building and zoning clearances if it is located on a vacant property; serves as a pool barrier; is over 8 feet in height; is located on a hillside property; or retains soils (retaining wall). All other fencing would be classified as “D-fencing” and requires a drainage clearance. For more information, visit our Residential Construction page.
Fencing or structures should not cross an ingress/egress easement. The Planning and Development Department does not prohibit fencing or structures located in an ingress/egress easement, but relies on the customer to provide accurate information on the documents submitted for a permit.The Planning and Development Department is not involved with ingress/egress easement conflict as this is a civil concern and must be resolved as such. If you believe there has been a violation on a neighboring property, please contact the Code Compliance Team to report the issue. For an overview of the Code Compliance process, and the option of submitting a complaint online, view the reporting a complaint page.
Please read more about how to split (or combine) parcels of land on our informational Splitting Property page.
Learn more about the companies that provide service on our utility services page.
At the time a building permit is being obtained, construction power must be requested. If construction surpasses the rough topout state, construction power will not be issued. Temporary construction power may be secured for a residence at the time of permit application for the residence by mentioning to the building safety counter person that temporary construction power is needed.Once the building permit for the residence is issued, should the applicant need construction power, a “field change” may be issued by the building inspector. In either case, the applicant will receive instructions on setting up a temporary construction service and will be given the appropriate forms to fill out and sign. Temporary construction power for a business is left up to the discretion of the building inspector, since he/she will be more familiar with the project.
Certain uses are not allowed on a property but may be necessary or desirable for a limited period of time and these uses can be carefully regulated through the issuance of a Temporary Use Permit.
The uses are determined by the Zoning Inspector; typical uses include:- Temporary Housing- Caretaker’s Quarters- Temporary Events- Temporary Seasonal Sales- Underage Occupancy- Off-Site Construction Yard- Temporary Model Home Sales Complex
Yes, for up to 2 years if the owner is constructing or reconstructing a permanent residence on the site and the building permit for the permanent residence remains active.
The Ordinance also has allowance for emergency housing. An example of emergency housing is temporary shelter for persons displaced by fire, flood, etc.
Yes, with a statement from their physician. The Temporary Use Permit for the caretaker’s quarters must be renewed annually. The additional residence shall not be permanent in nature and must be removed once the need is no longer valid or necessary.
It depends on the specifics of the event and how large it may be, but generally yes, this permit is needed for a weekend or seasonal event. A Temporary Use Permit may be approved for temporary/special events limited to 30 event days within a 6 month period.
You will be provided an opportunity to present your case to the Board at a hearing.
Staff cannot answer that question since the Board is responsible for the final determination. If you do not agree with the Board’s decision, you have the right to file an appeal with the Maricopa County Superior Court within 30 days of the Board’s decision.
Typically 1 to 2 months if all the information is correct and revisions are not required. There are exceptions for hillside variances, drainage review, interpretations, and complex requests.
A pre-application meeting is highly recommended for variance requests. This allows the property and staff to evaluate the request(s) and to provide information on the variance application process.
For more information on the individuals or boards to contact, Planning and Development has made available a Pre-Application Meeting Packet (PDF).
Yes, based upon the following: Residential with violation $150, Residential without violation $50. The Pre-Application Meeting packet includes the fee schedule and the application materials required for submittal.
Deviations to the Zoning Ordinance with regard to applicable zoning standards (i.e. yard setbacks, lot coverage, lot area or width, etc.), hillside and drainage regulations, interpretations of the meaning of a word or phrase in the zoning ordinance, code compliance reviews, appeal of determinations and some temporary use permit requests.
A structure must be compliant with the Maricopa County Zoning Ordinance, applicable building codes and all regulations before an approved building permit will be issued. All required inspections must be obtained before the structure receives a final inspection and/or a certificate of occupancy.
As the property owner, you are responsible for the zoning compliance of all structures on your property, whether you or a previous owner built it.
Yes, but the violation will be placed in administration remedy until the variance request has been heard by the Board.
Call 602-506-7170 for assigned inspector information; if unavailable, contact the Call Center at 602-506-3301 for immediate assistance.
These inspections are performed by separate divisions. Grading inspections must be performed first to ensure construction will be free of inundation. We are currently working on a program to permit 155 FF inspections and 110 inspections at the same time; the website will be updated when implemented.
Available inspections are listed on the permit, they may appear on page 2 or 3 of your issued permit.
Gas clearances are sent upon 900 Final inspection approval for safety reasons. The 819 inspection is usually just for the underground piping. Approval of the 819 inspection is normally just to backfill or cover the trench and not all final testing, connections or related permits are complete at this time. If the permit only requires a single inspection for a gas repair, a clearance would be sent at that time.
Temporary power is issued for construction of the project only, usually for limited GFCI receptacles. If it was approved early in the project and is not requested from the utility company until further along in the project, a final inspection would be required to verify the electrical installation that has progressed meets all applicable codes. There may be exceptions based on special circumstances, ex: service panel replacements, upgrades and PV solar installations.
Contact information must be given on each inspection request if you would like to receive a call from the inspector. Given the volume of inspections and area we cover, inspections are not available by appointment.
No. Approved plans, access to inspection site, and any special instructions must be provided for inspector.
All elements required by code or ordinances must be completed prior to final inspection. Cosmetic items such as paint and carpet do not need to be completed on residential projects for final.
A Certificate of Occupancy (C of O) may be requested by emailing your request to firstname.lastname@example.org. C of O’s are not issued for residential permits; you may request a Letter of Completion for your residential project using the above email address.
Notices are published on the Office of Procurement Services' website when the County issues formal competitive solicitations (RFPs, IFBs and RFQs) for those procurements expected to exceed $50,000. The notices are accompanied by the entire solicitation document, when practical, in a downloadable format. Notices are also posted in the Office of Procurement Services offices and published in county’s newspaper or record which is currently the Arizona Business Gazette. When a wider distribution is deemed necessary for any type of solicitation, regional and national publications may be used to circulate the required information.
Vendors that have registered on the County’s web-based E-purchasing system with a current email address should receive automatic notification of solicitations for quotes (for procurements valued $50,000 or less) in the commodity or service areas in which they have registered. Any vendor that has not registered on the County's web-based bidders' list may still obtain a copy of the quote requests by visiting the Office of Procurement Services' website.
The Maricopa County Procurement Code exempts small purchases of $5,000 or less from the competitive solicitation process. Procurement requirements shall not be artificially divided so as to constitute a small purchase.
For requests for proposal (RFPs), the award is made to the proposer whose proposal is deemed most advantageous to the County based upon the evaluation criteria as published in the RFP document. The Chief Procurement Officer's recommendation for award notice is issued to all RFP respondents after the evaluation process is finished. Proposals are available for public inspection under the Freedom of Information Act.
In the case of any partial delivery, the shipping ticket and invoices must indicate the quantity being delivered and not the quantity ordered by the County.
Once awarded a contract, a vendor must complete their registration in the Maricopa County Vendor Self-Service Portal (VSS) in order to receive payment for commodities or services furnished to the County. After registration in VSS, a vendor must submit an original invoice to the using agency. Invoices should not be sent to Office of Procurement Services. Invoices must show: 1. Purchase Order number 2. Complete description of the commodities or services furnished 3. Quantity 4. Unit prices and extensions 5. Date of delivery or date services were performed 6. The discount terms 7. Name of the department to which shipment was made or services performed 8. Vendor Registration Number In addition, the invoice should include the vendor's invoice number and date. Before issuing the invoice, be sure to verify that it complies with the pricing agreed to in the contract or there may be a delay in payment while the discrepancy is resolved.
For VSS help please call (602) 506-1000. It is recommended to use Internet Explorer browser when using VSS.
You may pick up an application in person at: 201 W Jefferson Street Phoenix, AZ 85003
222 E Javelina Mesa, AZ 85210
Carefully read over the form to ensure you know what information the form is requesting.
In addition, the form may be accessed under "Restoration of Civil Rights" on the Maricopa County Superior Court Website.
A generic Power of Attorney form is available at this link General Durable Power of Attorney. This form was prepared by Community Legal Services and we have been given permission to share it with clients who have expressed a need for such a form. Some clients may want to use this form to work with others to handle non-criminal matters impacting their lives. Please note that the MCPD does not take any responsibility for its contents or for any consequences that may result from a client or a client's family member(s) using this form. It is merely provided as a convenience for individuals seeking a power of attorney form.
A person's civil liberties may be restored. A person with only one Arizona felony conviction, whose civil rights were lost or suspended, had their rights automatically restored upon completion of a term of probation, or receipt of an absolute discharge from imprisonment if the person paid all imposed fines or restitution. However, this does not apply to the right to possess a weapon. To restore the right to possess a weapon the person must file an application with Maricopa County Superior Court.
A person with two or more Arizona felony convictions must file the applications to restore their civil liberties with Maricopa County Superior Court. A separate application will be required for each felony criminal case. For more information or to access the applications, please visit the Maricopa County Superior Court Website.
If you only had one Arizona felony your rights were restored upon completion of probation or absolute discharge from the Department of Corrections as long as all fines and restitution were paid. However, to ensure that the court informs the elections office that you are eligible to vote you should file an application to restore your civil liberties. Also, the court will not set aside a judgment of guilt without an application.
If you have two or more felonies in Arizona you may apply to restore your civil liberties upon completion of probation or two years from your absolute discharge as long as all your fines and restitution were paid.
For more information on applying to restore your civil liberties, please visit the Maricopa County Superior Court Website.
You may pick up an application in person at:201 West Jefferson StreetPhoenix, AZ, 85003
222 East Javelina Mesa, AZ, 85210
Burial responsibility falls to the next of kin. For more information, please see A.R.S. § 36-831.
The funeral home will refer the case to the burial program if the decedent’s estate or their family’s total assets are less than $350.00. If the funds are less than $350.00 the program will review the case to determine what financial assistance is available.
In order to determine eligibility the program will require financial documentation that the deceased person’s estate and their family members do not have the ability to pay any funeral expenses from any resource or income.
An application must be completed with one of the contracted funeral homes. They will perform the initial financial review to determine if the final arrangements will be fully or partially paid by the legally responsible family member, legal agent, or other community entity. The contracted funeral home will only submit the application to the burial program for final eligibility determination after all other alternatives have been fully exhausted. For more information please call the burial coordinator at 602-506-5801.
The family should bring important documents belonging to the decedent, for example:
- Any Power of Attorneys- Bank statements- DD214, if the decedent served in the military- Decedent's written instructions regarding final arrangements, etc.
The office serves individuals who have very limited or no funds, no family members or other interested parties, or a private fiduciary willing to serve in the role as guardian and conservator.
A guardian is a person who has the legal authority to care for the personal and property interests of another person. A guardian is appointed by the court for a person who is unable to take care their personal and medical needs themselves. The Public Fiduciary will only serve as guardian when there are no other alternatives or persons qualified.
The court will look to the family first to determine if there is anyone qualified to serve as guardian. A family member is often the best choice to serve, because the family will be most familiar with their loved ones unique preferences and will have knowledge of their individual history. The Public Fiduciary is appointed only when there are no other alternatives to guardianship and there is no one else willing and able to serve. There are also private fiduciaries that perform these services.
Under the court’s supervision, a conservator oversees a person’s assets and manages those assets for the benefit of that individual. Each year the conservator must file an accounting with the court and receive the court’s approval.
Yes, Arizona Law recognizes several alternatives to guardianship
The form is available here - Court Forms.
See alternatives to guardianship.
A guardian and/or conservator is appointed by the court. A court hearing is held to consider all the necessary information. The court decides whether the person is in need of protection and appoints a guardian and/or conservator.
Court filing fees apply to every case, unless a deferral or waiver application is granted by the court. An attorney retainer is common and if the appointment is successful, the legal expenses may be paid out of the funds belonging to the person needing protection. Some families file the legal documents with the help of the forms available at the self-help service center, Court Forms.
Yes, for more information visit the Public Fiduciary fees.
For more information please see Guardianship and/or Conservatorship page.
No. The Ward's debts and expenses are paid from their own income and resources. The debtor cannot collect from the legal agent's personal funds.If there are no funds after the Ward's basic expenses for care and services are paid, the guardian notifies the creditor that their claim cannot currently be paid as the Ward is unable to pay.
You may want to consult an attorney familiar with guardianships/conservatorships.
To find an attorney suitable for consultation, contact the Arizona State Bar.
Obtain a new medical report that states the Ward no longer needs a guardian. Then file a petition with the court for termination of guardianship.
For more information on avoiding contact with wild animals, visit the Arizona Game and Fish Department's Living With Wildlife page.
If you are an unsuccessful bidder, and you were not the initiating party, all of your deposits will be returned to you.
If you are an unsuccessful bidder and you were the initiating party and did not bid, you will forfeit the bid deposit. The Appraised Value Deposit, which is required on the day of the auction, will be returned to you the day of auction.
If you are an unsuccessful bidder and were the initiating party and were outbid, all of your deposits will be returned to you. The Appraised Value Deposit, which is required on the day of the auction, will be returned to you the day of auction. The appraisal and title report deposits will be returned to you after the close of escrow. Return to Real Estate Services
The lettering must be a minimum of 3 inch lettering and must be of a contrasting color to the surface they are located on to allow easy identification of the vehicle.
The program is responsible for preventing pollution to the Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System. To find out more, click here.
For applications and instructions, please visit our Construction Site Requirements page.
The following types of approvals are issued by the Swimming Pools Program: - Approval To Construct/Approval Of Construction - Approval To Remodel/Approval Of Remodel
For the minimum design requirements, visit the
For the rules and regulations that apply to public and semi-public pools, wading pools or special use pools, spas and artificial bathing lakes, visit the
There is no charge for any TB services for active TB cases, their contacts, and children 6 years old or younger with latent TB infection.
No appointments are needed, walk-ins are accepted.
A positive TB blood test or TB skin test indicates that you have been exposed to someone with TB. The next step is to have an evaluation for TB symptoms and a chest x-ray. If the symptom review and chest x-ray are negative, you have latent TB infection. With a normal immune system you have a 10% chance of developing TB disease; half of that risk or 5% is within the first 2 years after becoming infected. The other half of the risk is for the rest of your life.
If you are considered to be high risk for developing TB disease, the health department will treat you with a medication that will prevent that from occurring. It is important to understand that if you have latent TB infection (positive TB blood test or TB skin test, normal chest x-ray, no symptoms of TB), you cannot give anyone else TB. You are NOT infectious.
For other services, please call the TB clinic at 602-372-1407 for more information.
You may visit our TB clinic, located at 1645 East Roosevelt Street in Phoenix, to receive a TB blood test or TB skin test with a Health Card. There is a charge for a Health Card, which is a release to attend work, school or to volunteer. The current charge is $65, cash, credit or debit card.
Only when there is a public health reason for a TB blood test or TB skin test (symptoms of TB, known contact to TB, etc.) is it provided at no charge.
Once a patient is referred to the Maricopa County Department of Public Health as a TB case or TB suspect, a nurse case manager and an epidemiologist are assigned to that patient. As part of the initial work with the patient, the epidemiologist will question the patient to learn the names and locating information of persons who have shared air with the patient, e.g., live or work with the patient, spend a lot of leisure time with the patient, etc. These people are called contacts. The epidemiologist will get in touch with the contacts and make arrangements for them to be evaluated, usually with a TB blood test, a symptom review, and if indicated, a chest x-ray, at the health department at no charge.
You may visit our TB clinic to be evaluated. There is a charge of $65, cash, credit or debit card.
Maricopa County offers two tobacco cessation programs to help its employees quit tobacco.
StayWell Phone Coaching:
This 5-session phone coaching program is offered to employees who are enrolled in a County-sponsored medical plan. Call 877-678-8926 to enroll.
Peer-Supported Quit Tobacco Program:
These 6-week, 30-minute, virtual sessions are available to all employees and offers support to quit tobacco or e-cigarettes for good. Sessions are facilitated by a tobacco cessation expert from the Maricopa County Department of Public Health. To get more information or find the next class, contact 602-372-7272.
Paint can be recycled for a fee at businesses, such as Stericycle Specialty Waste Solutions and Household Hazardous Waste Pickup. Please call 602-276-7602 for more information.
Paint may also be disposed of as trash after it has been hardened. To harden paint, add paint hardener (may be purchased at home improvement stores) or, clay cat litter to the paint, leave the paint can open and let it dry. When paint is dry, leave the lid off and dispose of in your regular trash.
For an $8 fee county transfer stations can take used refrigerator's after the Freon is evacuated, the compressor is removed and tagged by an appropriate vendor. Item will not be accepted if item has not met these conditions.
Contact your municipality to see if there is an HHW event in your area. The county transfer stations can take a limited amount (5 gallons) of used oil and antifreeze for recycling but no other HHW items. Bring them to a Transfer Station.
Companies such as, Stericycle Specialty Waste Solutions may take other household hazardous waste (HHW) material for a fee (PDF). Please contact them for more information.
The county transfer stations accept incandescent, LED and non mercury coating fluorescent light bulbs. Companies such as Batteries Plus Bulbs may recycle fluorescent bulbs that contain mercury. Please contact the nearest location, fees may apply; visit their website to find a store near you.
Backwash water from a filter system is considered to be wastewater and must be properly disposed. Proper disposal methods include sending the backwash water to a sewer system or using the backwash water for surface irrigation at the reuse site. A permit issued by the sewer utility company may be required to discharge the backwash water to the sewer system.
Backwash water may not be discharged to a drywell (for example, a storm water retention basin drywell) unless an Aquifer Protection Permit has been obtained from the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality permitting such disposal. Other backwash water disposal alternatives will be considered on a case-by-case basis. For more information, please call 602-372-2861.
In regards to being a point source of pollution, the MAG 208 Water Quality Management Plan states:
The major effort of this 208 Plan Revision was in the Point Source Plan. Point source planning is primarily directed at compiling the preferred wastewater collection and treatment system for the Maricopa County area through the year 2020. Toward this end, the Point Source Plan examines population and wastewater flow projections, treatment methods, effluent disposal, reclaimed water reuse, and sludge management.
In regards to the regional infrastructure issue, the MAG 208 Water Quality Management Plan. states:
By requiring proposed plants in the area to obtain approval using this formal process, an uncontrolled proliferation of small plants that could cause problems in the future should be prevented. The communities adopted a small plant process goal of allowing the cities and towns the maximum level of control in the approval of small plants. The County must consider the comments of the nearby city or town concerning proposed small plant facilities within three miles of their borders.
The MAG 208 Water Quality Management Plan. addresses these issues and other planning issues in detail. MAG 208 requirements.
Qualifying children can be cared for by grandparents, single dads, aunts, uncles or other family members or foster parents (i.e. does not have to be birth mother or birth father).