Interactive Property Improvement Diagram

Whether you are opening or remodeling your business, building, adding to or repairing your residence, our goal is to provide you with the best service possible.
The Fire, Building & Life Safety’s mission is to facilitate the development process by applying the highest standards of health, safety and construction industry practices. The division also provides professional and courteous customer service to new and existing building owners within the city.

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Accessory Buildings Sheds / Workshop / Garage / Pool House / Barns
General Information
A permit is required for accessory buildings, which include storage sheds, barns, pool houses, detached garages and workshops that are structures in addition to the main structure on a property.

Submittal requirements
  • Permit/Plan Review Application
  • Plans detailing the scope of work to be done. Include all structural information, electrical and plumbing (if applicable). Plans must be dimensioned to show all widths, depths and heights of the project.
  • (2) Copies of a Site Plan
  • If electricity or plumbing will be installed in the accessory structure, additional fees will apply.
All components listed above must be submitted with the Building Permit Application. Application packages must be completed and submitted to the City Hall front counter at 12145 NW Grand Ave, El Mirage, Arizona 85335. Fees are based on the valuation of the project and will be due at time of permit issuance.

Inspections
An inspection will be required upon completion of each part of the work. The inspection request line number is 623-876-2979. This is an automated line that is available 24 hours a day. Our office hours are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Any inspection called in before 4:00 p.m. will be made the next business day.
Please contact the Fire, Building & Life Safety at 623-876-2934 or 623-876-2932 for additional information.

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Sewer Line
General Information
A permit is required for the installation or repair of a sewer line, which must comply with the requirements of the International Plumbing Code and International Residential Code. Sewer lines being connected into the main located in a street or alley will also require a Right of Way (ROW) permit from Engineering.

Submittal Requirements
All components listed above must be submitted with the Building Permit Application. Application packages must be completed and submitted to the City Hall front counter at 12145 NW Grand Ave, El Mirage, AZ 85335. Permit fees are a flat rate for sewer line repairs and are due at time of permit issuance.

Inspections
  • Rough plumbing
An inspection will be required before covering up the building sewer. The inspection request line number is 623-876-2979. This is an automated line that is available 24 hours a day. Our office hours are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Any inspection called in before 4:00 p.m. will be made the following business day.

Please contact Fire, Building & Life Safety at 623-876-2934 or 623-876-2932 for additional information.
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Carport
General Information
A permit is required for the installation of a carport. Setbacks for carports in front or side yards are significantly more restrictive than carports in rear yards. The setbacks will be verified as part of the review process. The Patio Handout may be referenced for details and design guidelines.
Patio Handout

Submittal Requirements
  • Permit/Plan Review Application
  • (2) Copies of a Site Plan with dimensions indicating the location of the carport on the property.
  • Provide plans with dimensions indicating the size of the structure and how it will be constructed and anchored. This plan should include footings, materials used and spacing of framing members. Site Plan Template
All components listed above must be submitted with the Building Permit Application. Application packages must be completed and submitted to the City Hall front counter at 12145 NW Grand Ave, El Mirage, AZ 85335. Fees are based on the valuation of the project and will be due at time of permit issuance.

Inspections
  • Footings
  • Framing and structural connections
  • Electrical (if applicable)
  • Final
An inspection will be required upon completion of each phase of work. The inspection request line number is 623-876-2979. This is an automated line that is available 24 hours a day. Our office hours are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Any inspection called in before 4:00 p.m. will be made the following business day.

Please contact the Fire, Building & Life Safety department at 623-876-2934 or 623-876-2932 for additional information.
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Decks
General Information
A permit is required for the installation of decks over 30 inches in height and for any existing patio being converted into a deck. The Patio Handout may be used as a reference for permit information and details.
Patio Handout
Submittal requirements
  • Permit/Plan Review Application
  • (2) Copies of a Site Plan, with dimensions indicating the location of the deck on the property. Site Plan Template
  • Provide plans that indicate size and how the structure will be constructed and anchored. This plan should include materials used and spacing of framing members. Additionally, it should include the guardrails as required by Code. Such guardrails are required to be a minimum of 36 inches in height, with no opening larger than 4".
  • If converting an existing patio, codes may require the addition of or replacement of existing rafters and beams if they are not designed to carry the load (weight) of people walking on the new surface.
All components listed above must be submitted with the Building Permit Application. Application packages must be completed and submitted to the City Hall front counter at 12145 NW Grand Ave, El Mirage, AZ 85335. Fees are based on the valuation of the project and will be due at time of permit issuance.

Inspections
  • Footings
  • Framing and structural connections
  • Electrical (if applicable)
  • Final
An inspection will be required upon completion of each phase of work. The inspection request line number is 623-876-2979. This is an automated line that is available 24 hours a day. Our office hours are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Any inspection called in before 4:00 p.m. will be made the following business day.

Please contact Fire Building & Life Safety at 623-876-2934 or 623-876-2932 for additional information.
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Driveways / Sidewalks
General Information
A permit is not required for the construction or addition to a driveway, patio slab or other flat concrete work.
Curb cuts and sidewalk work require an Engineering permit for work in the Right of Way (ROW) and must be done by a licensed contractor.

Inspections
An inspection is not required for concrete slab work.
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Electric Panel Replacement or Repair General Information
A permit is required for an electric repair or service panel change out. Materials and installation procedures must adhere to the 2006 International Residential Code and the 2005 National Electric Code.

Submittal Requirements
All components listed above must be submitted with the Building Permit Application. Application packages must be completed and submitted to the City Hall front counter at 12145 NW Grand Ave, El Mirage, AZ 85335. Permit fees for electrical repairs are a flat rate and will be due at time of permit issuance.

Inspections
  • Electrical rough (with new construction)
  • Clearance or Final
An inspection will be required upon completion of work. The City will call in all clearances after approved inspections to Arizona Public Service (APS) our electric service provider. The inspection request line number is 623-876-2979. This is an automated line that is available 24 hours a day. Our office hours are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Any inspection called in before 4:00 p.m. will be made the following business day.

Please contact Fire, Building & Life Safety at 623-876-2934 or 623-876-2932 for additional information.
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Fences
General Information
A permit is required for the construction of a new fence or replacement fence made of any type of material and regardless of height. See the Masonry Wall and Fence Handout for permit information and standard details.
Masonry Wall and Fence Handout

Submittal Requirements
  • Permit/Plan Review Application
  • (2) Copies of a Site Plan with dimensions indicating the location of the fence on the property and the length of the new fence. Site Plan Template
All components listed above must be submitted with the Building Permit Application. Application packages must be completed and submitted to the City Hall front counter at 12145 NW Grand Ave, El Mirage, AZ 85335. Fees are based on the valuation of the project and will be due at time of permit issuance.

Inspections
  • Footings
  • Pilasters (masonry only)
  • Final
An inspection will be required upon completion of each phase of work. The inspection request line number is 623-876-2979. This is an automated line that is available 24 hours a day. Our office hours are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Any inspection called in before 4:00 p.m. will be made the following business day.

Please contact Fire, Building & Life Safety at 623-876-2934 or 623-876-2932 for additional information.

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Garage Conversions/Carport or Patio Enclosures General Information

A permit is required when converting a garage into livable space or enclosing an existing carport into a garage or livable space.
  • Requirements for Residential Additions
Submittal Requirements
  • Permit/Plan Review Application
  • Provide plans which outline the scope of work to be done. Plans should include all room dimensions, window and door sizes, any existing conditions (such as a water heater in the space) and electrical (outlets and lights) and mechanical (AC) to the new livable areas.
  • If converted into a sleeping area, plans must include a smoke detector in the room.
  • Rooms must be accessible through the existing house. No exterior only entrances allowed.
All components listed above must be submitted with the Building Permit Application. Application packages must be completed and submitted to the City Hall front counter at 12145 NW Grand Ave, El Mirage, AZ 85335. Fees are based on the valuation of the project and will be due at time of permit issuance.

Inspections
  • Electrical, Plumbing and Mechanical rough
  • Framing and structural
  • Plumbing top out
  • Energy (Insulation)
  • Final
All inspections will be required upon completion of each phase of the project. The inspection request line number is 623-876-2979. This is an automated line that is available 24 hours a day. Our office hours are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Any inspection called in before 4:00 p.m. will be made the following business day.

Please contact Fire, Building & Life Safety at 623-876-2934 or 623-876-2932 for additional information.

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Heating and Air Conditioning Repair or Replacement
General Information
  • Mechanical System Requirements: Additions, alterations, renovations or repairs to a mechanical system shall conform to the requirements for a new mechanical system without requiring the entire existing system to be brought up to current codes. Additions, alterations or repairs shall not cause an existing mechanical system to become unsafe, hazardous or overloaded.
  • Appliance Access: Appliances shall be accessible for inspection, service, repair and replacement without removing permanent construction. A catwalk or passageway in an attic shall have continuous solid flooring or attic access (30 inches wide).
  • Clearances from Combustible Construction: There should be no less than a 1-inch space between Type B vent pipe and any combustible surface.
  • Installation: Heating and cooling equipment and appliances shall be installed in accordance with the manufacturer’s installation instructions and the requirements of the 2006 IRC.
  • Condensate Disposal: Condensate from all cooling coils or evaporators shall be conveyed from the drain pan outlet to an approved place of disposal. Condensate shall not discharge into a street, alley or other areas so as to cause a nuisance.
  • Insulation of Refrigerant Piping: Piping and fittings for refrigerant vapor (suction) lines shall be insulated with ¾” pipe insulation.
  • Gas Appliances: Gas connections shall be piped by means of approved flex connector with approved ball valve type stop. Hard black pipe must extend a least 1” from unit.
  • Electrical Requirements: A lighting fixture controlled by a switch located at the required passageway opening and a receptacle service outlet shall be provided at or near the appliance location in accordance with 2006 IRC. An electrical disconnect is required for equipment. The electric branch circuit should be connected to the HVAC unit with an approved connector or bushing. Over current protection shall comply with manufacturer’s specifications.
Submittal Requirements
All components listed above must be submitted with the Building Permit Application. Application packages must be completed and submitted to the City Hall front counter at 12145 NW Grand Ave, El Mirage, AZ 85335. Permit fees for mechanical repairs and replacement are a flat rate and will be due at time of permit issuance.

Inspections
  • Rough Mechanical/ Electric
  • Final
An inspection will be required upon completion of each phase of the work. The inspection request line number is 623-876-2979. This is an automated line that is available 24 hours a day. Our office hours are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Any inspection called in before 4:00 p.m. will be made the following business day.

Please contact Fire, Building & Life Safety at 623-876-2934 or 623-876-2932 for additional information.

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RV or Vehicular Access Gates
General information
A permit is required for the installation of an RV or vehicular access gate in any fence. Driving surfaces adjacent to the gate must be dustproof, such as grass or gravel. Curbs must be rolled or a driveway curb cut. Access gates off an alley are allowed only if alley is paved.
Properties that back up to a street or public area may have a non-vehicular access easement (NVAE) at the rear or side of the property. This means an access gate is not allowed in this location. To verify if your property has a NVAE, contact Planning at 623-876-2935.

Submittal Requirements
All above components must be submitted with the building permit application. Application packages must be completed and submitted to the City Hall front counter at 12145 NW Grand Ave, El Mirage, AZ 85335. Fees are based on the valuation of the project and will be due at time of permit issuance.

Inspections
Footing
Final
The inspection request line number is 623-876-2979. This is an automated line that is available 24 hours a day. Our office hours are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Any inspection called in before 4:00 p.m. will be made the following business day.

Please contact the Fire, Building & Life Safety at 623-876-2934 or 623-876-2932 for additional information.

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Patio Cover
General Information
A permit is required for the installation of a patio cover or for extending an existing patio cover.

  • Patio/Carport Handout
Submittal requirements
  • Permit/Plan Review Application
  • (2) Copies of a Site Plan, with dimensions indicating the size and location of the patio cover on the property. Site Plan Template
  • Provide dimensions for the width, depth and height of the patio and indicate how the structure will be constructed and anchored. This plan should include materials used and spacing of framing members.
All components listed above must be submitted with the Building Permit Application. Application packages must be completed and submitted to the City Hall front counter at 12145 NW Grand Ave, El Mirage, AZ 85335. Fees are based on the valuation of the project and will be due at time of permit issuance.

Inspections
  • Footings
  • Framing and structural
  • Electrical (if applicable)
  • Final
An inspection will be required upon completion of each phase of work. The inspection request line number is 623-876-2979. This is an automated line that is available 24 hours a day. Our office hours are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Any inspection called in before 4:00 p.m. will be made the following business day.

Please contact Fire, Building & Life Safety at 623-876-2934 or 623-876-2932 for additional information.

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Retaining Walls General Information
A permit is required for the installation of retaining walls over 24” in height. Walls higher than 48” require an engineering certification.

Submittal Requirements
  • Permit/Plan Review Application
  • (2) Copies of a site plan of property with dimensions indicating the location of the retaining wall on the property, including length of wall. Site Plan Template
  • If 24” to 48” in height, provide plans which indicate how the wall and footings will be constructed. Above 48”, include engineering designs and calculations.
All components listed above must be submitted with the Building Permit Application. Application packages must be completed and submitted to the City Hall front counted at 12145 NW Grand Ave, El Mirage, AZ 85335. Fees are based on the valuation of the project and will be due at time of permit issuance.

 

Wall Height

Engineer Design Required

Concrete Only (see note 3)

Approved Materials other than Wood

Permit Required

Requirements for Walls Supporting Permanent Construction (see note 1)

less than 2 ft.

No

No

Yes

Yes

2 ft. - 3.99 ft.

No

No

Yes

Yes

4ft. +

Yes

Yes

No

Yes


Notes for New or Reconstructed Retaining Walls
  • For the purposes of Table 1, the following shall apply:
  • Permanent construction is defined as any construction that requires a building permit from the City.
  • The retaining wall is assumed to support permanent construction if the setback from the top of the wall to the permanent construction is less than 1.5 times the height of the wall, unless a geotechnical report prepared by a licensed engineer states that a structure closer to the wall does not bear on the wall.
  • A multi-tier wall shall be considered a single wall if the base of the upper wall is set back from the top of the lower wall less than 1.5 times the height of the lower wall.
  • When an engineered design is required, the building permit shall include a copy of the sealed, signed, and dated design from the engineer. When a building permit is required, but an engineered design is not, the owner shall provide construction drawings indicating the location, height, and material of the retaining wall.
  • Prefabricated concrete products may be used upon approval of the Building Official.
Inspections
  • Footing
  • Final
Retaining walls four (4) feet or taller, or walls that are deemed to be structurally bearing will require additional structural inspections of the reinforcement. The inspection request line number is 623-876-2979. This is an automated line that is available 24 hours a day. Our office hours are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Any inspection called in before 4:00 p.m. will be made the following business day.

Please contact Fire, Building & Life Safety at 623-876-2934 or 632-876-2932 for additional information.

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Swimming Pools/Spas General Information
This information shall be applicable to all new swimming pools and spas which have a depth of 18 inches or more of water at any point.

Please see the City of El Mirage Pool Barrier Handout for more information about State of Arizona requirements for swimming pool barriers.
  • Pool Barrier Handout
  • ARS 1618 Handout

    Submittal Requirements
  • Permit/Plan Review Application
  • (2) Copies of a Site Plan, with dimensions indicating the location of the swimming pool including setback dimensions to property lines, utilities and structures.
  • Provide an engineer stamped set of pool standards or design plans.
All components listed above must be submitted with the Building Permit Application. Application packages must be completed and submitted to the City hall front counter at 12145 NW Grand Ave, El Mirage, AZ 85335. Permit fees for pools are a flat fee (but may include review fees) and will be due at time of permit issuance.

Required Inspections
See the Pool Inspection Checklist handout for what is expected at the pre-gunite and pre-plaster inspections.
Pool Inspection Checklist
The inspection request line number is 623-876-2979. This is an automated line that is available 24 hours a day. Our office hours are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Any inspection called in before 4:00 p.m. will be made the following business day.

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Water Heaters General Information
A permit is required for the installation or replacement of a water heater. Installation must comply with the requirements of the 2006 International Plumbing Code and 2006 International Residential Code.

Specific Requirements
Gas Water Heaters

  1. Upper and lower combustion air must be installed or maintained when a water heater is installed in an enclosed area.
  2. There must be a 1" clearance on water heater vent from all combustible materials and manufacturer's specifications must be followed.
  3. The maximum length of flex gas pipe allowed is 36" with 1/2" diameter minimum size.
Tankless Water Heaters
  • Shall be installed per manufacturer’s installation instructions.
  • Gas sizing or electrical supply may require an upgraded line. Provide manufacturer’s specification sheets for review and at time of inspection.
Solar Water Heater
  • Shall be installed per manufacturer’s installation instructions. Provide specification sheets at time of inspection.
All Water Heaters
  1. Water heater pan (where required) must be approved for application and have a 1" drain line to outside or to an approved receptor.
  2. The temperature and pressure relief valve discharge pipe shall discharge outside not less than 6" above or 24” above or ground/ floor level or into an approved indirect waste receptor.
  3. There must be an isolation valve on cold water pipe of heater to shut off water.
  4. If installed in a garage, the source of ignition (pilot light or electrical connection) must be elevated 18” above the floor of the garage.
  5. Provide an expansion tank on all tank type water heaters.
Submittal Requirements
All components listed above must be submitted with the Building Permit Application. Application packages must be completed and submitted to the City Hall front counter at 12145 NW Grand Ave, El Mirage, AZ 85335. Permit fees for water heaters are a flat fee and will be due at time of permit issuance.

Inspections
A final inspection will be required upon completion of work. The inspection request line number is 623-876-2979. This is an automated line that is available 24 hours a day. Our office hours are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Any inspection called in before 4:00 p.m. will be made the following business day.

Contact Fire, Building & Life Safety at 623-876-2934 or 623-876-2932 for additional information.

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Water Supply Line Repair General Information
A permit is required for the installation of a new water supply line or repair/replacement of an existing supply line, which must comply with the requirements of the International Plumbing Code and International Residential Code. Water line connections to the City main or into the Right of Way (ROW) require an Engineering ROW permit and work in the ROW must be done by a license contractor.

Specific Requirements
1. Piping must be of an approved material.
2. A shut off valve must be installed prior to entering the house.
3. Burial depth of the water line must be a minimum of 12".
4. Piping sized in accordance with the 2006 International Residential Code and the 2006
International Plumbing Code.
5. Install a backflow preventer (vacuum breaker) at all exterior hose bib locations.

Submittal Requirements
All components listed above must be submitted with the Building Permit Application. Application packages must be completed and submitted to the City Hall front counter at 12145 NW Grand Ave, El Mirage, AZ 85335. Permit fees are a flat rate for water repairs and will be due at time of permit issuance.
Inspections
An inspection will be required upon completion of work but before line is buried. The inspection request line number is 623-876-2979. This is an automated line that is available 24 hours a day. Our office hours are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Any inspection called in before 4:00 p.m. will be made the following business day.

Please contact Fire, Building & Life Safety at 623-876-2934 or 623-876-2932 for additional information.

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Windows General Information
A permit is not required for window replacements if the width of the window remains the same. Wider windows require a larger header for support of the walls above, therefore a permit is required. Some areas within the City of El Mirage must also conform to sound attenuation standards as required by State law for those communities near a military base. To locate what over-flight zone your house is located in, click on the Sound Contour Handout. Windows must be able to reduce the sound to 45 decibels.
Sound Contour Handout

Submittal requirements (if required)
All components listed above must be submitted with the Building Permit Application. Application packages must be completed and submitted to the City Hall front counter at 12145 NW Grand Ave, El Mirage, AZ 85335. Fees are based on the valuation of the project and will be due at time of permit issuance.

Inspections
An inspection will be required before new headers are covered. The inspection request line number is 623-876-2979. This is an automated line that is available 24 hours a day. Our office hours are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Any inspection called in before 4:00 p.m. will be made the following business day.

Please contact Fire, Building & Life Safety at 623-876-2934 or 623-876-2932 for additional information.
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Solar PV System

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