ACEC Arizona COVID-19 update

Dear ACEC Arizona Members,

In an effort to support our Member Firms, ACEC Arizona would like to share the following information we received from fellow advocacy group Valley Partnership. Information will be updated as it becomes available from Federal, State, and Local agencies as a resource for our members during this critical time.

 

Municipal Planning/Community Development Department Status Report

March 23, 2020

 

PHOENIX

– Starting Monday, March 23, planning staff will only be available on an appointment basis.

– The City continues to strongly encourage digital submittals. Staff is utilizing alternative work hours to maintain employee and customer health.

– Digital submittals, requests for information, and access to web services can be conducted through www.phoenix.gov/pdd/onlineservices/electronic-plan-review

– Inquiries can be directed to epr.support@phoenix.gov and 602-534-5933

– Review timelines are expected to be extended.

– Inspections will be conducted as normal for now.

 

TEMPE

– Community Development is limiting in person contact.

– Submittals for any divisions including Planning, Historic Preservation, Signs, Code Enforcement, Plan Review, Private Development Engineering, etc. should be submitted electronically through the City’s online portal.

* Electronic submittals less than 15MB – main online portal.

* Electronic submittals 15MB or more – email permitcenter@tempe.gov to request an LF file transfer email.

* Bundle documents into one (1) pdf or bundle by discipline before uploading. The maximum file size allowed is less than 15MB).

– Inspections will be conducted remotely in as many cases as possible.

 

GLENDALE

– City Hall and other city facility services are currently open and active, however, the City is strongly discouraging in-person submittals and directs applicants to online resources.

 

BUCKEYE

– Planning staff will only be available on an appointment basis. Appointments must be made for picking up or dropping off plans/permits. Access will not be permitted without an appointment.

– Please call 623-349-6200 to make appointments and for all other requests for information email:

* permitcenter@buckeyeaz.gov for building and permitting questions

* planningandzoning@buckeyeaz.gov for planning and entitlement questions

* engineering@buckeyeaz.gov for civil and engineering questions

– All paper submittals will be quarantined for 48 hours prior to review distribution.

– In-person Submittals by appointment only.

* It’s strongly preferred that commercial, civil, and residential standard plans as well as all planning applications be submitted via USB rather than with paper copies.

* The number of USBs should equal the number of copies listed in application guidelines for review distribution.

– Mailed Submittals:

* Applications such as solar and sign permits, discovery/due diligence meetings, planning consultation, pre-application conferences, single-lot design reviews, temporary signs, temporary use permits, and zoning verifications can also be submitted via mail to City of Buckeye, Attention: Development Services Department, 530 E Monroe Ave, Buckeye, AZ 85326 with USBs and payment.

– Emailed Submittals:

* Pool, Fence and Gasline permits can be submitted via email to: permitcenter@buckeyeaz.gov with payments taken over the phone.

– All on-site and off-site meetings will be changed from in person to telephone conference call, go-to or video conference.

– There are no current changes to the inspection process.

– The City is working quickly to transition to electronic plan review.

 

MARICOPA COUNTY

– Planning staff will only be available on an appointment basis. The customer service lobby located at 501 N. 44th Street, Suite 200 in Phoenix is closed.

– Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit applications online. Steps to do so are outlined at Maricopa.gov/5116.

– Appointments can be made online or by phone:

* Planning and Development: visit Maricopa.gov/797 and click “Schedule Intake Appointment” or call 602-506-8573.

* Environmental Services: visit Maricopa.gov/631 and click “Schedule Intake Appointment” or call 602-506-6616.

* Air Quality Department: call 602-372-3456.

 

AVONDALE

– All over-the-counter plan review and permitting is suspended.

– Online plan submittal is available at www.avondaleaz.gov/government/departments/development-engineering-services/apply-for-a-permit.

– Conference calls and video conferencing in lieu of in-person meetings.

 

CHANDLER

– As usual, the City requests that applications be made electronically at https://developmentpermits.chandleraz.gov/clics/Chandler.aspx

 

GILBERT

– All municipal buildings are closed.

– Additional information pending.

 

GOODYEAR

– City offices are open and staff is on-site.

– Staff is allowing in-person submittals but encouraging electronic submittals.

– Review timelines are expected to be extended by an additional 3-5 days, to a total of approx. 30 days.

– Inspections are currently unchanged, with the exception of occupied structures and Tis, which are currently being evaluated for customer and city employee safety.

 

MESA

– Information pending.

 

QUEEN CREEK

– All development services staff is working from home but available by email and phone. Open business hours remain the same (Monday – Thursday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.)

– Regular functions continue to be available through https://aca.accela.com/QC/Default.aspx

– Building and Engineering Field Inspections are expected to continue without adjustment.

– Questions can be directed to:

* Development Services Administration: Brett Burningham at 480-358-3097, Brett.Burningham@queencreek.org or Sarah Clark at 480-358-3020, Sarah.Clark@queencreek.org

* Building Safety Division: Michael Williams at 480-358-3009, Michael.Williams@QueenCreek.org

* Planning Division: Erik Swanson at 480-358-3013, Erik.Swanson@QueenCreek.org

* Engineering Division: Chris Dovel at 480-358-3067, Chris.Dovel@QueenCreek.org

* Code Enforcement: Victor Martinez at 480-358-3307, Victor.Martinez@queencreek.org

– Application check payments:

* Online payments: Paid as usual online

* In-person payments: Can be placed in the Water Department payment drop box located at Town Hall. Place checks in an envelope and write “Building Safety” “Engineering” or “Planning” on the outside of the envelope.

 

SCOTTSDALE

– City offices are open and some staff is on-site, however, the City is strongly discouraging in-person submittals.

 

SURPRISE

– Development services is closed to in-person submittals.

– Permitting and submittals for all planning review, engineering permits and construction permits will be conducted via email, through developmentservices@surpriseaz.gov.

– Review times are expected to be extended by 6 business days.

– Questions can be directed to Luis Lopez at luis.lopez@surpriseaz.gov.

As developments occur in these unprecedented times, you can count on ACEC Arizona to keep the interests of our members at the forefront of every action.