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Building Safety And Code Enforcement

The main purpose of this Division is to provide inspections for new construction, buildings and remodeling of structures for compliance with the local, state and federal laws.

Plan reviews of new construction, additions or remodels are also handled by this division. Once construction plans are reviewed and approved, a building permit will be issued by this division.

Per the City's Building Code: "No person shall begin work without a valid building permit. It is unlawful for anyone to erect, construct, enlarge, alter, repair, move, improve, remove, convert, demolish, equip, use, occupy or maintain any building or land or cause or permit the same to be done."

Once the building permit has been issued, inspections can be scheduled. After all inspections are completed a Certificate of Occupancy will be issued as the final step in the process.

Building Inspections need to be scheduled 24 hrs in advance. To schedule a building inspection, call (928) 722-7399.

Code enforcement is an integral part of the job in this division to maintain our community as healthy, clean, safe and attractive as possible and to ensure compliance throughout the City.

When a complaint is made to our division, the caller may chose to leave their name only if they wish. All calls are considered confidential and no personal information is needed to make a complaint. Inoperable vehicles, accumulation of litter, overgrown trees and shrubs, and construction or remodel without proper building permit are the most common violations within the City.

Once the complaint is received, an inspection is conducted to verify that a code violation does exist; the inspector will make an effort to contact the owner of the property where the violation has occurred to correct the problem. A Notice of Violation will be issued and the property owner will have a determined time-period to correct the issue(s). If the property has not come into compliance at the end of the time-period, a citation will be issued.

A possible violation to the City code can be reported at (928) 722-7399.

Contact Information:

Salvador Lopez

Building Inspector/Plan Examiner

143 N. State Ave

Somerton, AZ 85350

(928) 722-7329

Fax: (928) 627-2707

Building Safety Review Time Frame


  • Building Permit Application -go to the document library to download the Application
  • Adopted Building and Property Maintenance Codes
    • 2003 International Residential Code
    • 2003 International Building Code
    • 1991†Uniform Plumbing Code with Appendices
    • 1990†National Electrical Code
    • 1991 Uniform†Mechanical Code with Appendices
    • 2003 Property Maintnance Code
    • 2003 International Gas Code
    • NFPA

AZ Registrar of Contractors

Frequent Questions and Answers:

Do I need a permit?

If you are planning a construction project in the City of Somerton that involves any type of new construction, remodel, electrical, mechanical or plumbing type work, a permit and inspection are generally required. Although there are some minor facets of construction that don’t require permits, the vast majority do.

The Building Safety Division in the City of Somerton Department of Community Development can assist you with the required steps for pulling a permit and scheduling inspections. We can also inform you about types of work that do not require permits such as fencing, painting and minor repairs.

What is the process to obtain a building permit?

A permit application, accompanied by construction plans, is required to be submitted to the City of Somerton Department of Community Development for review prior to permit issuance. In general, review times for residential type projects are 5 work days and commercial projects are 30 work days. Fees must be paid and a permit issued prior to the construction work commencing. Once the permit is issued inspections are required for the different disciplines of the construction. All work must be inspected prior to covering and moving on to the next step. When calling for inspections please plan on a 24-hour response time from our field inspectors. All calls for inspections that are received prior to 6 p.m. will be scheduled for inspection the next business day. Once the construction is complete and all required inspections have been completed and approved, the building official will issue a Certificate of Occupancy. There shall be no occupancy to any building or structure until this certificate is issued.

For more information about permitting or to obtain a permit application or inspection, contact the City of Somerton Department of Community Development.

Do I need plans from an engineer or architect?

The vast majority of commercial projects required registered professional stamped plans. Please check with building safety department for your specific project requirement.

How much does a permit cost?

The cost of a permit is based on the type of project being proposed. Each type of construction has its own valuation table, once the plans have been approved a permit cost will be given.