Planning & Zoning

Mission Statement
The Planning and Zoning Department is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life in Fountain Hills through innovative, proven planning techniques, and providing excellent customer service in a professional and timely manner. We also provide high quality construction permitting, plan review and building inspection services in a way that is responsive and customer friendly.

Department Description
The Planning and Zoning Department implements planning related goals, policies and programs as approved by the Town Council. The Department processes applications for changes of zoning, preliminary and final subdivision plats, variances from the requirements of the Zoning Ordinance, Temporary Use Permits, Special Use Permits, Concept Plans (site plans), signs and amendments to the General Plan and Area Specific Plans.

We also process amendments to the Town’s regulations; the Zoning Ordinance, Subdivision Ordinance and Town Code. The Department maintains the Town’s Geographic Information System and, as resources allow, sponsors recycling events. Department staff supports the other Town departments with graphics products and technical drawings.

Included in the Department is the Code Enforcement staff who are responsible for enforcing the Town’s land use regulations and many of the provisions of the Town Code. The Building Safety Division is a work unit in the Planning and Zoning Department. Building Safety employee’s process applications for permits to construct homes, commercial buildings, fences, swimming pools and other structures. The Division coordinates the review of plans for the structures it permits; and inspects construction of those permitted structures.