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Yavapai County Development Services COVID-19 Update

Yavapai County Development Services Department reminds you that, even though County offices are closed to the public during the COVID-19 pandemic, we are still working for you. You can still reach us through email and our online portal for a variety of services. For permitting, inspections, questions about a property or to schedule an appointment with our staff, please call our offices at (928) 771-3214, or visit our web portal at

2020 Census COVID-19

As we come together to combat the spread of #COVID19, it’s never been more critical to respond to the #2020Census. Your response helps us plan for situations like this – securing our fair share of resources to meet the needs of Arizonans and representation to advocate for our state.
In an effort to help stop the spread of COVID-19, Census workers have delayed door-to-door operations.  Residents can make sure they help by completing their Census form, keeping the Census workers away from knocking on their doors.

10 minutes is all it will take to help build the next 10 years.  Additionally, medical funding heavily relies on the Census data; Please be counted. | Flyer |

Take a Moment today to count for Arizona. Responding is safe and it’s never bene easier to complete the census online, by phone or mail. RESPOND NOW


Remote Video Inspections

Yavapai County Development Services is excited to announce our new Remote Video Inspection program for Building Safety inspections!  Certain inspections are now available to be done remotely by video!  See attached flyer for more information. | Flyer |

Yavapai County Development Services COVID-19 Plan

Yavapai County Development Services cares about the health of the public as well as our employees.  We are continuing to process applications, permits and inspections while balancing the safety of our customers and employees.

At this time, we have implemented the following:

  • Hours of operation:  8:00am to 4:00pm Monday thru Friday
  • Limited staff will be available in both office locations
  • Planning Commission meetings cancelled for a period of 90 days
  • Hearing Officer Cases cancelled for a period of 90 days
  • Board of Adjustment cases cancelled for a period of 90 days
  • Lunch & Learn and Meet us at the Library outreach programs have been cancelled for a period of 90 days

Inspections for Environmental and Building Safety will continue as normal

We anticipate that there may be a delay in plan review and permitting as a result of the efforts to prevent the spread of this virus in our community.

We have various ways for you to contact us without having to come into our offices.

By phone:     Prescott office 928-771-3214   

                      Cottonwood Office 928-639-8151

By email:

Visit our website 

We appreciate your cooperation, understanding and patience during this time. 

Thank you,

David Williams

Director, Yavapai County Development Services


New Online Permitting Portal

Yavapai County Development Services is excited to announce the implemention of our new permitting system called Citizenserve. Starting September 3, 2019 our portal will be live. | Online Portal |

Development Services Permit Fee Adjustment

On December 5, 2018 the Yavapai County Board of Supervisors approved an adjustment to Development Services Fees. The new permit fees will go into effect on January 14, 2019. Applications submitted on or after January 14, 2019, will be subject to the new fees.

Development Services New Hours

Beginning December 3, 2018 - Development Services hours of operation will change to 7:00 am to 4:30 pm Monday - Friday. Applications will be accepted until 4:00 pm.

Residential Grid-tied Solar Policy Update

Effective December 4, 2017, a Building Safety Permit is no longer required for residential grid-tied Photovoltaic Systems or Solar Water Heating Systems, including systems with Generators, when installed by an Arizona Licensed Contractor.

Note: A completed Flood Control District Administrative Review Form is required for ALL grid-tied solar photovoltaic or water heating systems. This form may be mailed or dropped off at either Development Services office in Prescott or Cottonwood. There is no fee to submit this form.

Any permit applications still in process following December 4 will continue to be processed and issued accordingly. Any applicant who wishes to withdraw their in-process application may do so. If applicable, a refund will be issued according to the Development Services Refund Policy. For further information, please contact Yavapai County Development Services at (928) 771-3214 ... READ MORE

Residential Grid-tied Solar System Administrative Review Form | Click Here |

Yavapai County Now Accepts Onsite Wastewater Notices of Transfer Online!

The Environmental Unit is now accepting Onsite Wastewater (AKA Septic) System Transfer of Ownership forms online. The $50.00 payment can be made online by credit card or a check can be mailed separately. Transfers for all systems can be submitted directly to Yavapai County through this App regardless of when the system was installed. This new tool became available July 11 and will streamline the notification process for new property owners, title companies, and real estate professionals.  | Click Here |

Changes to Swimming Pool Permitting

As of May 20, 2017, Public and semi-public swimming pool and spa projects will be able to be submitted directly to ADEQ as Yavapai County Development Services-Environmental Unit will no longer be authorized to make licensing decisions for public and semi-public pools and spas in accordance with Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) rules. ADEQ is able to conduct these reviews without an application or review fee which will save money for property owners interested in building or updating these recreation facilities. Unchanged will be the continued local review and inspection of commercial pools and spas by the various Building Safety agencies for conformance with the adopted Building Code. For many years the Environmental Unit has had a contract with ADEQ to review public and semi-public pools and spas to make sure certain statewide design concerns were being addressed. These decisions will be made by ADEQ as of May 20, 2017.

The Development Services Department was established to centralize all development related services into a single department. All of the services provided are designed to protect the public health, safety, and welfare, through addressing, building permit review, inspection, development, planning, enforcement of the Planning and Zoning Ordinance, and environmental regulations for wastewater disposal. Staff also maintains the County’s General Plan, and provides services to the Planning and Zoning Commission, and the Unincorporated Communities of Yavapai County Government.


Director of Development Services

David Williams


Prescott Office:
1120 Commerce Drive
Prescott, AZ 86305
Phone: (928) 771-3214
Fax: (928) 771-3242
Assistant Director Development Services

Jeremy Dye

Assistant Director

Cottonwood Office:
10 S. 6th Street
Cottonwood, AZ 86326
Phone: (928) 639-8151
 Hours of Operation: Monday-Friday, 7:00 am to 4:30 pm, closed for holidays (including the day after Thanksgiving Day). Inspections are performed Monday through Friday.
 Contacts and Unit Functions

Customer Service Survey
Public Data Request
Online Wastewater Transfer of Ownership form

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