Development Services is dedicated to delivering excellent customer service and upholding outstanding values by maintaining effective communication and an atmosphere of mutual respect through education, cooperation, and awareness.

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Environmental Unit Reminder

Here’s a  friendly reminder from our Environmental Unit to help keep your waste water project moving forward.  Read more

Yavapai County Development Services, Did You Know #1

Did you know you can build a 400 sq. ft. storage shed, garage, barn, carport, or other non-habitable structure with only a Zoning Clearance permit?  Meaning, if your project falls under certain parameters it may qualify for a Zoning Clearance permit instead of a Building Permit.  To learn more please read the attached “Did You Know #1” article.  Read more

Development Services Staff Keeps Things Going!

Our doors may be closed but staff keeps things going!  Permit applications keep coming in and our staff continues to process them without disruption! Please read the attached message to see our application and permit numbers date.    Read more

Development Services Saves Time, Paper and Money with Online Services

Our doors may be closed due to the COVID-19, but we remain available to assist our customers.  With our online permitting system, the permitting process continues as normal.  Please read the attached message from our Assistant Director regarding our online services.  Read more

Yavapai County Development Services Closed to the Public

In response to COVID-19 and out of an abundance of caution for Yavapai County residents and our employees, our offices will be closing to walk-in traffic on July 6th, 2020. Although our doors will be closed, we will continue to process applications, permits, inspection requests, and answer phone calls and emails.  Read more

Land Use and Planning Units Progress During COVID-19 Changes

Though the department has had to readjust quite a bit in response to COVID-19, the Land Use and Planning Units have continued to serve the public and participate in training.   Please see the attached message from our Planning & Land Use Units. Read more

Development Services Provides Remote Video Inspection Services!

Lots of things havae changed in the past few weeks and we've all had to find new ways of working and keeping connected to one another in the new ear of "social distancing." Development Services recently implemented a Remote Video Building Inspection Program. This program allows a permit holder to schedule and conduct building inspections onsite through a streaming video call.

Please see the attached message from our Building Safety Unit regarding aour new Remote Video Inspection program.

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Development Services’ Environmental Unit continues work without disruption!

We’re happy to announce that despite COVID-19 demanding changes in the workplace, it’s not affecting the Environmental Unit’s response time at all!  With the department and customers utilizing CitizenServe, our cloud-based permitting system, the Environmental Unit is able to continue working as usual. 

Please see the attached document from our Environmental Unit regarding their procedures and ways you can contact them! Read more

2020 Census

Development Services’ doors may be closed, but we’re still open and operating!  One of the partnerships that we’re proud to be part of is the 2020 Census.  Our Addressing Unit coordinates promoting the importance of the US Census each census year.  Please see the attached document from our Addressing Unit regarding the 2020 Census and your role in shaping the future! | Article |

Yavapai County Development Services is Still Open

Yavapai County Development Services Reminds Residents the Department is Still Open

Yavapai County Development Services reminds the community that the Department is still open for business. Even though County buildings are currently closed to the public due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Development Services still provides all its services to the public. These services include:

  • Permitting
  • Planning
  • Residential and commercial plan review and inspections
  • Addressing
  • Land Use (code enforcement)
  • Environmental (wastewater)

All services can be conducted remotely, through the Development Services online portal. Most residential building inspections can now be conducted remotely through online video inspection.

For permitting, inspections, questions about a property or to schedule an appointment with Development Services staff, please call the office at (928) 771-3214, or visit our web portal at

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


Striving to give outstanding customer service, the Development Services Department was established to centralize all development related services for the unincorporated communities of Yavapai County. All of the services provided are designed to protect property, the public health, safety and welfare through addressing, building safety, permitting, planning, land use enforcement and environmental services. Staff also maintains the County’s Comprehensive Plan and provides services to both our Planning and Zoning Commission and Board of Adjustments..


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, 8:00 am to 4:00 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
Email Request Septic Results

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