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Can I camp on my vacant parcel?

Only if your parcel is more than 2 acres and not for more than 10 consecutive days and no more than 3 times a year with at least 30 days between instances. You must also have a self-contained wastewater system or an approved onsite wastewater system. Please contact the Planning Unit for more information.

What is a variance?

A variance is a request for a modification or adjustment to certain requirements of the zoning regulation such as setbacks, height, lot size, etc. Variances are granted when there are special conditions or circumstances applicable to a property, an adjacent property, or to a neighborhood, where the requirements of the zoning ordinance would cause an unnecessary hardship and that the granting of the variance is necessary for the preservation of the enjoyment of substantial property rights. Some examples of “special conditions or circumstances” could be slopes, washes, floodways, etc. Please contact the Planning Unit prior to submitting an application.

What is required to split a parcel?

The Minor Land Division Ordinance requires a staff review and approval of land divisions of five or fewer lots, parcels or fractional interests, any of which it ten acres or smaller in size. Please contact the Planning Unit prior to submitting an application.

Can I have a business in my home?

Yavapai County does allow home occupations with a Home Occupation Permit provided that the use is within a primary dwelling or in an attached or detached structure, is merely incidental to the residential use and does not change the character of the neighborhood. Please contact the Planning Unit prior to submitting an application.

How many large animals can I have on my property?

Farm animals are allowed with a minimum parcel size of 70,000 sq. ft. in the R1L and RMM zoning districts and a minimum parcel size of 35,000 sq. ft. in the R1 and RCU zoning districts.

Allowed Animal Chart

Please contact the Planning Unit for more information.

Can I use my home for a vacation rental?

As of January 1, 2017, Yavapai County allows the short-term rental of permitted habitable structures. This means that ONLY structures PERMITTED as habitable space for overnight occupancy can be used as short-term rentals. This includes single-family residences, guest houses, apartments and condominiums. This does NOT include travel trailers, recreational vehicles, tents, yurts, gazebos, teepees, sheds, garages, barns, caves, offices or any other structure not permitted for overnight occupancy. Short-term rentals do NOT allow events such as weddings, parties, specialized retreats or any commercial activities. Bed and Breakfasts do allow individual rooms to be rented as short-term rentals provided the home is owner occupied. Please contact the Planning Unit for more information on Bed and Breakfast requirements and short-term rentals.

What are my setback requirements?

To find the required setbacks look up the parcel using the GIS Interactive Map Tool.

The Results tab will provide parcel information including the zoning district and density district. This will be shown as (zoning district)-(density district). For example, R1L-70 means the parcel is located in the R1L zoning district with a density district of 70. Then refer to the Density Regulations Chart below to determine the required setbacks. Density Districts are listed in the left column.

Requirements of the Density Regulations

Please contact the Planning Unit for more information.

Are tiny houses legal in the County?

Small site-built homes are allowed provided the structure meets all required code and building permits are obtained. Tiny houses on wheel do not meet the required codes and are considered recreational vehicles.

Please contact the Planning Unit prior to submitting an application.

What is a use permit and how do I get one?

Use permits are provided for instances where a use (or uses) normally prohibited by a zoning district are allowed due to the unique characteristics of the property and of the surrounding area, but rezoning to a less restrictive zoning district is not appropriate. Use permits are granted through the public hearing process by the Board of Supervisors. More information on Use Permits and the public hearing process can be found on the Use Permit/Zoning Map Change application.

Please contact the Planning Unit for more information.

Can I have a cargo container on my property?

Yavapai County does allow steel storage containers to used solely for the storage of personal items owned by the property owner, occupant or business in the RMM or less restrictive zoning districts. (Section 564 A. 13., page 109, Yavapai County Planning and Zoning Ordinance) A permit is required.

Container Allowance

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