BEFORE you begin your Scottsdale home remodel project, there are a few important steps to take now, that will prevent surprises later – surprises that might significantly affect your project budget and time schedule. The detailed steps below will give you an idea of the some of the upfront research needed BEFORE starting your home remodel in Scottsdale. Working with an expert such as an Architect will help you navigate this important process.
Home remodeling is about change, and major changes to an existing Scottsdale home may be subject to rules and restrictions set by state and local building authorities as well as the legal rights of your neighbors. Review your Codes, Covenants and Regulations (CC&R’s) you agreed to comply with when you moved into your neighborhood.
Every Scottsdale home Parcel has Zoning Ordinance and Building Setback requirements and restrictions , including distances that buildings/ structures must be “set back” from the property line. Setback requirements for your home will vary depending upon the zoning district (i.e. R1-190, R1-7, etc). Submit a Setback Request to the City of Scottsdale to determine the development standards for your property. This will help you determine where you can build on the lot, the lot coverage restrictions (if applicable) and wall/fence restrictions. Looking for the APN# of your parcel? Go to www.Maricopa.gov and select GIS Maps.
If you are improving or adding 25% or more of the existing structure (under roof area), then fire sprinklers must be installed through out the entire Scottsdale home, including enclosed, non-heated storage, garage, etc. Here’s a link to Scottsdale’s Fire Sprinkler worksheet. For approximate sprinkler installation costs figure between $1.50 – $3.00 per square foot under roof, depending on complexity.
If you are improving or adding 50% or more of the existing structure (under roof area), then the entire structure must be brought up to all current Building Code standards. For work that is less than 50%, only the new work you are completing on your home must comply with current codes.
There are four types of Scottsdale building permits:
While most home improvement projects in Scottsdale require a permit (which helps ensure safety standards), there are some projects that do NOT require a residential building permit:
For a fee schedule, refer to www.scottsdaleaz.gov/onestopshop and select “Fees” Or you can contact the One Stop Shop at (480) 312-2500.
Looking for plan submittal information for major or minor remodels built in Scottsdale, AZ, then click here.
A Scottsdale architect will help you avoid many common mistakes that are made with construction projects. No matter what kind of space you need today, we’ll make sure it’s designed for your needs in the future. This will give you future function built into today’s home addition. To set up an appointment contact Doug Rusk at 480-710-3861 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.Doug Rusk, Architect DesignLine Architects, LLC Gilbert, Arizona