Community Development Director,
Vacant, City Manager (520) 432-6014
Program/Grant Administrator Corinna Carbajal (520) 432-6016
Building Inspector, Joe Ward (520) 432-6015
Queen Mine Tour Manager Douglas Graeme (520) 432-2071 or 866-432-7071
Community Development Department
The Community Development Department works to provide the community with services that enhance the quality of life and improve economic opportunities. The department is responsible for:
In addition, the department provides staff liaisons to the following Boards or Commissions:
Each year the Community Development Department challenges itself to improve services, expand opportunities and respond to the changing needs of the Bisbee community. The CDD not only meets these goals, but welcomes the unforeseen issues that require flexibility, creativity and dedication to address and solve. Worth noting are the number of ways that this department has partnered with other City departments on a variety of projects.
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Documents and forms:
THE NEW NUMBER FOR THE BISBEE BUS - (520) 508-1936.
Building Inspector Frequently Asked Questions
What Codes has the City adopted?
The City of Bisbee has adopted the following codes:
2002 National Electric Code
1997 Uniform Building Code
1997 Uniform Fire Code
1997 Uniform Plumbing Code
1997 Mechanical Code
Copies of these codes are available at the Library .
How do I apply for a Building Permit?
For small jobs such as utility changeovers, plumbing and re-roofing, a building permit can be issued immediately. For larger jobs that involve structural changes or new construction, there is a minimum 24 hour review period. You may submit your plans and the Building Department will review your design. You will then be notified of any design changes needed or if your plans are approved and ready to be finalized. Contact the Bulding Inspector at 432-6015 or send e-mail to email@example.com
What determines the cost of a Building Permit?
Building permit fees are taken directly from the Building Code. Building permits fees are based on the valuation of the job, this includes materials and labor. There is no minimum valuation which will exempt you from needing a permit. If you are using a contractor, a bid proposal should be included with your building permit application. If you are doing the work yourself, you should bring a list of materials and a cost breakdown.
What is an exempt property owner?
An exempt property owner means that you may work on your own residential property without hiring a licensed contractor. You may not pay anyone to work for you. In other words, this means a worker cannot receive any type of compensation. You may not claim exempt property owner for commercial property, a licensed commercial contractor must be used. The City of Bisbee works closely with the Registrar of Contractors to ensure that state laws regarding licensed contractors are upheld. You can contact the ROC at 459-5119 regarding licensing information. Or visit them online at http://www.azroc.gov
What is the Design Review Board?
If you are considering any exterior construction in the Bisbee Historic District (Old Bisbee) you must first present an application to the Design Review Board for approval. This includes work on houses, garages or other structures. The DRB strives to preserve the architectural style that exists in Old Bisbee. The DRB is comprised of seven members of the community and meets the first Wednesday of every month. Applications are due 10 working days before the meeting by noon.You must be present at the meeting or send a representative. Once you have received DRB approval, you may apply for a building permit the following day if you wish. Design Review Board Applications and Guidelines are available above, in the Document Center or at City Hall.