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Phoenix, Arizona, is the fifth largest city in the United States, and it is growing fast. The Southwest has boomed since the end of World War II when air conditioning made the desert environment more livable. Phoenix soon became a hub for education and technology.
Get to know the laws and codes of Phoenix before starting your building project.
Start online at the Building Code section at phoenix.gov. You can also visit in person at the city’s municipal services building at 200 W. Washington St. or call 602-262-6011. Below are the steps you’ll follow for building permits:
Find templates and guidelines for all applications and building plans at phoenix.gov. Having a professional prepare your plans speeds up the approval process. It also results in more organized work for you.
If you are doing a job in Arizona with costs greater than $750, you need a construction license. You must have separate licenses for residential and commercial work. Apply online with the Arizona Registrar of Contractors or in person at the Phoenix office.
You will need to pass a business management test within a year of application. When you get your license, it will last for two years. Arizona will accept licenses from contractors in California, Nevada, and Utah. Contractors from these states do not have to take this test.
Arizona is a comparative fault state. In other words, you do not need to have commercial liability insurance. However, you should not do work without the proper coverage. Make sure you have at least $500,000 of coverage in the following areas:
Without the proper liability coverage, your business and personal assets can be impacted.
The right equipment can keep your employees safe. Many jobs involve reaching high places off the ground. You will likely need to rent lift equipment for your job site. You may need a manlift, forklift, scissor lift, or boom lift to get your workers and their tools to high places on a work site.
In 2008, Phoenix launched the Adaptive Reuse Program to fit older buildings to new businesses. Many cities across the country have borrowed this idea from Phoenix. The program keeps historic structures and energizes them for future commerce. As a result, you can experience a business growth opportunity if you deal with historic buildings.
The program includes development guidance, streamlined processes, reduced time frames, and fee incentives. Begin by reading the Adaptive Reuse Program Brochure at phoenix.gov.
Phoenix is a gem of an opportunity. You can build a career here particularly if you understand historic renovations. But research the correct codes and licenses before your work begins.