Tucson is located in the southeastern part Arizona, just 60 miles from the US-Mexico border. It’s home to the University of Arizona and is the county seat for Pima County. Over a half million residents call Tucson home. If you’re planning a construction job in this thriving southwestern city, here’s what you need to know.
You need a permit for most construction jobs. This includes building anything that is over 120 square feet and anything with electrical or plumbing. It also includes adding on porches or new square footage.
To get a permit, download the permit application from the TucsonAZ.gov website. Alternatively, if you are a licensed contractor and you have a login for the COT PDSD Permitting system, you can apply for a permit online.
There are two ways to schedule an inspection: online and via phone. You can call the Interactive Voice Response system 24 hours a day seven days a week to schedule, cancel, or find out the results of an inspection. The second option is through the online system. There’s a link to the system on the TucsonAZ.gov website.
If you’re planning on overseeing a construction job in Arizona, you’ll need to get licensed. Begin this process by passing a qualifying test with at least 70 percent. This test includes a business management section that has questions on state and federal laws and a trade section that pertains to the specific trade you want a license for.
Once you pass the test, you’ll also need to get a license bond and workers’ compensation insurance. Then, you can fill out the contractor license application.
The state of Arizona does not legally require you to have general liability insurance to do construction. However, some clients might require you to have it, and it’s a good idea. If something were to happen, liability coverage gives you peace of mind.
The state does, however, require employers to have workers’ compensation insurance if you have any employees. This is true even if they’re only part-time employees or your family. If you do not carry workers’ compensation insurance, you could be charged with a Class 6 felony.
Along with ensuring you’re licensed to work in Arizona and getting the proper permits in order, you’ll also want to plan out everything you’ll need once it’s time to start building. This includes having the proper equipment on the job site.
Luckily, if you need equipment that you don’t already own, you can rent it and have it delivered the day you’re ready to start. For example, if you need aerial equipment, like boom lifts, forklifts, scissor lifts, or manlifts, then you can rent them to save money and avoid the hassle of getting the equipment to the site yourself.
Preparation is the key to a successful job and staying on schedule. By getting your licenses, permits, insurance, and rental equipment squared away ahead of time, you are more likely to finish the job with success.