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Development Services is dedicated to delivering excellent customer service and upholding outstanding values by maintaining effective communication and an atmosphere of mutual respect through education, cooperation, and awareness.

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Development Services Lunch & Learn February 22, 2023

Development Services is excited to bring back our informational Lunch & Learns!
We will be offering sessions in person AND an option to attend via Webex.

Our first Lunch & Learn will feature our Building Safety unit presenting: 
Revisions to the 2018 Residential Building Codes/Ordinances 

Please view the flyer to learn more about this Lunch & Learn scheduled for February 22nd, and RSVP by telling us if you’d like to attend in person or via Webex. | Flyer

60-day formal comment period begins on County comprehensive plan

September 16, 2022 | Development Services Department – Jeremy Dye

Yavapai County Friday September 16, 2022 released the latest update of Yavapai County 2032 Comprehensive Plan Document, the county’s comprehensive plan that would set policy for growth and prosperity for the next 10 years. This latest version has been sent to surrounding contiguous counties, all county municipalities and several state and federal agencies for a state-mandated 60-day comment period. The public is encouraged to comment on the latest version of the plan. | Comprehensive Plan | Public Comment Here | Visit

County Reviews 10-year Comprehensive Plan Daily Courier Article

Yavapai County hosted a comprehensive plan open house at the Paulden Library June 14 to inform county residents about the 10 year comprehensive plan. | Article

Effective May 2, 2022 Development Services will no longer conduct Site Investigations

Development Services will no longer conduct Site Investigations effective May 2, 2022.

Applicants must hire their own Arizona Professional Engineer, Sanitarian or Geologist to determine if the property will meet the requirements for an on-site wastewater disposal system and submit the findings at the same time as the wastewater application through the county’s web portal (Citizenserve) starting in May.

The permit type is Non-County Conducted Site Investigation and the submittal fee is $75.00.

For a list of septic-related businesses in the county, visit the Yavapai County Contractors Association online at or call 928-778-0040.

To contact the county’s Environmental Unit, call 928-771-3214, email or visit our offices in Prescott or Cottonwood with questions.

Solar “Do I need a permit?”

With summer quickly approaching you may be thinking of installing solar panels to your property.  A question that comes to mind is “Do I need a permit?”   Read more

How to Update Your Environmental Unit Septic Installer Information

Please read the attached article from our Environmental Unit which outlines a corrected process for updating your Citizenserve record to add installer information to your wastewater project.  Read more

Are you starting a new project and don't know what information you need?

Preparing to submit a permit application??

Buying a home or property??

We’ve created a reference sheet that lists important information to know before you submit a building permit application or purchase property. 

Check out our new Builder’s Reference Sheet  Read more

New Planning & Zoning Cases page on our website!

We’re happy to announce our new Planning & Zoning Cases page just added to our website! On this page you’ll be able to see open cases, the link to view the applicant’s letter of intent and site plan and you can leave your comments about the project. Visit our new Planning & Zoning Cases page here.

Coming Soon! Development Services presents… On-line Lunch & Learns!!

Our Lunch & Learns have been a popular way to get information out to our customers and provide time for questions and answers.  Since we’re not able to host these in person yet, we’re looking to continue them on-line, via Zoom. 

Please read the attached article to learn more about our on-line Lunch & Learns!

Read more

11 Land Use Helpful Tips

Please read the attached article from our Land Use Unit, it touches on the partnerships they’ve created and helpful tips on defensible space. Read more

Environmental Unit Reminder

Here’s a  friendly reminder from our Environmental Unit to help keep your waste water project moving forward.  Read more

Yavapai County Development Services, Did You Know #1

Did you know you can build a 400 sq. ft. storage shed, garage, barn, carport, or other non-habitable structure with only a Zoning Clearance permit?  Meaning, if your project falls under certain parameters it may qualify for a Zoning Clearance permit instead of a Building Permit.  To learn more please read the attached “Did You Know #1” article.  Read more

Striving to give outstanding customer service, the Development Services Department was established to centralize all development related services for the unincorporated communities of Yavapai County. All of the services provided are designed to protect property, the public health, safety and welfare through addressing, building safety, permitting, planning, land use enforcement and environmental services. Staff also maintains the County’s Comprehensive Plan and provides services to both our Planning and Zoning Commission and Board of Adjustments..


Photo of Jeremy Dye, Director of Development Services

Jeremy Dye


Cottonwood Office:
10 S. 6th Street
Cottonwood, AZ 86326
Phone: (928) 639-8151
Photo of Mark Lusson, Assistant Director of Development Services

Mark Lusson

Assistant Director


Prescott Office:
1120 Commerce Drive
Prescott, AZ 86305
Phone: (928) 771-3214
Fax: (928) 771-3242

 Hours of Operation: Monday-Friday, 7:00 am to 5:00 pm, closed for holidays (including the day after Thanksgiving Day). Inspections are performed Monday through Friday.
 Contacts and Unit Functions

Comprehensive Plan Update 2032
Citizenserve Online Portal
Planning and Zoning Cases
Home of my Own
Customer Service Survey

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