Community Development Department
Community Development Department
Community Development

What's New...

Planned Area Developments (PAD) Docs Now Online!
PADs are now online for easy and convenient access. Visit

Proposed Amendments to Surprise Unified Development Code
The City of Surprise is in the process of updating the Surprise Unified Document Code (SUDC). Find out more

Self-Certification Program for Building Permits

Another way in which the City of Surprise is committed to enhancing customer service for our building community, while ensuring safety standards remain our number one priority.
Learn about Self-Certification Program benefits

ARS 9-831 through 9-840
The Community and Economic Development Department has made changes to the permitting process for compliance with state law (ARS 9-831 through 9-840) and to better serve the community. 

Review the Regulatory Bill of Rights & Summary; Waiver and Review Times.
Please call 623.222.3000.

Village Planning
Village Planning is under way. Find out how you can get involved.

Mission Statement
"The Surprise Community Development Department strives to provide the very best level of service related to planning, permitting and building safety elements within the City of Surprise. It is the charge of this department to ensure responsible planning within the current and future city limits and that new and existing structures are safe for occupancy.”

What We Do

The Community Development Department provides several major services:

  1. Planning & Zoning  
  2. Development Services 
  3. Building Safety 
  4. Code Enforcement 
  5. Neighborhood Services 

The Planning & Zoning Division’s primary function is to ensure that projects are developed according to government regulations and development agreements.  Long Range Planning is achieved by following the city’s General Plan, which is a blueprint for future development and its impact on future growth and quality of life.

The Development Services Division works to ensure a smooth licensing and permitting process. This division also administers development agreements and creates process improvements for the department. 

Building Safety is responsible for processing building permits and plan reviews. This division also conducts building inspections to ensure safety and monitors code compliance of structures located within the city.

Code Enforcement is the neighborhood services arm of the Community Development Department, charged with the health and safety of occupants/residents related to commercial and residential structures. This division also takes the lead role in neighborhood revitalization efforts.

Neighborhood Services is committed to improving the condition of residential homes through out Surprise.  The staff works closely with homeowners, advising on code requirements and various opportunities available for home improvements and enhancements. 

City of Surprise Facts

Estimated population: 117,5171

Incorporated square miles: 102.7

Currently 9th largest city in Maricopa County
Currently 10th largest city in Arizona2

1 – U.S. Census 2010
2 – U.S. Census Community Survey

  » Click here to see a more demographics on the Economic Development site

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16000 N. Civic Center Plaza   Surprise, AZ 85374   City Hall Hours: Monday - Friday; 8am - 5pm
Phone: 623.222.1000  |  TTY: 623.222.1002  |  Phone Directory
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