Building Permit Resource Center

Whether you are a commercial developer or a resident adding a new patio to your home, our team welcomes your business and is at your service.

The City of Surprise accepts online submittals for building permits, plan review cases, engineering permits and construction. Please use the Plan Submittal link below to request a Dropbox link for submitting plans (Files should be PDF or Auto CAD format).

Standard Development Review Timelines can be found here .

Guide to the Permitting Process

Plan Submittal

Payment options: mailing in or placing a check in the drop-box located at the north entrance of City Hall, Wires, or ACH. For transactions under $25,000, payments can now be made online (E-Check, Visa, Master Card, Discover, or Amex) using the portal below. For wire transfer information, please contact Craig Dies at All payments, regardless of payment method, must be accompanied by a copy of the invoice or reference the invoice number.

Online Payment Portal

Permits will be issued within three business days of your payment being processed. All submittals that were processed digitally will be e-mailed to the applicant once they have been paid, processed, and approved. The City will not issue permits and plans over the counter that were received digitally. For questions regarding permits, or items pending plan review approval, please contact Development Services at

We offer the following steps to help guide you along the way to ensure a pleasurable experience from plan submittal and review to permitting and final inspection.

NEW! Self-Certification Program for Building Permits

Learn about the benefits of the Self-Certification Program.

Building Permit Guide
Below is a stepped guide for obtaining a building permit in the City of Surprise.
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Visit The Development Services Center

Visit our Development Services Center, conveniently located in the lobby of City Hall, 16000 N. Civic Center Plaza - map/directions.

Man applys for a permit at services center windowMeet with our customer service representative at our Information Center about your needs and he or she will be able to guide you onto the next appropriate step, which may include a pre-submittal meeting or concept meeting for design services.

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