Building Safety

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.


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 Craig.Dies@surpriseaz.gov. 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 DevelopmentServices@surpriseaz.gov

2018 I-Code Adoption Process

The City of Surprise Community Development Department is proposing the adoption of the 2018 International Building Codes with local amendments. This would replace the previously adopted 2012 International Building Codes with local amendments.

View the Proposed Implementation Process