Community Development Department

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

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 2035, 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.

What's New...

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

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