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Phoenix Building Permit Shortcuts – “Permit By Inspector (PBI)”

Depending on your remodel’s complexity, you may qualify for a very QUICK building permit process.

Phoenix Tenant Improvement

The City of Phoenix has “cut the red tape” for obtaining building permits.  If you’re planning a minor Commercial or Residential remodel, there is a special program in place at the City of Phoenix that will greatly REDUCE the Permit and Plan Review approval process.  Not all construction projects will qualify for what is called a “Permit By Inspector” option, so call 602-262-7811 to review your projects scope of work.

City of Phoenix Building Permits

If you meet the following criteria and have a form of payment with you, you may be eligible for an Permit By Inspector (PBI) Permit.  The building permit may be processed while you wait, depending on the complexity of the project.   Plan check and building permit fees vary depending upon the type of work being done and the valuation.

Minor Commercial Tenant Improvement Permit

1.  The City of Phoenix’s PBI program – created for minor commercial tenant improvements – allows customers to obtain plan review and building permit approval at the job site.  Inspection staff will review plans on site and determine when you can begin construction.


Permit by Inspector (PBI)

The Permit By Inspector (PBI) process is designed to expedite the plan review process by sending plans to the field inspectors for review after a short preliminary office review.   The inspectors perform the plan review and compare the plans with the existing conditions.  After the review is complete, the inspectors issue the building permit and give approval at the job site for construction to begin.  Customers follow the standard inspection request and approval process as construction progresses through completion of the project.


  • – Less than 5,000 square feet of improvements.
  • – No increase in square footage.
  • – No change of use or occupancy.
  • – Interior space only.
  • – Have a contractor selected
  • – Not all construction projects will qualify for what is called a “Permit By Inspection” option, so call 602-495-0150 or 602-262-7811 to review your projects scope of work.


  • – Require any site or civil approvals
  • – Require reviews from Pollution Control
  • – Be an adult use, restaurant, medical or dental office, beauty salon, school, hazardous use or change of use/occupancy
  • – Include a paint spray booth
  • – Involve any unauthorized deferred submittals or be part of a larger project
  • – Include structural alterations
  • – Involve work that requires special inspections or observation
  • – Be a project registered with AFP program
  • – Include work completed without a permit

Minor Home Interior Remodels

2.  The City of Phoenix PBI program – created for minor home interior remodels – allows customers to obtain plan review and building permit approval at the job site.  Inspection staff will review plans on site and determine when you can begin construction.

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  • – Conventionally framed wood or masonry structures using structural elements as specified in the International Residential Code.
  • – Single-story structures.
  • – Gable or flat roof systems.
  • – Additions to existing structures of 1,000 square feet, or less.
  • – Remodels to existing spaces that do not exceed 2,000 square feet and in which structural components are not removed or altered.
  • – Detached accessory structures of 1,000 square feet, or less.

Non-Eligible Projects

  • – Projects that require review by other disciplines or departments (such as hillside, grading and drainage or floodplain).
  • – Structures that require an engineered design (lateral and/or vertical analysis).
  • – Structures with walls greater than 10 feet in height.
  • – Multi-story additions and multi-story accessory structures.
  • – Projects including the installation or alteration of a 400 amp or greater electric service.

Projects other than those described may be considered for the PBI process. Contact Development Services for more information, 602-262-7811.

City of Phoenix Building Permits

Planning and Development Department
200 W. Washington Street, second floor
Phoenix, AZ 85003
PHONE: 602-262-7811
TTY: 602-534-2737
FAX: 602-534-0846

For more Building Permit specific details related to cities that you live or work, click on one of the following links: Phoenix, Tempe, Gilbert, Chandler, Mesa, Scottsdale.

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A Phoenix architect will help you avoid many common mistakes that are made with construction projects. No matter what kind of space you need today, we’ll make sure it’s designed for your needs in the future.  This will give you future function built into today’s home addition.  .  To discuss your Phoenix building permit needs, contact Doug Rusk at 480-710-3861 or email us at

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