Maricopa County is now offering a faster way to get certain home renovation projects inspected. The Planning and Development Department just rolled out virtual inspections for the following permits:
“We want responsible development to continue in spite of the pandemic, whether it’s a new housing community or a small home improvement project,” said Board of Supervisors Chairman Clint Hickman, District 4. “With the introduction of virtual inspections and other online services, Planning and Development is giving residents safe, efficient options to get the job done.”
“People want flexibility right now, so virtual inspections make a lot of sense,” said Jen Pokorski, Planning and Development Director. “They help keep customers and staff safe, save time and money, and eliminate the guesswork in determining when an inspector will arrive.”
Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, Planning and Development has seen a year-over-year increase in demand for building permits. Many of those applications are happening online. Now, customers can go to Planning and Development’s website to request a virtual inspection as well.
“Video conferencing is a normal part of life for many of us now. Our virtual inspections will have a similar feel,” said Inspection Manager Justin Pascarella. “Customers will get a set meeting time, they’ll connect with the inspector using their smart phone or tablet, and then they’ll be walked through the inspections process right there.”
Additional details and instructions for customers who want a virtual inspection can be found on Planning and Development’s website. People can also call the Inspection Coordinator (602-506-7170) or Call Center (602-506-3301).
About Planning and Development
The Maricopa County Planning and Development Department provides a wide range of services for unincorporated Maricopa County including land use planning and entitlement, building permit review and inspection, and code compliance.
Planning and Development’s customer lobby closed to the public on March 26 due to COVID-19, and a virtual counter was established in its place that allowed business to continue with minimal disruption, consistent turn-around times on plan review, and prompt building inspections. Permits are accepted online or via drop box, and staff is still available by phone or the website to answer any questions.