All Codes, Plans & Determinations

General Plan

Plan Tucson, the new City of Tucson General & Sustainability Plan, was ratified by voters at the November 5, 2013 General Election and the results declared on November 13, 2013, Resolution #22160.

2001 General Plan

Building Codes

The City of Tucson has adopted the 2012 International Building Codes with local amendments. The codes are updated periodically to reflect the latest standards of life-safety and construction technology. The following items can be viewed in the Building Codes web page:

  • Local Amendments to the Building Codes
  • Code Modification Appeal to the Building Official
  • City of Tucson/Pima County Outdoor Lighting Code
  • Water and Energy Conservation

Zoning Codes

The Unified Development Code & Supporting Documents – the Administrative Manual and the Technical Standards Manual – went into effect on January 2, 2013. These documents replaced the Land Use Code, Development Standards, and the development review procedures in Chapter 23A of the Tucson Code. The following items can be viewed in the Zoning Codes web page:

Unified Development Code (UDC) - Administrative Manual (AM) - Technical Standards Manual (TSM)

  • Information about the UDC
  • Supplements to the UDC, AM, and TSM
  • Zoning Interpretations/Determination to the Zoning Administrator
  • Overlay Zones
  • Sunset Dates
  • Land Use Code & Supporting Documents (Note: The LUC is only available to applicants who were landowners of the subject property prior to January 2, 2013 and who elect to use the LUC rather than the UDC)

Engineering Codes

Engineering Regulatory Documents - Below is a list of documents used in plan review that are helpful for applicants to refer to when preparing plans for engineering review.

Sign Codes (Section 7A Sign Standards - effective Feb 1, 2018)

NOTICE:  Newly adopted Sign Standards to go into effect on February 1, 2018.

On December 5, 2017 the City of Tucson Mayor and Council voted to adopt the proposed extensive revisions to the City Sign Code. Those revisions adopted helped to achieve the following goals:

(1) Comply with the 2015 U.S. Supreme Court decision in Reed v. Town of Gilbert (Reed)

(2) Simplify the Sign Code by integrating it into the Unified Development Code

(3) Make practical changes that modernize the Code; Improve the quality of design and flexibility of the overall code, and ground it in technical standards.

The adopted sign ordinance with those new Sign Standards may be located here: Sign Standards - Ordinance #11508

Previous Sign Code Chapter 3 of the Tucson Code - repealed as of February 1, 2018

Plan Documents

Land Use Plans. The following items can be viewed in the Plan Docuemnts web page:

  • Area & Neighborhood Plans
  • Regional & Citywide Plans
  • Planned Area Development (PAD) & Redevelopment Plans
  • Ward & Neighborhood Associations
  • Manuals, Guidelines, Reports & Links
  • Map Resources

Policy Documents

Policies to establish or formalize Planning and Development Services Department practices and procedures.

Other Information