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Interim Temporary Sign Process during COVID-19

On March 18, 2020 Mayor Meck declared a local emergency in response to the COVID-19.  These measures were implemented in part to ensure the health and safety of everyone in Buckeye and to properly manage COVID-19. 

In response to this declaration, the Development Services Department has recognized that these difficult circumstances have made it increasingly important for businesses to communicate with their customers to provide vital information.  To that end, the Development Services Department will allow all temporary signs identified Article 5.11.5 of the City Development Code to be placed without permit.  The quantity, size, and location requirements remain applicable.  Signs may remain posted continuously and are not subject to display periods (Article 5.11.5.A.7, Article 5.11.5.D.2.A) for the duration of the local emergency.  At the conclusion of the local emergency, normal city operations will resume and all signs will be required to be removed or properly permitted. 

The temporary sign code allows for one on-site banner of up to 32 square feet and a-frame sign up to 12 square feet per business/use street frontage.  Additionally, off-site a-frame signs are allowed on private property subject to ownership approval.  Temporary signs cannot be placed on public sidewalks or located within public rights-of-way except when immediately adjacent to the principal business entry for properties within the Downtown Overlay (Article 5.12.5).

 For more information or to discuss other sign solutions, contacts the Development Services Department Planning Division at or 623.349.6233. 



In order to provide a safe working environment for our employees and customers, both Development Services and Engineering Departments have implemented the following: 

City employees are still available to assist residents and businesses with planning and zoning, building permits, and engineering services over the phone, email, or through other electronic means during regular business hours, Monday through Thursday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. as well as Fridays for inspections. 

Visitors and customers may no longer drop-off most materials or obtain permits in person as of April 6, 2020 when electronic submittal, review, permitting, and payments will be fully implemented.  Pick up of pending paper comments and redlines or drop-off of pre-recorded plats will be by appointment only.

·      For general inquiries via email or phone:

1.     Planning & Zoning –– 623.349.6233

2.     Building  –– 623.349.6200

3.     Engineering –– 623.349.6265 

·      All submittals and resubmittals will be required to be uploaded electronically per instructions listed on the website.

·      On-site and off-site meetings will be changed from in person to telephone conference call, go-to and/or video conference and staff will contact you to change as applicable.

  • There is currently no change to the inspections process except for enhanced hygiene and social distancing practices.
  • Department staff will be utilizing flexible schedules, alternative work hours, and other means that might reduce their availability. 

We will do our best to maintain the high level of service that you typically receive, but may not be able to meet all posted turn-around plan review and inspection timeframes.




The City of Buckeye Development Services and Engineering Departments are pleased to announce the implementation of electronic submittal, plan review, permitting and payments.

 For your convenience, please contact the following people to initiate this process:

·         Planning & Zoning: Jason Barr at

·         Building Permits: Tina Morgan at

·         Engineering: Lupe Cruz at

 Below are the summary steps for this process: 

1.      Depending on your application type, contact the above person to initiate a submittal.

2.      You will receive an invite to Microsoft One Drive.  Click on the link and you will be sent a code to enter and a folder will be created for your project. 

3.      Upload your required submittal documents in the folder per application guideline checklist as applicable.

4.      Create EnerGov CSS Portal as shown in instructional link. This will be required to pay for your plan review and permitting fees after invoices are generated.

5.      After your submittal is uploaded, your project will be assigned to the appropriate Technician.  The Technician will confirm when the submittal is complete, process the submittal, and generate invoices.  The Technician will email you the invoices associated with your 1st submittal and then direct you to make payment in the EnerGov CSS portal. 

6.      After payment is made, email your Technician and your submittal will move to the plan review queue in Blue Beam and be assigned a plan reviewer or planner as applicable.

7.      When your review is complete, you will be notified via email from your Technician that reviewed documents are in your Microsoft One Drive Project Folder ready to be downloaded.

8.      Second and subsequent reviews will be initiated in the same fashion.



Interim Citizen Review Process during COVID-19

On March 18, 2020 Mayor Meck declared a local emergency in response to the COVID-19.  These measures were implemented in part to ensure the health and safety of everyone in Buckeye and to properly manage COVID-19.

 In response to this declaration, both the Development Services and Engineering Departments have developed a specific continuity of operations plan in an effort to maintain the safety and health of staff as well as a seamless operations during the evolution of the COVID-19 situation.  These interim operations have been posted on the Department’s webpages and distributed electronically to the development industry.  In further response, the following interim citizen review process will commence effective March 30, 2020 and will cease once the emergency declaration is officially withdrawn.

 A.R.S 9-462.03 requires an adopted citizen review process to include the following: 

  1. Adjacent landowners and other potential affected citizens will be notified of the application. 
  2.  The municipality will inform adjacent landowners and other potential affected citizens of the substances of the proposed rezoning. 
  3. Adjacent landowners and other potential affected citizens will be provided an opportunity to express any issues or concerns that they may have with the proposed rezoning before the public hearing. 

The City of Buckeye’s adopted Citizen Review Process is contained in Article 8 of the 2010 Development Code and is required for the following applications:  General Plan Amendments, Specific Area Plan Amendments, Development Code Amendments, Rezoning, Community Master Plans, Planned Area Developments, and Conditional Use Permits.  This process shall continue to be followed except that a neighborhood meeting as noted in Section 8.2.2 will not be required.  Instead, applicants shall notify residents in the same fashion listed with a summary of the application materials and be given a contact phone number, email and mailing address to express any issues or concerns that they may have for the application.  The summary of this information shall be provided to the Development Services Department as currently required.

The main purpose of the Planning & Zoning Division is to project manage all development proposals made to the city to assure that they are consistent with the community's vision and policies as identified in the city's General Plan and the city's adopted regulations as identified in the city's Development Code. Planning staff collaborates with other departments to ensure that each proposal meets all applicable regulations and facilities the comprehensive process from preliminary and technical meetings through to administrative, Planning and Zoning Commission, and City Council decision. Planning staff also provides front counter customer service on planning and zoning information, zoning plan review on building and landscape permits as well as planning representation on a variety of special projects such as the Land Use Policy projects, Capital Improvement projects, Economic Development projects, Development Code updates, CDBG management, and Transit planning.


For general questions regarding Planning and Zoning, please email us at

When are Planning and Zoning Commission Meetings Held?

Buckeye Planning and Zoning meetings are held regularly on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month (excluding holidays)at 6 p.m. To see all current and past Commission agendas and minutes, please visit         

Planning & Zoning Commission meeting streaming on YouTube 

In response to Governor Ducey’s “Stay Home, Stay Healthy, Stay Connected” Executive Order, live audio of the Planning and Zoning Commission meetings will be streamed on the city’s YouTube channel. 

Since City Council Chambers are currently closed to the public to protect everyone’s health and safety, public comments for any agenda item can be done by email or phone. 

  • Email comments to
    • Comments must be received by 3 p.m. on the day of the meeting to be included in the official meeting record. 
  • To comment by phone, participants must first complete the public comment form by 3 p.m. on day of the meeting.
    • The Commission liaison will call each participant during the meeting wanting to speak on a specific agenda item.

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