Purpose and Duties:
In Yuma County, the Planning Director performs the functions of the Zoning Inspector. The responsibilities of the county Zoning Inspector and appointed deputies are detailed in Title 11, Chapter 6, Articles 1-3 of the Arizona Revised Statutes and are further defined in the Yuma County Zoning Ordinance.
More specifically, A.R.S. §11-808(A) mandates that the county zoning ordinance shall provide for its enforcement within a zoned territory by means of withholding building permits, and for such purposes may establish the position of county zoning inspector, and such deputy inspectors as may be required, who shall be appointed by the board.
Since Section 1205.00 of the Yuma County Zoning Ordinance establishes a civil penalty for violation of a zoning regulation or ordinance, the Board of Supervisors has appointed hearing officers to hear and determine zoning violations pursuant to A.R.S. §11-808(E).
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Zoning Ordinance Complaints:
Zoning Ordinance violations may be reported to the Department of Development Services at (928) 817-5000 Monday through Friday from 8:00 A.M. through 5:00 P.M. (M.S.T.) or at Department of Development Services offices at 2351 West 26th Street, Yuma. In order for Zoning Inspectors to respond to complaints, the following information is needed:
- An address, property Parcel Number, or detailed description and directions to the property that is reported to be in violation.
- A description of the complaint.
Following receipt of a Zoning Ordinance violation complaint, Zoning Inspectors will conduct an inspection to determine if a violation(s) exist. If a violation is confirmed, the property owner or tenant is notified of the violation and provided with information on how to bring the property into lawful compliance. Deadlines are provided as part of the normal process to bring the property into compliance. If the property is brought into compliance within the established deadlines the case is closed. If the corrections are not made, the property owner or tenant may be referred to the Hearing Officer or court of law and if found to be in violation of the Yuma County Zoning Ordinance subject to fines or other punishment.