Community Development


Schedule of Upcoming Meetings 

(English & Spanish)

What should Cottonwood be like in the future?

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City Atlas  (PDF)


Public Participation Plan Draft

(English & Spanish)


We have implemented a NEW Application Tracking system.

All application submittals for Community Development will go through our NEW online public portal. 

Please follow the directions below.

  1. Visit our NEW Customer Portal website and create a new account
  3. Select Sign Up in the top right-hand corner
  4. Confirm your account 
  5. Click on the GO >> button under My Portal (personal account) or Business Portal (company account)
  6. Click the Apply >> button
  7. Click on the “Select a Category” bar
  8. Select the division you need
  9. Select the permit/application you need and fill out/upload all required information

If you need help to navigate our new portal please use the link below:

You will have access to manage your permit to pay, view and/or print. It will always be available in your customer portal once it is reviewed and issued. 

Please reach out with any questions. 

Community Development Hours:

Monday-Thursday 7:00am-5:00pm

Friday 7:00am-12:00pm

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Mission & Responsibilities

The Community Development Department includes the Planning Division, Building Division and Ordinance Enforcement Division. The Community Development Department's mission is to provide professional planning and technical services to guide the orderly development of a healthy, balanced, livable community. This department administers planning services, issues construction permits, and enforces codes and ordinances in the interest of ensuring safe and attractive neighborhoods, a healthy environment, and a strong, vital economy.

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Swimming Pools can be fun and safe

Swimming pools can be great fun for everyone especially during the hot summer months however, safety precautions must be followed at all times.  It is important for people with backyard pools to realize how easy it is for children to wander into a yard or through a back door to a pool.  Unfortunately, it only takes seconds for a child to drown.  Children should never be left unattended around water even for a few seconds. Drowning is one of the leading causes of death in Arizona for children under age 5.

Pool Enclosure Regulations- English

Pool Enclosure Regulations- Spanish

Storage Sheds/Detached Accessory Structure

Storage Sheds/Detached Accessory Structure Information

Residential Rental Maintenance and Inspection Program

Title 8. Chapter 8.48 Residential Rental Maintenance and Inspection Program