The Development Services Department is charged with the responsibility for protecting and enhancing the community's historic, environmental, economic and cultural resources. The three main functions of this department are: Planning, Zoning, and Building Safety; Code Enforcement and Business Licensing also reside in Development Services.
The Building Safety Division ensures that structures constructed in Chino Valley conform to adopted building codes. Staff in this division review plans for new construction, remodeling, and additions to existing buildings; issue permits once plans are approved; inspects all work, and finalizes the project when construction is complete. To ensure compliance with building code and zoning requirements, Code Enforcement is a part of the Building Safety Division.
The Planning and Zoning Division oversees long range and short range planning projects, interprets the Unified Development Ordinance (UDO) and the General Plan (GP), and proposes amendments to the text of the UDO as necessary. The Planning and Zoning Commission makes recommendations to the Town Council as they relate to changes in zoning districts, land use designations, and conditional uses; the Commission meets on the first Tuesday of every month as necessary. Variances to the regulations set forth in the UDO are made by the Board of Adjustment; they meet on an as-needed basis.
Business Licensing is also a function of the Development Services Department. If you are planning to start a business in Chino Valley or are a contractor doing work in town, you will need to obtain a business license before initiating any business activity in town.