Additional documentation may be required at the time of building permit application submittal if your property is located within one or more of the restricted districts noted below. Ensure a smooth permit process by reviewing and complying with these property-specific restrictions.
To see if your property falls in one of these districts, please use our interactive map.
The City of Prescott participates in the National Flood Insurance Program to provide federally backed flood insurance to members of the community. In order to qualify for this program, the City must regulate development in the mapped floodplains and ensure that floodplain development meets minimum flood protection requirements. The City can help you determine if your project falls in a mapped floodplain, what regulations apply, and how to obtain the required permits.
Development and building near the airport have additional requirements to protect both the property owner and the airport operations. An “Avigation” easement will be required for building permits. The easement acknowledges and protects the operation of aircraft from, and around the airport. The easement is a one-time requirement and would not be required for future permits on the same property. In addition to the easement, construction projects will require a review by the FAA through the submittal of a form 7460.
Prescott has 13 Local & 13 National Historic Preservation Districts; if your property is in one or more of these Districts additional review standards may apply to work affecting the exterior appearance of your building or home. Please visit the Historic Preservation Page for more information.
In the City of Prescott, managing the Wildland-Urban Interface (WUI) is a key concern, given the city’s proximity to natural, forested areas. To handle the risks associated with WUI, the city implements strategies like creating defensible spaces around properties, encouraging the use of fire-resistant building materials, and maintaining regular brush clearing to reduce the potential fuel for wildfires. In Prescott homeowners in WUI zones often need to follow specific guidelines to minimize fire risks. This includes actions like ensuring proper clearance around structures and participating in community-wide fire safety programs. These measures are not just a one-off; they’re part of an ongoing commitment to keeping the community safe from the unique challenges posed by living close to wildland areas.
For property owners that need to know if they are within the WUI zones, they can use our property look-up tool.