Self-Certification Building Permit Program

The Self-Certification Program for Building Permits is another way in which the City of Surprise is committed to enhancing customer service for our building community, while ensuring safety standards remain our number one priority.

The Self-Certification Program benefits...

  • Eliminates plan review for Licensed Design Professionals Certified with the City of Phoenix
  • Faster permit process for eligible projects, permits can be issued within five business days
  • Focus on safety- Certified pros take responsibility for and certify a project's compliance with building code, standards, and ordinances
  • Saving money- Eliminates the plan review fees

Eligible Projects

New Commercial Construction (up to four stories)

Commercial Alterations / Tenant Improvements

All Residential Construction

Ineligible Projects

Hazardous and extra-large assembly occupancies

Projects located within a flood plain

Hillside development

Fire alarms and sprinkler systems

Any project where construction has taken place without benefit of a permit

How do I sign up?

Arizona Licensed Design Professionals must attend a Self-Certification training class offered by the City of Phoenix. For information on how to register for this training visit

Once you are certified...

Once you are certified, you must complete and submit the required forms necessary to schedule a Concept Review Intake Meeting. Providing all items are received, your permit will be released in five business days.

Information packets and forms are available for download below:

Self-Certification Program Overview
Permit Application Building Plan Submittal Checklist
Self-Certification Building Permit Packet Intake Process and Permit Issuance
Self-Certification Process Flow Chart Structural Peer Review Certificate
Fee Quote Request
Owner – Applicant Certification Statement
Fire Prevention Site Review Inspection Results
Fire Protection Acknowledgement
Hold Harmless Sample Letter Sewer Declaration
Professional of Record Statement
Special Inspection Agreement