Planning & Zoning

Mission Statement

The Planning and Zoning Department is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life in Fountain Hills through innovative, proven planning techniques, and providing excellent customer service in a professional and timely manner. We also provide high quality construction permitting, plan review and building inspection services in a way that is responsive and customer friendly.

Department Description

The Planning and Zoning Department implements planning related goals, policies and programs as approved by the Town Council. The Department processes applications for changes of zoning, preliminary and final subdivision plats, variances from the requirements of the Zoning Ordinance, Temporary Use Permits, Special Use Permits, Concept Plans (site plans), signs and amendments to the General Plan and Area Specific Plans.

We also process amendments to the Town’s regulations; the Zoning Ordinance, Subdivision Ordinance and Town Code. The Department maintains the Town’s Geographic Information System and, as resources allow, sponsors recycling events. Department staff supports the other Town departments with graphics products and technical drawings.

Included in the Department is the Code Enforcement staff who are responsible for enforcing the Town’s land use regulations and many of the provisions of the Town Code. The Building Safety Division is a work unit in the Planning and Zoning Department. Building Safety employee’s process applications for permits to construct homes, commercial buildings, fences, swimming pools and other structures. The Division coordinates the review of plans for the structures it permits; and inspects construction of those permitted structures.

Town’s Online Permitting and Planning System (TOPPS)

TOPPS is the Town of Fountain Hills online system for processing zoning and subdivision applications.  Through this system you can file an application, receive updates on the status of the review of the application, receive notification of application approval, and more.  The following links provide helpful information to get you started using the Zoning/Subdivision portion of the system.  For information on Building Permit applications, go to the Building Safety webpage.

How to Create an Account

1.    Go to  
2.    Click on the Login button in the upper right corner
3.    Click on Register Now
4.    Select the appropriate Registration Type and complete the required fields
5.    Click Submit

How to use TOPPS to File a Zoning/Subdivision Application