Providing an Essential Service

Community Development continues to offer the same services as before:  including building and septic plan review, building and septic system permits, soil testing, building and septic inspections, floodplain permits, grading and drainage permits, zoning applications, and taking action on code enforcement complaints.  Due to COVID-19 we are asking anyone needing the services of Community Development to call us first and we will make every effort to provide information applications, permitting forms, issue the permits and take permit fee payments over the phone or the internet.   If we cannot handle your needs via phone or internet, we will schedule an appointment.  “Office access by appointment only when necessary” will help to minimize the probability of COVID-19 transmission.  It is our goal to provide you the service you need by phone or email so that the need for you to make an appointment may not be necessary.    
Call first so we can assist you: Payson – 928-474-9276; Globe – 928-402-8513
Septic System Plan Review

Plans can be submitted the following ways:
  • via e-mail using PDF documents to communitydevelopment@gilacountyaz.gov
  • dropped off at the box outside the front door in Payson, or left in the lobby in Globe
  • if necessary, you can schedule an appointment.  Only one customer will be allowed in the office at any given time
Payments can be made by credit card/debit card by phone (a 3% service fee is added to cover credit/debit card fees), drop off in box or lobby, or mail checks directly to the office.
Once the submittal is received, we will provide needs lists and permits by e-mail and ask that you respond by e-mail as well.  Call for more information.
Inspections and Soils Testing

Septic inspections soils testing will continue to be performed by County Staff.  We ask that you do not come into the office with an inspection testing request.  Call us and we will schedule as expeditiously as possible.  Inspectors will practice social distancing and will be wearing personal protection equipment when needed.   Based on recommendations from the County Health Department, inspectors are to keep a minimum 6’ separation distance and limit the time of contact to less than 15 minutes.  They will also ask any individual they come in contact that is experiencing symptoms or not feeling well to keep their distance or ask them to leave the area for the duration of the inspection or test.  Please call Svanna @ 928-474-7184 or Jim @ 928-402-4223 to schedule an inspection or soils test.
Thank you for your understanding and patience.  We apologize for any inconvenience.

The Gila County Wastewater Division is committed to providing professional, prompt and effective services to all citizens of Gila County. The Wastewater Division receives its authority by delegation from the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ). The delegation agreement can be found at www.azdeq.gov/function/permits/download/delegation/gila.pdf

A list of the most common services offered by the Wastewater Division:

  • Clearance Letters 
  • System Designer and Contractors installer list 
  • Gray Water Information 
  • Information on Maintenance and Care of your Septic System
  • Public Record Requests Non- Commercial ,Commercial
  • Setback Requirements 
  • Soil Evaluation and Perc Testing (Site investigations)  
  • Transfer of Ownership
  • Wastewater Education Training
  • Water Wells
 wastewater photos

Jake Garrett, Manager
Wastewater Division

Payson Office
Phone:  (928) 474-9276
Fax:    (928) 474-0802