Floodplain Use Permit for Sand & Gravel

A Floodplain Use Permit for the extraction of sand and gravel or other materials is required for extraction within floodplains located in unincorporated Maricopa County and communities dependent on the District for floodplain management.

New Permits

Section 403.B.1 of the Floodplain Regulations for Maricopa County (PDF) (Regulations) states:

Applications for a Floodplain Use Permit for the extraction of sand and gravel or other materials shall include the following:

  1. A completed Floodplain Use Permit application form.
  2. A signed and notarized authorization if the applicant wishes to grant an agent, contractor or consultant authority to make decisions on their behalf.
  3. A signed acknowledgement from the property owner that a Floodplain Use Permit is being sought and, if applicable, designation of an operator authorized to mine the property.
  4. Signed Warning and Disclaimer of Liability form.
  5. A plan of development for the extraction of sand and gravel or other materials (see Section 403.B.1.e of the Regulations).
  6. A check for the appropriate fee identified in Appendix A: Fee Schedule.

Permit Amendment

An approved Floodplain Use Permit for the extraction of sand and gravel or other materials may be amended in accordance with Section 404.B.5 of the Regulations.

Any request for a major or minor change to an approved Floodplain Use Permit for the extraction of sand and gravel or other materials including an approved plan of development shall require an application to amend the permit.

Permit Renewal

Section 401.D of the Regulations states:

The permittee may submit an application for the renewal of a Floodplain Use Permit. The application must be submitted prior to the expiration date of the permit with sufficient time to allow for the review and approval of the permit. Failure to submit an application for the renewal of the permit before the expiration date shall cause the permit to expire and operations within the floodplain to cease and require that a permittee obtain a new permit.

Section 403.B.2 of the Regulations states:

A renewal of an existing approved Floodplain Use Permit for the extraction of sand and gravel or other materials shall be issued with only an administrative completeness review provided that the development has been done in accordance with the approved plan of development, the approved plan of development has not been modified, no flood related changes in river morphology have occurred and there is no imminent or apparent danger to structures, life or property. The following must be submitted for the renewal application:

  1. An application for renewal.
  2. The applicable fee
  3. A signed Warning and Disclaimer of Liability form.
  4. Five copies of the previously approved plan of development.
  5. A letter signed by the property owner or an authorized representative of record that the mining operation is in compliance with all the conditions of the original permit.
  6. A signed and sealed letter from a registered professional engineer that floodplain conditions are substantially unchanged since the original permit was approved