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Yes. Group homes fall into 2 categories in the Maricopa County Zoning Ordinance:1. Group Homes providing care for no more than 10 non-adjudicated patient residents (plus live in caregivers) are allowed in the rural and residential zoning districts. Group homes are subject to conditions including a minimum a separation of 1320 feet and licensure requirements.2. Homes providing care for more than 10 residents require a Special Use Permit.The County will not reserve future properties for Group Homes, all applications are based upon a first come, first serve basis. Previous approvals may be revoked if the use is discontinued.
It is always a good idea to call the zoning information line before making major commitments to a location. Staff can research the location to make sure the separation minimum is met. You can complete and submit a Land Use application for a group home.
Upon approval of certain land use forms, the forms will be signed and returned to you; the forms may then become a part of your application to the State. Planning and Development requires the forms be a part of the submittal – be sure to submit the appropriate Land Use application.
These facilities are not a category of Group Home. They may be permitted via a Special Use Permit.
Yes, a compliance inspection is part of the process. For existing single family homes, residential building codes apply. If the home plans to have more than five residents, a fire sprinkler system is required. In the case of a new build group home, the building code definition of a group home applies. This requires the home to meet commercial group home building safety codes. Group Homes for more than 10 persons are subject to an Institutional Occupancy classification.