Code Compliance

Code Compliance is dedicated to protecting the public health, safety and welfare, while ensuring every citizen the right to a clean, enjoyable neighborhood by enforcing the City of Prescott’s codes and ordinances.

The City of Prescott strives to achieve voluntary compliance with City Codes through a process of notification and education, however, where voluntary compliance cannot be achieved, the the Neighborhood Services Division has procedures to address public nuisances including, but not limited to, removal of junk and rubbish, abatement of junk vehicles through civil enforcement procedures, criminal prosecution and civil penalties of up to $2500 per day.

Reporting Code Compliance, Vacation Rental, and Other Violations

Many people are not exactly sure what to do when they have a complaint regarding a possible violation. What we advise is to first talk with your neighbor or the property owner. Politely explain the situation and ask for their cooperation in resolving the problem.

If your good neighbor effort fails, you can use the online form, hotline or by phone to our office.

To file a complaint you can use the following options:

Online: Code Compliance Complaint Hotline Form

By Phone: 928-777-1320

After regular business hours Monday through Friday 8:00 am to 5:00 pm or weekends all calls will be returned within 1 to 2 business days.

Noise complaints: Call the non-emergency number for the Prescott Police Department:
(*Please call when the noise disturbance is happening)
By Phone: 928-445-3131

Animal complaints: Call the non-emergency number for the Prescott Police Department:
Animal Control: 928-777-1135
Barking Dog Hotline: 928-777-1364

Requesting information on a Property or to verify if complaints have been made on a property?

Please fill out a Public Records Request


View City Code

2012 Code Amendments

Structured Sober Living Homes

On July 1, 2019 the Arizona Department of Health Services took over the licensing and enforcement of sober living homes.

The City no longer licenses sober living homes as this is done through the Arizona Department of Health Services. Please follow this link to find more information: AZDHS Sober Living Homes.

File a Sober Living Home complaint


  • Neighborhood Services
  • Wendie Laughlin
  • Code Compliance Inspector
  • City Hall

    201 S Cortez St

  • 928-777-1967
  • Code Compliance # - 928-777-1320
  • Neighborhood Services
  • Denise Buchanan
  • Code Compliance Inspector
  • City Hall

    201 S Cortez St

  • 928-777-1225
  • Code Compliance # - 928-777-1320


  • All vehicles must have current registration and tags and legally parked on the property.

  • No.  The city only provides for one bulk trash pickup in the spring time.  Should you miss that opportunity, you need to take the bulk trash to the transfer station for proper disposal, or contract with someone to do it for you.  You are responsible to make sure no trash items are left in the right of way adjacent to your property.

  • No.  There are no signs allowed in the right of way.  This includes yard sale signs.  You may post the signs on your property.  Signs in the right of way, a box and rocks, or fliers attached to power poles are illegal and will be collected and disposed of.   You could be subject to civil fines as well.

  • Yes, if behind front set back requirements (usually 25 feet or more from back of curb, sidewalk or utilities) or can be stored in the side or back yard.

  • Yes, vacation rentals are allowed in the City of Prescott and are required to register with the City of Prescott Tax and Licensing Division.

    Vacation Rentals

  • Yes, in side or back yards and screened from public view.

  • If the weeds are 12 inches or higher, shrubs are encroaching the sidewalks or streets or overhanging trees in street.  On developed land entire lot needs to be cleaned, weeds below 12 inches, shrubs off sidewalks or streets, trees need to be trimmed 8 feet above sidewalk and 14 feet above the street.  Vacant lots 10 feet from curb or sidewalk and 10 feet from existing buildings adjacent to property.

  • The city can deem the house unfit for occupation if structure is unsafe. For more information contact City building official at 928-777-1356.

  • Make a non-emergency police report and then file a report with Code Compliance with police case number. We will then determine the validity of the illegal dumping.

  • Any residence that has 5 or more unrelated person living in the home.

    Community Residences

  • Accumulation of filth, garbage or blighting condition.

  • Here is a basic inspection process:

    • Inspection is completed by a code compliance inspector
    • A letter is sent to property giving approximately 30 days to make corrections
    • Re-inspection is done at approximately 30 days after
    • If corrected, a thank you letter is sent to property
    • If not corrected, but progress is made, an extension will be given depending on the amount of corrections required
    • Re-inspection is done at approximately 30 days after
    • If not corrected and/or no progress is made a final notice letter is sent to property
    • Re-inspection is done at approximately 15 to 30 days after
    • If no progress or correction made after final notice letter is sent the property is given a citation by mail and sent to the legal department.
  • It takes a minimum of 30 days and extensions can be granted for more time if progress is being made.


Covid-19 Vaccine Clinic

Posted on January 11, 2022

Tuesday, January 25 1 pm – 3 pm Founders Suite on the 1st floor at Prescott Public Library Yavapai County Community Health Services (YCCHS) will be on site to provide COVID-19 Moderna 1st and 2nd dose vaccines and boosters. Please… Read more »

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