Planning & Economic Development Director
310 N Fourth St
Kingman, AZ 86401
Phone: (928) 753-8130
Fax: (928) 753-7747
The Kingman General Plan 2030 is the primary tool used to guide long range growth and development within the City of Kingman and its planning area, which extends outside the current municipal boundaries. The purpose of the General Plan is to ensure that this growth is focused, orderly, and that it provides a balanced mix of land uses, while improving the efficiency of traffic, and preserving good air quality and proper water quality. The General Plan attempts to balance expected growth with supportive, efficient public facilities, infrastructure and services to help ensure a livable and sustainable community.
There are nine sections to the General Plan including: 1. Goals and Objectives; 2. Demographics; 3. Transportation; 4. Land Use including the Projected Land Use Map; 5. Growth Areas; 6. Public Facilities and Services; 7. Parks, Recreation, Trails and Open Space; 8. Cost of Development and; 9. Environmental Planning.
The Kingman General Plan 2030 Update is the result of over a dozen meetings held by the Kingman Planning and Zoning Commission beginning in September 2012 and concluding in October 2013 with two public hearings and a town hall meeting. The Kingman Common Council also held a public hearing in December 2013. The Planning and Zoning Commission and Council sought and received input on the plan from citizens, businesses, developers, community leaders, other government agencies, and city staff.
The Kingman General Plan 2030 includes a Projected Land Use Map which depicts existing and potential land uses within the planning area. The map indicates a range of residential densities, commercial and industrial uses, areas for parks and open space, and various locations for public and quasi-public uses such as schools, government offices and services, and places of worship. The land use designations are based upon a number of factors, including compatibility with surrounding areas, development constraints, availability of infrastructure and access, and the need to ensure a balanced mix of land uses within the area.
Growth brings with it demands for more develop-able land, sewer, water, police, fire, roads, and other public services. For the developer the General Plan serves as the official source for information on the amount and distribution of land suitable and available for various types of uses. For the public, the General Plan serves as an indicator on how additional growth can be accommodated without diminishing current levels of public services. For the City of Kingman, the General Plan includes goals, objectives and policies that provide the basis for the City’s development regulations, such as zoning, and helps to determine priorities for its capital improvements plans and extensions of services.
The Projected Land Use Map and the General Plan, together, act as a guide for the Planning and Zoning Commission and City Council to evaluate proposed changes to the Zoning Map and implement development proposals. The Projected Land Use Map also gives the public an idea of what types of uses may occur in the future within a given area.
The City of Kingman Zoning Map, which is a separate from the Projected Land Use Map, is the document that provides a parcel-specific delineation of various zoning districts. Embodied within each zoning district are specific development standards and regulations governing land use (such as allowed uses, building height, setbacks, lot size etc.). This information is further detailed in the Kingman Zoning Ordinance. Any amendments to the Zoning Map, also known as rezonings, must conform to the Projected Land Use Map.
The land uses indicated in the Projected Land Use Map do not automatically guarantee a specific zoning district already exists or will be approved at a specific site. The Planning and Zoning Commission and the City Council can consider not only whether a proposed zoning change fits the land use projections for a given area. They can consider a variety of issues such as the availability and timing of infrastructure, access, traffic impacts, and other issues, when determining whether a site is ready for a specific zone and a specific use.
The Kingman General Plan 2030 and Projected Land Use Map are not static and may be amended as conditions warrant by the City Council after review and recommendations are made by the Planning and Zoning Commission. However, the Projected Land Use Map should not be viewed as a super-layer of zoning subject to monthly revisions and changes. Minor amendments to the plan can be heard at any time. However, major amendments to the General Plan, as defined by Section 2-137 of the Kingman Municipal Code, can be considered only once a year in May by the Kingman Common Council after a minimum of two public hearings by the Planning and Zoning Commission. Major Amendments require a two-thirds majority vote of the City Council for approval.
The Kingman General Plan 2030, including the Projected Land Use Map, is available for review and downloading for free on the City of Kingman website. Copies of the plan and the map are available to purchase between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at the City of Kingman Development Services Department located at 310 N. Fourth Street in Kingman, Arizona. If you have any questions, please contact us at (928) 753-8130.
The official population estimate for the City of Kingman as of July 1, 2017, is 29,600. The United States Census dated April 1, 2010, revealed a population of 28,068. The area of the City limits as of March 2015 is 35.3 square miles. The population of the unincorporated urban area of New Kingman-Butler directly adjoining the City on the north was 12,134 according to the 2010 Census. The official population estimate for the City of Kingman as of July 1, 2014, is 28,620. The United States Census dated April 1, 2010, revealed a population of 28,068. The area of the City limits as of March 2015 is 35.3 square miles. The population of the unincorporated urban area of New Kingman-Butler directly adjoining the City on the north was 12,134 according to the 2010 Census.
The City of Kingman Zoning Ordinance has 21 zoning districts and three overlay districts in specific locations within the City. Zoning Maps of the City can be viewed at the Planning and Zoning office located at 310 N. Fourth Street in Kingman and on the city’s website. Zoning maps are also available for purchase. You can also call 928-753-8130 for information regarding zoning on your property. If you have the legal description or tax parcel number of the property it is much easier to give accurate information.
Below is a chart of the required setbacks for the R-1 Residential Single Family designation. Accessory buildings and uses (garages, carports, sheds, etc.) are separate from the main structure and use on a property. Accessory structures must be located to the rear of the front yard setback and must not be closer than four (4) feet to any alley line or rear lot line, and must not be closer to any side lot line than the required side yard. Please keep in mind that accessory buildings, in the aggregate, may not occupy over l0% of the lot area. Call 928-753-8130 for information before construction.
Zoning Front Front-Side (Side Street) Rear Side R-1-6 20 10 15 5 R-1-8 20 15 15 5 R-1-10 20 15 15 5 R-1-20 20 20 20 10 R-1-40 30 30 20 20 R-R 30 30 20 20
You would need to be in accord with zoning for the construction of the residential accessory structures mentioned above. Some of these types of construction may not technically need building permits, but would still have to be placed in accord with the Zoning Ordinance. Also keep in mind that just because a retailer sells a carport, shed, or other storage structure, it doesn’t mean that is a legal structure. Metal carports and sheds need to be in accord with the zoning and may have restrictions. Many times these are placed in the front setback and do not receive building permits. This can cause problems and additional fines! Fences may be no higher than 6 feet at the rear of the structure. Fences placed in the front of a structure have further restrictions. Call our office at 928-753-8130 for more information before you begin construction.
It may be more important to know what the General Plan says about the potential uses on the property in question rather than the current zoning. Rezonings can occur on a monthly basis. Do not assume that the land near you will remain vacant forever. State of Arizona Trust land is not BLM property and is not necessarily in a state of perpetual land preservation. State Trust land can be developed through procedures outlined by the State Land Department in Phoenix. Call the office to find out what the General Plan says may be possible on the land. A copy of the General Plan is available for free download on the City’s website or for purchase in the Planning and Zoning office. Maps and CAD files of the City’s General Plan are also available for purchase. All General Plan documents are available for free public inspection.
The Planning and Economic Development Department is led by Gary Kellogg. Planners include Richard Ruggles, Planning Services Manager, Sylvia Shaffer, Planner, and Bill Shilling, Grants Administrator, who works on grant-related issues and housing rehabilitation programs. Sandi Fellows is the administrative secretary and is the normal first point of contact. All staff can be reached at 928-753-8130. Our fax number is 928-753-7747.
Where is my property line for purposes of measuring fence locations, setbacks, right-of-way locations, etc.?
The only sure way to know where the property line is located is with a professional survey, by a registered surveyor. The City of Kingman has established a cadastral control program (Citywide monumentation) that makes it easier and more accurate for private surveyors to operate. But it is unwise to assume an existing fence, tree, curb or other physical element is the property line. You might place a fence or shed on someone else's property!
On a residential lot of less than 40,000 square feet (approximately an acre or less), you may have up to three (3) dogs, cats, or other small animals, or up to 12 birds but no poultry. No chickens or roosters on small lots. Non-commercial aquarium fish are not regulated. You may also have up to one pot-bellied pig for each 5,000 square feet of lot area up to a maximum of three and they cannot exceed one hundred pounds. No horses, goats, llamas, or cattle on lots of less than 40,000 square feet. On residential lots greater than 40,000 square feet, (generally an acre), you may have all the allowances mentioned above, plus one horse, cow, goats or other larger animal per 20,000 square feet of lot area. Generally, that is two large animals per acre. Animals in all cases cannot be nuisances to the surrounding property owners and residents. Animal nuisance complaints should be directed to Code Enforcement, 928-753-2191.
The most common nuisances in the City are: inoperable, abandoned or parted out vehicles, piles of wood and other debris, and dried weeds. You can call Code Enforcement at 928-753-2191 to request an inspection. The Kingman Fire Prevention Office can be contacted at 928-753-2891 regarding weeds and other fire hazard issues.
Many questions arise in the City regarding car repair in residential areas. You may repair your own vehicle or vehicles on your property. You may not, however, repair vehicles that you do not own on your property for compensation or otherwise. Inoperable vehicles and vehicle parts need to be stored in an enclosed garage so that they are not visible from the street or other properties. One additional caution, not all undesirable activities are illegal; however, you are urged to be a good neighbor.
Home businesses are allowed within the City of Kingman subject to the Home Occupation Section of the Zoning Ordinance. In general home businesses must not represent more than 20% or 300 square feet of any residence, whichever is less, cannot cause traffic or parking problems, and should not change the character of the residential neighborhood. A general rule is if the neighbors begin to complain about the home business activities, it may be time to move to a commercial area. A home should still look and operate as a home with the business inside. Two home businesses are prohibited in any case, car repair of any kind, and construction contracting unless only small office activities are occurring. Storage of construction-related equipment or material is prohibited in a home business. Home occupations require a business license and a completed home occupation application form. Please contact the City Clerk's office, 928-753-8113, regarding this process.
There are "Covenants, Codes, and Restrictions" (CC&R's) that apply to my home in my neighborhood. Does the City enforce CC&R's?
Private covenants, and/or private restrictions (CC&R's) are, under Arizona law, a separate and distinct form of land use regulation from the City's Zoning and other development ordinances. CC&R's are enforced through private civil action and cannot be enforced under the City's police powers. A private attorney or home owner association can be consulted regarding the enforcement of CC&R's.
Certain actions, requests, products, and services done by the planning and zoning staff involve fees. Checks or money orders should be made out to the City of Kingman. We also accept Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Diners Club, and Discover. Some products or publications may not be immediately available and require pre-ordering. Many documents are also available for free download on our documents page (See link on left). For more information, contact our office at 928-753-8130.
City of Kingman Planning and Zoning Fees
Action Requested Fees ($)
All Zoning Districts
$1,500.00 Extension of Time/Modify Conditions on a Rezoning or Conditional Use Permit
$750.00 Commercial or Industrial Districts $750.00* Conditional Use Permit
$1,500.00 Commercial or Industrial Districts $1,500.00* Conditional Use for Day Care (within an R-1, R-2, R-R, or R-MH district) $100.00 Variance
Residential, Commercial or Industrial
$1,000.00 General Plan Amendment
$1,250.00 Major $2,500.00 Subdivision
Preliminary Subdivision Plat
$960.00 Plus (per lot, tract, or parcel) $10.00 Extension of Time on a Preliminary Plat Approval $240.00 Final Subdivision Plat $960.00 Plus (per lot, tract or parcel) $10.00 Subdivision Abandonment $640.00 Amend a Recorded Subdivision Plat (Minor) 25%/50% of plat fee Minor Lot Splits (Parcel Plat)
$480.00 Appeal of Minor Lot Split Interpretation/Action $240.00 Manufactured Home Parks or RV Parks (New or Expansions)
$500.00 Plus (per space) $10.00 Right-of-Way Vacation or Easement Extinguishment $640.00 Request for Interpretations $250.00 Code Amendments (Zoning Ordinance, Subdivision Ordinance) $960.00
I live in Golden Valley, Dolan Springs, Chloride, Butler, or Valle Vista and have a planning and zoning question. Who do I contact?
You live outside the Kingman city limits. Our department’s jurisdiction is limited to within the city limits of Kingman. A Kingman zip code does not necessarily mean you live within the City of Kingman. Please contact Mohave County Planning and Zoning at 928-757-0903 for assistance. If you need information concerning the tax status of your property, please contact the Mohave County Assessor’s Office at 928-753-0703.
City of Kingman Departmental Phone Numbers (928)
- City Hall, General Information 753-5561
- Planning and Zoning Division 753-8130 (zoning and general plan)
- City Clerk’s Office 753-8113 (business licenses)
- Police Department 753-2191 (non-emergency & nuisances)
- Fire Department 753-2891 (non-emergency & fire inspections)
- Water Department 753-5561 (water meters & billing)
- Building Division 753-8123 (building inspections & permits)
- Engineering Department 753-8122 (water & sewer locations)
- Surveying Department 753-8139
- Parks and Recreation 757-7919 (recreational programs)
- Public Works Department 757-7467
- City Sanitation 692-3102 (garbage pick up & dumpsters)
Mohave County Departmental Phone Numbers (928)
- Mohave County Planning and Zoning 757-0903 (for outside city limits)
- Mohave County Assessor’s Office 753-0703 (tax & property inquiries)
- Mohave County Environmental Health 757-0901 (septic system questions)
- Mohave County Flood Control 757-0925 (flood zone questions)
State of Arizona & Federal Government Departmental Phone Numbers
- State Manufactured Housing Office (602) 364-1003 (Permit & Repair Questions)
- State Motor Vehicles Division, Kingman (928) 757-5111 (Vehicle & Drivers Licenses)
- State Game & Fish Dept., Kingman (928) 692-7700 (Hunting & Fishing Permits)
- Bureau of Land Management, Kingman (928) 692-4400 (camping & land use)
- USPS, Kingman Post Office (928) 753-2480 (post boxes & delivery)