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Tempe Reinstates Residential Building Rebate Program

A home being remodeled
(Photo by Mariana Dale - KJZZ)
Home renovation in the Valley.

Tempe City Council voted last week to reinstate a rebate program for residential building permits. The program will officially start again on July 8.

“By having this residential rebate program it will help encourage homeowners to continue to invest and upgrade their homes for that good quality of life that we have in the city of Tempe,” said Tempe Mayor Mark Mitchell.

When Tempe staff updated the city’s building code in 2015, the residential building fee rebate program was left out. When the error was discovered earlier this year, Tempe halted the program.

For people making updates to their home, the program offers savings from $50 to thousands of dollars by providing rebates for building permit and plan review fees.

There were 10,191 single family residential permits issued in the last nine and a half years, about half of which were eligible for rebates.

Council also voted to expand the program to include engineering plan review fees.

Eligible projects include building additions, guest houses, swimming pools and solar systems. 

To get money back, property owners need to have completed their project within a year of the permit issue date and submit a rebate application within 60 days of their project’s approval.

“Every little bit helps and it’s just a way of saying thank you to our residents for continuing to improve their own home,” Mitchell said.

EDITOR'S NOTE: This story was updated to clarify the official start date of the program.

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Mariana Dale rustles up stories as a senior field correspondent based out of KJZZ’s East Valley Bureau in Tempe. She’s followed a microphone onto cattle ranches, to the Dominican Republic and many places in between. Dale believes in a story’s strength to introduce us to diverse perspectives, inspire curiosity and hold public leaders accountable for their actions. She started at KJZZ on the digital team in 2016 and still spends a lot of time thinking about how to engage with our community online. Dale has learned from stints at Arizona Public Media, The Arizona Daily Star, The Arizona Republic and as an intern at NPR’s Morning Edition in Culver City. She graduated from the University of Arizona with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. Dale is grateful for the mentoring of the New York Times Student Journalism Institute, the Chips Quinn Scholars program and AIR’s New Voices Scholars. A desert native, she loves spending time outside hiking, tending to her cactus and reading.