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Due to the large volume of animals that we take in, we are unable to tell you over the phone or by email if we have your pet in our care. As we don't want to give you wrong information, please visit both our West and East Valley Animal Care Centers every two days to look for your lost pet. You can also use our Interactive Search Tool as a resource in the search for your lost pet.
Unfortunately, MCACC does not have veterinary staff available to provide medical help once a pet is adopted. If your pet is showing signs of illness, take him or her to a veterinarian for treatment. Remember, most illnesses can be easily treated if they are diagnosed early. If you wait to provide treatment for your pet, you risk your pets health and a larger vet bill. If your pet is having complications related to the spay/neuter surgery, please call us at 602-506-PETS (7387). Return to Animal Care & Control
It is the mission of the Board of Supervisors and the experienced professionals at Maricopa County Animal Care and Control to not only save the lives of more animals at our shelters, but also to ensure their well-being while sheltered. MCACC seeks to create an environment that minimizes stress on animals, visitors/adopters, and staff. The current east shelter falls short of our high standards for animal care. Therefore, that shelter will eventually close and a new facility in the East Valley will replace it. This new shelter will offer all services currently available at the Rio Salado location. A timeline has not been determined, but making this change will improve the quality of care animals receive countywide as well as the experience of those who would like to adopt.
Animal Care and Control wants to spend every dollar it gets on things that directly impact animal welfare. Maricopa County’s East Valley campus at Baseline Road and Mesa Drive offers an ideal location for a new animal shelter because there are no land costs. The county owns the site and there’s space available and infrastructure in place for additional services. The campus is located off the highway (US 60) with adjacent bus routes, making it easily accessible for visitors, staff, and volunteers. A specific site on the campus has not been chosen at this time.
Maricopa County staff and contracted architects considered a significant remodel and expansion of the west shelter as a way to provide a best-in-class adoption experience for residents and the best possible care for animals. During the design process, it became clear that trying to expand the existing facility would present too many obstacles to be a viable long-term solution. These obstacles included a long construction timeline that would have caused significant disruption to animal care operations. In the end, county leaders believe a multiple-shelter solution—so long as it includes a replacement for the current east shelter—will be better for animal welfare and the customer experience.
Saving lives has been, and will continue to be, the primary mission of Maricopa County Animal Care and Control. In August 2018, 96% of the more than 2,700 animals that came into our shelters were adopted or relocated. Two years ago, the live-release rate was 84%
Animal intake in Maricopa County has declined 13% every year for the last five years, creating the possibility for a different approach to animal welfare that emphasizes service and prevention, not just sheltering. Our priorities include: increasing the quality of care we provide; reducing the length of stay for animals; improving the experience for customers who want to adopt; providing more resources to reunite people with their pets; and, addressing the challenges that lead people to give up their pets in the first place.
In 2017, the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors approved $1.8 million to study and design a possible renovation and expansion of the Durango shelter. A little more than $300,000 of that amount has been spent to study operations at the Durango shelter. These findings will be used as the county considers both future improvements to the Durango shelter as well as designs for the new east shelter.
If you have questions about the future of the MASH unit, contact the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office.
In most cases, when applying in person at a Maricopa County Vital Registration Office you may be able to receive a certified copy the same day you make an eligible application. Please view additional information on our Same Day Birth Certificate page.
However, please make certain you provide your current mailing address on your application for certified copies if seeking to have your order mailed to you.
For children born in hospitals, certified copies of these birth events may be available as soon as 7 business days from the date of birth. The hospital has 7 business days after the child is born to transmit the birth certificate information to our office, the Maricopa County Office of Vital Registration. Our office ensures that the filing was complete; however, if parents filed paternity paperwork at the hospital, recording the birth certificate may take up to 30 days before certified copies will be available for purchase.
For children born at home or outside a licensed birthing facility or hospital, parents and/or licensed midwives need to register a home birth event within 7 days of the event to our office, the Maricopa County Office of Vital Registration. Our office will verify the information prior to registering this birth and preparing the certificate for certified copies. Please allow time if the birthing information provided to the Office of Vital Registration was incomplete or needs to be completed and/or verified. Our Deputy Local Registrars are also available by telephone to assist you with further questions, Monday-Friday from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at 602-506-6805.
You must apply for a certified copy of your child’s birth certificate with the Office of Vital Registration; certified copies are not provided by hospitals.
Please review the information on the Birth Certificate Corrections page for further details regarding the most commonly requested correction changes and review or print out the forms you may need to prepare before submitting your requests.
Our Deputy Local Registrars are also available by telephone to assist you with further questions, Monday-Friday from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at 602-506-6805. Birth Certificate Corrections
Once a child is born with only the mother listed on the certificate, a father may be added through the correction process.If a mother is not married at the time a child is born and has not been married any time during the preceding 10 months, both biological parents must complete and file the Acknowledgement of Paternity (AOP) (PDF) packet. The parents may also establish paternity by court order. For more information about making changes or corrections to an Arizona Birth Certificate, please review the Birth Corrections page for more information.Our Deputy Local Registrars are also available by telephone to assist you with further questions, Monday-Friday from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at 602-506-6805.
Certified copies of birth certificates are important documents and often are needed when preparing tax filings, school registrations, for benefits enrollment and other legal matters. Original certificates are held in the state archives. Arizona is a “closed” record state which means only certain parties may receive a copy of this important document. Please read the eligibility requirements tab on the Birth Certificates page for more information.
Our offices are located valley wide and accessed easily from major highways. We are open Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Please arrive by 4 p.m. if you are needing to discuss a possible correction with one of our Deputy Local Registrars.
The U.S. Department of State requires a certified copy of the birth certificate of the person needing a passport AND a photocopy of that certified copy as well. Non-certified copies of birth certificates will not be accepted for passport applications. For more information, please review the 2019 U.S. Passport requirements.
The water is not part of the potable (drinkable) water supply.
The nearest drinking water wells are over 1 mile to the southeast and are screened at a much deeper (more than 1,000 feet below ground surface) level. These are City of Phoenix wells that are regularly tested for safe drinking water parameters.
Additional test wells downgradient of the landfill were installed on the City of Phoenix Sonoran Preserve from 2010 through 2012; these include MW-4 through MW-7. Additionally, there is one test well (MW-8) located on Bureau of Land Management property, to the north of the Dove Valley Ranch Golf Course.
Physical components of the on-site extraction remedy consist principally of a new pump and treat (P&T) system located in the southern portion of the property. This includes a groundwater extraction well, piping, groundwater treatment equipment, and an injection well (located either on-site or off-site) to recharge clean, treated water back into the aquifer. There will also be one new off-site monitoring well to test for any impacted groundwater that may not be contained by the P&T system and a soil vapor extraction system located in the northern portion of the site. The SVE system includes multiple vapor extraction wells and air treatment equipment. This cleanup operation is expected to last 30 years.
Waste elimination is a natural function of the animal's body. The Maricopa County Animal Care and Control (MCACC) East Shelter houses approximately 500 animals daily. Kennels are cleaned twice a day with additional removal of body wastes (urine, feces, and vomitus) throughout the day as staffing and time allows. Animals are provided with Kuranda beds and blankets to add to their comfort. These items may be removed during heavy cleaning or when waiting for clean bedding.
Facilities Management is monitoring the heater output on a regular and consistent basis. Heaters are operational and are running at full capacity. They are set to come on at 70 degrees Fahrenheit. Since heat rises, ground level temperatures may fluctuate. All animal areas comply with the acceptable standards governed by the State of Arizona.
Maricopa County Animal Care and Control (MCACC) holds free Rabies vaccination clinics monthly throughout the Valley based on community needs. Upcoming events are advertised in a variety of ways. Advertising is done through social media, television and radio partnerships, and the MCACC website Calendar of Events. Flyers are made available at the counter at each Maricopa County shelter and are available at the events when additional dates are scheduled within the month. In addition, the MCACC Community Outreach team goes door-to-door handing out flyers to homes and businesses and talking with people about the services to be offered.
Maricopa County Animal Care and Control (MCACC) applauds the efforts of all animal welfare organizations working toward the betterment of animals in our communities. Private sanctuaries and rescue agencies are at liberty to limit the number of animals entering their organizations. They have freedom of choice in selecting which animals they accept. MCACC is an open managed-admission agency mandated by A.R.S. Title 11, meaning no dog can be turned away. Owners looking to surrender their pet will be given an appointment within two weeks of requesting the surrender date. To schedule an appointment owners may visit either the East shelter location at 2630 W Rio Salado Pkwy in Mesa or our West shelter location at 2500 S 27th Ave in Phoenix. Owners may also call (602) 506-PETS to schedule an appointment as well. The County Board of Supervisors designates a county enforcement agent to enforce the ordinances of the county and the contracted municipalities within the county. A.R.S. § 11-1013C (look up the Arizona Revised Statutes) establishes a minimum holding period for stray dogs and cats of seventy-two hours without any discernible identification or one hundred twenty hours with discernible identification. The quarantine holding period for a dog or cat that has bitten a person is not less than ten days in accordance with A.R.S. § 11-1014 A.
Social media has both positive and negative aspects depending on the truthfulness of the user. Maricopa County Animal Care and Control (MCACC) has over 100 rescue groups that assist in finding placement for animals including those with medical and behavioral issues. Their pleas on social media for assistance to help find outlets is often turned around as a negative situation against MCACC. To learn about the animals in MCACC’s care, contact us.
Maricopa County Animal Care and Control (MCACC) agrees that a tag is the best way to return pets to their original owners. That is why MCACC issues two permanent dog license tags at the time the initial dog license is purchased. As a source of identification, they allowed field officers to return 630 animals directly to their owners in FY2015 without being sheltered. Dogs with current licenses that come to the shelter are given one free day of board and reduced daily board fees for additional days, plus waived impound fee on their first offense. An identification (ID) tag is not a substitute for a dog license and may be construed as the only tag needed. MCACC depends on licensing revenue to support the shelter operations to care for the animals. License fees are the main source of revenue. Any reduction in licensing revenue also reduces the services we are able to provide. MCACC understands that pet identification is the best means of reuniting lost pets with their owners. That is why MCACC promotes microchipping as a secondary means of identification and offers microchipping at a reduced fee at the neighborhood Uno por Uno clinics.
The cost of a product is not solely based on the wholesale price of the item. Maricopa County, by statute, must recoup the full cost recovery which includes staffing and overhead associated with the handling, storage, and issuance of that product.
Maricopa County Animal Care and Control (MCACC) is working to effectively reduce unnecessary pet euthanasia. We are currently averaging a 77% Live Release Rate. By 2018, it is projected to rise to 90%. Euthanasia will always be present. Animals that are in advanced age, sick, injured, or have behavioral issues and are not suitable for adoption may be euthanized if outlets cannot be found. MCACC does not have the resources to warehouse unwanted animals.
It is the practice for Maricopa County Animal Care and Control (MCACC) to date and sign each memo entered into Chameleon, the database used for tracking the animals in our shelters. Recently, MCACC performed a random review of memos entered into the system and each memo had a signature. MCACC does not upload any lists to social media or to individuals who are not New Hope partners.
Animals are brought to the shelter by the public, by numerous municipalities, and by department animal control officers for intake until late at night. Although empty kennel counts may be higher in the morning and early afternoon, they will be full by the last shift.
Maricopa County Animal Care and Control's (MCACC) practice is to search for outlets that will take both the mother and offspring. However, if an outlet cannot be found to keep the animals together, the last resort is to separate them.
Maricopa County Animal Care and Control (MCACC) uses a deep-bellied cart to transport from one place to another multiple animals coming in together, injured animals, and animals unwilling/unable to walk on a leash. The cart is sanitized after every use to control disease transmission. Transport carts reduce the stress on the animals as they enter a new and unknown shelter environment. They also provide a safety net for animal handlers transporting multiple dogs at one time. MCACC’s practice of using these carts has been praised by national organizations and copied by many other shelters nationwide.
Photographs of animals are uploaded automatically to several websites and Maricopa County Animal Care and Control's (MCACC) unique interactive map. MCACC strives to have photographs of all animals entering the shelter. However, experience has taught us that in some instances, it is important not to have a photograph if we are unable to show the animal in a positive light. As such, animals with behavioral or medical issues, and those who may not cooperate may not have a photograph on the website. MCACC regularly monitors the upload of photographs to the interactive map to ensure the system works properly.
On occasion, the total hold time is longer than the time given by the system to the caller. This issue is caused by the system prioritizing the calls. General, non-emergency calls are pushed back when high priority and emergency calls come in. Emergency calls include stray dogs attacking a person, aggressive dogs in public areas, other serious bite cases, animals on school grounds, and requests from law enforcement for assistance. Maricopa County Animal Care and Control (MCACC) is constantly striving to improve phone service without compromising the needs of the public. MCACC is seeking recommendations on how to shorten holding periods.
Maricopa County Animal Care and Control (MCACC) maintains strict feeding protocols and weight management for every animal entering the shelter. Animals with long lengths of stay that deteriorate and suffer weight loss while in the shelter are put on a regimented feeding program. Animals are monitored for medical and psychological changes throughout their stay. Volunteers assist in providing walks and yard exercise for animals that show deterioration of weight loss.
The Director of Animal Care & Control is the County Enforcement Agent as designated by the Board of Supervisors pursuant to A.R.S.§ 11-1005 (A)(1). The County Enforcement Agent is responsible for enforcing provisions of A.R.S. § 11-1001 et. seq., county animal care and control ordinances and municipal ordinances, which the Board of Supervisors has contracted with towns and cities to enforce. The County Enforcement Agent also has the authority to issue citations for violation of these statutes and ordinances.
Maricopa County P-13 Rabies / Animal Control Ordinance was last updated September 1, 2010. You may find this ordinance by visiting
Maricopa County Animal Care and Control (MCACC) sends to all New Hope partners the “Pre Euthanasia” and the “Due Out” lists every day as early in the day as possible to allow rescues the maximum amount of time to review and find outlets serving their needs. This was a universal request from New Hope Partners. MCACC does not post these lists online.
At this time, 69% of all non-funding related recommendations are completed or in the process of completion.
For the other qualifying events (divorce or legal separation of the employee and spouse or a dependent child’s losing eligibility for coverage as a dependent child), generally you must notify the Plan Administrator within 60 days after the qualifying event occurs. However, your Plan may allow a longer period of time to provide notification. Please consult your Plan’s Summary Plan Description (SPD) to determine the Plan’s qualifying event notification requirements. You must send this notice to: Maricopa County Employee Benefits Division and as directed under the terms of the Plan located in the SPD.
No. The "tonal" alerts you receive on your cell phone are through a different system. This system will call your phone with a recorded message.
The message is recorded at your local 911 call center. The dispatcher will record the message in the necessary languages. CENS now has text capabilities. You opt in to receiving text messages along with voice recordings. The system also has TTY capability for the hearing impaired. There is TTY detection equipment that will bypass the voice-recorded portion when a TTY or TDD is detected. If you are using a relay service. Messages will go to the relay service and sent to you via a video message.
Unlike a landline phones, cell phones and VoIP phones are not part of the 911 database. You now have the option to register your cell phone or VoIP phone with the CENS system. You will only receive CENS notifications based on the address you provide when you register your cell and or VoIP phone.
To find out if you are in a proposed district, you can contact us at (602) 506-8797 or via our contact form. We will need your Assessor's Parcel Number (APN) for the property. If you do not know the APN, visit our "Find Your Districts" page to learn how to find out the APN.
If your subdivision name or your street name is listed in the Special District portion of the bill chances are you are in a Streetlight or Maintenance Improvement District. NOTICE: Not all districts listed in this section of the bill are organized by this office; please call the number listed in the detail for further information. Return to County Improvement Districts
Common examples of establishing legal or other vital interest could include the applicant being named as a beneficiary in Will or Trust or the Decedent and the applicant being named jointly on financial documents. Please read the eligibility requirements tab below for more information.
However, certain circumstances may delay this time frame. Please contact the funeral home or other agency with whom you are communicating about this death event to learn if they have completed their filing.
*Note: The Social Security Administration is notified electronically once someone has passed and typically no longer requires these specially stamped certified copies. Again, please know, these certificates will not be accepted by any other agency.
In most cases, when applying in person at a Maricopa County Vital Registration Office you may be able to receive a certified copy of an Arizona event the same day you make an eligible application. However, there are some instances when additional time will be needed to process your request. Such instances could include but are not limited to the following examples:
The procedure to make changes from changing or adding a name spelling, to correcting errors in the information provided at the time of registration varies with type of change requested and how recently the certificate was filed.
Please review the information on the Death Certificate Corrections page for further details regarding the most commonly requested correction changes and review or print out the forms you may need to prepare before submitting your requests.
Our Deputy Local Registrars are also available by telephone to assist you with further questions, Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at 602-506-6805.
Arizona is a “closed” records state which means only certain parties may receive a copy of this important document. State law explains that only “eligible” applicants may apply for a certified copy of this important document. This is established by providing direct proof of relationship to the Decedent and may also require establishing the applicant’s “legal or other vital interest” in the death certificate. Common examples of establishing legal or other vital interest could include the applicant being named as a beneficiary in Will or Trust or the Decedent and the applicant being named jointly on financial documents.
Appeals take a long time, generally at least 6 months. It is very unlikely that the court of appeals will change anything until the appeal is over, and only then if you win. For example, it is very unlikely that the court of appeals will change child custody arrangements until an appeal ends, and only then if you win.
If you want an appeal, you only have 15 days from a final order to start an appeal. The notice you would like to appeal must be filed within the 15 days. Your lawyer cannot start an appeal for you until you talk to your lawyer and request an appeal after the court makes a final order.
The ability to speak a language in addition to English is beneficial to working within the local community. It is not a program requirement in the selection process. Applicants claiming proficiency in a second language may be asked to participate in that language over the course of the interview.
The selection committee will rank applicants in order of preference and send the ranking to D&D Digital System for computer matching.
The ability to speak a language in addition to English is beneficial to working within the local community. It is not a program requirement in the selection process. Applicants claiming proficiency in a second language may be asked to participate in that language over the course of the interview.
Practice sites for the Arizona WIC Track Dietetic Internship will be determined based on the geographic location of the candidates selected and availability of rotation sites. Travel to areas around the state will be required for some rotations.
Because of the great diversity among the residents in Maricopa County, interns able to speak Spanish are highly valued by the rotation sites. However, the ability to speak Spanish is not a requirement for admission into the internship program.
Upon program completion, graduates will be competent to function as entry-level dietetic professionals and will receive a verification statement.
Here is a standard operating procedures plan development
30 Day Transition
Barehand Contact Exemption
Dog Friendly Patio
Farmers' Market Coordinator
Food Establishment Permit for Fixed/Permanent Locations
Inspection Upon Request
Mobile Food/Food Caterers Operating at Events
Mobile Food Permit
Special Event Coordinator
However, if a permit number has already been” issued” you will need to call our Disposition Transit Permit Coordinator at 602-372-0535 and request to delete the inaccurate permit.
If the Maricopa Office of Vital Registration staff are unavailable, please leave a detailed voicemail with the your name, facility you are calling from, the child’s name and their date of delivery, the permit number that needs to be deleted, and the reason you are requesting the deletion.
Flood Insurance can be purchased from the insurance agent who administers your homeowner’s insurance policy, any insurance company, or by visiting the FloodSmart website.
This is incorrect! All residences are eligible for flood insurance even if they are located in a moderate-to-low risk flood areas, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Zone X. Contact the agent that administers your homeowner’s insurance policy to learn more or visit the FloodSmart website to get a list of insurance agents.
Flood insurance is mandatory if your home or property is within a special flood hazard area, as designated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Flood Insurance Rate Maps, and you have a federally-backed or federally-insured mortgage. Your flood insurance policy provides coverage caused by flooding for your residence since your homeowner’s insurance policy does not cover losses caused by flooding.
Typically, mandatory flood insurance is not required if your residence is located in Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Zone X, although your mortgage company may require you to have flood insurance if they believe there is a risk to your residence and they want to protect their interest.
Definitions of FEMA flood zones are located in the Floodplain Regulations for Maricopa County (Article Two Section 205) or refer to FEMA's website for more information on the different flood zones.
If you are not located in the unincorporated areas of Maricopa County, contact the jurisdiction in which the structure is located to inquire about record of the Elevation Certificate. Return to Flood Control District
Please complete the Flood Hazard Information Request so that we can send you a detailed report about your property. You can also view the our Floodplain Viewer to assist with determining if your property is located in a 100-year floodplain.
If your property is located in a jurisdiction that the District does not perform floodplain management duties for, you may be referred to the appropriate jurisdiction for more information.
The Cities of: - Buckeye - Chandler - El Mirage - Litchfield Park - Mesa - Surprise - Tolleson
The Towns of: - Carefree - Cave Creek - Gila Bend - Guadalupe - Queen Creek - Wickenburg - Youngtown
Contact other cities directly for floodplain management in their jurisdiction.
Please contact the District at 602-506-2419 for more information regarding the process and requirements for submission of a Letter of Map Change (LOMC) request to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). A LOMC is for a formal determination of the property’s location and/or elevation relative to the Special Flood Hazard Area (SFHA).
The District may have a record of the Elevation Certificate if the structure is located in the unincorporated areas of Maricopa County and if one was required when the structure was built. Residences constructed prior to being mapped into a high-risk flood zone typically may not have an Elevation Certificate on file. Please contact the District at 602-506-2419.
If you are not located in the unincorporated areas of Maricopa County, contact the jurisdiction in which the structure is located to inquire about record of the Elevation Certificate.
For new or existing structures that were recently identified as being in a floodplain, an Elevation Certificate is typically completed by a registered land surveyor or engineer. However a homeowner or representative may complete the Elevation Certificate for Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Zones AO and A without a base flood elevation.
An Elevation Certificate can range from $400 - $1,000 depending on the complexity of the job. Please contact a qualified land surveyor or engineer to prepare the Elevation Certificate.
The District will provide a copy of an Elevation Certificate at no cost if we have a one on record. Note: the Elevation Certificate is the responsibility of the owner who initially builds the structure and it is used to show compliance with the approved site plan and to provide documentation for obtaining flood insurance.
Please complete the Flood Hazard Information Request so that we can send you a detailed report about your property. You can also view the Floodplain Viewer to assist with determining if your property is located in a 100-year floodplain.
The following Towns of: - Carefree - Cave Creek - Gila Bend - Guadalupe - Queen Creek - Wickenburg - Youngtown Return to Flood Control District
The District is a political subdivision of the state of Arizona. The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors serves as the District's Board of Directors, which in turn receives counsel from the Flood Control Advisory Board comprised of County citizens.
A secondary property tax paid by Maricopa County property owners provides the District's primary funding. The District seeks financial project partnerships from Federal, state and local agencies to supplement tax revenue. Other revenue sources include sales of excess land and other assets, permitting fees, and fund balance interest.
The following Cities of: - Buckeye - Chandler - El Mirage - Litchfield Park - Mesa - Surprise - Tolleson
The following Towns of: - Carefree - Cave Creek - Gila Bend - Guadalupe - Queen Creek - Wickenburg - Youngtown
Flood control is everyone's responsibility. Review the document linked here to learn more about how flood control responsibilities are assigned.
Yes, they are all available via the CivicAlerts page.
It depends on the type of permit and the complexity of the review. For Floodplain Use permits, please review the Permitting Fee Schedule for specific costs. For Right-of-Way Use Permits see the Permit Use and Fees.
Floodplain Use Permits in unincorporated Maricopa County must be paid at the Maricopa County Planning and Development Department while the Community Floodplain Use Permits for the jurisdictions that the District performs floodplain management for can be paid at the District or by phone by calling 602-506-1501.
For Right-of-Way Use Permits, fees can be paid on-line as part of the on-line permitting process. For more information visit the Right-of-Way Use Permit web page.
When development is proposed within these areas, it is the intent of the District to take reasonable action and enforce regulations on those that choose to build in Special Flood Hazard Areas in order to minimize the consequence of flooding and to prevent unwise development. Return to Flood Control District
If the development or changes are not permitted, you can report them to the Maricopa County Planning and Development Department Code Enforcement Division. If you suspect the development is within a delineated floodplain within Maricopa County you can contact the District to open an investigation, 602-506-2419. All other potential floodplain violations, not within unincorporated Maricopa County, will be directed to the applicable jurisdiction. Return to Flood Control District
The District has authority to enforce the Floodplain Regulations for Maricopa County on all Special Flood Hazard Areas within the boundaries of Maricopa County in order to protect other residents and to minimize damage and losses due to flooding. When development is proposed within these areas, it is the intent of the District to take reasonable action and enforce regulations on those that choose to build in Special Flood Hazard Areas in order to minimize the consequence of flooding and to prevent unwise development.
If your neighbor has obtained an approved Floodplain Use Permit and/or Building Permit, it should minimize adverse impacts downstream.
If the development or changes are not permitted, you can report them to the Maricopa County Planning and Development Department Code Enforcement Division. If you suspect the development is within a delineated floodplain within Maricopa County you can contact the District to open an investigation, 602-506-2419. All other potential floodplain violations, not within unincorporated Maricopa County, will be directed to the applicable jurisdiction.
No. District channels are for carrying storm water only. Pool water has contaminants that can hurt the environment, and so is not allowed in District channels.
No. Many of the District’s properties serve as replacement habitat and/or are environmentally sensitive areas. This fact along with the existing air quality standards within Maricopa County makes it prohibitive to allow off-road vehicle use on District property.
Learn more about each permit type by browsing the Permits area.
Please contact the District's Contracts Supervisor, 602-506-4433, for questions or more information on procurement procedures, projects or registration.
Please contact 602-506-5460 to receive specific information about District projects that have been surveyed.
Flood control projects are typically initiated by the local jurisdiction where the project would be located. Working with the Flood Control District, the local jurisdiction submits the proposed project to the District "Prioritization Process" for consideration. The project may then at some point in the future move forward as a funded project.
The Projects and Structures page on the website has the latest status of ongoing projects. If you need additional information, please call 602-506-4771. Find the latest status of ongoing projects on our Projects and Structures page.
Priorities are set based on level of flood hazard, historic flooding, municipal partnership requests, development potential and funding availability. The goal is to plan and help build flood control projects that reduce flooding hazards, while balancing schedule, cost and social and environmental considerations.
Project information can be found via the Projects and Structures map or listing, as well as in the Flood Hazard Identification Study map viewer.
It depends. Typically your local jurisdiction or home owners association (HOA) has maintenance responsibilities for drainage in your neighborhood therefore you should contact them first. If the District is responsible for the maintenance, please contact us, 602-506-1501, and ask to speak with the Operations and Maintenance Division.
District properties are inspected routinely throughout the year by our Operations and Maintenance Division. Maintenance, such as vegetation removal, is performed annually or as necessary.
The Flood Control District's website shows projects and associated land rights for those projects. If you have a very specific question as to boundary lines or ownership rights, you should contact the Real Estate Division's Property Engineering Branch.
Some easements can be verified by contacting the Property Engineering Branch, 602-506-0388. Some of the older easements across District property were not originally tracked so it may require getting a Title Report to verify easement grants across District property.
Please contact the Property Management Branch, 602-506-4747.
It depends. Please complete a one-time event permit via the District's Right of Way Use Permit process. Each request will be reviewed on an individual basis to determine if a permit will be authorized. If you need additional assistance, please contact our Right of Way Permits Branch, 602-506-0117. Learn more on our Right-of-Way Use Permit page.
Please contact 602-506-1501 and request to speak with our Operations and Maintenance Division or submit an Inquiry Request which will be forwarded to our Operations and Maintenance Division.
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An ALERT Station is the physical structure, either a standpipe or small building, which houses ALERT sensors, such as a rain gauge, water-level gauge, weather sensors or a combination of all of these.
Yes. Historical weather data, including rainfall and stream-flow information, which does not appear on this site can be provided directly by the District for a nominal fee to cover the cost of compilation and reproduction. Please call 602-506-8701 for more information.
Our rain gauges actually read in millimeters. One millimeter is equal to 0.03937 inches, which rounds up to 0.04 inches.
The density of rain gauges and the placement of individual gauges are based on a variety of factors, including: - District Projects in the Area - Environmental Restraints - Flood Hazard Potential - The Location of Channels - Permitting Requirements - The Proximity of Existing Gauges - Watershed Boundaries
Average Wind Speed sensors do not transmit the instantaneous wind velocity but rather an average wind speed over a time period. They will show a value of "0" or "Down" when there is little or no wind for a 6-hour period.
The water-year is used by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and other federal agencies to define a period of data collection. It runs from October 1st through September 30th. For example, water-year 2006 began on October 1, 2005 and ended on September 30, 2006.
All residents are encouraged to share flooding photos on a site that was created to enable residents to view and share pictures and videos of current and past flooding incidents, visit the Report a Flood website. Return to Flood Control District
Rainfall and weather information can be found on our Rainfall and Weather page.
If you are experiencing an emergency, please call 911 for police, fire, and paramedics. All residents are encouraged to share flooding photos on a site that was created to enable residents to view and share pictures and videos of current and past flooding incidents, visit the Report a Flood website.
Call your local Fire Department to see if they have sandbags and sand. Availability may depend on the event.
Please reach out to non-emergency contacts from our Customer Assistance Storm Team (PDF).
There are many options for the flu vaccine this year. Below is an overview of each option; click the link to learn more about each one.
If you have questions about any of these options, please talk with a doctor about what is right for you or your child.
Does Fluzone High-Dose offer better protection than the adjuvanted flu vaccine?
To date, there have been no randomized studies comparing Fluzone High-Dose with FLUAD (the adjuvanted influenza vaccine).
While seasonal influenza (flu) viruses are detected year-round in the United States, flu is most common during the fall and winter. The exact timing and duration of flu seasons can vary, but influenza activity often begins to increase in October. Most of the time flu activity peaks between December and February, although activity can last as late as May.
No. The flu shot is made from an inactivated influenza virus and cannot give you the flu.
"But my mom got sick..."
Some people experience body aches and fatigue for a short time after getting the flu shot, which is the body’s immune system responding to the vaccine.
It is also possible that you may be exposed to a flu virus shortly before getting vaccinated or during the 2 weeks it takes the body to develop an immune response after getting vaccinated. This exposure may result in you becoming ill with flu before the vaccine begins to protect you.
Unfortunately, we won’t know whether the flu vaccine is a good match to circulating flu viruses until well into the flu season. It’s not possible to predict with certainty if a flu vaccine will be a good match for circulating flu viruses.
A flu vaccine is made to protect against the flu viruses that research and surveillance indicate will likely be most common during the season. However, experts must pick which flu viruses to include in a flu vaccine many months in advance in order for flu vaccines to be produced and delivered on time.
CDC works to characterize about 2000 circulating flu viruses every year to compare them to the virus strains in the vaccine. This helps them understand the flu vaccine’s ability to produce an immune response in people. It also helps them decide what strains to include in the next season’s flu vaccine.
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The number of pediatric deaths from influenza is required to be reported to public health in Arizona by state statute. Because there is no requirement to report influenza-related deaths in adults, we monitor adult deaths due to influenza and/or pneumonia as a substitute.
People who die from influenza typically do not die from influenza itself. They usually die from the bacterial pneumonia that can occur as a complication to influenza.
Influenza viruses are constantly changing. They can change in two different ways:
One way they change is called “antigenic drift.” These are small changes in the genes of influenza viruses that happen continually over time as the virus replicates. But these small genetic changes can accumulate over time and result in viruses that are look different to the body’s immune system. When this happens, the body’s immune system may not recognize those viruses. That is why the flu vaccine composition must be reviewed each year and updated as needed to keep up with changing viruses.
The other type of change is called “antigenic shift.” Antigenic shift is an abrupt, major change in the influenza A viruses, resulting in a completely different virus that infects humans. Such a shift occurred in the spring of 2009, when an H1N1 virus with a new combination of genes emerged to infect people and quickly spread, causing a pandemic. When shift happens, most people have little or no protection against the new virus.
While influenza viruses are changing by antigenic drift all the time, antigenic shift happens only occasionally. Type A viruses undergo both kinds of changes; influenza type B viruses change only by the more gradual process of antigenic drift.
You should get a flu vaccine before flu begins spreading in your community. It takes about two weeks after vaccination for antibodies that protect against flu to develop in the body. CDC recommends that people get a flu vaccine by the end of October.
Children who need two doses of vaccine to be protected should start the vaccination process sooner, because the two doses must be given at least four weeks apart.
Does my child need two doses?
No. It takes about two weeks after vaccination for antibodies to develop in the body and provide protection against influenza virus infection. That’s why it’s better to get vaccinated by the end of October, before the flu season really gets under way.
Flu vaccine protection lasts about one year. Other than children who are getting the flu vaccine for the first time, people only need one dose of flu vaccine each season.
Some people who get vaccinated may still get sick. However, flu vaccination has been shown to reduce severity of illness in people who get vaccinated but still get sick.
The vaccine has also been shown to reduce deaths, intensive care unit admissions, and length of hospitalization among hospitalized flu patients.
A 2017 study was the first of its kind to show that flu vaccination can significantly reduce a child’s risk of dying from influenza.
A flu vaccine is needed every season for two reasons:
For the best protection, everyone 6 months and older should get vaccinated annually.
To find a flu vaccine for you or your child, please visit the Maricopa County vaccine finder page that has options for free flu shots for children and other flu shot options for adults.
The only way to ensure that you are 100% safe from HIV transmission is to abstain from sex. Outside of abstaining from sex, you can decrease your risk for HIV transmission by using a new condom each time you have sexual intercourse, to include oral sex. For oral sex on a woman, the use of a dental dam is recommended in order to decrease the risk of HIV transmission.There is more than one type of barrier available for oral, anal and vaginal sex, the first being the male condom. The male condom should be used according to the manufacturer's instructions with a water-based lubricant for anal and vaginal sex. Also available are flavored male condoms that can effectively be used for oral sex on a male. These are not recommended for vaginal penetration, as they can cause yeast infections given that they are often coated in sugar. The second most common type of protection is the female condom. This should also be used according to the manufacturer's instructions with lubricant for vaginal sex. A couple should not use a male condom and a female condom at the same time as this will cause one or both of them to rip or tear. Lastly, dental dams are recommended for oral sex on a woman and also come in assorted flavors.
You are at risk for HIV if you have unprotected vaginal, anal or oral intercourse or share needles with a partner who is positive for HIV. You cannot tell whether a person is positive for HIV by looking at them. The only way to know for sure that you are not positive for HIV is to get tested at your doctor's office, local health department, or other HIV testing facility. According to the CDC, certain populations are at an increasingly greater risk for HIV transmission:
CDC now recommends that everybody should be tested at least once per year. CDC also recommends that those people who are at high-risk of becoming infected with HIV should test more frequently. You can talk with your doctor or an HIV counselor about how frequently you should be tested for HIV.
You might be at higher risk for getting HIV if:
No. Scientific studies and reviews have found no relationship between vaccines and autism.
Groups of experts, including the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Institute of Medicine (IOM), also agree that vaccines are not responsible for the number of children now recognized to have autism.
One reason a cause of death may not be entered into VSIMS within this time is if the RA was found into be incomplete and/or needing additional cause of death information. Our office will contact your funeral home and notify you of this situation and update you as to what information is missing. If we are unable to reach you, please also review the comments section of the Decedent’s VSIMS record.
Another common reason the cause of death may not yet be recorded in VSIMS is if Maricopa Office of Vital Records is still awaiting the complete Human Remains Release Form (HRRF) from your facility.
Please fax the HRRF to our office within 24 hours of removing the Decedent from the place of death. Remember, to ensure that the form is complete and accurate so our office may complete our part of the death registration process.
We have found that this advance notice may assist the certifier with completing the RA quickly and efficiently and most physicians will accommodate the needs of the family and expedite the certification of cause of death, as best possible.
Please call the Maricopa County Office of Vital Records Disposition Transit Permit Coordinator at 602-372-0535, ext. 2 so we may be ready to accommodate a potential emergency permit request or advise as suitable. Although we will do our best to accommodate the family’s needs, we cannot guarantee that the cause of death will be sufficient and a disposition transit permit will be issued by the planned date of disposition.
Maricopa Office of Vital Records is required by the Arizona Department of Health Services to receive a sufficient cause of death in accordance with national standards and in some cases certified causes of death are required to be reviewed further by the Medical Examiner of the relevant jurisdiction.
An appeal is the way to ask if the juvenile court made a big legal mistake in your case. An appeal is decided by the appeals court.
The appeals court will not change your case or give you a chance to re-do your case unless the juvenile court made a big legal mistake in your case.
You can read more about it at this FAQ - What is an appeal
Possible sources of lead contamination:
Through nutrition, housekeeping and personal care.
Adapted from: The National Lead Information Center: 800-424-LEAD (5323).
Public records requests can be made online. Please visit our Records Requests page.
Any water or sewer line project valued at more than $12,500 requires written approval from MCESD prior to review by MCDOT.
Water or sewer line projects on the city of Phoenix’s (COP) facilities require written approval from the COP prior to review by MCDOT.
Recorded Information: The Plat Index contains all of the surveys, barring any oversights or indexing errors, that were recorded at the Maricopa County Recorder’s office as indexed under the MAP TYPE "Plat" and "Survey" (Book of Plats and Book of Surveys) starting at Book 1 Page 1 for both.
In addition, it contains some surveys that were completed on 8½ x 11 that are recorded under the Maricopa Recorders Office document code for corner recorded survey.
Unrecorded Information:As of February of 2001, MCDOT has made a concerted effort to index unrecorded surveys donated from private firms or public agencies. The collection is NOT comprehensive, the appropriate firm or agency should always be contacted for additional information.
Moreover, the Plat Index may contain some MCDOT, ADOT, SRP, APS or various other agency plans/surveys (i.e. Right of Way, As Builts, etc) but it is NOT a substitute for contacting that agency for information.
Information Not in the Plat Index:
The action to take depends on the MCR Book and Page.
Book of Plats 1 through 95; (except 023-18 which appears to be missing)These plats are at the State of Arizona Department of Library, Archives & Public Records.
Contact information: Julie Hoff (602) 926-3878 1700 W. Washington Phoenix, AZ email@example.com
Helpful hint: You will probably have to physically go there to retrieve a copy. They do NOT have a full size copier, be prepared to make many 8½ x 11 or legal size prints if you need the whole plat.
Book of Plats 75 through current, Book of Surveys and Book of Roads are managed by the Maricopa County Recorder’s Office.Email the Recorders office at firstname.lastname@example.org and include the following;
You will be sent acknowledgment of your request. The original plat will be obtained, re-scanned and a new digital image will be emailed to you. Depending on the time of day, requests are usually fulfilled in one day if not the same day. Thanks for your patience ahead of time.
Check the report for a column called "Records #". Is there a number in the field? (ex 020048224 which means 02-0048224)
If Yes 1) It is a survey that was recorded under a different document code at the recorders office. In other words, it is not in the "Book of Plats or Surveys". Write down the number and go to the recorders site and type it in.
If No 2) It is a unrecorded plat or document. At this time, we (MCDOT) are still working out the legal issues on releasing unrecorded third party information. Please contact the Firm/Agency to request a copy of the item. If contact is impossible please contact Brian Dalager for further instructions.
The only requirement that we request is very basic knowledge of the Public Land Survey System (PLSS). In other words, the ability to look at a plat and determine which township, range and section(s) it covers.
Besides that, you can volunteer for as little or as much time as you would like. The MCDOT's survey section work hours vary during the year however are generally from 6:00 am to 4:00 pm, Monday through Friday.
Please call one of us (in the following order) to make an appointment:
Unfortunately a good portion of the recorders are missing the following fields.
There are several reasons for this.
We simply have not taken the time as of yet to go back and do the research required to fill in all the blank fields. FYI Roughly 58% of all the recorders indexed as of 09-25-2003 do NOT have the above fields populated. It is unforseen at this time when it will be accomplished.
Some recorded plats are not in the database because they simply have little to not land survey value. We have excluded them from the database and they are either in the list below or on the area of the web site "Survey Related Items" then "Maps":
AZ511 has traffic and road closure information for state roads and highways.
• Death resulting from violence.
• Unexpected or unexplained death.
• Death of a person in a custodial agency as defined in section §13-4401.
• Unexpected or unexplained death of an infant or child.
• Death occurring in a suspicious, unusual or nonnatural manner, including death from an accident believed to be related to the deceased person's occupation or employment.
• Death occurring as a result of anesthetic or surgical procedures.
• Death suspected to be caused by a previously unreported or undiagnosed disease that constitutes a threat to public safety.
• Death involving unidentifiable bodies.It is up to the medical examiner to determine if a case meets jurisdictional requirements to further investigate and certify the cause and manner of death on the Death Certificate.
You can check cause and manner of death online.
In the event of an emergency at Palo Verde, plant operators would immediately notify State and Maricopa County emergency officials. These organizations are prepared to respond in accordance with the Palo Verde Offsite Response Plan. If it is necessary to alert the public, the sirens will be sounded.
If an incident occurs at Palo Verde involving the actual or potential release of radiation into the atmosphere, the Outdoor Warning Siren System within the 10-mile area around the plant will sound for approximately three minutes with a steady, high pitched sound. If you hear the sirens, go indoors immediately and turn on your radio to KTAR (620 AM or 92.3 FM), KMVP (98.7 FM), or other local radio or television stations to hear instructions from government officials. If you hear a siren and do not hear an Emergency Alert System (EAS) message within 10 minutes, call 602-371-7171. A crew will be sent to repair the siren. From time to time you may hear a siren for 5 to 15 seconds. These are called "chirp" and "growl" tests respectively and are part of the siren maintenance program. These tests are performed only during the day and have a low-pitched sound. If you hear one of these tests, there is no need to call the plant. The Federal government requires a full activation of the system annually for testing. Residents within the 10-mile Emergency Planning Zone are notified in advance of this test date. They are also notified of any other maintenance when sirens may be sounded for extended periods of time.
If you need assistance during an evacuation, please fill out the Assistance Survey (Solicitude de Asistencia) provided by PVGS and return it so we can make arrangements to help before an evacuation is necessary. To download the forms, see the
Bring your pets with you when you leave the 10-mile Emergency Planning Zone. Maricopa County Animal Care and Control and the Arizona Humane Society will have temporary shelter available for your use while you are making alternate arrangements. They will be co-located with the Reception and Care Center. For information on livestock, see Radiological Emergency Information for Farmers, Dairy Farmers, Ranchers, Food Processors, and Distributors
When school is in session all the children attending schools within the 10-mile Emergency Planning Zone will be transported to the designated Reunification Center or Reception and Care Center and can be picked up there. Each school has sufficient buses available to evacuate all the children. It is important that you listen to the school telephone messaging and EAS message to see which location has been opened.
For information on how Palo Verde works, see
No. The fuel used in a nuclear plant has very low levels of the type of material that could cause a nuclear explosion. Even so, precautions need to be taken to ensure that radioactive materials do not reach the environment.
After everything has been completed, all the concrete has been poured, all trenches have been filled, stockpiles/berms removed and the site has been rough graded. Call our inspection line at 602-506-3629. Inspections for the next day need to be called in prior to 2:30 p.m. (This is an automated system). You can also
Prior to pouring the stem walls, you must call for a stem inspection. Have the contractor set up the height of the stem walls for our inspector’s site visit. This should happen after the initial site plan has been approved. Call our inspection line at 602-506-3629. Inspections for the next day need to be called in prior to 2:30 p.m. (This is an automated system). You can also
If you need to request any documentation that may assist you as new buyers, visit our public records page.
Notices are published on the Office of Procurement Services' website when the County issues formal competitive solicitations (RFPs, IFBs and RFQs) for those procurements expected to exceed $50,000. The notices are accompanied by the entire solicitation document, when practical, in a downloadable format. Notices are also posted in the Office of Procurement Services offices and published in county’s newspaper or record which is currently the Arizona Business Gazette. When a wider distribution is deemed necessary for any type of solicitation, regional and national publications may be used to circulate the required information.
Vendors that have registered on the County’s web-based E-purchasing system with a current email address should receive automatic notification of solicitations for quotes (for procurements valued $50,000 or less) in the commodity or service areas in which they have registered. Any vendor that has not registered on the County's web-based bidders' list may still obtain a copy of the quote requests by visiting the Office of Procurement Services' website.
The Maricopa County Procurement Code exempts small purchases of $5,000 or less from the competitive solicitation process. Procurement requirements shall not be artificially divided so as to constitute a small purchase.
For requests for proposal (RFPs), the award is made to the proposer whose proposal is deemed most advantageous to the County based upon the evaluation criteria as published in the RFP document. The Chief Procurement Officer's recommendation for award notice is issued to all RFP respondents after the evaluation process is finished. Proposals are available for public inspection under the Freedom of Information Act.
In the case of any partial delivery, the shipping ticket and invoices must indicate the quantity being delivered and not the quantity ordered by the County.
Once awarded a contract, a vendor must complete their registration in the Maricopa County Vendor Self-Service Portal (VSS) in order to receive payment for commodities or services furnished to the County. After registration in VSS, a vendor must submit an original invoice to the using agency. Invoices should not be sent to Office of Procurement Services. Invoices must show: 1. Purchase Order number 2. Complete description of the commodities or services furnished 3. Quantity 4. Unit prices and extensions 5. Date of delivery or date services were performed 6. The discount terms 7. Name of the department to which shipment was made or services performed 8. Vendor Registration Number In addition, the invoice should include the vendor's invoice number and date. Before issuing the invoice, be sure to verify that it complies with the pricing agreed to in the contract or there may be a delay in payment while the discrepancy is resolved.
For VSS help please call (602) 506-1000. It is recommended to use Internet Explorer browser when using VSS.
You may pick up an application in person at: 201 W Jefferson Street Phoenix, AZ 85003
222 E Javelina Mesa, AZ 85210
Carefully read over the form to ensure you know what information the form is requesting.
In addition, the form may be accessed under "Restoration of Civil Rights" on the Maricopa County Superior Court Website.
A generic Power of Attorney form is available at this link General Durable Power of Attorney. This form was prepared by Community Legal Services and we have been given permission to share it with clients who have expressed a need for such a form. Some clients may want to use this form to work with others to handle non-criminal matters impacting their lives. Please note that the MCPD does not take any responsibility for its contents or for any consequences that may result from a client or a client's family member(s) using this form. It is merely provided as a convenience for individuals seeking a power of attorney form.
A person's civil liberties may be restored. A person with only one Arizona felony conviction, whose civil rights were lost or suspended, had their rights automatically restored upon completion of a term of probation, or receipt of an absolute discharge from imprisonment if the person paid all imposed fines or restitution. However, this does not apply to the right to possess a weapon. To restore the right to possess a weapon the person must file an application with Maricopa County Superior Court.
A person with two or more Arizona felony convictions must file the applications to restore their civil liberties with Maricopa County Superior Court. A separate application will be required for each felony criminal case. For more information or to access the applications, please visit the Maricopa County Superior Court Website.
If you only had one Arizona felony your rights were restored upon completion of probation or absolute discharge from the Department of Corrections as long as all fines and restitution were paid. However, to ensure that the court informs the elections office that you are eligible to vote you should file an application to restore your civil liberties. Also, the court will not set aside a judgment of guilt without an application.
If you have two or more felonies in Arizona you may apply to restore your civil liberties upon completion of probation or two years from your absolute discharge as long as all your fines and restitution were paid.
For more information on applying to restore your civil liberties, please visit the Maricopa County Superior Court Website.
You may pick up an application in person at:201 West Jefferson StreetPhoenix, AZ, 85003
222 East Javelina Mesa, AZ, 85210
Yes, it preferred that the family and/or friends to serve in this capacity as this person would be in the best position to know what their loved one would want when making decisions.
The Public Fiduciary is appointed only when there are no other alternatives to guardianship and there is no one else willing and able to serve. There are also private fiduciaries that perform these services. Family and/or friends can obtain more information on how to apply as guardian/conservator by contacting the Clerk of Superior Court Self-Service Center.
For more information on avoiding contact with wild animals, visit the Arizona Game and Fish Department's Living With Wildlife page.
If you are an unsuccessful bidder, and you were not the initiating party, all of your deposits will be returned to you.
If you are an unsuccessful bidder and you were the initiating party and did not bid, you will forfeit the bid deposit. The Appraised Value Deposit, which is required on the day of the auction, will be returned to you the day of auction.
If you are an unsuccessful bidder and were the initiating party and were outbid, all of your deposits will be returned to you. The Appraised Value Deposit, which is required on the day of the auction, will be returned to you the day of auction. The appraisal and title report deposits will be returned to you after the close of escrow. Return to Real Estate Services
The program is responsible for preventing pollution to the Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System. To find out more, click here.
For applications and instructions, please visit our Construction Site Requirements page.
There is no charge for any TB services for active TB cases and suspects, their contacts, and children 6 years old or younger with latent TB infection.
A positive TB blood test or TB skin test indicates that you have been exposed to someone with TB. The next step is to have an evaluation for TB symptoms and a chest x-ray. If the symptom review and chest x-ray are negative, you have latent TB infection. With a normal immune system you have a 10% chance of developing TB disease; half of that risk or 5% is within the first 2 years after becoming infected. The other half of the risk is for the rest of your life.
If you are considered to be high risk for developing TB disease, the health department will treat you with a medication that will prevent that from occurring. It is important to understand that if you have latent TB infection (positive TB blood test or TB skin test, normal chest x-ray, no symptoms of TB), you cannot give anyone else TB. You are NOT infectious.
For other services, please call the TB clinic at 602-372-1407 for more information.
You may visit our TB clinic, located at 1645 East Roosevelt Street in Phoenix, to receive a TB blood test or TB skin test with a Health Card. There is a charge for a Health Card, which is a release to attend work, school or to volunteer. The current charge is $65, cash, credit or debit card.
Only when there is a public health reason for a TB blood test or TB skin test (symptoms of TB, known contact to TB, etc.) is it provided at no charge.
Once a patient is referred to the Maricopa County Department of Public Health as a TB case or TB suspect, a nurse case manager and an epidemiologist are assigned to that patient. As part of the initial work with the patient, the epidemiologist will question the patient to learn the names and locating information of persons who have shared air with the patient, e.g., live or work with the patient, spend a lot of leisure time with the patient, etc. These people are called contacts. The epidemiologist will get in touch with the contacts and make arrangements for them to be evaluated, usually with a TB blood test, a symptom review, and if indicated, a chest x-ray, at the health department at no charge.
You may visit our TB clinic to be evaluated. There is a charge of $65, cash, credit or debit card.
Maricopa County offers two tobacco cessation programs to help its employees quit tobacco.
StayWell Phone Coaching:
This 5-session phone coaching program is offered to employees who are enrolled in a County-sponsored medical plan. Call 877-678-8926 to enroll.
Peer-Supported Quit Tobacco Program:
These 6-week, 30-minute, virtual sessions are available to all employees and offers support to quit tobacco or e-cigarettes for good. Sessions are facilitated by a tobacco cessation expert from the Maricopa County Department of Public Health. To get more information or find the next class, contact 602-372-7272.
Paint can be recycled for a fee at businesses, such as Stericycle Specialty Waste Solutions and Household Hazardous Waste Pickup. Please call 602-276-7602 for more information.
Paint may also be disposed of as trash after it has been hardened. To harden paint, add paint hardener (may be purchased at home improvement stores) or, clay cat litter to the paint, leave the paint can open and let it dry. When paint is dry, leave the lid off and dispose of in your regular trash.
For an $8 fee county transfer stations can take used refrigerator's after the Freon is evacuated, the compressor is removed and tagged by an appropriate vendor. Item will not be accepted if item has not met these conditions.
Contact your municipality to see if there is an HHW event in your area. The county transfer stations can take a limited amount (5 gallons) of used oil and antifreeze for recycling but no other HHW items. Bring them to a Transfer Station.
Companies such as, Stericycle Specialty Waste Solutions may take other household hazardous waste (HHW) material for a fee (PDF). Please contact them for more information.
The county transfer stations accept incandescent, LED and non mercury coating fluorescent light bulbs. Companies such as Batteries Plus Bulbs may recycle fluorescent bulbs that contain mercury. Please contact the nearest location, fees may apply; visit their website to find a store near you.
Backwash water from a filter system is considered to be wastewater and must be properly disposed. Proper disposal methods include sending the backwash water to a sewer system or using the backwash water for surface irrigation at the reuse site. A permit issued by the sewer utility company may be required to discharge the backwash water to the sewer system.
Backwash water may not be discharged to a drywell (for example, a storm water retention basin drywell) unless an Aquifer Protection Permit has been obtained from the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality permitting such disposal. Other backwash water disposal alternatives will be considered on a case-by-case basis. For more information, please call 602-372-2861.