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Draft Article 06 – Development Standards


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Division Information

The Engineering division of the Public Works Department, under the leadership of the City Engineer, provides engineering support to all City of Nogales departments and to the public as needed. The Engineering division maintains the archives of maps and drawings necessary for carrying out the mission of Public Works. Finally, the City Engineer provides a review of subdivisions and site plans on behalf of the Planning and Zoning Department to ensure technical compliance with City requirements.

The Engineering division is responsible for the design or design overview of infrastructure maintenance, repair or construction projects. A key responsibility of the Engineering division is contract management. Contract management ensures the City receives the services contracted for according to the specifications developed during project design. The Engineering Group ensures projects are accomplished as specified in contract documents by continuous on-site inspection, often accomplished by engineering technician.

The Engineering division provides drafting and mapping support necessary for carrying out the City’s Mission. This division is also responsible maintaining the City’s archives of maps and plans. The Engineering division currently handles the City’s Geographical Information System (GIS). The Engineering division assists the Public Works Director with the continuous infrastructure improvement planning process. Annually, the Engineering division develops project descriptions and drawings for infrastructure maintenance, repair and construction projects for inclusion in the annual Capital Improvements Plan. This division report to the City Manager or his designee.


The mission of the Engineering division of the Public Works Department is to provide the City of Nogales with professional engineering services that ensure long-range comprehensive planning, sound project design, and quality construction management, and to provide technical engineering assistance to the community and other Departments of the City.

Planning and Development Development Code Public Works

Draft Article 05 – Use Regulations


Planning and Development Development Code Public Works

Draft Article 04 – Zoning Districts


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The Nogales Water Department and its employees are committed to delivering excellent service, the highest quality water that meets or exceeds all federal and state requirements to every customer at fair and reasonable rates. We remain vigilant in meeting the challenges of protecting our water source and environment that is the heart of our community, our way of life and our children’s future.

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Waste Water

Our mission is to protect the public health and the environment through a program of responsible environmental stewardship and management, which includes source control, wastewater treatment, inproved International Outfall Interceptor (IOI) monitoring. The City’s program is committed to providing quality service, taking an aggressive approach to pre-treatment and pollution prevention to minimize toxic discharges to the sewage system.


To prevent the discharge of pollutants as mandated under the Clean Water Act, to prevent the passing into the International Outfall Interceptor (IOI), improve the reclamation of the municipal wastewaters and biosolids coming from Nogales, Arizona.

Enforce all applicable Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) wastewater quality standards and reduce the risk to health and environment caused by wastewater discharges in the conveyance system.

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Waste Transfer Facility

The City contracts with Tucson Recycling and Waste to operate a waste transfer facility. Questions? Please call 520-287-0775

  1. Residential or small customers with a nominal amount of trash in a car: $5.00 per trip.
  2. Pick-up truck full load minimum charge: $10.00 per trip.
  3. Larger amounts of waste weighed and charged $52.48 per ton.
  4. Located at 1450 N Hohokam Drive, Nogales—behind the Public Works Department Building
  5. Open Mon-Friday, 7:00 am to 4:00 pm, Saturday 7:00 am to 2:00 pm
  6. Public Recycling Bins available for free disposal of plastics, aluminum, paper, and cardboard
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Stormwater Management

Improve flood protection, water quality, and groundwater recharge through education, coordination, development, maintenance, and management of stormwater systems in an efficient and cost-effective manner that considers the need to for protecting public health, private property, the natural environment, and economic development.

Why does the City need a Stormwater Management Section?

The City of Nogales has for many years had a Stormwater Management Section to address flooding and water quality problems that impact property and the environment. These types of problems are not easily attributed to a single source and are usually the result of a combination of things that increase the number of impervious surfaces (roads, driveways, and development) and affect water quality (erosion, fertilizers, and petroleum products).

As the City continues to grow over the next 20 years, from a 2,000 population of 20,000 to a 2025 population of 28,534. This growth means that there will be more impervious surfaces created by new homes, roads, and driveways and that existing flooding and water quality problems will worsen. By addressing these problems through the Stormwater Management Section we will help to ensure responsible and sustainable development and will help to protect the City of Nogales’ environment.

About Stormwater and Urban Runoff:

The City of Nogales is on its way to being a green City. Consistent with the city’s green goals is improving water quality. Improved water quality is important in order to protect the environment, wildlife, and recreational uses of the waters, from nearby neighborhood streams to the Santa Cruz River and all the way that feed the Nogales Wash.

To improve water quality, the city implements many measures, including stormwater pollution management and urban runoff management. The city’s efforts are guided, in part, by federal and state regulations including the Clean Water Act and the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) program. One way the city is working to improve water quality is by reducing the pollution and water program. One way the city is working to improve water quality is by reducing the pollution and contaminated water from the city’s storm drain system that connects the Nogales Wash and eventually into the Santa Cruz River.

What is stormwater pollution?

Stormwater pollution is everything else that you see and don’t see, mixed with the stormwater. The city’s streets and storm drain system is designed to funnel stormwater from the streets to local streams and rivers, then down to the Santa Cruz River. Unfortunately, many activities pollute water quality and, ultimately, harm the environment. These activities include over-watering lawns, applying commercial fertilizers and pesticides, and discarding trash on the sidewalk and streets.

What can you do?
  1. Maintain a healthy environment is everyone’s responsibility. Urban runoff management helps minimize and prevent stormwater pollution. Below are some things you can do to helping improve water quality:
  2. Conserve and re-use water.
  3. Sweep sidewalks instead of hosing them.
  4. Use mulch to control runoff.
  5. Click the Trash & Recycling button at the top of this page to learn more about composting, recycling, and hazardous waste disposal.
  6. Pick up your pet’s droppings and dispose of them in the trash.
  7. Collect rainwater and use it for future landscaping watering.
  8. Use cat litter to collect spilled oil/grease. Sweep it up, then dispose of it by calling your trash company for a special pick-up or bringing it to a city household hazardous waste collection event.
  9. Make sure all water runoff from pressure washing flows to the landscape.
  10. If you see illegal dumping into the storm drain, call the city at (520) 285-5651 or the City of Nogales hotline or online report a concern at (520) 285-5731. – Remember, only rain down the storm drain!
Report a Concern

The Stormwater Management Program responds to the City of Nogales Citizen’s concerns about:

  1. Spills that impact or threaten storm drains or washes.
  2. Dry weather/non-storm flow in storm drains or washes.
  3. Construction site runoff.
  4. Runoff from industrial sites.
  5. Dumping of wash water to storm drains or washes.
  6. Runoff from car washing or detailing operations.

Please describe your concern thoroughly in an email to Stormwater staff at or by phone (520)285-5651. Be sure to include the location, time of the incident, and type of incident. If this is an emergency please call 911.

Other local agencies handle the following citizen concerns:
  1. Report Illegal Dumping online
  2. here or call (520) 285-5731 Monday – Friday 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM.
  3. Report Flooding Concerns (City of Nogales City Engineer’s Office) (520) 285-5755.
  4. Request Wash and Stormdrain Maintenance (Nogales Streets Division) (520) 285-5732 or (520) 285-5731.
  5. Report Water Waste (City of Nogales Water Department) (520) 285-5731.
  6. Report Sanitary Sewer Overflows (City of Nogales Waste Water Management Department) (520) 285-5731.
  7. Mosquitoes and Other Vectors (Santa Cruz County Health Department) (520) 375-7900.
  8. Report Dust (City of Nogales Engineer’s Office) (520) 285-5755
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Residential Recycling

Curbside Recycling Service

Recycling will occur on either Thursday or Friday, depending on your collection schedule. Please do not bag recyclable materials…keep them loose! If trash is found in the blue bin on recycle day, then the bin will not be collected and you may receive a violation notice.

Recyclable materials include the following:
  1. Plastic bottles, jugs, and containers (Plastics 1 to 7- Only)
  2. Newspaper, printing paper, magazines, paper sacks, etc
  3. Cardboard boxes (packing, cereal, etc)
  4. Aluminum cans (soda, soup, etc)
  5. Steel tin cans
  6. EMPTY Aerosol cans
Recycling Inspections and Information

City inspectors will make periodic checks of recycling contents throughout the community. Residents with recycling contents contaminated with garbage will be issued a notice. Those that pass the inspection will get a smile sticker on their recycle can.

Link to Earth 911 Information on how to reuse and recycle.

Visit ADEQ for additional information on recycling

Bag Central Station on how to recycle plastic bags

Green Waste (Bagged, Boxed, or Bundled!)

The City of Nogales is pleased to offer a weekly green waste collection service for Nogales residents. In general, all green waste should be cut, tied, bundled, bagged, or boxed for easy collection. Please do not place green waste items on the curb until the night before collection. Each bundle should not weigh more than 60 pounds. The green waste collection does not include couches, mattresses, refrigerators, or other large, bulky items. Residents should dispose of these items on their own. If you have questions, please call Public Works at 520-285-5731.


Click here to view the Residential Waste Collection page

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Our mission is to protect public health and the environment through a program of responsible environmental management, which includes source control, wastewater treatment, improved International Outfall Interceptor (IOI) monitoring – while improving quality of life and creating sustainable reusable resources.

Program Objectives
  1. Enhanced public education programs for all City of Nogales residents, businesses, and industries
  2. Development programs for commercial and industrual customers in order to encourage the installation, operation, and maintenance of enhanced pre-treatment facilities.

The Sewer Public Benefit Program was developed to educate City of Nogales businesses and residents on the benefits of water conservation and pollutant reductions to the sewer system. Such reductions create benefits in the form of reduced wear and tear on the sewer collection system and operations and maintenance costs. These benefits are shared by all customers.

Program Goals

The goal of the Commercial Inspection Program is to ensure the integrity and capacity of the sanitary sewer collection system while providing for the safety of the public and the City’s workers. Inspection of commercial users helps to verify adequate pretreatment device maintenance, supports enforcement action, and helps identify those responsible for interference or problems experienced in the collection system or at wastewater treatment plants.

  1. Prevent the introduction of pollutants/ unwanted materials into the wastewater and sewer conveyance system that may interfere with treatment operations.
  2. Enforce all applicable EPA and ADEQ wastewater quality standards.
  3. Prevent pollutants into the treatment plant that may pass through the wastewater treatment plans that may not be well-suited to the environment.
  4. Reduction of Fats, Oils, and Grease (FOG) into conveyance system
  5. Enhance public education programs for all City of Nogales schools, residents, businesses, and industries.
  6. Develop incentives for commercial and future industrial customers to encourage the installation, operation, and maintenance of enhanced pretreatment facilities.

Did You Know? Unwanted material such as fats, oils, grease, pharmaceuticals and industrial discharges are just some of the substances that clog up sewer lines and place a heavy load on the wastewater treatment plant because of additional treatment requirements.

Routine/Educational Commercial Inspections

Routine commercial inspections are performed periodically to confirm the proper operation, maintenance, and capacity of pretreatment devices. In addition, the purpose of these inspections is to receive information from commercial users and to provide advice and leave educational material, thus maintaining a cooperative as well as a regulatory presence within the regulated community.

Commercial Complaint Inspections

Commercial Complaint Inspections are conducted in response to a notification from the public, either directly or through outside agencies, and from other City departments. An inspection is performed when the Wastewater or Pre-Treatment Department receives a complaint concerning potentially harmful discharges to the sewerage system.

In the event of a blockage or a discharge violating the General User Requirements of the Nogales City Code, facilities discharging to the affected sewer are inspected to determine if they may have caused or contributed to the incident. Pretreatment devices are checked and waste management practices are evaluated. If appropriate, Notices of Violation are issued at the time of inspection, which usually requires prompt remedial action. Failure to take required corrective action as directed can result in termination of water and sewer service.

Fats, Oils, & Grease (FOG)

The City of Nogales’s Commercial Inspection section is an active participant in the Multi-City Fats, Oils, and Grease (FOG) Group activities. The coalition is comprised of municipal pretreatment agencies, public and private sewer districts, nonhazardous liquid waste haulers, treatment facilities, and manufacturers of treatment devices, Santa Cruz County, and the State of Arizona Pretreatment Coordinator.