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If you live in an incorporated area of the county (cities/towns) you do not need a county license. Check with your city/town for their license requirements. If you live in the unincorporated portion of the county on non-tribal lands your pets do need to have a county license.
The Navajo County Animal Control Program Fees adopted in 2010 are subject to change upon the approval of the Board of Supervisors.
View the Animal Licensing Directory to find where to license your animal near you.
Yes, and the properties are listed under Parcels Available for Purchase.
The next auction will be an online auction beginning January 22, 2024, by visiting www.publicsurplus.com. Select Arizona Region and Navajo County Government Agency.
A current list of properties is available on our website under Back Tax Land Auction.
The list of the properties is available on this website or over the counter in our administration office.
Bidding starts at the price listed and is sold to the highest bidder. No bids will be accepted for less than the starting price. The On-Line Auction will start January 22, 2024 at www.publicsurplus.com.
You will pay for the item(s) purchased through public surplus auction. They accept credit card under $4,000 and wire transfer over $4,000.
You will have 5 working days to pay for your item(s) from the time and date of the notice of award.
Yes, Navajo County will issue a quit claim deed to you. You should receive your deed within a couple of months after the sale.
The length of time varies. A good average is 45 days.
This is a prevalent crime that our office takes very seriously, and we want to offer a way for local businesses and citizens to recover lost monies quickly and at the least possible cost.
Yes. We have collected well over a million dollars for victims of bad checks. The Navajo County Attorney’s Office refers to this as its “free and easy check collection service.” You benefit from the authority of our office.
Yes. There is a fine balance between collecting your money and irritating your customers. Only when a bad check writer shows active resistance to collection efforts will firm and determined collection action be taken. Bad check writers are given ample courteous opportunities to pay what they owe.
Not at all. You may stop using us at any time.
No. But it is very helpful to us if a driver’s license number and phone number are on the front of each accepted check.
Contact Gail DeCross, Director of the Bad Check Program. You can reach her by calling 928-532-6033 or 928-524-4368. Her mailing address is
P.O. Box 668Holbrook, AZ 86025.
Or you can email her using the Comment Form.
No. Navajo County does not allow a storage shed or building to be placed or constructed on vacant land before the primary dwelling. Once construction documents are submitted and a building permit is opened, only then can a storage shed be permitted.
No. Electric power on vacant property is only permitted with the submittal of a valid primary dwelling and septic permit beforehand. Power cannot be supplied to a property before these are satisfied with Navajo County.
Yes. We require that the sewage system be available before construction begins. In the case of a community sewer system, a release from the operating company is required to authorize the hook-up before the construction of the building. In the case of a septic system, a soil test in the desired area for the system is required. Additionally, the system must be installed and inspected in order to be ready for hook-up once the building is complete. In certain cases, installation may be delayed due to inevitable circumstances. Navajo County will work with the contractor or homeowner in these special situations.
No. Portable sheds are not permitted as livable structures in Navajo County. Portable sheds do not meet the criteria for the International Building Code. Additionally, Navajo County does not permit any utilities to portable sheds (e.g. electric, water, gas, etc.).
Yes. A manufactured home permit is required for the placement of a mobile home. Navajo County has a delegation from the State Office of Manufactured Housing to issue permits for the installation of suitable types. Older mobile homes, built prior to June 15, 1976, must be brought up to current code and safety requirements of the state. Also known as Rehabilitated Mobile Homes in our Zoning Ordinance, local private inspectors can approve the upgraded work and apply a tag to the mobile home. As far as the installation, Navajo County will verify and inspect setbacks, blocking, utility connections, and overall lot coverage for the property. The permit fee is $102.00 and includes any porches, decks, and cabanas, that come with the dealer installation. If any additional items are added in the future, a separate permit is required for the addition and other stipulations could be requested.
Yes. You are allowed to build your own house given that all federal, state, and local building codes and requirements are followed and routine inspections are conducted. A set of construction documents is required once you apply for the building permit. Subcontractors are preferred for specialty work such as concrete, electrical, plumbing, etc.
After we have the complete submittal and all pertinent information, application review is dependent upon many factors, but staff will work to get your permit reviewed and issued in a timely manner. Money orders, cashier's checks, and personal checks are needed for the payment. No cash is accepted for permits. Checks that are returned as insufficient funds will have the work stop ordered until the payment is made up, including a $25 invalid check fee. One invalid check and the affiliated person, firm, company, etc. will be required to submit future payments by money order or cashier's check.
Contact our office at 928-524-4192 or print an Early Ballot Request Form (PDF), complete it, and mail the form to:
A separate request must be made for each person requesting an early ballot. Primary and General Election ballots may be ordered on the same request form. All other elections must be ordered on separate request forms.
Place your voted early ballot in the postage-paid envelope provided to you, seal and sign the envelope, then return to us by doing one of the following:
You must sign the ballot envelope in order for your ballot to be processed. Ballots must be returned by 7 pm on election day.
Early ballots may be requested up to 90 days before the election. The last day to request an early ballot is 11 days prior to the election. Requests must be received by the Navajo County Recorder's Office prior to 5 pm on that date.
Early ballots are processed and mailed within 48 hours of receipt of your request.
Contact our office at 928-524-4192.
Complete a Federal Post Card Registration and Absentee (Early Ballot) Request Form (FPCA). This may be obtained from your base Election Officer or from our office.
Contact our office by telephone or mail to request an early ballot. If you have not voted an early ballot obtained from our office for the Presidential Election, you may vote a Presidential Only Ballot available at any American Embassy.
When a registration form is completed and mailed to the Recorder’s Office at least 29 days before an election. Retain the copy of the registration form as your receipt or proof of registration until you receive your voter identification card.
You can check your registration status at my.arizona.vote
The polling place is always on the address label of the sample ballot, which is mailed 10 days before an election. Refer to the polling place locations portion of this website.
Call the Navajo County Recorder's Office at 920-524-4192 or Elections Department at 928-524-4062.
On Election Day, all polls open at 6 am and close at 7 pm
Yes, currently Arizona is an Open Primary state. Independents may vote for candidates of recognized parties in a Primary Election. The only exception to this is the Presidential Preference Election (PPE) that is normally held in February in the year that the President of the United States is elected. This PPE is solely for voters registered within a specific political party to specify their preference for a candidate of their political party for the Office of President.
By visiting the Navajo County Recorder's Office or by calling the office at 928-524-4192 and a new card will be mailed to you.
Employment opportunities are available online.
Applications for both Navajo County and the Sheriff's Department:
An application is required for all Navajo County positions. Resumes can be included with the online application. We will only accept an application for positions which are currently open.
You can select to be notified when a position becomes available by completing the Job Interest Card.
Yes. A separate application is required for each specific job. Photocopies of applications are acceptable if it has an original signature and the correct job title. Each application submitted may contain only one job vacancy title.
Yes. You must completely fill out all sections of the online application even if you include a resume.
Applications must be received by 4:30 pm MST (Mountain Standard Time, Arizona) on the closing date in order to be considered.
Once your application is received, it is evaluated against the desirable/minimum qualifications for the position. (Note: You may view job descriptions by clicking on the job titles for the positions listed under Job Descriptions.) Then the application is sent to the hiring department. After reviewing the applications, the hiring department determines which applicants to interview and contacts those applicants directly.
The time varies depending on the hiring department. If the vacancy has a closing date, it usually takes 2 to 3 weeks after the closing date to begin interviews.
Contact Human Resources at 928-524-4040.
Job vacancy information on the web is updated once a week. Please note that the availability of each position is subject to change at any time.
The Navajo County Property Info Map Search to get detailed information about your parcel. Click the red New Search tab on the left-hand side of the screen to insert a parcel number or registered street address. Click your parcel that will be highlighted for more information.
You may check your zoning category via the aforementioned Property Info Map Search. Once you click your parcel, your zoning will appear under the zoning tab. If it is 'unspecified' or 'municipal' and you have reason to believe that is incorrect, don't hesitate to give us a call. See more information on county-recognized zoning articles.
County zoning regulations will be listed under your zoning category within the sections of regulations for the article (uses, setbacks, lot coverage, etc). Additionally, you may have CC&R's or deed restrictions if you belong to a Subdivision, Property Owners Association, or Home Owners Association. The County does not interpret or enforce private Conditions, Covenants, and Restrictions.
See the current Board of Supervisors list. If you do not know which district you are located in please:
Under the Property Information Map Search:
The Navajo County Zoning Ordinance does allow for the keeping of horses under Articles 3, 9, and 11 (A-General, R1-43, and R1-10). Please visit the respective articles to adhere to intensity regulations for corrals and sizes under Zoning Ordinance and Forms.
Please visit Navajo County Maintained Roads for an interactive online GIS map that shows County maintained roads.
You may apply for a Temporary RV permit only after securing a Building Permit or Mobile Home permit for your primary dwelling. Temporary RV permits are good for up to one year.
Your lawyer may not have your paperwork (for example, police report) and may not get it until the day of the pre-trial or preliminary hearing in Justice Court, or after arraignment in Superior Court. Also, see Client Responsibilities. You may contact your attorney to arrange an appointment. Be sure your address and telephone number(s) are updated.
The lawyer's professional and ethical responsibilities are to the client. Our office discourages telephone calls from third parties inquiring about a client's case. We have a duty to protect the attorney/client relationship, and general information about hearing dates can be requested of the Clerk of Court.
Yes, they are licensed by the Arizona State Bar. As for training and experience, please peruse the “Meet Our Attorneys” section.
The Legal Defender's Office is similar to the Public Defender's Office. Legal Defenders however represent people that the Public Defenders are not able to represent because of conflicts of interest or other legal reasons. The Office of Court Appointed Counsel provides a roster of private lawyers available for appointment to represent indigents who cannot obtain the Public or Legal Defender to represent them. These lawyers work under the Office of Court-Appointed Counsel to ensure the availability of additional lawyers when the Legal Defender's and Public Defender's caseloads become too great. Any person charged with a crime is at liberty to hire their own private counsel to represent them.
Public Defenders by law are restricted to representing indigent persons accused of serious crimes in Navajo County. By law, Public Defenders are prohibited from defending anybody on any matter other than cases assigned to their office.
The Miranda advisory applies when a person is taken into custody or is not free to leave the presence of officers. Consensual encounters in which police ask questions but have not detained a person are generally not subject to Miranda advisories.
The Health Department is open Monday through Thursday from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Each location provides different services and operating hours. Contact the specific location for details.
See an explanation of how vaccines work.
See Facts About Seasonal Flu Vaccine.
Visit: Arizona Smokers Help Line
Visit: Women, Infants, and Children website
Call the 24-hour breastfeeding hotline at 800-833-4642
Navajo County Public Health Services District (NCPHSD), Office of Vital Records offers certified copies of Arizona births. We accept completed applications over the counter or by mail.
For more information, please visit our Birth Certificates page or call the Vital Records Office at 928-524-4750.
Medical professionals recommend that all children receive immunizations for protection against polio, measles, mumps, rubella (German measles), pertussis (whooping cough), diphtheria, tetanus, Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib) infections, varicella (chickenpox), pneumonia, Hepatitis A, and Hepatitis B.
Immunization is the only protection children have against these childhood diseases. These diseases have the potential for serious or fatal complications, including breathing problems, brain damage, meningitis and paralysis. Some parents do not get their children immunized because they are not aware that these diseases still pose a serious threat to the health of their children. As long as even a few cases of a disease occur, children and adults who are not properly immunized are at risk for catching the disease and spreading it to others.
Parent must accompany child to immunization appointment. Please bring child immunization records to each visit. If you are unable to accompany your child, please call for further information.
Establishments permitted by the Department of Environmental Health are required to post their permit in a place that is conspicuous to the public. The permit for Navajo County has the County seal across the top, lists the establishment name, the permit type, and the timeframe that the permit is valid for.
Although encouraged by the Department of Environmental Health, Arizona Food Code does not require establishments to post inspection results. To obtain inspection reports, please request a voluntary copy from the establishment or submit a Navajo County public records request form.
Our department does not conduct any water testing. Testing for private well water can be completed by an accredited laboratory. See the following links for a listing of current Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS)-accredited laboratories and general information on private wells.
Arizona state law only grants our department the authority to inspect public accommodations such as Hotels. Health-related concerns for mold and pests can be addressed according to the Arizona Residential Landlord and Tenant Act.
Additional educational resources on mold and bed bugs:
See Arizona 211 for AZ community resources and referral services that may be able to assist with landlord-tenant dispute resolution.
The Department of Environmental Health encourages patrons to communicate concerns to the person in charge of the establishment in order to allow the business an opportunity to remedy the situation. If concerns still exist, a complaint can be filed with our department for investigation: download the Complaint Form (PDF).
The Department of Environmental Health does not inspect new septic systems. Please contact the Navajo County Planning and Zoning department regarding the building of septic systems.
For information on maintaining a septic system please contact your systems manufacturer in regards to maintenance requirements. For general information on septic system maintenance, please see resources developed by the University of Minnesota septic system website.
In accordance with ARS Title 9, Chapter 8 and ARS Title 18, Chapter 13, Navajo County Ordinance PH 01-09 requires the following businesses to obtain a health permit: Food and Beverage establishments, Hotels and Motels, Trailer Coach Parks, Camp Grounds, Public and Semi-Public Swimming Pools/Spas, and Septage Haulers.
Health Permit Application
Businesses operating under the Arizona Department of Health Services Home Baked and Confectionary Good program are considered exempt from the above requirements.
ADHS Home Baked Goods Website
A new business owner is not permitted to operate under a previous owner's permit or transfer a permit to another location. State law requires that new owners submit a new permit application. Food and Beverage establishments are also required to undergo a plan review and pre-operational inspection prior to commencing operations.
The Department of Environmental Health has guidance manuals available for fixed establishments, mobile food establishments, and temporary food establishments. We recommend that new business owners and contractors review guidance (see permits/licensing for food and beverage) to help streamline the approval process. Businesses should also adhere to all current fire, plumbing, and electrical codes required. Pre-operational inspections are available upon request.
The Department of Environmental Health is required to adhere to licensing timeframes outlined in Arizona Administrative Code. Applicants can expedite the process by reviewing all applicable guidance and by submitting complete information (plans, menu, equipment specs, finish schedules, etc.) at initial application submission.
In general, animals/pets are not allowed in a food establishment unless under approved circumstances. Arizona Food Code (6-501.115) prohibits animals from being present in food preparation areas of food establishments due to risk of contamination. Service animals and patrol dogs are allowed in areas not designated for food preparation such as dining and sales areas, provided no risk exists for the potential contamination of food, equipment, utensils, or linens. Pets are also allowed in group homes or residential care facilities at times other than meal service provided no risk exists for the potential contamination of food, equipment, utensils, or linens. The Department of Environmental Health encourages patrons to communicate concerns to the person in charge of the establishment when concerns related to the presence of animals in the facility exist. Please see the following links for additional information regarding service animals.
Upon initiation of an inspection, an inspector will show a County issued photo identification and inform the person in charge of the purpose of the inspection.
Arizona Food Code (8-402.11) requires the person in charge to allow an inspector to determine compliance to food code by allowing access to the establishment, allowing inspection, and providing information and records specified by code during the establishment's hours of operations. Failure to allow inspection is considered a violation of permit terms (8-304.11 F) and may be grounds for immediate permit suspension. Food code defines the Person in Charge as, "the individual present at a food establishment who is responsible for the operation at time of inspection". For this reason, an owner or manager is not required to be present during an inspection.
Arizona Food Code (3-603.11) allows establishments to serve raw or undercooked foods provided that a suitable consumer advisory is present. The consumer advisory is required to disclose the food item that may be served raw or undercooked. An asterisk, star, or other suitable symbol is often used to disclose menu items that may be served raw or undercooked. In addition to the disclosure, a reminder informing the consumer of the risk associated with consuming the disclosed food must be present. The following is an example of an approved reminder:
"Consuming raw or undercooked meats, poultry, seafood, shellfish, or eggs may increase the risk of foodborne illness, especially if you have certain medical conditions."
The consumer advisory is required to be present at the point of selection (menu, menu board, specials board, etc.) so that the consumer is advised of the risk prior to ordering or consumption. Establishments may not use blanket disclosures to include all foods on a menu if they are not available raw or undercooked. The intent of the consumer advisory is to ensure that all consumers are properly informed of the risk of eating raw and undercooked foods. A consumer advisory does not allow an establishment to ignore other foodborne illness risk factor prevention measures for approved source, personal hygiene, cross contamination, cold storage, etc., for these foods.
A food manager certification is designed for management-level employees responsible for overall operations in a food establishment. The certified food protection manager certification includes a comprehensive proctored exam covering complex food safety principles and a focus on Active Managerial Control to reduce foodborne illness risk.
A food handler certification is designed for front-line employees involved in the handling of open foods. Food handler courses cover basic food safety principles and may include a review/exam to check for employee understanding of basic food safety principles.
The Department of Environmental Health strongly encourages all businesses to require food handler certifications for employees to improve overall compliance and better protect public health. The department is in the process of developing an ordinance that requires certification.
The Department of Environmental Health accepts all ANSI/CFP-approved Food Protection Manager Certifications as required in Arizona Food Code (2-102.11) and recommends Food Handler Certifications in accordance with Arizona State Law (HB 2436). See more information on accredited programs at the following links.
We are here to help answer all of your environmental health questions. If you cannot locate an answer to your question, please contact the Environmental Health Department.
Funds used to maintain County roads are not derived from property taxes but from State of Arizona allocations of Highway User Revenue Funds (HURF). These funds are collected by the State of Arizona from the gasoline and diesel fuel tax and the vehicle license tax. The State Legislature then distributes these funds to the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) (50%), Arizona cities (27.5%), counties (19%), Cities over 300,000 (3%), and MAG/PAG (15.2%) using a complicated formula competing primarily on population and gas sales.
The Arizona Association of County Engineers recently contracted with TASK Engineering to update the Roadway Needs Study for all the counties within the State. Their analysis shows that Navajo County should be spending $201,622,619 annually for maintenance instead of what current revenues are at $119,139,521 to bring County maintained roads and bridges up to modern standards. Comparing the funding needs with available HURF and limitations on what HURF can be used for, the county does what it can to perform maintenance at the levels they do.
Navajo County is governed by State Statutes as to how public funds are spent on roadways. If the road in question is not currently in the Navajo County Road Maintenance System and has not been accepted by the Board of Supervisors for maintenance, then the use of HURF funds is governed by State Statute §28-6705 which states: "The Board of Supervisors may expend public funds for maintenance of public roads and streets other than legally designated state and county highways located outside the limits of an incorporated city or town. Before expending public funds thereon, such roads or streets shall be laid out, opened and constructed Without Cost to the County and fully completed in accordance with a plat approved pursuant to §11-802 and §11-806.1, and in Accordance with Standard Engineering Road Specifications adopted by the County Board of Supervisors to insure uniform compliance. Public funds may be expended by the Board of Supervisors for maintenance of public roads and streets laid out, constructed and opened prior to June 13, 1990 even if such roads and streets were not constructed in accordance with subsection “A” of this section. A hand out can be provided with more detailed information.
Another method provided by State Statute for improving a roadway that does not qualify for public funds is to form a Road Improvement District. The basic requirement for formation of such a district is that a consensus to incur the necessary expenses must be reached by either a majority of the persons owning property or the owners of 51% of the property within the limits of the proposed district by time the application is heard by the BOS. It is suggested that a super majority it obtained to limit the chance that the percentage will drop lower than 51%. Each parcel will then be assessed an equitable share of the costs on each parcel’s tax bill. Please contact the Engineering Department for more information.
Only roads that a part of Navajo County's Maintenance System will be graded. The grading schedule depends on the level of development of the road and will range from twice a year at minimum for primitive roads to every other week, the schedule is available in the County Maintenance Policy. Please call Public Works and request the Level of Development for your road. If the road has a damage road surface, residents can request that a supervisor visit the street and determine if the scheduled maintenance can be adjusted to include the subject street in advance of its normally scheduled routine maintenance. This is not guaranteed and if able to add into the work schedule, it will typically occur next time equipment is in the area.
Navajo County does not procure materials for culvert installation but will provide requirements for the culvert that if met, including accessing a County Maintained Road, will be installed by Navajo County. Please fill out a Residential ROW Use Permit. Once submitted, a manager will be in contact with you to schedule a time for the installation as well as provide information of the required culvert diameter that will be needed. This is only for County Maintained Roads.
This is a complicated question with many possible answers that depend on many factors. Usually this will be considered a property owners dispute where your rights for access and their rights for being the land owner are needing to be determined, in these cases Navajo County will not become involved, talking with the neighbor or having someone arbitrate the issue may help resolve the problem. If that does not work, then a judgment could be sought.
Navajo County has jurisdiction over County Maintained Roads, and oversight over publicly dedicated roads and easements within the County. If there is no easement, convoluted documents, or if private; then again, Navajo County will not become involved and considers the issue a property owners dispute. Administration cannot be used to determine between different rights of different people.
If the easement or ROW is dedicated to the Public, then please contact Navajo County Engineering Department and explain the issue. There are some things acceptable and other that are not acceptable. If on a County Maintained Road, please contact the Road Yard as they have the responsibility to ensure the welfare of the traveling public on County Maintained Roads.
We highly recommend that the legal status of the roadway in question be thoroughly researched prior to installing any gates or fences on a road in the County. By researching and communicating with those who may be affected ahead of time, many issues can be solved and the process will be much simpler.
A Permit Application for Construction in County Right-of-Way must be obtained and approved before work can be done in the right-of-way. This would include public utilities, contractors, and individuals. There is no filing or inspection fee charged. However, work will be checked to assure that the use of the County property follows permit conditions. For work done within Public easements a ROW use permit will be required as well, but culvert installations are not eligible. If more than 50 CY or material is moved a Grading Permit will be required to be submitted as well.
Unpaved roads generate dust. Navajo County does not have a dust program though when doing major work on our dirt roads, we may use water to reduce the dust if there is one available. In the summer time, when dust is at its worst, there is not enough water trucks to utilize with every road grader and even when water is used, the dry climate rapid evaporation of moisture causes the roads to be dry after only 1 to 2 hours.
The Board of Supervisors of Navajo County is solely authorized to grant the abandonment of public rights-of-way within the unincorporated areas of Navajo County. The process to have an abandonment request reviewed and submitted to the Board of Supervisors is explained in the Roadway Abandonment Policy and Procedures. This document also contains an Application Form that must be submitted with any applicable fees. For questions or for more information, please contact the Engineering Department. All checks shall be made out to Navajo County Public Works.
Navajo County will evaluate applications and inform the applicant of staff support or if staff cannot support the application. If staff does not support the application, the applicant will have the option to have the application withdrawn where the fee will not be cashed or continue to have the application presented to the Board without staff support. Navajo County would then cash the check, create the Agenda Item and send out notices to those potentially affected by the proposed abandonment.
Navajo County has a list of all maintained roads as well as a web map that should be verified prior to being used in any capacity. For official confirmation, please contact the Navajo County Engineering Department who can officially confirm and can provide a letter in confirmation of road maintenance status.
Navajo County has a Snow Removal Policy that will describe in more detailed the snow removal process. In general Navajo County will remove snow within 48 hours following an event. With high priority roads essential for public travel opened first and then working on lower volume roads, and then transitioning to residential roads and roads of gravel surface. Primitive Roads will be last. It is recommended that those in need of assistance and those who are concerned about emergencies be prepared for the winter season and hire contractors to remove berms in front of driveway and to cut access to larger volume roads.
Navajo County does not repair roads specifically for emergency vehicle access. Unfortunately, the State of Arizona allows land to be developed and access roads to be constructed but does not regulate, inspect or monitor the construction of such roads. This is called “unregulated growth” and most of the roads within the county as such roads. There are options available to fix or maintain roads through formation of different districts.
Navajo County General Fund receives 8 cents per every dollar collected from property taxes that goes to the County and none of this goes to the Pubic Works for road maintenance or construction. The remainder goes to different districts including Schools, Fire, Library, and Water districts. The full list of entities the County collects tax for each property is listed within the tax bill or can be inquired located using the property tax map. The 8 cents go to help pay for all the services the County supplies to the public including the Sheriff Office, Recorder, Treasurer, Finance, Administration, Board of Supervisors, IT, Elections, Assessor, Attorney, Adult and Juvenile Probation, Facilities Management, and Fiduciary. No property taxes are spent on building or maintaining roads.
Navajo County is correcting addressing along with the entire State and Nation so that we can advance to NextGen911. In this system, Navajo County is working to correct addressing to fit within a Statewide system which will fit into a Nationwide system. A system where the County GIS information will be at the front of emergency calls and used for dispatch and by emergency services. Where previously many addressing inconsistencies were easily overlooked due to being rural and relying on dispatch and emergency service providers to adapt and be aware of the discrepancies often keeping notes or referring to paper maps of the area. Our goal is to change as few addressing as possible to create a clean addressing system that conforms with the State and National Standard with 98% or higher accuracy.
Navajo County is generally not in charge of fence repairs. Typically, ranchers or leasers of grazing rights are responsible for fencing cattle from leaving the leased land. However, Navajo County is also an open range County where large ranches do not need to place fencing between adjoining properties separated by a road. As an Open Range, property owners are required to fence out cattle from their property instead of ranchers being require fencing in their cattle.
Navajo County does have a few Corridors that have been identified as being safety issue due to changes introduced by Navajo County that is maintained by the County. Additionally, Navajo County has a Fencing Policy that is a cost share between property owners and the County for large corridors. Please contact Navajo County Engineering for more information, availability, requirements, and applications.
It is important to file reports when striking cattle or finding cattle that have been struck alongside the road. Tracking cattle strikes is important to Navajo County and is used as part of our Fencing Policy to identify and help verify safety issue. Currently, there is a lack of reporting incidence limiting our knowledge of issues within rural Navajo County.
Navajo County does not change asphalt road back to gravel or dirt. However, many roads have had surface treatments that helped to keep maintenance down. Typically, a double chip sealed is used. This is only ¼ inch to ½ inch thick and once it becomes damage is difficult to maintain. Once damage enough, the chip seal must be removed so that the gravel or dirt road can be maintained again until funding and evaluation of necessity warrants a new chip seal project. Many double chip seals were conducted with special funding from Grants. Secure Rural Schools funded a local Resource Advisory Committee which had projects competing for different grants. This program has been severely cut and is often not available. In some cases, Navajo County has enough funding to re-chip smaller gravel/dirt roads as part of our Capital Improvement Plan.
Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Refer to the Document Fee Schedule page or you may call the Recorder's Office at 928-524-4194.
Forms can be obtained at most office supply stores or online. Some frequently used forms can be found here.
If the document meets the recording requirements and the proper fees have been paid, we will record the document and return the original document to you the following day.
A new deed would need to be recorded in our office reflecting that change. For further information, you may want to contact a title company and/or a legal professional.
You would need to search our records by owner of the property. You can search online at https://thecountyrecorder.com/Disclaimer.aspx?RU=%2FIntroduction.aspx. If the documents are prior to 1994, you may come into our office and search our microfiche records.
The selling price of a property would appear on an affidavit of property value, if one was recorded with the deed which can be found in our records. You can search online at https://thecountyrecorder.com/Disclaimer.aspx?RU=%2FIntroduction.aspx. If the documents are prior to 1994, you may come into our office and search our microfiche records.
Our documents are indexed by buyer and seller and legal description. You can search online at https://thecountyrecorder.com/RecordingNotification/Introduction.aspx. If the documents are prior to 1994, you may come into our office and search our microfiche records.
No. The Assessor's office can provide you with that information.
You can request a copy from our office or you can search online at https://thecountyrecorder.com/Disclaimer.aspx?RU=%2FIntroduction.aspx. Copies are $1.00 per page directly through our office. You will need to know either the docket and page, reception number or when the deed was recorded and the names of the grantor and grantee.
Depending on how title was held, you would either record the death certificate of the decedent with our office or go through probate through Superior Court.
An Affidavit of Property Value is a form from the Arizona Department of Revenue.
For more information, you may visit the Arizona Department of Revenue website or contact them by phone at 602-542-3529.
To record a document electronically, you can contact a third party e-recording vendor.
A ballot drop box is another way to securely return your early ballot, without the cost of postage.
Drop boxes will be open during early voting. They will be open 24 hours each day and will be closed at 7 pm on election day.
Carefully follow the instructions on the ballot envelope. Place the ballot in the security envelope, seal the envelope, sign the envelope, and deposit your ballot packet into the box.
Ballots are collected regularly by Recorders Election staff. A chain of custody process will be used to collect and transport all ballots to the Recorder's office where they will be processed.
Our main office in Holbrook is located at 100 East Code Talkers Drive, Holbrook AZ 86025. We are located within the Navajo County Governmental Center at the junction of State Routes 77 and 377 just south of Holbrook. Holbrook Map
We have a satellite office in Show Low at 600 North 9th Place, Show Low AZ 85901. We are located in the same building as the Show Low Health Department, but accessed through the north side of the building. Show Low Map
Our main office in Holbrook is open Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.
Our satellite office in Show Low is open Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday, 9:00 am to 2:00 pm, and Wednesday, 9:00 am to 1:30 pm. The Show Low office is closed on Fridays.
We are closed for all State Holidays. All times are Arizona (Mountain Standard) time. Please be advised, if you are calling from out of state, that Arizona does not observe Daylight Savings Time.
Please use the Parcel Information Search. You may search by parcel or personal property tax ID number, owner name, mailing address, or site address. If you need information about a prior year, please contact our office by phone at 928-524-4172. There may be additional charges that are not currently reflected on our website. You may also email our office to request additional information.
To change your mailing address, please complete the Address Change Form or contact the Navajo County Assessor's Office at 928-524-4086. The Navajo County Assessor manages all property owner mailing addresses.
We provide the mortgage and tax service companies tax statement information upon request, so your mortgage company should receive your tax information. As a courtesy, we will also send you an information statement about your taxes. If you find you are now responsible for paying your property taxes, you may use that statement to make payments.
For verification of payment by the mortgage company, view your tax payment history by pulling up your property on our Property Information Page and then clicking on the Taxes tab. Mortgage and tax service companies may submit the payment on the actual due date. Please contact your mortgage company to address any concerns you may have.
Property taxed in Arizona is classified as Real or Secured Personal Property -or- Unsecured Personal Property. Unsecured Personal Property consists primarily of business property and mobile or manufactured homes. Unless your manufactured home is permanently affixed to your land and you have applied for affixture from the Assessor's Office, you will receive one statement for your land and one statement for your manufactured home. If you have recently affixed your manufactured home, please check with the Assessor's Office at 928-524-4086; because the Assessor's Office is always working at least one year ahead, the affixture might have been effective for the next tax year but not the current year.
The taxes may be paid in full by December 31st of each year or, if paid in one-half installments, the first half is due on October 1st and becomes delinquent if not paid by November 1st at 5:00 pm. The second half is then due on March 1st of the following year and becomes delinquent if not paid by May 1st at 5:00 pm.
For your convenience, we offer a variety of payment options including credit card, debit card, and e-check. You can make current year payments by credit card, debit card, or e-check by visiting the Navajo County Property Tax Payments website or by calling Point & Pay at 877-459-6499. Please note that there is a transaction fee for using these methods of payment. Navajo County does not receive or benefit from any of the transaction fees charged by this company. Note: Because these payments are first processed by a third-party company, it may take 5 to 7 business days to see your payment reflected on the website.
If paying prior year taxes, please call our office at 928-524-4172.
You may also make payments by mail with check, cashiers check, or money order. We can accept US FUNDS ONLY and checks should be written in blue or black ink only. Please do not mail cash payments.
Cash payments can only be made in our Holbrook office located at 100 East Code Talkers Drive. All payment options are detailed on our home page.
Your tax liability covers the calendar year, from January through December. The first installment on that liability is due by November 1. The second installment is due by May 1 even though this date is in the next tax year.
Your taxes fund the various jurisdictions over their fiscal year, which is usually from July 1 through June 30.
Taxes are calculated based on a rate applied to the limited value of your property. The tax rate is a combination of the rates of all the jurisdictions that have a property tax where you live such as county, city, school districts, and fire districts. There is a Primary Tax Rate and a Secondary Tax Rate. Primary taxes are used to pay the operating expenses of a jurisdiction and the rate is applied to the Limited Value of your property. Secondary taxes are used to pay for special districts, such as fire districts, and other voter-approved items, such as bonds and budget overrides.
The calculation is as follows:
Primary Tax = Limited Value times Assessment Ratio times Primary Tax Rate divided by $100.
Secondary Tax = Limited Value times Assessment Ratio times Secondary Tax Rate divided by $100.
TOTAL TAX = Primary Tax + Secondary Tax
Tax increases are a result of either increased property valuations, higher tax rates, or both.
Your tax amount is a function of the Assessed Valuation and the various tax rates established by the various political subdivisions in which your property is located. If you believe your valuation is too high, please contact the Navajo County Assessor's Office at 928-524-4086. They can help you through the appeals process. If you believe your tax rate is too high, please contact the appropriate political subdivision(s) listed on your tax bill.
If you have difficulty paying your taxes, there are some programs available that may help you. The Assessor's Office can provide you with more information.
The Treasurer's Office cannot change the amount of your tax unless directed to make the change by the Board of Supervisors. If you believe your taxes are incorrect because of the assessed valuation, classification, exemption amount, or you were assessed a tax for an incorrect political subdivision, the Navajo County Assessor's Office can initiate the required correction. We will make the change once we receive direction from the Board of Supervisors. We always recommend that you pay the incorrect amount of tax. If the correction is made after the delinquency date, you will be charged interest on the unpaid amount of tax. If you pay the incorrect amount and your tax is lowered, we will refund you the overpayment of tax plus interest at the prevailing rate established by the Arizona Department of Revenue. If your taxes are increased, you will be allowed 90 days to pay the increased amount of tax without interest. Any balance due on the original amount will be charged interest.
No. We mail out one tax bill, typically in mid- to late September. If your mortgage company has reached out to us to request the tax bill, you will receive a postcard providing the basic tax information rather than a full bill including payment coupons. If you have not received your tax bill by October 1st, please call our office at 928-524-4172.
The "convenience" (or "transaction") fee charged for credit card, debit card, and e-check payments--whether made online, over the phone, or in person--covers the cost of accepting and processing those payments. Navajo County does not keep any of that fee. 100% goes to our electronic payment servicer who provides those payment capabilities. This provider went through the county RFP process and was chosen primarily because their cost to the taxpayer was lower than their competitors.
Make check payable to Navajo County Treasurer and submit to:
PO Box 668, Holbrook AZ 86025-0668
Please ensure your check:
Yes. Although the Treasurer makes every effort to mail a tax bill to all property owners, the only notification required by Arizona Revised Statutes is the publication of an official notice of tax in a newspaper of general circulation in the county.
Failure to receive a tax statement is not a legal reason for waiving interest. The Treasurer must assess interest on all delinquent taxes at the rate of 16% per year (simple), prorated monthly on the first day of each month.
According to state law, once the delinquency date has passed, interest starts to accrue at 16% per year prorated monthly. This means you will pay 1.333% on the amount of tax due whether you pay on the first day of the month or the last day of the month. For taxes that are not paid before January of the following year, an additional $5.00 or 5% penalty is assessed. In February, your delinquent tax lien will be offered for sale at our Tax Lien Auction. This is a sale of the lien for delinquent taxes, not the sale of your property. After three (3) years from the date of the sale, the purchaser of your taxes can foreclose on the lien and acquire your property.
No, we cannot accept partial payments for the redemption of tax liens. If a tax lien has been sold on your property, all delinquent taxes, interest, penalties, and fees must be paid in full according to state law.
During the closing of a typical real estate transaction, tax amounts are prorated by the title company and the buyer is given credit for the seller's portion. You should review the settlement statement provided by the title company to confirm this and contact the title company with any questions you may have regarding that calculation.
Property taxes are assessed against the property, not the person. The Treasurer’s Office does not prorate taxes between new and prior owners.
Ownership records are updated each time a deed is recorded with the Navajo County Recorder's Office. For more information concerning title recordings, visit the Navajo County Recorder's website or call 928-524-4194. Property transfers occur on a daily basis in large volumes. Once the deed has been recorded, the ownership change is made to the tax roll by the Navajo County Assessor. Ownership changes to the tax roll made by the Assessor are reflected on the Property Information Page the day after the change is entered.
It is the responsibility of the new owner and prior owner to notify the Assessor of the change in ownership once the title has been transferred. For questions, contact the Navajo County Assessor's Office at 928-524-4086.
The Navajo County Assessor is responsible for exemptions. Information about exemptions can be obtained by contacting the Assessor at 928-524-4086 or by visiting their website.
State Aid to Education is a reduction for homeowners (owner-occupied) in the primary property tax levied by school districts in your area. This amount will be reimbursed to the school districts from the State through the County Treasurer. This reduction is applied to owner-occupied real property and improvements to the property and owner-occupied mobile homes that are the owner's primary residence and classified as class three property, and cannot exceed $600.
Fire District Assistance is a countywide tax used to supplement fire districts. It is levied against every taxable property in the county in accordance with ARS §48-807.
Download the monthly Treasurer's Reports here.
The sale is usually held on the second Wednesday of February. In 2024, the tax lien auction will take place on February 14.
The sale will be held at the Official Tax Lien Auction Site.
The sale starts at 7:00 am Arizona time and continues until all parcels are offered (approximately six hours).
The list will be published in a county newspaper approximately two weeks before the sale. It can also be found at Arizona Public Notices as well as on our website Published Lien List.
You must be registered in order to bid.
During the February online auction, all registration is handled through the RealAuction website.
After the auction is over, any tax liens that were not purchased become state-held liens. Those are available for purchase "over the counter." If you have not registered with RealAuction or our office previously, you can then register manually by filling out the investor detail and W9 forms found at Treasurer Forms.
After the auction is over, any tax liens that were not purchased become state held liens. Those are available for purchase "over the counter". If you have not registered with RealAuction or our office previously, you can then register manually by filling out the investor detail and W9 forms found Treasurer Forms.
Certified funds--cash, cashier's check, or money order--are the only accepted forms of payment for tax liens.
No. The bidder must conduct any research on potential purchases.
Yes. There is a $5 assignment fee, a $5 investor fee, and a $10 C.P. issuing fee.
For the February tax lien auction, please visit the auction site at navajo.arizonataxsale.com. A Summary of Important Dates, including the Payment Due Date, will be published there once the dates have been set.
For "over the counter" purchases, payment is due upon sale.
The tax lien certificate process is paperless, so certificates are no longer printed. You will receive official emails from RealAuction with your purchase dates. Upon request, investor reports can be provided which have certificate numbers and purchase dates on them.
Tax liens are available for purchase over the counter between March 1st and December 31st each year. These purchases will have additional fees included that are not interest-earning and nonrefundable. Our books for selling CPs (certificates of purchase) are closed from January 1st through the last business day in February. No new purchase or subsequent tax payments will be accepted during this time.
Tax lien investors can initiate foreclosure proceedings three years from the date of the tax lien sale. The Treasurer's Office cannot provide legal advice; we recommend tax lien investors hire an attorney to facilitate and guide them through the foreclosure process. The attorney will give you the cost and time involved. A Judgment Deed is an insurable deed. The fee for issuance of a Judgment Deed is $50 per parcel. We no longer issue Treasurer's Deeds as of December 31, 2003.
Yes. The sale is conducted by the Navajo County Board of Supervisors. You may find more information on their website or by calling 928-524-4053.
Subsequent taxes, or subtaxes, may be purchased by the current investor starting June 1 of the year the taxes go delinquent through December 31st of that year.
Certified funds are monies that are guaranteed by the bank. This includes cash, cashier's checks, and money orders. Certified funds are necessary when the tax payment required is for the redemption or purchase of a tax lien.
Many people incorrectly believe that a victim has the power to "press charges" or "drop the charges" against the defendant. While you may be the victim, all crimes are considered to be offenses against the State. Therefore, the Navajo County Attorney's Office prosecutes criminal complaints on behalf of the State of Arizona. Only the attorney prosecuting the case can decide to file or dismiss charges, although the victim's opinion is always considered in reaching a decision.
A variety of factors are taken into account when deciding whether to honor a victim's request not to proceed with prosecuting a case. These factors include, but are not limited to, the nature and extent of the defendant's criminal history, the severity of the alleged crime, whether the defendant has other pending charges in the criminal justice system, and the possible future danger to the community.
Once the law enforcement investigation is complete and they submit the report to the Navajo County Attorney’s office you will receive a letter from the Victim Services Division advising you of your legal rights. Victims have the right to privileged (confidential) communication with their victim advocate. Your victim advocate will act as a liaison between you and the prosecutor and will assist you by providing criminal justice information and other services to ensure that your rights as a crime victim are protected and enforced. To speak with a victim advocate about your case, you can call the Navajo County Attorney's Office for assistance.
Article 2, Section 2.1 of the Arizona Constitution specifies the rights of crime victims. One of the key goals of our Victim Services staff is to ensure that your rights as a victim are fully understood, protected, and enforced.
Our Victim Services staff is trained to assist you in finding all types of victim services, including counseling. They are also trained to provide emotional support. Please give them a call and let them help.
The Navajo County Attorney's Office cannot give legal advice on private legal issues. However, there is a free legal clinic available to those who qualify. For more information contact White Mountain Legal Aid at 928-537-8383 or 800-658-7958. Also remember that our Victim Services exists to assist you. Even though they can't give legal advice, they may be able to help steer you in the right direction.
Orders of protection and injunctions of harassment can be issued by a justice of the peace, municipal or superior court judge. Again, our Victim Services staff is available to assist you.
The primary investigative agency for a crime is the municipal police department in the city or town where the crime occurred, or the Navajo County Sheriff’s Office if the crime occurred outside the boundaries of a city or town. Call 911 or the local law enforcement agency immediately to report a crime. Once the agency completes its initial investigation, the report is filed with the Navajo County Attorney’s Office. The Charging Prosecution Team reviews each report and decides what charge(s), if any, will be filed.
An investigation by the local law enforcement agency needs to take place before the case can be submitted to the Navajo County Attorney’s Office. Please contact the law enforcement agency in the jurisdiction where you believe the crime was committed. Persons charged with possession of illegal drugs may have the opportunity to participate in the innovative and effective Navajo County Drug Court Program.
See the page of our website about the WeTip crime hotline. WeTip is completely anonymous — you aren’t allowed to identify yourself, and you can’t be identified by the operators who staff the lines.
WIC location details are available on our Clinic Locations and Information page
A “certification period” is the length of time a WIC participant is eligible to receive benefits. The length of the certification may vary depending on whether the individual is pregnant, postpartum, breastfeeding, an infant or child. The certification period most often ranges from 6 months to 1 year. At the end of that time period, the individual must reapply in order to be determined eligible for another certification period unless they are now by definition ineligible; for example, a child who has turned 5 years old, or a woman no longer postpartum or breastfeeding. After you have been determined eligible you will typically have a WIC appointment every 1-3 months.