Group Home Registration
A group home is a "group home for the handicapped", and is defined in Section 11-86-2 of the Mesa City Code as "A dwelling shared as their residence by handicapped persons who reside together as a single housekeeping unit, in which staff persons may provide supervision, counseling, treatment or therapy for the residents therein, and which may be licensed by, certified by, registered with, or otherwise authorized, funded, or regulated, in whole or in part, by an agency of the state or federal government. The term shall include adult care homes, homes for the chronically mentally ill, group care agencies, and similar residential living arrangements for handicapped persons, but shall not include boarding houses, homes for the developmentally disabled, nursing homes, substance abuse treatment facilities, or any facility providing treatment, counseling, or therapy to patients or clients who do not reside on the premises"
Federal law dictates that these types of homes be allowed in all residential districts. The City can ensure there is spacing between homes to maintain the character of a neighborhood. Before a group home can begin operation, they must submit a Group Home Registration [PDF] to the Planning Division and demonstrate compliance with City regulations. For additional information please call 480-644-2385.