The Ag Exemption allows for the rezoning of 5 or more “commercial” acres (a little more than 4 acres, commercial acres are a little smaller and have nothing to do with being zoned as commercial) to be assessed as agricultural property and structures do not require building permits.
In 2016 the board of supervisors proposed changes to the ordinance, the planning and zoning commission held a workshop and proposed initial and periodic inspections of the properties as well as requiring building inspections for new construction.
A slide show and other information about the Ag Zoning:
On the AGENDA for the 8/1/16 BOS meeting:
47. Open Public Hearing: Discussion and possible action RE: Adoption of Mohave County Ordinance
No. 2016-06 – AMENDMENT TO THE MOHAVE COUNTY ZONING ORDINANCE to include Section 37.X Agricultural Exemptions, for properties that meet Arizona Revised Statutes 11-812.A and 11-865.A.1, as requested by the Board of Supervisors at their January 19, 2016 meeting. (Commission recommended DENIAL on the basis that the motion for approval failed on a tie vote: Commissioners Gabrielson and Walker and Chairman Flusche voted against the motion). [emphasis added]
48. Open Public Hearing: Discussion and possible action RE: Adoption of Mohave County Ordinance No. 2016-07 – AMENDMENT TO THE MOHAVE COUNTY ZONING ORDINANCE to include Section 37.Y Exemption Permit, in order to reduce unnecessary regulatory burden for property owners, allow the construction of non-habitable residential accessory structures with wall heights of ten (10) feet or less on properties of five (5) contiguous acres in size or larger, and with setbacks from all property lines of thirty (30) feet or more, without a building permit after receiving an Exemption Permit and signing a release of liability waiver, as requested by the Planning and Zoning Commission at their March 9, 2016 meeting. (Commission recommended approval by unanimous vote) [emphasis added]