The current addressing system in the areas surrounding the Town of Queen Creek causes significant confusion among current and potential residents. The Town of Queen Creek often receives requests for information and services from residents and potential home buyers in unincorporated Pinal and Maricopa counties. Residents in these areas often expect to receive Queen Creek municipal services such as water, sewer, trash and recycling, library, police and fire protection; however, the Town does not have jurisdiction to provide these services to residents in unincorporated areas.
Because the U.S. Postal Service establishes ZIP codes for efficient mail delivery, Queen Creek ZIP code boundaries do not always match the Town of Queen Creek’s incorporated municipal boundaries. Areas outside the incorporated Town limits are often referred to as Queen Creek since the "Queen Creek" name is used in property mailing addresses assigned by the post office. For example, homes in the 85212, 85140 and 85143 ZIP codes have mailing addresses including “Queen Creek, AZ,” although these ZIP codes are not within the Town of Queen Creek incorporated boundary limits.
The Town of Queen Creek has authority to provide services only within its incorporated boundaries. In the municipality of Queen Creek, these services are paid for by residents through property taxes, development fees paid with each building permit issued for a new home, and building permit fees for such things as swimming pools and home additions. Local sales taxes and construction sales taxes also help pay for services to residents.
Outside the Town limits, county governments provide some services, water is typically provided by private companies, police protection is provided by the appropriate county sheriff, and fire protection is by subscription with a private provider.
The Town of Queen Creek is glad to help verify property addresses. Please call 480-358-3000 for assistance or click on this link to the ZIP code map>>.
For additional information about ZIP codes and mailing addresses, please contact the U.S. Postal Service at 1-800-275-8777. For information about county services, contact the county where you live:
- Maricopa County General Information: 602-506-3011
- Pinal County General Information: 520-866-600
Questions to the Town
Question: How can anyone who drives around this area believe that Queen Creek is still a small town with rural character? Seems to me that the development along Hunt Highway is out of control and would make a Californian quiver. And the commute along Ironwood to US 60 is all traffic. None of that is “rural” anymore.
Answer: None of the areas you ask about are located in the Town of Queen Creek. It's very confusing, but having a Queen Creek ZIP code is not the same as living inside the Town limits. The US Postal service sets up ZIP codes for efficient mail delivery, but the Queen Creek ZIP code boundaries do not match the Town of Queen Creek incorporated boundaries.
The Town has authority to regulate development only within the Town boundaries. Outside the Town limits, the county governments decide all land use and zoning issues and the county governments provide local service. Nearly all of the development occurring in Pinal County is outside the Town limits. The rate of residential growth outside the Town is about twice as fast as inside the Town limits.
Inside the Town limits, the land use and zoning is guided by the Town’s voter-approved General Plan which shows half of the geographic area of the Town as low density. Even once the Town is entirely built out, the overall density for the Town of Queen Creek will be only about 1.6 homes per acre. Most communities have four or more homes per acre. In addition, the Town of Queen Creek requires more open space, more trails, more parks, and preservation of the natural desert washes. The standards and design requirements for development inside the Town are distinctly different than those of other jurisdictions.