How Sun City West Is Governed

Sun City West is a "city" in name only as it is an unincorporated community. As such, it does not have the usual city government structure. Maricopa County provides street maintenance, building and zoning codes, law enforcement and public health services.

Two organizations manage community affairs:
  • The Property Owners and Residents Association (PORA), and
  • The Recreation Centers of Sun City West, Inc.
Each has a board of elected residents who volunteer their time, experience and energy to the community.
The Property Owners and Residents Association (PORA) has a board of 9 elected residents. The board maintains liaison with Maricopa County, state and local governments to address issues that confront the community. PORA also sponsors the Visitors Center which provides information to more than 13,000 people annually. PORA operates a Consumer Services Department that helps residents locate licensed and bonded contractors. The Recreation Centers of Sun City West, Inc. is responsible for operating and maintaining the community's $100-million worth of recreational amenities. A Governing Board of 9 elected residents sets overall policy and hires a General Manager to run the day-to-day operations. Members of the Governing Board head various committees that are advisory in nature and which take advantage of the great wealth of experience existing within the community.

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