Consumer Complaint Process
|What problems can the Utilities Division help me with?|
|Our Consumer Services Staff can investigate your inquiry or dispute if it concerns:|
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Consumer Complaint Process
|You should always contact the utility first to see if they can help solve your problem. We cannot initiate a complaint on your behalf because we are not the accountholder. However, once you have attempted to resolve the issue directly, we will contact the utility to see if we can find a solution to your problem. We welcome your calls and will do our best to assist you. |
Step-by-Step Complaint Process
|The First Step: If you have a complaint about a regulated utility, and have already attempted to resolve the issue with the utility, Consumer Services staff may be able to assist you.|
You can also fill out the form below and mail or e-mail it to the Arizona Corporation Commission and a representative from our Consumer Services Section will contact you. They will also contact the utility for their perspective on the complaint. Current rules allow the utility 5 business days to respond to the Commission. Certain circumstances require expedited handling and the Consumer Services staff will know if this applies to your complaint. To file a complaint fill out the Consumer Complaint Form by clicking the form button below. This form contains the basic information we will need to begin assisting you. Please be as complete as possible in the space provided and mail or email the form to us.
|If That Doesn't Work: If after filing an informal complaint you and the company have failed to reach an agreement, you and the utility may agree to mediate the issue before a representative of the Commission. At mediation you and the utility will present your respective views and proposed remedies for the problem. The representative will offer a non-binding decision reflecting what he or she believes is a fair resolution of the problem based in the information provided.|
|Filing a Formal Complaint: If a mediation is not agreed upong by both parties, or the mediation process does not provide a suitable resolution, the informal complaint may be escalated to a formal complaint. At the formal complaint level, the proceedings are much like a court case. You open your formal complaint by filing a detailed, written description of your dispute, what you have done to address the issues so far, the specific Commission rules or administrative codes you believe were violated and the specific resolution you are seeking. A formal complaint package containing all necessary forms and infomation will be provided.|
You and the utility will testify in front of an administrative law judge. You should understand that the party filing the complaint bears the legal burden of proving its case. The judge will then prepare a recommended Opinion and Order for the Commissioners to review. Copies will be provided to you and the utility. The Commissioners will make a final decision on your case during a public open meeting.
|How to Contact Us: To request help from the Arizona Corporation Commission, please call us at the numbers below between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.|
Within Metro Phoenix: 602-542-4251
Outside the Metro Phoenix or Tucson areas, but within Arizona, call toll free
1-800-222-7000 connects you to the Phoenix Office and