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Zoning Code

The City of Albuquerque is responsible for administering and implementing the Comprehensive City Zoning Code.

Zoning Code – Full Document

The official version of the Zoning Code can be accessed below. The document can be downloaded in its entirety (note: large file), viewed on the American Legal website, or the sections can be downloaded individually.

Comprehensive City Zoning Code – Full Text (pdf)

Comprehensive City Zoning Code - This is a link to American Legal website, who compiles the text of the City of Albuquerque’s Code of Ordinances, including the Zoning Code. This text may not reflect recent amendments to the Zoning Code approved by City Council.

Zoning Code – Individual Sections


Part 1: General Provisions

14-16-1-1      Short title

14-16-1-2      Authority and jurisdiction

14-16-1-3      Intent

14-16-1-4      Interpretation

14-16-1-5      Definitions

14-16-1-6      Repeal


Part 2: Zoning Districts

14-16-2-1      Establishment of zones

14-16-2-2      RO-1 rural and open zone

14-16-2-3      RO-20 rural and open agricultural zone

14-16-2-4      RA-1 residential and agricultural zone, semi-urban area

14-16-2-5      RA-2 residential and agricultural zone

14-16-2-6      R-1 residential zone

14-16-2-7      MH residential zone

14-16-2-8      R-LT residential zone

14-16-2-9      R-T residential zone

14-16-2-10    R-G residential garden apartment zone

14-16-2-11    R-2 residential zone

14-16-2-12    R-3 residential zone

14-16-2-13    RC residential/commercial zone

14-16-2-14    R-D residential and related uses zone, developing area

14-16-2-15    O-1 office and institution zone

14-16-2-16    C-1 neighborhood commercial zone

14-16-2-17    C-2 community commercial zone

14-16-2-18    C-3 heavy commercial zone

14-16-2-19    IP industrial park zone

14-16-2-20    M-1 light manufacturing zone

14-16-2-21    M-2 heavy manufacturing zone

14-16-2-22    SU-1 special use zone

14-16-2-23    SU-2 special neighborhood zone

14-16-2-24    SU-3 special center zone

14-16-2-25    H-1 historic old town zone

14-16-2-26    P parking zone

14-16-2-27    P-R reserve parking zone

14-16-2-28    Overlay zones

14-16-2-29    PC planned community zone


Part 3: General Regulations

14-16-3-1      Off-street parking regulations

14-16-3-2      Shopping center regulations

14-16-3-3      Supplementary height, area, and use regulations

14-16-3-4      Nonconformance regulations

14-16-3-5      General sign regulations

14-16-3-6      Mobile home development regulations

14-16-3-7      Campground regulations

14-16-3-8      Detached open space regulations

14-16-3-9      Area lighting regulations

14-16-3-10    Landscaping regulations applicable to apartment and nonresidential development

14-16-3-11    Site development plan approval requirements; possible plan termination

14-16-3-12    Community residential program regulations

14-16-3-13    Emergency shelter regulations

14-16-3-14    Air quality impact regulations (Repealed)

14-16-3-15    Recycling bin regulations

14-16-3-16    Private commons development

14-16-3-17    Wireless telecommunications regulations

14-16-3-18    General building and site design regulations for non-residential uses

14-16-3-19    General height and design regulations for walls, fences and retaining walls

14-16-3-20    Archaeological sites

14-16-3-21    Mobile home resident notification

14-16-3-22    Form based zones

14-16-3-23    Zoning of hot air balloons


Part 4: Administration and Enforcement

14-16-4-1      Amendment procedure

14-16-4-2      Special exceptions

14-16-4-3      Sector Development Plan procedures

14-16-4-4      Appeal

14-16-4-5      Zoning enforcement officer; approval required for permits and the like

14-16-4-6      Permits required; fees

14-16-4-7      Inspectorial searches

14-16-4-8      Declaratory rulings

14-16-4-9      Official zoning map

14-16-4-10    Violations; remedies

14-16-4-11    Removal of signs

14-16-4-12    Disclaimer

14-16-4-13    Status established building review procedures

14-16-4-99    Penalty


Recent Text Amendments to the Zoning Code

The full legislative record and text of the amendment can be found by searching for the council bill number at www.cabq.legistar.com/legislation.

Amendments Approved in 2014

The City Council approved the following Zoning Code Text Amendments in 2014:

  • 13EPC-40153 (Council Bill O-13-63) – This amendment revises the Appeal Section, 14-16-4-4 of the Zoning Code to remove the exception that appeals of zone map amendments (zone changes) cannot be heard by the Land Use Hearing Officer (LUHO) prior to being heard by the City Council. The proposed text amendment creates consistency in the appeal process for all cases heard by the EPC. Adopted April 21, 2014.
  • Council Bill O-13-57, 13EPC-40120 – This amendment revises the Variance Criteria presented in §14-16-4-2(C)(2) of the Zoning Code to be more consistent with the State’s statue. Adopted January 6, 2014.
  • Council Bill O-13-62, 13EPC-40133 – These amendments allow and regulate permeable surfacing or permeable pavement. The amended sections of the Zoning Code include §14-16-3-1(F) General Parking Regulations; §14-16-2-15(A) O-1 Office and Institution Zone; and §14-16-1-5(B) Definitions. Adopted January 6, 2014.

    Amendments Approved in 2013

    The City Council approved the following Zoning Code Text Amendments in 2013:

      • Council Bill O-13-55, Enactment No. O-2013-013 – This amendment provides a waiver of certain fees for neon signs located in the Central Avenue Neon Sign Design Overlay Zone that comply with qualifying sign design criteria; it allows the display of certain historic signs that might otherwise be prohibited; and it provides a review regarding fee waivers. This amendment modifies the text of §14-16-3-5 General Sign Regulations. Adopted October 21, 2013.
      • Council Bill O-13-49, Enactment No. O-2013-011 – This amendment allows for common areas associated with a Private Commons Development to be dedicated to the City if the City so desires. An amendment to reduce the required lot size for Private Commons Developments is also included. This amendment modifies the text of §14-16-1-5 Definitions and §14-16-3-16 Private Commons Development. Adopted June 24, 2013.
      • Council Bill O-12-39, Enactment No. O-2013-004 – This amendment makes the launching and landing of hot air balloons a permissive use in all zoning districts. This amendment adds a new section to the zoning code §14-16-3-23 Zoning of Hot Air Balloons. Adopted March 4, 2013.

      Amendments Approved in 2012

      The City Council approved the following Zoning Code Text Amendments in 2012:

      • Council Bill O-12-30, Enactment No. O-2012-038 – This amendment reorganizes and simplifies the nonconformance regulations and adds new definitions for “nonconforming” structure and “nonconforming use.” This amendment modifies the text of §14-16-1-5 Definitions and §14-16-3-4 Nonconformance Regulations. Adopted December 12, 2012.
      • Council Bill O-12-25, Enactment No. O-2012-037 – This amendment clarifies that barbed tape, razor wire, barbed wire or similar materials are prohibited in and abutting residential zones. It amends the text of the residential zones to reiterate this, and amends the nonconformance regulations to require that fences or walls constructed with these materials must be removed within 6 months of enactment of this amendment. This amendments modifies the text of §14-16-3-19 General Wall Regulations, §14-16-2-6 R-1, §14-16-2-8 R-LT, §14-16-2-9 R-T, and §14-16-3-4 Non-Conformance Regulations. Adopted December 3, 2012.
      • Council Bill O-11-1, Enactment No. O-2012-036 – This amendment modifies the text of §14-16-4-1 to change the procedure for amending the zone map; §14-16-4-3 regarding the process for adopting or amending sector development plans; §14-16-2-4 to remove reference to the state urban development statute; §14-16-3-2 to remove the authority to the zoning hearing examiner and allowing the use of a hearing officer to take testimony and make recommendations; and amending sections 14-16-2-5, 14-16-2-14 to make technical corrections and provide consistency with the procedure for adopting sector development plans. Adopted December 3, 2012.
      • Council Bill O-11-66, Enactment No. O-2012-021 – This amendment modifies the text of §14-16-2-16 C-1 to add location, buffering, and site design regulations and setting a limitation on the number of fueling stations as a permissive use for the sale of gasoline, oil, and liquefied petroleum gas. Adopted May 21, 2012.
      • Council Bill O-11-78, Enactment No. O-2012-012 – This amendment modifies the text of §14-16-3-5, dealing with temporary subdivision signs, changing the allowances for identification signs.  Adopted April 2, 2012.
      • Council Bill O-11-64, Enactment No. O-2012-004 – This amendment modifies the provisions of §14-16-2-16 C-1 and §14-16-2-17 C-2 to allow and encourage residential dwelling units in appropriate locations in C-1 Neighborhood Commercial and C-2 Community Commercial Zones that are located adjacent to Transit Corridors or within Activity Centers, as designated by the Comprehensive Plan. Design Standards to residential development in these zones apply, as regulated by this amendment. Adopted February 6, 2012.

      Amendments Approved in 2011

      The City Council approved the following Zoning Code Text Amendments in 2011:

      • Council Bill O-11-69, Enactment No. O-2011-31 - This amendment updates the regulation of electronic signs; adding restrictions to new off-premise electronic signs. This amendment modifies the text of §14-16-1-5 Definitions and §14-16-3-5 General Sign Regulations. Adopted October 17, 2011
      • Council Bill O-11-45, Enactment No. O-2011-027 - This amendment clarifies that the only alcohol that can be sold permissively in a C-1 zone is beer and wine in accordance with the State requirements for a restaurant liquor license. This amendment modifies the text of §14-16-2-16 C-1 Neighborhood Commercial Zone.  Adopted August 15, 2011.
      • Council Bill O-11-39, Enactment No. O-2011-017 – This amendment specifies the regulation of temporary directional and identification signage for new subdivisions. This amendment modifies the text of §14-16-3-5 General Sign Regulations. Adopted June 6, 2011.

      Previously Approved Amendments

      The full legislative record and text of amendments to the Zoning Code can be found by searching by year at www.cabq.legistar.com/legislation.

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