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Answers to the frequently asked questions about Geographic Information Systems at the City of Albuquerque.

The Information Technology Services Division (ITSD) hosts a considerable amount of public data on our GIS website.This FAQ is intended to answer the most common questions about the data and how to access it.

Mapping & GIS Questions

Why am I unable to print a Map from the web using the Advanced Map Viewer?

Check your browser's pop-up blocker settings. You need to adjust settings to allow the server name gis.cabq.gov to send pop-up windows, or simply turn off the pop-up blocker completely while using the Advanced Map Viewer. In Internet Explorer or Firefox, you can find pop-up blocker settings on the Tools menu. Other toolbars like Yahoo and Google may have additional pop-up blocker settings.

How can I get a printed copy of the Bike Path Map?

At the City page on bicycling you can request that a print version of the bike map be mailed to you. Or you can download and print this PDF File.

What does a specific Zoning Designation, such as R-1, M-3, or SU-2 mean?

You can perform an Address Query to obtain the zoning designation for a specific address or parcel.

The City of Albuquerque’s Planning Department maintains all zoning information.

If the documentation is not clear, or does not contain the information you seek, you will need to contact the Planning Office directly:

Deborah Nason, Public Information Officer
Phone: (505) 924-3860
Email: dnason[email protected]

Can I use/rent a park for my birthday, wedding, or other special event?

Please contact the Parks Department for all questions regarding park usage. The following page contains information about Park and Facility usage.

What school district does my child live in?

You can find out your school district by searching on your home address. Use the Address Query to enter your address and get school district information along with other address specific information.

Any further questions regarding your child’s school district should be directed to Albuquerque Public Schools (APS). Please note that this data is not maintained by the City of Albuquerque and we cannot guarantee its accuracy.

Who owns the property at a specific address?

You can find out who owns a specific property by searching on the address. Use the Address Query to enter the address and search. It will return the Bernalillo County Assessor parcel ownership data - which is not maintained by the City of Albuquerque and is only updated once a year. If you need the most up-to-date ownership information, you will need to contact the County Assessor directly.

How do I locate a Uniform Property Code (UPC) if I have an address?

You can search for a UPC by entering the address in the Address Query. The results will show the UPC value for that parcel. Please note that County Assessor Ownership data is not maintained by the City of Albuquerque and we cannot guarantee its accuracy.

How do I locate an Address if I have a Uniform Property Code (UPC)?

You can use our Advanced Map Viewer. You can use the Global Search (which may take awhile to excute), or you can use the "Simple Query" in the "Maps & Data Sources" tab of the Toolbar. Set the Query Layer to Bernalillo County Parcels, then find records for which "UPC" equals your value. Then click Run. Please note that County Assessor Ownership data is not maintained by the City of Albuquerque and we cannot guarantee its accuracy.

How do I determine the lot or Parcel size?

The lot size data is available in the County Assessor Ownership layer. It is only an approximation and so is not for legal use. The simplest method find out a lot size is to use the Address Query. If you do not have an address, locate the parcel of interest, make sure the Bernalillo County Parcels layer is on and perform an "Identify" to retrieve parcel acres. Please note that this data is not maintained by the City of Albuquerque and we cannot guarantee its accuracy.

How do I determine Flood Zones?

Flood plain data has been removed from our website. For floodplain determination or other floodplain information, please contact the City of Albuquerque's Floodplain Manager at 924-3977 or email Rudy Rael.

Can I download the Zone Atlas or purchase a Hardcopy version?

Yes. The Zone Atlas is available from AGIS (a division of Planning) as individual .pdf files or as a complete file. The Address Atlas is also available. A hard copy of the Zone Atlas can be purchased at the Publications counter in the Plaza del Sol building. Contact the AGIS Manager for more information.

Can I search for a particular Subdivision Name?

Yes. Using the Advanced Map Viewer you can query for subdivision name. Use the "Simple Query" tool on the "Maps & Data Sources" tab of the Toolbar. Set the layer to "City Parcels", the field to "Subdivision", "contains" and then type in the subdivision name in all caps. The query will take some time, as it is searching for individual parcels with that subdivision name.

Can you make me a Custom map with just the features I need?

You can create a map using the Advanced Map Viewer and using the tools in the toolbar you can save it or share it. You can also print it. Large custom printed maps can sometimes be provided by the AGIS division of Planning in the Plaza del Sol building. Contact the AGIS Manager for more information.

I live in the City and your site displays my address incorrectly. Who do I contact?

City Addresses can be verified by Jeanine Vivian, City Address Verification Clerk, 505-924-3848 .

I live in the County and your site displays my address incorrectly. Who do I contact?

County Addresses can be verified by Wendy Barker, Permit Specialist for Bernalillo County . Phone contact 505-314-0362.

Can I Search for a particular Lot, Block and Subdivision (City Legal Description)?

Use the Simple Query Tool in the Advanced Map Viewer. Set the Query Layer to City Parcels, then set the conditions to Lot Equals, then click "Add a query condition" so you can add another query for Block, and optionally for Subdivison.

How do I determine the Lat/Long for a particular spot?

On the Analysis tab of the Advanced Map Viewer Toolbar the coordinates will appear for any place you click on the map. You can also enter coordinates and the map will pan to that location.

The Ownership Data you are showing on the website is incorrect. Will you update it?

The City of Albuquerque displays the County Assessor ownership information as a convenience, however we cannot legally make any changes to the Ownership database. These changes can only be made with the County Assessor directly, and will only be reflected on our website after we recieve the annual data update(usually in April or May).
The Bernalillo County Assessor Webpage

Why are the County Assessor Ownership lot lines different from the City Parcel Basemap lines?

The City Parcel Basemap reflects official platted subdivision information, and the County Assessor lot lines will show actual ownership boundaries. In most cases the 2 different systems will coincide, however, there are many cases where ownership of parcels, or parts of parcels may have changed without going through the official replat process. These changes will result in differences between the two mapping systems. The AGIS division which maintains the City Parcel Basemap is bound to map parcels as represented by official platted subdivision documents.

The Bernalillo County Assessor Webpage

Are maps and information from the City of Albuquerque GIS webpage admissible in court as evidence?

No.

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