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The Plaza del Sol Building houses the City of Albuquerque Planning Department as well as several other City departments and divisions.

The City of Albuquerque Planning Department provides a full range of services from processing building permits to developing long range, regional plans and policies.

The department also houses several boards and commissions including, but not limited to, the Development Review Board, Environmental Planning Commission and the Zoning Hearing Examiner.

Important Notices

Plaza del Sol is currently closed to members of the public. However, our permitting services will continue via telephone and email, and inspections and field work will be performed as usual.  A drop box outside the building will be set up for applicants needing to turn in any paperwork that cannot be electronically submitted. For these types of issues, staff will pick up and review submissions left in the drop box and then arrange for a time for applicants to pick up any permits or paperwork.

Boards and Commissions Hearings

All public meetings and hearings are postponed until after April 15 to assist in social distancing and minimize the rate of infection for the COVID-19 (coronavirus).

  • See City Closure Information
  • The City is closely monitoring the situation and will reschedule hearings as soon as it is responsible and feasible to do so.
  • Once new hearing dates are confirmed, applicants who have already been provided a sign to be posted to advertise the associated public hearing will need to get a new sign with the new date. In some cases, public notice may need to be re-sent, and the corresponding legal advertisement may need to be re-published.
  • Staff is still accepting applications. If a decision requires a public meeting or hearing, the meeting/hearing will not be scheduled for at least 30 days. Staff may limit the number of applications on the agenda so as not to overcrowd the hearing room. We appreciate your patience and flexibility in this unprecedented time.

Update to Site Plan Checklist

PNM has requested that all electric lines and poles be noted on the Utility Plan that is required for any Site Plan (DRB or EPC). The Site Plan Checklist has been updated to add this requirement and is available checklist is available here as well as available in hard copy at the One Stop Shop/Plaza del Sol building.

Integrated Development Ordinance

The Integrated Development Ordinance (IDO) is the City's zoning code.

Latest Updates

Follow-up Zoning Conversion Process

From May 2018 to May 2019, the City received forms from over 1,300 property owners opting into a voluntary zoning conversion process for eligible properties to better match land uses with IDO zones, among other issues identified in City Council Resolution 18-29.

City Council approved zoning conversions in three batches, and staff is working to update the Official Zoning Map.

Current Properties For Sale

Development Review Board Update

The Development Review Board (DRB) implemented a new application form on Wednesday, April 17, 2019. The new application is strictly for DRB cases and can be found here as well as under Forms & Applications. To avoid any delays in the application process, the new Development Review Board Application form must be used.

See below for links to an updated infrastructure list template and examples of signature blocks for different types of applications:

Coming Soon: Online Services System

The Planning Department’s Online Services System is expanding! Coming soon, the Development Review Board, Environmental Planning Commission, Zoning Hearing Examiner, and the Landmarks Commission will join other services currently available on the system.

The new online system will allow you to fill out your application, submit required documents, track application progress and pay application fees from any computer or mobile device. Check back for more details.

Did You Know?

Graphic for the Did You Know? educational series for the Planning Department.

Ever wonder if that little DIY construction project you were planning for your home needs a permit (raising the wall in your yard, installing a patio cover, etc.)? Want to learn more about home construction resources available to you?

The Planning Department's Building Safety Division can help.

We offer a wide range of resources to help you navigate through the building codes and required permitting process.

Learn more at our Homeowner's How-To Guide.


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