Zoning Hearing Examiner

The Zoning Hearing Examiner is part of the Planning Department.


Zoning Hearing Examiner's Office
600 2nd Street NW, 3rd Floor
Albuquerque, NM 87102

Zoning Hearing Examiner



The Office of the Zoning Hearing Examiner conducts monthly quasi-judicial PUBLIC HEARINGS regarding Special Exceptions to the Zoning Code. Please refer to Section of the Comprehensive City Zoning Code.

Special Exceptions

A special exception is the allowance to develop property in a manner different from what is prescribed by a particular zone category. Special exceptions include variances, conditional uses and expansion of non-conforming uses. After a special exception is filed, all interested parties are given the opportunity to participate in a public hearing. Requests are given due consideration toward the final determination of approval, approval with conditions, or denial. Applications for Special Exceptions are available from the Planning Department, on the ground floor, east side Zoning Counter of Plaza del Sol, 600 Second Street NW, Albuquerque, NM 87102 or from the PDF link below.

  • Applicants may file for a Special Exception for a $145 application fee.

The Zoning Hearing Examiner will render a determination of approval, approval with conditions, or denial within 15 days after the close of the public hearing. The determination can be appealed to the Board of Appeals.

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ZHE Staff