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Zoning Hearing Examiner

Learn more about the Zoning Hearing Examiner.

The Zoning Hearing Examiner

Robert Lucero, Zoning Hearing Examiner

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.


The Zoning Hearing Examiner (ZHE) conducts monthly quasi-judicial public hearings regarding special exceptions to the Integrated Development Ordinance.

A special exception allows a property to develop in a way that is different from what the zoning of the property allows. Special exceptions include variances, conditional uses, and expansions of nonconforming uses or structures. After a special exception is filed, all interested parties are given the opportunity to participate in a public hearing. All requests are given due consideration.

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. Determinations can be appealed to City Council through the Land Use Hearing Officer.

How to Apply for a Special Exception

General Meeting Information

The Zoning Hearing Examiner hosts hearings on the third Tuesday of each month in the Plaza del Sol hearing room at 600 2nd NW in downtown Albuquerque. Hearings begin promptly at 9 a.m.

Notice: Free 2-hour parking for Plaza del Sol customers is available on the north side of the building at 600 Second Street NW. This parking lot is monitored by Parking Services - vehicles in the lot for more than 2 hours are subject to fines and or/towing.


Updated Zoning Hearing Examiner Rules of Procedure

The Planning Department's Online Services System is expanding. 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 updates.

How-to Resources

Staff Contact

For questions or more information, call Suzie Sanchez, ZHE Administrative Assistant at (505) 924-3894.