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Zoning Hearing Examiner

Learn more about the Zoning Hearing Examiner.


  • Christopher Graeser, Zoning Hearing Examiner


The Office of the Zoning Hearing Examiner (ZHE) conducts monthly quasi-judicial public hearings regarding special exceptions to the Zoning Code. Please refer to Section of the Comprehensive City Zoning Code.

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. All requests are given due consideration.

Applicants may file for a special exception for a $145 application fee.

The ZHE 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 the Zoning Board of Appeals.

General Meeting Information

The ZHE hosts hearings on the third Tuesday of each month in the Plaza del Sol hearing room at 600 2nd Street 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.


  • Coming Soon: The Planning Department’s Online Services System is expanding! Soon, the Development Review Board, Environmental Planning Commission, Zoning Hearing Examiner, Zoning Board of Appeals, and the Landmarks and Urban Conservation 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. Stay tuned for more details!


Staff Contact

For questions or more information, contact the ZHE Administrative Assistant at (505) 924-3894.