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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.   Like Us On Facebook 

Important Notices

  • Labor Day Closure: The Planning Department will be closed on Monday, Sept. 5 in observance of Labor Day. We will reopen for regular business on Tuesday. 
  • Business Registration Renewals: The Planning Department is currently experiencing a delay in sending out business registration renewal invoices due to a software upgrade. We apologize for the inconvenience and appreciate your patience. We are working to get this corrected as quickly as possible and you will not be penalized or charged a late fee for this delay.

Featured Topic

The tiny home trend is taking Albuquerque by storm as an option for affordable and sustainable living. But before you take steps to build your itty-bitty abode, it's important to know that there are certain building codes and regulations that you need to follow to ensure safety and that you're in compliance with the law. 

The Planning Department's Building Safety Division has put together some informative guidelines for anyone considering constructing a tiny home. These guidelines will help ensure you build a tiny home that's affordable, sustainable and up to code. 

Public Meetings

On August 29 and 30, the ABC-Z Project will host three public meetings to discuss the third module of the City’s proposed Integrated Development Ordinance (IDO), which will include updates to the development review and approval process.

The IDO seeks to create a zoning code that is easier to understand, aligns with Albuquerque planning priorities, removes/updates outdated design standards, and streamlines procedures for reviewing and approving new development. The IDO is being proposed in three modules:  Module One included proposed zones, uses, and use-specific standards; Module Two included design standards; and Module Three will include the development review and approval processes.  The full IDO draft with all modules included, along with edits based on public comments, will be prepared for public release in late Fall 2016. 

All three meetings offer an opportunity for the public to review and comment on a major step in the ABC-Z Project. A draft of IDO Module three is available at for the public to review prior to the meetings.  Learn more about meeting times and locations. 


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