Welcome to Albuquerque Code Enforcement. The City of Albuquerque has combined Zoning Enforcement and Housing Code Enforcement to improve response to customer complaints and increase the amount of proactive enforcement the City of Albuquerque can perform.
Albuquerque Code Enforcement Division is responsible for administering and implementing City codes and ordinances, including the Comprehensive City Zoning Code.
The Albuquerque Code Enforcement office will continue to provide all services provided by Zoning Enforcement and Housing Code Enforcement. The Zoning Code and the Housing Code will be managed jointly to provide better services to City of Albuquerque residents.
We look forward to helping you and your communities improve and develop.
Directional bandit sign usage in the City's right of ways is illegal. The City has increased the fine associated with bandit signs to $500.00 per sign, per day. For information on how to use the City approved Directional Sign Program, administered by the Home Builders Association of Central New Mexico, visit this website, click for disclaimer or contact Katherine Martinez, Director of Government Affairs.
Accessory buildings, including a storage shed or garage, may be located anywhere in the side yard (area between the front and the rear faces of the house to the side property line) or rear yard (area behind the house face to the property lines), provided the accessory building is no closer than 10 feet to a house or other living quarters and is no closer than 5 feet to any other accessory building. An accessory building may be required to be set back 10 feet or more from the street side property line.
Buildings over 120 square feet (10 feet by 12 feet) require a building permit. Contact Building and Safety on the ground floor at 600 2nd St NW for Building Permit requirements.
You can bring in a site plan/ survey of your property showing were you are proposing to construct or place your shed to make sure you meet City of Albuquerque Code requirements. The site plan will be reviewed on the ground floor at 600 2nd St NW.
Please note: additional restrictions apply on corner lots. See a zoning inspector a 600 2nd St NW for additional information.
Accessory Living Quarters
An accessory building may be used for living quarters if approved through a conditional use. An accessory building may not contain cooking facilities. Any accessory building that is equipped with both plumbing and heating may be considered an accessory living quarters. Go to 600 2nd St NW ground floor to pick up an application and related paper work. An Accessory Living Quarters may not be used as a rental.
All vehicles in the City of Albuquerque limits are required to be maintained in working order. The property owner is ultimately responsible for making sure all vehicles on their property work, rentals included.
Ordinances and Regulations
- Comprehensive City Zoning Code R-270-1980 [pdf, 58.1KB] - Appendix B - Zone Change Policy, Page AB-1,
- City of Albuquerque Zoning Code
- (scroll to Part 3 - §14-16-3-5)
- Housing Advisory and Appeals Committee (HAAC)
- (Address Verification Ordinance)
- Vacant Building Ordinance[pdf, 54.2 KB]
Online Resources and Handouts