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Original Impact Fee Ordinance

The first impact fee ordinance that was adopted by the Albuquerque City Council in 2005.

Maps and Tables for Calculating Impact Fees

Impact Fees Overview

Builders of new commercial and residential buildings pay impact fees that represent a fair, proportionate share of the cost of the parks, roads, drainage facilities and public safety facilities necessary to serve that new development. The City of Albuquerque Planning Department administers the impact fee program.

Further information is available from the Impact Fees office at 505-924-3860.

  • Informational Documents: FAQ including general description of impact fees, Impacts of Impact Fees Report
  • Impact Fee Committee: Committee charged with reviewing fees, Component Capital Improvement Plan, and reporting its comments to City Council
  • Consultants: Technical consultants hired by the City of Albuquerque to assess impact fees. Past presentations and reports posted.
  • Timetable: Important dates regarding impact fees

Impact Fees Legislation Adopted

Press Releases

Press Release (6/14/05)


On July 1, 2005, the City of Albuquerque began assessing development impact fees for new building permits. Only properties that have received a preliminary plat approval or site development plan approval after December 10, 2004 are subject to impact fees as of this date. Properties platted prior to December 10, 2004 will not be assessed impact fees until July 1, 2007.

Impact fees will be assessed at 34% of their full cost until January 1, 2006. On January 1, 2006, impact fees will be assessed at 67% of their full cost and at 100% on January 1, 2007.

Impact fees will be calculated at the earliest time of the development approval process, usually at application for building permit, and applicants will pay the fee at the finalization of building permit approval. For more information, contact Tony Loyd, Impact Fee Administrator at 505-924-3934 or by email at [email protected].

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Impact Fee Committee

The Impact Fee Committee was appointed by City Council in accordance with the New Mexico Development Fees Act and adopted City legislation. This group reviewed the consultants' reports with the ultimate goal of making policy recommendations to City Council. The Committee was made up of members of the real estate and development community, business and economic development organizations, and neighborhood organizations. The members are: Lynne Andersen, Matthew Archuleta, Kim Armano, Paul Cauwels, Leroy Chavez, Bo K. Johnson, Trudy Jones, Rexford King, Lawrence Kline (Chair), Louis Kolker, Ruth Koury, Christopher B. Leinberger, Rick Linkous, Robert Lupton, Antonio Maestas, Tanda Meadors, Carlos Spiess, Mary Strickman, James Topmiller, and Patricia A. Verrelle.

The Impact Fee Committee completed their written comments to City Council on October 5th, 2004. Separate documents were created to address each impact fee report, and they are provided below:

City of Albuquerque Impact Fee Committee

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Impact Fees Consultants

Technical consultants were hired by the City of Albuquerque to prepare comprehensive reports on fee calculations for each type of infrastructure. They reviewed the existing infrastructure and calculated the costs of impact fees for new development in our city. A consultant was also employed to advise City staff and the technical consultants on relevant legal matters. See Consultant Presentations from October 18, 2004.

Also, see Impact Fees Consultant Methodology [pdf, 121k] for a summary of each consultant's methodology in calculating the impact fees.

The consultants are:

  • Integrated Utilities Group, Inc.
    Economic Consulting Firm
    Denver, Colorado
  • Arthur C. Nelson, PhD, ASCE, FAICP
    Director of Graduate Studies, Urban Affairs and Planning
    Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
  • James C. Nicholas, PhD
    Professor of Urban and Regional Planning, Affiliate Professor of Law
    University of Florida
  • Tindale-Oliver and Associates
    Transportation Planners and Engineers
    Tampa, Florida
  • Julian C. Juergensmeyer, JD
    Ben F. Johnson Chair in Law
    Georgia State University

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Impact Fees Timetable
Date Action Location
September 19, 2004 A notice of Impact Fees meetings was published in the Legal section of the Sunday Albuquerque Journal. Sunday Albuquerque Journal
September 30, 2004 All proposed Impact Fees and Service Area maps were published as a Public Notice on Capital Improvements Plan and Impact Fees in the Albuquerque Journal. The Capital Improvements Plan was also made available to the public. The Albuquerque Journal
September 30, 2004 A meeting of the Council sitting as a Committee-of-the-Whole took place, at which the Impact Fees Consultants and members of the Impact Fees Committee reported on their work. This was intended to be an informational meeting for Council. Vincent E. Griego Chambers, Albuquerque/Bernalillo County Government Center, One Civic Plaza, 5pm
October 4, 2004 The Impact Fees Bills were introduced. O-04-69, O-04-70, O-04-71, O-04-72 and R-159. (This was an introduction only, not a hearing.) Same location as above, 5pm

October 18, 2004

Informational presentations were given by the Impact Fees Consultants. Questions from the public were encouraged. Plaza del Sol Hearing Room, 600 2nd St NW, 1pm
October 18, 2004 A Public Hearing on Impact Fees, as specified by the New Mexico Development Fees Act, was held at the City Council meeting. Public testimony was taken. Vincent E. Griego Chambers, Albuquerque/Bernalillo County Government Center, One Civic Plaza, 5pm
November 15, 2004 City Council adopted the Impact Fees Ordinances and Resolution. Public testimony was taken. Vincent E. Griego Chambers, Albuquerque/Bernalillo County Government Center, One Civic Plaza, 5pm
December 10, 2004 The Mayor allowed the Impact Fee legislation to become law. The legislation was published.  
March 17, 2005 The EPC approved proposed Component Capital Improvement Plan funded by impact fee revenues.  
March 29, 2005 Impact Fee Administrative Regulations posted for public comment.  
April 27, 2005 End of public comment period on Impact Fee Administrative Regulations.  
May 7, 2005 Impact Fee Administrative Regulations sent to Mayor by DPM Executive Committee  
May 16, 2005 Public Hearing at City Council meeting (5:00 pm in the Vincent E. Griego Chambers) on Resolution and Ordinances containing technical amendments to the Resolutions and Ordinances adopting impact fees and the impact fee reductions.  
July 1, 2005 Impact fees will be collected at 34% of their total cost.  
June 6, 2005 R-05-276 and R-05-288 passed by Council.  
June 16, 2005 City Council meeting on Decade Plan which contains the Component Capital Improvement Plan for impact fee-funded projects.  
June 20, 2005 Impact fees administrative rules approved by Mayor Chavez.  
June 30, 2005 Council adopts R-05-300 approving the CCIP  
July 6, 2005 Mayor signs R-05-300 approving the CCIP.  
January 1, 2006 Impact fees will be collected at 67% of their total cost.  
February 22, 2006 R-06-14 passed by Council.  
January 1, 2007 Impact fees will be collected at 100% of their total cost.  

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Establishing Interim Council Policy Regarding Lower Impact Fees Based on Service Efficiencies, Reductions/Offsets Based on City Planning Policies and Impact Fee Waivers for Affordable Housing

F/S R-04-159 Amended and Adopted Resolution(11/15/04), [pdf, 21.2k]

Amending F/SR-04-159 to clarify the intent that reductions be calculated on the full fee, to clarify the definition of affordable housing cost and to evaluate the reduction policy when the impact fee ordinances are evaluated.


Click for Table Summary

Read down the left column to find the type of Impact Fee document you are looking for. Read to the right to find links to documents for the specific Impact Fees you are looking for in the next four columns.

Impact Fee Document
(most recent versions listed first)
Impact Fee
Park, Recreation, Trails and Open Space Facilities Public Safety Facilities Roadway Facilities Drainage Facilities

Ordinances Containing Technical Amendments to the Ordinances Adopted on November 15, 2005

F/S O-05-122
[pdf, 39k]

F/S O-05-119
[pdf, 40k]

F/S O-05-120
[pdf, 38k]

F/S O-05-121
[pdf, 38k]

Amended and Adopted Ordinance
(November 15, 2004)

F/S(2) O-04-69
Amended and Adopted Ordinance
[pdf, 81.4k]

[pdf, 188k]

F/S(2) O-04-70
Amended and Adopted Ordinance
[pdf, 81.4k]

[pdf, 114k]

F/S(2) O-04-71
Amended and Adopted Ordinance
[pdf, 80.6k]

[pdf, 152k]

F/S(2) O-04-72
Amended and Adopted Ordinance
[pdf, 81.6k]

[pdf, 177k]

Amended Consultant Report
(November 2004)

Amended Consultant Report

Amended Consultant Report

The Roadway Facilities report was not amended after 9/30/04.
Consultant Report
[pdf, 473k]

Amended Consultant Report
[pdf, 268k]

Consultant Presentation
(October 18, 2004)

Consultant Presentation
[pdf, 2.05 M]

Consultant Presentation (10/18/04)
[pdf, 493k]

Consultant Presentation
[pdf, 2.34M]

Consultant Presentation
[pdf, 687k]

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Informational Documents

Related State and City Legislation