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Zoning Board of Appeals

Learn more about the Zoning Board of Appeals.


The Zoning Board of Appeals (BOA) consists of five members:

  • Vacant, Chair
  • Steve Karman, Vice Chair
  • Richard Hix
  • LeeAnn Werbelow
  • Vacant Seat


The Zoning Board of Appeals (BOA) was established by City Ordinance to hear appeals of Zoning Hearing Examiner decisions on special exceptions to the Comprehensive Zoning Code.

The Integrated Development Ordinance eliminated the Zoning Board of Appeals when it became effective on May 17, 2018. Cases that are currently under appeal will continue to be processed according to the rules in place when the application was first submitted to the City, including all appeals.  Applications accepted as of May 17, 2018 will be reviewed, decided, and appealed based on the procedures in the IDO.

The following information will continue to apply to cases under appeal that were submitted prior to the IDO Effective Date of May 17, 2018.

The Zoning Code established three types of special exceptions:

  1. Conditional uses in various Zoning Districts ("Zones"),
  2. Variances from the strict literal interpretation of the provisions of the Zoning Ordinance, and
  3. Expansion of Non-Conforming Uses.

The Board may only consider evidence in the record of hearing of the Zoning Hearing Examiner. Appeals of Board of Appeal decisions are heard by the City Council.

General Meeting Information

The Zoning Board of Appeals hosts hearings on the fourth 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 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 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.

Staff Contact

For questions or more information, contact the Zoning Board of Appeals Administrative Assistant at (505) 924-3662.

Scheduled Meetings

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