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Zoning Board of Appeals

Learn more about the Zoning Board of Appeals.


The ZBOA consists of five members.

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


The Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBOA) was established by City Ordinance and is the appellate committee responsible for hearing appeals of Zoning Hearing Examiner decisions on special exceptions to the Zoning Ordinance.

The Zoning Ordinance establishes 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 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.

Apply To Be a Board Member

The Zoning Board of Appeals is currently accepting applications for new board members. Serving volunteer board members should have general knowledge of the Zoning Code and should not be people likely to have conflicts of interest in cases heard before the board. Board members must also provide a time commitment to public hearings.

If you feel you'd be a good candidate and would enjoy working on the Zoning Board of Appeals, apply online.

Note: You will need to provide a copy of your resume with your application.

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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