There is more than one type of permit. Therefore, it is important to know what permit(s) you need. Below is a description of the permits required by the City of Albuquerque:

What kind of permit do I need?

There is more than one type of permit.  Therefore, it is important to know what permit(s) you need.  Below is a description of the permits required by the City of Albuquerque:

Building Permit

A building permit is an official approval issued by the City of Albuquerque, that allows a homeowner or contractor to proceed with a new construction or property remodeling project. The following projects require a building permit:

  • Walls and fences over six (6) feet high (under six (6) feet – a permit from the Zoning Department is required)
  • Re-Roofing – General permits are required for re-roof
  • PV Solar System
  • Additions

Electrical Permit

An electrical permit ensures your project is completed in compliance with the code requirements set forth, and followed by the City of Albuquerque. The following projects require an electrical permit:

  • Installation of an appliance, device, equipment or wiring
  • Additions, alternations, or replacements in existing appliances, devices, wiring or equipment

Plumbing/Mechanical Permit

A plumbing/mechanical permit is needed to ensure all plumbing and mechanical permits are completed in accordance with the code requirements set forth by the City of Albuquerque. The following projects require a plumbing/mechanical permit: 

  • Heating or cooling
  • Installation of exhaust hood
  • Installation or alteration of bathroom or kitchen piping
  • Installation of equipment or ductwork (work can only be completed by a licensed contractor)
  • Installation or alteration of house sewer or water service outside of structure
  • Installation of a water heater (work can only be completed by a licensed contractor)

How do I obtain a permit?

Licensed contractors or homeowners, must request permits for the work that will be performed. It is the responsibility of the homeowner or contractor to ensure all required permits have been obtained prior to beginning work.

Homeowners or contractors can apply for a permit, in person at the permit office, located on the first floor of Plaza Del Sol, 600 2nd St NW, Albuquerque or email applications to [email protected] or by using our online system.


Building Permits:

Homeowner’s performing the work are required to obtain a permit.

If your home is in a subdivision with a homeowners’ association (HOA), all plans should be approved by the association before applying to the City for a building permit. The City does not enforce HOA regulations. Homeowners are responsible to know and follow any HOA requirements or restrictions.

Contractors performing the work are required to obtain a permit.

For all homes leased or rented to others, a licensed contractor is required to obtain a permit, for work performed.

Electrical Permits and Plumbing/Mechanical Permits for Homeowners and Contractors.

An electrical or plumbing permit may be issued to a homeowner who successfully completes a written plumbing and/or electrical exam with a score of 75% or greater. If a homeowner cannot obtain the required score, a contractor will be required to request a permit for the work that will be performed.

  • Homeowners will be allowed four (4) hours to complete each exam.
  • Homeowners who do not pass the exam on the first attempt, can retake the exam 30 days later. Only two attempts to pass the exam. 
  • Homeowners are only allowed one passing exam a year.
  • A permit will be issued to the homeowner immediately after passing the exam.

Online Building Safety Permits

Applying online for a building or construction trade permit with the Building Safety Division is fast and easy.

Our system allows you to submit applications, upload plans, review comments, make payments, and track your applications through the approval process from your computer with no need to visit our offices.

Apply online for:

  • new building permits
  • electrical permits
  • plumbing and mechanical permits
  • renovation permits
  • demolition permits
  • and much more.

Apply for or Check the Status of a Building Permit                           

Public Access to Permit Information


Steps for using the online system for the Building Safety Division:

  1. First-time users need to obtain a unique ID number.
    • Get your unique ID number by either visiting our offices at 600 2nd St NW or by calling 505-924-3320.
    • Contractors are required to visit the Building Safety Division, in person, to provide credentials.
    • For a mechanical, electrical, or plumbing permit, you may contact the Building Safety Division for assistance.
  2. Once you have your unique ID number, register on the the Online Building Safety Permit System using your email address.
  3. Fill out all required fields.
  4. Upload required documents.
  5. Pay applicable fees online.
  6. Track the progress of your application using the online system.

Permit Cancellation and Stop Work Requests

Permits can only be cancelled by the permit owner. The permit owner is the person(s) who applied for and pulled the permit, either the contractor hired or the homeowner. If the homeowner is not the permit owner and wishes for the contractor permit owner to stop working at the location, a Stop Work Request can be requested.

A notarized document is required for a Stop Work Request or Permit Cancellation Request. For more information on a “Stop Work” request or a “Permit Cancellation” request, contact the Building Safety Division at (505) 924-3320.  

Stop Work Request Form

This form can only be used by homeowners who wish to stop a contractor from working in their home.

Permit Cancellation Request Form

This form can only be used by contractors/permit owners who wish to cancel a permit.

What is the permit process?

Whether submitting a building or trade permit, the process begins with “submitting an application”, and all required documents, for the correct permit.  Once the permit has been submitted, it goes through a series of steps to ensure the project will be completed in accordance with adopted codes and ordinances. 

The Building Safety Division, for the City of Albuquerque, provides the flowcharts below to show the steps of each permit type.

Homeowner Building Permit Process Homeowner Trade Permit Process Contractor Building Permit Process Contractor Trade Permit Process

Commercial developments may have additional requirements and may require a site plan approval.  The list of contacts below, can provide additional information:

Code Enforcement & Zoning Permits

Telephone: (505)924-3450

Email:  [email protected]

Development Review Services Division

Telephone: (505)924-3860