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Code Enforcement & Zoning

Learn more about how this division enforces the zoning and housing codes.

What We Do

The mission of the Code Enforcement Division is to implement and administer many of the City’s various property maintenance standards, including the Integrated Development Ordinance, the Uniform Housing Code, the Weed & Anti-Litter Ordinance and similar municipal standards adopted by City Council. These enforcement efforts help to safeguard life and health and protect the community from blight and deterioration.

How We Serve You

Code Enforcement conducts inspections of properties throughout the city to determine compliance with code requirements and, when necessary, notifies owners of observed ordinance violations and methods by which to correct those violations. Code compliance is achieved through a combination of education, resource and assistance referral and enforcement. The Division also performs plan review functions for building permit applications and answers questions concerning zoning and land-use matters.

Find details on property ownership, zoning, school districts and more: Use the Address Report

Homeowner’s How-To Guide

Nuisance Weed Removal Enforcement

Report a weed or zoning violation 

Request an official Zonal Certification Letter

Request an official Zoning Verification Statement

Codes & Ordinances

Below you'll find the ordinances and codes used by the Code Enforcement division, inspectors and planners.

City of Albuquerque Code of Ordinances (American Legal link)

Integrated Development Ordinance (Viewable/Downloadable PDF and Individual Section PDFs)

Numbering of City Buildings Ordinance

Uniform Housing Code

Vacant Building Maintenance Code

Weeds, Litter and Snow Ordinance

Sign Regulations

Trying to secure a sign permit? Looking for clarification on where you can place a sign? Need specs on sign sizes and types allowed within Albuquerque? The Code Enforcement division can assist.

Read through the Sign Regulations below for answers to all your questions.

Learn more about Sign Regulations


Applications, Forms, Handouts & Related Links

Apply Online for Code Enforcement/Zoning Permit

Business Registrations

Code Enforcement Contacts

Code Enforcement FAQs

Homeowner's How-To Guide (wall permit information)

Integrated Development Ordinance

Planning Department General Fee Schedule

Revising a Site Plan (Replacement, Amendments, Variances, Deviations, and Waivers)

Nuisance Weed Removal Information

Weed Identification Handbook

Wireless Telecommunications Facilities