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Development Review Services

Learn about the Development Review Services Division for the Planning Department.

Given the pandemic, we are trying to limit public interaction and also strive to provide services to our customers in the best way possible. We are requiring applications be submitted via email to [email protected] (if files are less than 9MB in size). Files larger than 9MB can be sent to [email protected] using Some application fees may be payable online, and some may have to be in person.  Receipt of payment can be sent via email. We will be in contact with you via email regarding your applications/submittals.

Land Development Review

Land development within the municipal boundaries of Albuquerque is regulated by the City. City departments most involved in land development are Planning, Municipal Development, and Environmental Health. These departments are committed to protecting the health, safety, and welfare of the public through land use regulations. Such regulations are intended to preserve neighborhoods, conserve water, move traffic quickly, and ensure a high level of quality in every development.

Designing Buildings for Climate & View

Climate and view should be considered in building design and layout.

Following changes to the Integrated Development Ordinance (IDO) effective July 28, 2022, Geographic and Climate considerations are not legally required. However, they are highly recommended best practices. Their use is strongly encouraged to maximize the sustainability of your project.

Learn more in this informative video.

What We Do

Development Review Services provides professional review of development plans, public improvements, and infrastructure to achieve the purposes outlined in City plans and technical standards.

How We Serve You

This division operates the Planning Department One Stop Shop, the first resource for information and advice regarding development requests, including hydrology and transportation. In addition to accepting applications for subdivision activity which are then heard by the DRB, applications on land use matters are also accepted for hearing by the Environmental Planning Commission and the Landmarks and Urban Conservation Commission. Plus, this division houses the Albuquerque/Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority customer service team and several different Planning Department sections to assist you.

*Are you stuck in a process? The Planning Department now has two Navigators to help point you in the right direction. You can reach our Navigators, Renee and Annette at [email protected].

Development Process Manual

The Development Process Manual is a City document that compiles City development processes and engineering design standards into one document.The following link is the updated/latest Development Process Manual. All developments must comply with the updated Development Process Manual starting August 1st, 2020.

Hydrology & Transportation Plans - Interactive Map

Planning a project and need to know the location of hydrology and transportation plans that are being processed? We can help! We've created an interactive map that displays the location of hydrology and transportation plans that have been submitted to the City for approval. You can search by entering the address or the HydroNumber in the search box in the upper left corner of the map. Clicking the boundary for the plan area will show a pop-up box with additional information and a link to plan documents if they're available.