Modifying Your Property

Construction and uses of property in Albuquerque are regulated by the Integrated Development Ordinance (IDO)

Annual updates were reviewed at public meetings in May 2019 and will be submitted to the City’s review and decision process in July 2019. Send comments to

All construction, including buildings, walls, and carports requires a building permit issued by the City Building and Safety Division, 924-3963. When a property owner applies for a permit the Zoning Enforcement Office examines the construction plans for the proposed work to assure that the use is permissive, heights are within the allowed limits, and the setbacks of the proposed work from property lines are consistent with the IDO. Then the plans are checked by the Building and Safety Division.

If the proposed use is conditional, the IDO requires that the property owner obtain a conditional use permit.  If the setbacks or height of the proposed work are not consistent with the IDO the property owner normally needs to seek a variance.  These permits and variances, collectively known as special exceptions, are sought through a process administered by the City Zoning Hearing Examiner(ZHE). Get advice from the City Planning Department at 924-3860.

Nob Hill Neighborhood Association encourages property owners to get advice from an experienced architect or other design professional and to hire only licensed contractors who are familiar with permitting requirements.

If you are considering renovation or maintenance on the outside of your house and would like advice on how to preserve your house’s historic character you can find valuable guidance on sensitive remodeling from Albuquerque’s Planning Department or contact Leslie Naji in the Planning Department

Here’s some information if you are considering building walls or fences.

Special Exception Process


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