Contact Info

Kym Dicome
Planning & Zoning Director
Phone: 505-867-7628

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Department Availability

The P+Z window will be open from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. (closed between 12 p.m. through 1 p.m.).Currently applications can be processed electronically or can be handled at the front counter on the second floor of the Administration building, 1500 Idalia Road, Bernalillo, NM 87004.

What We Do

The Planning and Zoning Department processes zone changes, conditional uses, variances, text amendments, subdivisions and other activities regarding land use in the unincorporated areas of the County for consideration by the Planning and Zoning Commission/Board of County Commission. The department also oversees addressing, which assigns street names and addresses. Note that Sandoval County (SC) does not issue building permits for construction but does process building permit applications for the unincorporated areas to verify compliance with SC Ordinances and Regulations.

How We Serve You

Landowners also are encouraged to visit with the Planning and Zoning Department staff prior to considering development or subdivision of a property. This will ensure that the property has the appropriate zoning and that all rules and regulations are followed. Because of the Governor’s Orders, there are no in person meetings at this time but interested parties can call or can request a WebEx meeting be set up. Contact Makita Hill at 505-867-7656 for details.

Building Permits

Building permits for construction in unincorporated areas of Sandoval County are issued through the State of New Mexico’s Construction Industries Division (CID), except within a three-mile perimeter around the Town of Bernalillo (per NM State Statute). Construction can be new or additions to an existing structure. Prior to applying to CID or the Town of Bernalillo (TOB), the applicant must submit a completed application to the Sandoval County Planning + Zoning (P+Z) to verify compliance with the Sandoval County Ordinances and Regulations. Once the application has been processed through Sandoval County P+Z, then you can submit that application to the State (CID) or TOB to complete the permitting process permit.


NM State CID building permit application can be found at:


An address is assigned as part of the building permit process. Once the building permit packet is accepted and you have had your property UPC number verified by the County Assessor’s Office (see Building Permit Checklist at an E911 Address is assigned to your vacant property (see Addressing Ordinance at and utilities will be authorized. If you are on tribal land you will need to contact your tribal entity for addressing. The Planning and Zoning Department does not address tribal land. See Addressing Information Sheet for more details.

Commercial & Industrial Development Review

The Sandoval County Commercial/Industrial Development Review Committee (C/IDRC) is the administrative reviewing body for fast-track review of proposed commercial and industrial projects (including public utility projects requiring Special Use zoning) within the County’s planning and zoning jurisdiction. The C/IDRC review procedure is coordinated through the County’s Planning and Zoning Division. The Sandoval County C/IDRC is comprised of staff from the Economic Development, Fire, Planning and Zoning, and Public Works divisions. Learn about the review procedures for this committee by clicking on the link below:

Zoning Clearance Letter for Business Registration

Business registration forms are located on the Economic Development web page, under Business Resources. If you are registering your business in a location within Sandoval County, you will need a Zoning Clearance Letter from the Planning and Zoning Department. This letter certifies that your property is properly zoned for your business, or will certify that a change of zoning on your property is needed to accommodate the business you would like to have. The County’s zoning allows most home-based business without a required change of zoning. For more information, please contact Makita Hill, Senior Planner, at the Planning and Zoning Department, (505) 867-7656, or


Notice: Pursuant to Sandoval County Planning & Zoning Commission Rules, Regulations and Procedures (Doc 25951)
– All documents and other tangible materials, excluding materials used only for demonstrative purposes at the hearing to facilitate witness testimony, should be submitted at least seventy-two (72) hours prior to the hearing or meeting of the Planning & Zoning Commission.”

Meeting Cancellations
  • The Planning & Zoning Commission meeting for December 8, 2020 has been cancelled. Read Notice.
  • The Planning & Zoning Commission meeting for November 17, 2020 has been cancelled. Read Notice.
  • The Planning & Zoning Commission meeting for October 20, 2020 has been cancelled. Read Notice.
  • The Planning & Zoning Commission meeting for July 21, 2020 has been cancelled. Read Notice.