Planning & Zoning Director
Hours of Operation – Department Availability
Monday through Friday, 8:00am – 5:00pm
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 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.
NOTE THAT THE TOWN OF BERNALILLO HAS TRANSITIONED ALL PERMITTING AND INSPECTIONS TO THE NM CID. https://www.townofbernalillo.org/departments/planning_zoning/index.php
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 https://www.sandovalcountynm.gov/departments/planning-zoning/p-z-forms/) an E911 Address is assigned to your vacant property (see Addressing Ordinance at https://www.sandovalcountynm.gov/departments/planning-zoning/p-z-ordinances) 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 https://www.sandovalcountynm.gov/departments/planning-zoning/p-z-forms/ for more details.
The objective of Sandoval County Code Enforcement is to work with and serve the residents of Sandoval County and promote a safe and healthy living and working environment for our residents, businesses, and visitors. Code Compliance maintains and improves the quality of our community through the administration of a fair and unbiased enforcement program.
All complaints can be filed on line or through the mobile app (see below). Once a complaint is filed and validated, the county’s Code Enforcement Official will schedule a site visit at which time photos will be taken and documentation of the complaint shall be noted. If the Code Enforcement Official determines there is a violation, a Notice of Violation (“NOV”) is sent to the property owner/occupant by certified mail. Note that under certain circumstances and as allowed by the Zoning Ordinance, a sign may be posted at the subject site in place of mailed NOV. The owner/occupant must remedy/address the violation within the allotted time noted on the latest NOV. An additional NOV may be sent. If the violation is not addressed adequately and in a timely manner, a complaint will be filed with the Magistrate Court or a $300 fine will be imposed per the Zoning Ordinance. If the fine is not paid in the allotted time period, a lien may be placed on the property.
Or if you have questions, please contact Anita Apodaca or Cat Martinez
Planning & Zoning Department
Sandoval County Administration
Building “D” 2nd floor
Bernalillo NM, 87004
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
P & Z Commission
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.”
- Rules, Regulations, Procedures & Resolutions Governing the Planning & Zoning Commission
- 2021 Open Meetings Act –Resolution 1-26-21.7A
- Rules of Procedure and Conduct – Resolution No. 8-25-20.6C
- Ordinance 10-1-21.9F – Prescribing the Powers, Duties and Organization of the Planning & Zoning Commission
- Resolution 10-16-03.11D – Resolution Relating to the Timely Submission of Documents and Materials
Zoom Meeting Information – September 16, 2021 @ 6:00 p.m.
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Meeting ID: 843 3921 3408
- The Planning & Zoning Commission meeting for September 28, 2021 has been cancelled. Read Notice.
- The Planning & Zoning Commission meeting for July 27, 2021 has been cancelled. Read Notice.
- The Planning & Zoning Commission meeting for June 29, 2021 has been cancelled. Read Notice.
- The Planning & Zoning Commission meeting for April 27, 2021 has been cancelled. Read Notice.
- 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.