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You can purchase a hard copy in person at 111 Union Square SE, Albuquerque NM 87102; cost is $10. You may also find it FREE online by clicking here. Click on "appendix A" in the left column, then click "Zoning Building Planning Department" on the right side of the screen.
Please click here for a downloadable, printable site plan preparation guide.
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This will depend on what type of business you are planning, and what zone you are in. Our Zoning Ordinance outlines what types of businesses are allowed in each zone. You can also call (505) 314-0350 if you have questions.
Zoning laws on home-based businesses vary considerably among the communities. It may depend on the nature of the business, whether you have any employee or business visitors, your hours of operation, parking and delivery issues, etc. Be sure to check the zoning rules on what you can and cannot do in your area before you decide to set up shop.
A change in zoning is called "rezoning". Rezoning changes often involve changing a parcel or parcels of land from one land use qualification to another land use (i.e. from retail use to restaurant use; agricultural use to light industrial; or low-density to high-density.
To proceed with the application process, applicant must:
Your first stop in the appeal process is to the County Planning Commission Board of Appeals. Appeals are made when an individual believes that s/he can prove that the existing zoning of the property deprives them from their right to use the property, that their request for rezoning does not negatively impact surrounding properties, and/or the board’s actions were arbitrary and unsupported by the facts.
1. Submit application (and payment of a fee)
2. Zoning office notifies adjacent property owners, and sometimes all other property owners within a prescribed distance.
If you wish to protest a variance request, you may attend the public hearing(s) and bring in supporting data, stating why, and expressing worries on a number of reasonable grounds, such as:
This can also be submitted for filing prior to hearing.
Please click here for a downloadable, printable guide to find legal land descriptions and UPC numbers.