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Planning & Development Services

To work with and serve the residents of Bernalillo County through programs designed to preserve and protect public health and safety, and improve the environment, by administering land use, building, planning, and environmental health regulations in a fair and consistent manner.

Services (What We Do):

  • Administers the county's building, zoning, planning, subdivision, business regulation, impact fee, street name, and other development-related regulations.
  • Coordinates public hearing and approval process for land use and development matters before the Bernalillo County Board of Commissioners, County Planning Commission, Zoning Administrator, and County Development Review Authority.
  • Provides plan review, inspection, and complaint response services for building, electrical, plumbing and mechanical permit applications.
  • Coordinates zone enforcement, nuisance abatement and property maintenance programs in conjunction with other county departments.
  • Issues zoning and building permits, business licenses, and property addresses.
  • Works closely with business, development industry and neighborhood representatives on community planning efforts.
  • Coordinates and maintains county-wide enterprise management system Accela Automation, Accela Citizen Access, and department e-commerce technology.


111 Union Square SE, Suite 100
Albuquerque, NM 87102
Main Line
(505) 314-0350
Inspection Line
(505) 314-0351
Monday - Friday 8 - 4:30 p.m.

Enacting Legislation:

Bernalillo County Code Chapters 10, Building and Building Regulations; 14, Businesses; 46, Impact Fees; 62, Planning; 66, Roads and Bridges; 74, Subdivisions; and Appendix A, Zoning.

Bernalillo County Minimum Wage Ordinance

Minimum Wage Poster

Valued Customers

Beginning Oct. 21, 2013, we will be featuring an upgrade to our permitting system. In order to serve you better, we are proud to bring you ACCELA Automation - an intelligent permit management system. Your up-to-date licenses and contact information will be transferred to the new system. If you have outdated information or expired licenses, our staff will help you become current.

No KIVA permits will be processed after 3 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 18.

“Today, Accela powers thousands of services and millions of transactions for more than 500 public agencies worldwide, enabling governments to connect with citizens and streamline processes related to land management, asset management, licensing, and public health & safety.” SOURCE: 

  • Improving Service To Customers And Professionals
  • Increasing Our Efficiency
  • Improving Response Time
  • Engaging Customers And Businesses

For more information or questions, please contact Mari Simbaña, Permitting Center Manager, 505.314.0350.

BernCo Commission Denies Appeals, Continues Santolina Master Plan Hearing to June 16

The Bernalillo County Commission on May 28 voted to continue the hearing on the Santolina Master Plan application to Tuesday, June 16 at 1 p.m. in the Vincent E. Griego Chambers, One Civic Plaza NW. During the meeting, the commission also denied three appeals.

BernCo Commission Continues Santolina Hearing to May 28

The Bernalillo County Commission on May 11 voted to continue the hearing on the Santolina Master Plan application to Thursday, May 28. The commission heard two of five appeals at the May 11 meeting. The commission listened to testimony on the first appeal, but did not take action. In that appeal, the developer is appealing certain conditions such as job creation requirements and development costs that the County Planning Commission placed upon the master plan in December 2014. In the second appeal, the commission denied an appeal by the Southwest Organizing Project, New Mexico Health Equity Working Group and Pajarito Village Neighborhood Association to deny the master plan application as recommended by the County Planning Commission last year.

BernCo Commission to Hear Santolina Master Plan Appeals Monday

The Bernalillo County Commission is scheduled to review and consider the Santolina Master Plan and five appeals of that application on Monday, May 11 at 4 p.m.

No general public comment will be accepted at Monday’s meeting, which is a continuation of meetings on March 25 and 26. The March meetings included extensive public comment.

Bernalillo County apologizes for any confusion on this point.

BernCo Commission Votes to Continue Santolina Hearing on May 11

The Bernalillo County Commission has voted to continue the Santolina Master Plan hearing, and appeals to the plan, to May 11 at 4 p.m. The commission listened to testimony on March  25 and 26, but no final action was taken.

Western Albuquerque Land Holdings requested approval of a Planned Communities Level A Master Plan and Planned Communities Zoning for 13,851 acres of undeveloped land in the southwestern area of Bernalillo County.

BernCo Commission Hears Santolina Master Plan This Week

The Bernalillo County Commission is continuing to review and consider the Santolina Master Plan application today, March 26 beginning at 9 a.m. Western Albuquerque Land Holdings has requested approval of a Planned Communities Level A Master Plan and Planned Communities Zoning for 13,851 acres of undeveloped land in the southwestern area of Bernalillo County. The County Planning Commission recommended approval of the Santolina requests, with conditions, at its Dec. 3, 2014 hearing. The Board of County Commissioners will consider the requests, along with five appeals of the recommendation. The hearings will be held in the Vincent E. Griego Chambers at the Albuquerque/Bernalillo County Government Center, One Civic Plaza NW.

BernCo Commission Approves New Scrap Tire Ordinance

The Bernalillo County Board of Commissioners on March 25 approved a measure intended to reduce the frequency of illegal tire dumping on public and private property around the county. The County of Bernalillo Scrap Tire Ordinance is an amendment to the Business Registration Ordinance. It will require only businesses that operate wholesale or retail tire sales, as part of their main function, to purchase a tire-cutting machine. The ordinance was passed on a unanimous vote.

BernCo/CABQ Announce Comprehensive Plan Updates

Bernalillo County and the City of Albuquerque Planning departments have rolled out a joint project to update the Albuquerque/Bernalillo County Comprehensive Plan. The city will also be revising its zoning and subdivision regulations, while the county will be involved solely in the Comprehensive Plan update for its unincorporated areas. Goals of the project include improving opportunities for economic development and job creation, protecting the city’s and county’s neighborhoods and special places, and responding to long-standing water and traffic challenges by promoting more sustainable development. 

BernCo Commission Approves Cost of Living Increase for Minimum Wage Workers

The Bernalillo County Commission on Jan. 14, 2015 approved a cost of living increase for minimum wage workers in unincorporated Bernalillo County, to $8.65 an hour, which takes effect on Jan. 26, 2015. The measure applies to about 1,800 businesses and hundreds of workers in the unincorporated areas of Bernalillo County – areas that are located outside Albuquerque’s city limits.

BernCo Commission Recognizes County's Field Inspection Unit

The Bernalillo County Board of Commissioners on Sept. 10, 2013 recognized the county Building Department’s Field Inspection Unit for their certification by the highly acclaimed International Code Council. The council, which is headquartered in Washington, D.C., is dedicated to developing model codes and standards that are used to design and construct safe, sustainable, affordable and resilient structures.

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