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Planning & Development Services

The Paradise Hills Special Zoning District (PHSZD) was created by the state Legislature in 1978 through the Zoning Board Act and ratified in August, 1982 and authorizes the Paradise Hills Zoning Commission to review and enforce all zoning matters within their jurisdiction. Bernalillo County does not enforce or review zoning regulations for areas within the Paradise Hills Zoning District. In an effort to assist county residents, the Planning and Development Services Department attempts to provide the most recent contact information for the Paradise Hills Zoning Commission, however, since the (PHSZD) not an extension of Bernalillo County, contact information may not be completely up to date.

The ordinance governs alterations, new construction, additions, erecting sheds, height restrictions, setback and home occupations permits, among other items. There are R-1, R-2, C-1 and C-N zones in Paradise Hills. Before any construction is initiated, a plot survey must be presented to the PHSZDC for approval; any construction plans must subsequently be taken to the Bernalillo County Planning and Development Services for a building permit.

The purpose of the Zoning Commission is to enforce the Ordinance of Paradise Hills which is designed to lessen congestion in the streets and public ways, provide adequate light and art, to prevent overcrowding of land, avoid undue concentration of population, conserve the value of buildings and lands, and to encourage the most appropriate use of land throughout Paradise Hills.

The commission also responds to written complaints from neighbors. The most common type of complaints we receive are: recreational vehicles (trailers, boats, RVs) not parked in a rear or side yard, inoperative cars in a yard or driveway (they must be kept inside a building), a business being operated out of the home without a permit, excessive yard sales, the keeping of livestock animals (e.g. no chickens), and trash and excessive weeds in the yard. Violations of the ordinance carry fines up to $300 and/or up to 90 days in jail.

The commission meets every second and fourth Monday of every month; meetings are open to the public and begin promptly at 7:30 p.m. The meetings are at the Paradise Hills Community Center, 5901 Paradise Boulevard (corner of Paradise and Park Lane).

Please click here for a Paradise Hills Zoning District boundary map.


Meeting Dates and Location 

The commission meets every second and fourth TUESDAY of every month or as needed for special public meetings. Meetings are open to the public and begin promptly at 7:00 p.m. The meetings are at the Paradise Hills Community Center Annex, 6001 Paradise Boulevard NW, Albuquerque, NM 87114.


Click here to visit the PHSZD Website to request to be on the meeting agenda, apply for a permit or file a complaint.

Contact Information


Mailing Address: Paradise Hills Special Zoning District, PO Box 66791, Albuquerque, NM 87193

Current Commission: (updated as of August 2019)

Commissioners are volunteers who are elected and serve a four-year term. Candidates must come from the unincorporated area of Paradise Hills.

  • Elizabeth Kay Haley, Chairman
  • Deanna Dopslaf, Vice Chairman/Secretary
  • Peter K. Reser, Commissioner
  • Val W. Vaughn, Commissioner
  • VACANT, Commissioner


The regulations and restrictions of Paradise Hills Special Zoning District Comprehensive Ordinance are designed to lessen congestion in the streets and public ways; to secure safety from fire, panic, and other dangers; to promote health and morals; to provide adequate light and air; to prevent overcrowding of land; to avoid undue concentration of population; to facilitate the adequate provisions for transportation, water, sewage, schools, parks, and other public requirements; to conserve the value of buildings and lands; and to encourage the most appropriate use of land throughout the Paradise Hills Special Zoning District areas of Bernalillo County.

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