Rio Arriba County Planning & Zoning Department


The Planning and Zoning Department is responsible for overseeing the orderly and appropriate development and use of land within the County, while serving to protect the health, safety and economic wellbeing of the residents of the County.



ALL NEW CONSTRUCTION AND NEW USES OF LAND (including mobile homes, business signs, home businesses, utility hook-ups, movie filming, temporary uses, and cellular tower or antenna installations) require a permit from the Planning and Zoning Department.

Please contact us prior to construction, installation, or a change of use for further information on how to apply for a permit. Additionally, you can find permit application-forms here.


ALL ENTITIES CONDUCTING BUSINESS WITHIN THE COUNTY must obtain a County Business License to be renewed annually.

 The Business License application form can be found here. The fee is $30 per year.


IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO FILE A COMPLAINT due to a suspected zoning violation, please complete and submit this form to the Planning and Zoning Department. (Note that investigations may take a couple of weeks to complete.)

For a list of types of violations that the Planning and Zoning Code Enforcement Officers can address, please click here.


SOME TYPES OF LAND-USE APPLICATIONS are subject to a public review process. There are two bodies that hold public hearings in which these applications are reviewed:

The first is the Planning and Zoning Committee, an advisory committee, which typically meets on the first Wednesday of each month.

The second is the Board of County Commissioners, which votes on applications and typically meets the fourth Thursday of each month.


THE PLANNING AND ZONING DEPARTMENT ISSUES PHYSICAL ADDRESS VERIFICATION CERTIFICATES that may be required of residents by the US Postal Service, State Motor Vehicle Department, the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC), utilities, and mortgage lenders.

 (Note: Every habitable dwelling in the County must have an account with the North Central Solid Waste Authority.)

The Forest Plan is an important document that governs all of the Forest Service's management actions. Santa Fe National Forest is in the process of revising their existing plan and they invite you to work with them to develop a new plan that promotes a healthy, diverse, and productive Santa Fe National Forest. The goal is to remain inclusive and efficient as they move through the collaborative planning process.


APPOINTMENTS: Walk-ins are accepted on a daily basis; however, appointments with staff are strongly encouraged to ensure that your needs or concerns are appropriately met.  Call  505-753-7774 for general information or to schedule an appointment with staff.


Public Hearings will be held before The Planning & Zoning Committee and Board of County Commissioners for the following requests:


Case #2015-063:  Meeting minutes for the purpose of considering a request of the subdivision of a single property into 4 lots all less than 10 acres in size (Summary Subdivision Type III Subdivision) for the following described area:  Section 36, Township 21N, Range 8E, Uniform Property Code 1-048-121-213-330 on 3.431 acres in the vicinity of El Llano, NM, Permit # 2015-063, as set forth in the Rio Arriba County Design and Development Regulation System Ordinance 2012-001 (Yellow Book).


Case #2015-C030:  Filming for a movie is proposed on a 342.30 acre tract know as Ghost Ranch and further identified by assessor parcel number 1-021-141-250-369.

Case #2015-C031:  Filming for a movie is proposed on a 1,358.05 acre tract know as Dar Al-Islam and further identified by assessor parcel number 1-032-136-462-475.

Case #2015-C-026:  Applicant New Mexico Gas Company, Inc. is requesting a permit for the installation of a natural gas compressor station in the vicinityof Los Luceros, in the community of Velarde, lying southerly of County Road 41 and westerly of County Road 39.

Case No. 2015-C028:  Applicant Linda Griego is requesting approval to re-open a six unit Bed and Breakfast business with an owner/manager residence in two existing buildings on a 160.04 acre tract identified by the street address 31 County Road 343A, in the Canones South Chama Community aka Oso Ranch and Lodge.

Case No. 2015-C029:  Applicant Linda Griego is requesting approval to re-open a four unit Bed and Breakfast business with an owner/manager residence in an existing building on a 0.78 acre tract identified by the street address 1 County Road 343A, in the coummunity of Canones South Chama.

Case No. 2015-C027: STAFF REPORT: Applicant Veronica Ybarra dba Espanola Towing is requesting approval of a Conditional Use Permit to allow for 24 hour towing service and roadside assistance that will serve the communites of Rio Arriba county.  The proposed location is at 12 Private Drive 1069A, Velarde, NM.

Case No. 2015-0064: MINUTES:  Summary Review Public Meeting Minutes for Charlotte Minter - Piedra Lumbre Estates.

Case #2015-0067:   Minutes

Contact Us:

Andrea Salazar, Administrative Assistant

505-753-7774 (general office number)

Lucia Sanchez, Director

Michael Garcia, Assistant Planner, CFM, CZO


Berlinda Trujillo, Assistant Planner


Christopher White, Assistant Planner


Margaret Archuleta, Map Review Specialist 


Ventura Trujillo, Code Enforcement Officer, 505-753-7774

Eloy J. Griego, Code Enforcement Officer, 505-747-5308

Donald Valdez, Code Enforcement Officer

575-588-7254 (Tierra Amarilla office)

Wendy J. Perkins, Land Use Clerk Tech

575-588-7254 (Tierra Amarilla Office)


Española Office:

1122 Industrial Park Rd

Española, NM 87532

Phone: 505-753-7774 
Fax: 505-753-4732

Española Hours of Operation:

Monday through Friday

8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Tierra Amarilla Office:

P.O. Box 127

Tierra Amarilla, NM 87575

Phone: 575-588-7254 

Tierra Amarilla Hours of Operation:

Monday through Friday

8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Comprehensive Plan


Monthly Public Meetings Calendar


Survey Plat Forms/Applications 

Planning & Zoning Committee Meeting Minutes and Pending Cases:

June 10, 2015

April 14, 2015

April 7, 2015

March 4, 2015

September 4, 2014

June 30, 2014

June 25, 2014

May 7, 2014
February 5, 2014

October 2, 2013

August 7, 2013

Recently Adopted Ordinance Amendments

Plat Review Process

Ordinance No: 2012-007 

click here to view

Design & Development Regulation System (“Yellow Book”) 

Ordinance 2012-001

click here to view

Sand and Gravel and Mining

Ordinance No. 2013-002

click here to view