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:

Planning & Zoning Committee Meeting_2014 Comp Plan Update, December 3, 2014

Planning & Zoning Committee Meeting_2014 Comp Plan Update, December 12, 2014

Case No. 2014-C019, FINAL DECISION: Conditional Use Permit, (Small Scale Trade) to allow William Derrick Voight dba Bowdacious Archery & Supplies, approval of a Conditional Use Permit.

Case No. 2014-C018, FINAL DECISION: Conditional Use Permit, (Small Scale Services) to allow for a Child Development and Daycare Center.

Case No. 2014-CO17, FINAL DECISION: Conditional Use Permit, (Small Scale Services) to allow for a commercial food truck.

Case No. 2014-C016 Conditional Use Permit, Class II, (Small Scale Services). Torrez Towing and Recovery is requesting approval of a Conditional Use Permit as provided in Rio Arriba County Design and Development Regulation System Ordinance 2012-001, Article IV. Section 9.01 Conditional Use Permit, described also as the (Yellow Book). Torrez Towing and Recovery is proposing a roadside assistance and towing company that will serve the communities of Rio Arriba County located in Northern New Mexico off State Road 68, County Road 44A, physical address 36 A,  in Alcalde, New Mexico, UPC No: 1-048-128-491-196 on approximately 3 acres of land.

Case No. 2014-C021, Comnet Four Corners, LLC, is requesting approval of a Conditional Use Permit, Class II, (Small Scale Services) as provided in Rio Arriba County Development Regulation System Ordinance 2012-001, together with Rio Arriba County Tower Ordinance 2007-02 required submittals. Commnet Four Corners LLC is proposing to install a new 70 foot monopole communication tower approximately 100 yards to the south of the existing Commnet Tower, and then decommission the existing tower. The physical addressed is # 319 State Road 95 located near the water tank in Rutheron, New Mexico. Identifying UPC No. is 1-016-171-137-458. The proposed tower increases the overall wireless coverage in the area to local residents, visitors and all emergency response agencies such as fire, police and first responders.

Contact Us:

505-753-7774 (general office number)

Lucia Sanchez, Director

Phil Kilgour, Assistant Planner


Andrew Martinez, Assistant Planner


Michael Garcia, Assistant Planner, CFM, CZO, 505-747-5308

Bernadette Gonzales,  GIS/Mapper Supervisor


Margaret Archuleta, Map Review Specialist 


Pete Chiello, Code Enforcement Officer


Joshua Valdez, Code Enforcement Officer, 505-753-7774

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:

September 4, 2014

June 30, 2014

June 25, 2014

May 7, 2014
February 5, 2014

October 2, 2013

August 7, 2013

April 3, 2013

March 6, 2013

Recently Adopted Ordinance Amendments

Plat Review Process

Ordinance No: 2012-007 

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Design & Development Regulation System (“Yellow Book”) 

Ordinance 2012-001

click here to view

Sand and Gravel and Mining

Ordinance No. 2013-002

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