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:


Contact Us:

Andrea Salazar, Administrative Assistant

505-753-7774 (general office number)

Lucia Sanchez, Director

Michael Garcia, Assistant Planner, CFM,


Thomas Aragon, Assistant Planner


Berlinda Trujillo, Assistant Planner


J. Marcelino Calvert, Code Enforcement Officer,


Monica Velasquez, Code Enforcement Officer


Wendy J. Perkins, Land Use Clerk Tech

575-588-7254 (Tierra Amarilla Office)

Reynaldo Atencio, Code Enforcement Officer 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



Survey Plat Forms/Applications 

Planning & Zoning Committee Meeting Minutes and Pending Cases:

June 20, 2016 Minutes: Gallina Canyon Ranch

June 28, 2016 Minutes: Carnivores Meat Processing

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