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 jurisdiction of Rio Arriba County while serving to protect the health, safety, and economic well-being of the residents of the County. 


Rio Arriba County, Annex Building in the Commission Chambers.
DATE: October 26, 2023
TIME: 3:00 PM (MST)


Notice is hereby given that a Public Hearing will be conducted by the Rio Arriba County Planning and Zoning Department, to consider a request for the following:
SAC Wireless on behalf of Commnet Wireless is requesting approval of a Special Use Permit #: SU23-008 to allow the removal of an existing 24’ monopole tower and replace it with a 25’ Tall Stealth Pole Communication Tower at the following described location: 50 Los Banos Dr in the vicinity of Ojo Caliente, NM 87549 (UPC # 1-047-141-456-470).
This application has been made pursuant to the requirements of the Rio Arriba County Tower Ordinance 2007-02. The proposed tower will be situated on CRAD known as the County Rural Agricultural District. The Special Use Permit is for the tower itself.
As set forth in the Rio Arriba County Design and Development Regulation System 2012-001 (YELLOW BOOK) a public hearing before the Planning and Zoning Committee will be held at:
PLACE: 149 State Rd. 162 Tierra Amarilla, NM 87575 Rio Arriba County, County Seat in the Commission Chambers.
DATE: October 26, 2023
TIME: 3:00 PM (MST)
If you wish to give public testimony either in favor of or in opposition to the proposed request, please forward any comments or concerns to the Rio Arriba County Planning and Zoning Department, 1122 Industrial Park Road, Espanola, NM 87532, or contact by telephone 505-753-7774.

Ordinance No. 2022-04: An Ordinance Regulating Commercial Cannabis Activities in Rio Arriba County

Passed 3/29/22: View Ordinance Here


May be required of residents by the US Postal Service, New Mexico Motor Vehicle Department, utilities, and mortgage lenders. To request an address verification call 505-753-7774 or email us.

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


PERMITTING REQUIRED BY RIO ARRIBA COUNTY (In accordance to Rio Arriba County Design and Development Regulation System Ordinance 2012-001):

Development/Demolition Permits (not limited to)


-Manufactured home placement

-New Utility service/meter relocation/service upgrade

-Grading-Solar panels

-Accessory structures (CID and pre-assembled)





***For questions or additional information please call 505-753-7774.

Business Licenses:

-Standard business license

-Home occupation business license

-Liquor license

Large Scale Development/ Special Projects:

-Multi-Family Development (Apartments, Condos)


-Temporary use (events)

-Conditional Use Permits (CUP)

-Special Use Permits (SUP)

-Road Signs and Post Replacement

***For questions or additional information please call  505-753-7774

Commercial Development:

-Cellular tower/tower collocation

-Retail, Class II Development, and other commercial development

All structural development or grading will be reviewed with current floodplain data available to the county. 

Fines may be charged if development begins before a permit is issued. Please contact us prior to construction, placement, or a change of land use. 


LA Loma Vista Cemetery contact Angel Garcia at 505-753-7774.

La Lomas Vista Cemetery Application

New Cemetery Information Sheet

FILE A COMPLAINT To report a suspected zoning violation, please complete and submit this form to the Planning and Zoning Department, with the suspected violation.

Please click here to submit your complaint form by email, or call 505-753-7774. 

APPOINTMENTS Please call 505-753-7774 for general information or to schedule an appointment with staff.


Please call for plat review at 505-753-7774 

LAND-USE APPLICATIONS: May be subject to a Public Hearing process. Depending on the class of application, there are three bodies that hold public hearings in which the application may be reviewed.

Administrative Public Hearing may be scheduled at any time by the Director.

The planning and Zoning Committee, an advisory committee will review applications and typically meet on the first Wednesday of each month.

The Board of County Commission, will make final decisions on applications and typically meets on the last Thursday of each month. (meeting dates subject to change with public notice)


PUBLIC HEARINGS: Will be held before The Planning & Zoning Committee,         Board of County Commissioners, or Administrative Hearing Officer when scheduled.

  • P&Z Committee Meeting: All scheduled Planning and Zoning meetings are held on the first Wednesday of the month in Espanola Complex or Tierra Amarilla Complex.
  • Board of County Commission meetings: Are held each and every Last Tuesday of the month, (some meeting dates may change with proper notice).
  • Written Notice of Appeal: An appeal of a decision made by the Administrative Hearing Officer or the P & Z Committee shall be received by submiting a written notice of appeal to the Planning and Zoning Department within 15 days from the date the decision was issued. A BOCC decision may be appealed in District Court.

Planning Director

Angel Garcia,

Interim Planning & Zoning Director


Erica V. Salazar,

Administrative Assistant

Gianna Hamilton,

Assistant Planner

Jovan Trujillo,

Code Compliance Officer


Code Compliance Officer

Eleanore Burress

Code Compliance Officer-TA



1122 Industrial Park Rd

Española, NM 87532

Phone: 505-753-7774 

Hours of Operation:

Monday through Friday

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



PO Box 127

Tierra Amarilla, NM 87575

Phone: 575-588-7254 

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

Codes and Ordinances

Forms and Permit Applications

Survey Plat Forms/Applications



Summary Subdivision Review Plat Guidlines ("Appendix P")

Ordinance No. 2012-007                           click here to view

East Rio Arriba Soil & Water Conservation District Land Use Plan Click Here to View



(“Yellow Book”) click here to view