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The Planning & Land Use Department is opened Monday thru Friday, 8 am- 5pm, except holidays. The Cashier's window closes at 4:30, any business that will require a transaction should made prior to their closure.
As of January 2016, building permits for residences within municipal boundary are being issued by the NM State Construction Industries Division (CID) http://www.rld.state.nm.us/construction/ . Construction type may require the issuance of a Land Use Site Development Permit from our office prior to the application of a building permit. You are advised to contact CID to answer any construction related questions.
Significant changes to a property often require a Land Use Site Development Permit. These changes include, but are not limited to, construction of a carport or boundary fence; relocation of a mobile home, or new utility connections. It is always a good idea to check with the department to see if a permit is required before starting a project. Land Use Site Development Permits are charged at a flat $75 rate.
Zoning is the how the City controls the physical development of land and how individual properties may be used. Zoning laws typically specify the areas in which residential, industrial, recreational or commercial activities may take place. To find out a property’s zoning, you can ask the Planning and Land Use Department, or visit our Interactive Map Gallery within this website.
Properties can be subdivided if all resulting lots are greater than 7,500 square feet in size. The procedures for subdividing a property into two or more lots can be found Section 294-3 of Chapter 350 of the Municipal Code. You are advised to make an appointment with the Planning Director to discuss your property's possibilities.
An easement is a legal right to use another person's land for a specific limited purpose. An easement grants the legal right to use the property, but the legal title remains with the owner of the land. Disputes over easements are civil and handled by the Courts, not the City of Española.