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The mission of the Building Permit Division is to assist applicants with the construction permit process using a partnership approach to ensure accurate and consistent plan review, permit issuance and compliance with adopted State of New Mexico construction codes and City of Santa Fe ordinances while providing the highest possible level of customer service.

do I need a construction permit?Sample Construction Permit Poster

Construction Permits are required for most types of proposed work. Permits are not required for interior and exterior painting of residential structures, interior painting of commercial structures, minor landscaping, carpeting, tiling, cabinetry, counter tops, and exterior decks under 200 square feet if not attached to a structure.  Permits are required for exterior business signs, roofing and re-roofing, window replacement, all storage sheds, solar panels, new and replacement mechanical equipment, re-stuccoing, driveway construction, and for the placement of manufactured homes.  Work on the exterior of structures within the City's Historic Districts must be pre-approved by the Historic Preservation Division. Most simple maintenance and repair work in an Historic District will not require a construction permit.

how do i submit a construction permit application?

At present the Building Permit Division is not equipped to accept Construction Permit applications electronically. All applications must be submitted in hard copy to the Building Permit Division.  Four (4) complete sets of construction drawings must be submitted for residential projects and six (6) sets for commercial projects.  Secondary permits for electrical, mechanical and plumbing work can usually be submitted without accompanying construction drawings (equipment cut-sheets may be required).


The Santa Fe Residential Green Building Code applies to all new single family units, guesthouses, additions and remodels.  Click her to view the  Santa Fe Green Building Code


Fees for primary permits (those related to new structures, additions and remodels) vary based on construction valuation.  Fees for secondary permits (i.e. electrical, plumbing or mechanical work) are fixed amounts that depend on the type of work proposed.

        Construction Permit Fee Schedule

what is the status of my Permit?

You can view information about your permit, including plan review status and comments, at any time from the City of Santa Fe Click-2-Gov webpage.

Click-2-Gov Permit Status

You must have your Construction Permit application number and Phone Access Code (PIN) from your permit materials available to use Click-2-Gov.

Find Your Permit Application # and Phone Access Code (PIN)  

You can also check the status of your permit by telephone using the City of Santa Fe's automated Voice Inspections & Permit System (VIPS).  Simply call VIPS at (505) 955-6110 and select Option 4 for plan review information.  You must have your Construction Permit application number available to use VIPS.

Need Additional Help? 

For other questions or assitance related to a Construction Permits contact:

Residential/ Green Building Code:

Richard Valentine, Building Plan Reviewer - [bot protected email address]

Permit Status/Plan Review Fees:

Robert Ortiz, Building Permit Specialist-  [bot protected email address]
Richard Trujillo, Building Permit Specialist- [bot protected email address]
Jessica Rodriguez Building Permit Expeditor - [bot protected email address]

Zoning/Architecture/Sign Code:

Please contact the Planning Division:

Building Permit Division Director:
Yolanda Cortez, - [bot protected email address]


Building Permit Division - Location, phone & hours                            

Physical Location:  Santa Fe City Hall, 200 Lincoln Ave., 1st Floor, Santa Fe, New Mexico 87501

Mailing Address:  City of Santa Fe, Building Permit Division, P. O. Box 909, Santa Fe, NM 87504-0909

Phone:  (505) 955-6545   Fax:  (505) 955-6829   Hours:  Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.




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