Building Permits


Starting April 6th, Land Use will accept applications by email for building permits including the types listed below.  Please click here for instructions on how to apply for primary and trade/secondary permits.

All Trade and Secondary permits**

All Primary permits required for construction of:

New Commercial

New Multi-Family

New Residential

Residential and Commercial Additions and Remodeling (not including Express permits*)

Tenant Improvements

Accessory Dwellings

Accessory Structures



Walls & Fences**

(Priority will be given to Healthcare, Infrastructure and New Housing project types until current restrictions for public health are lifted.)

*For all Express permits, please apply online at Instructions are available at

**The City anticipates the implementation of online permitting for Solar, Walls & Fences and Trade/Secondary permits in the coming weeks.

Please contact Daniel Esquibel at [bot protected email address] regarding Telecomm permitting.

Thank You!



Update Regarding Permitting Operations 

Santa Fe, March 31, 2020—The City of Santa Fe continues its efforts to deliver City services while minimizing interpersonal contact. We are continuing service in every way possible and working as quickly as possible to implement permitting of all types with respect for the current public health restrictions and guidelines. Please be aware of potential delays in service due to modified business operations and procedures.

Permit Issuance:

Land Use continues to issue approved permits by appointment only.  Land Use Staff will contact applicants to arrange for permit issuance and pick-up in the order applications were originally received.  We ask that applicants do not come to City Hall without a scheduled appointment.  We are limiting access to the Permitting Lobby in an effort to comply with current state-wide restrictions on gathering. 

Permit Amendments and Revisions:

Permit Amendments and Revisions are being processed by appointment only.  Please email [bot protected email address] for assistance.

Visit for regular permitting updates and instructions.





Online permitting of limited building types will be available starting today.

Please visit to create a Customer Self Service (CSS) profile and apply for building permits. Please click here for additional instructions.  Once your application is approved and payment is made, email [bot protected email address] with your receipt for permit issuance.  Once the permit is issued, the permit for signature, permit board and approved documents will appear in your CSS account.  The permit must be signed and emailed to [bot protected email address] prior to starting construction. In the first round of implementation, the following permit types will be available through CSS*:

Residential Express Permit:



   Window/Door Replacement



Commercial Express Permit:



   Window/Door Replacement


 Please contact Richard Trujillo at [bot protected email address] and Cc Jason Kluck at [bot protected email address] with any processing errors you may experience.

*Permits by email (as explained below), especially for healthcare related work, will take priority over CSS permitting.


Permitting of limited types by email will also begin today. Optionally this may include in-person drop-off & pick-up of documents if needed (by appointment only) and by mail if needed. Please click here for instructions. In the first round of implementation the following permit types will be accepted:


-Trade permits needed for emergency work without a permit already approved by Bobby Padilla under Emergency Inspections.  This includes work requiring inspection prior to service restoration due to gas leaks, electrical outages, sewer lines, accidents causing structural or water damage that threatens life safety, mold remediation, roof repairs from severe leaks causing damage that would require a permit to repair, or similarly severe incident.

-Trade permits related to healthcare.

-Trade permits for Mechanical/Plumbing and Electrical work including equipment failure needing immediate replacement to restore critical service or protect life safety, but that is not creating an imminent danger. (Work to remedy dangerous conditions is covered under Emergency Inspections without a permit requiring subsequent application permit and final, already implemented on March 24th.)

-Permits for roof repair work meeting conditions that require a permit, and with damage not causing imminent danger to life safety or property.

-Permits for Structural/Infrastructure repairs needed to address damage that threatens structural integrity of a building or system.


Please contact Daniel Esquibel at [bot protected email address] regarding Telecomm Permitting.


Starting Monday, April 6th, Land Use plans to allow further permitting of other types.  The permitting process for these will be forthcoming.


-Emergency Permits will receive first priority.

-All other trade permits will receive second priority.


-All healthcare related permits will receive first priority.

-All other building permits will receive second priority.


Please visit this site for further announcements in the coming days.



WHEN WE RETURN TO BUSINESS AS USUAL, our regular hours of operation WILL BE:

  8am-Noon and 1pm-4pm




*** To check the status of a permit, please click here  ***

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.



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.  To download a standard permit application click here. To download an application for a re-roofing permit click here. 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).  For more information on what is needed for your type of building permit applications, see the Construction Permit Submittal Checklists


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

How do i check the status of my permit application?

-   Please click here

Ready to register your business?

- Please click here

Need Additional Help? 

For other questions or assistance related to a Construction Permits contact:  
Richard Trujillo, Building Division Manager, Phone: (505) 955-6133 or email at [bot protected email address]

Construction Plans:

Bennett Lopez, Construction Plans Examiner II  (505) 955-6491- [bot protected email address]


        Richard Valentine, Residential Building Plan Reviewer (505) 955-6624 - [bot protected email address]

Green Building Code:

        Dalinda Bangert, Green Building Code Specialist (505) 955-6618 - [bot protected email address]

        For additional information regarding the Green Building Code please CLICK HERE

Plan Review Fees:

Robert Ortiz, Building Permit Specialist-  [bot protected email address]

Kevin Smith, Building Permit Specialist- [bot protected email address]

Permit Status:

Caleb Mente, Building Permit Technician - [bot protected email address]

Amanda RomeroAvila Building Permit Expeditor - [bot protected email address]

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