Technical Review


The mission of the Technical Review Division is to enforce compliance with the City's Land Development Code and Land Use Department policies regarding private-sector infrastructure construction; development in the City's Escarpment Overlay District and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) flood hazard areas; and terrain & storm water management, landscape & site design, and Gunnison's Prairie Dog ordinances, while providing the highest possible level of customer service.  The Division also houses the Water Budget Administrative Office (WBAO) which ensures that increased water demand from new construction is offset in accordance with the City's Development Water Budget ordinance.


The City of Santa Fe Land Development Code is available and searchable online.  Primary regulations related to terrain & storm water management, flood hazard areas, landscape & site design, the relocation of Gunnison's Prairie Dogs, and Development Water Budgets are located in Section 14-8.  Escarpment Overlay District regulations are located in Section 14-5.6.  Infrastructure construction (including Americans with Disabilities Act "ADA") requirements are located in Section 14-9.2.


Multiple regulations often apply to a single property, particularly in areas of steep terrain, escarpments or flood zones.  This can make code compliance complex.  Help with technical review questions is available on a "walk in" basis in the Land Use Department at Santa Fe City Hall, 200 Lincoln Avenue, 1st Floor.

Assistance is also available by telephone or e-mail below:

For help with grading, drainage, Escarpment Overlay District, landscaping, or engineering questions contact:

Martin Gabaldon, Land Use Compliance Officer

(505) 955-6947,  [bot protected email address]


infrastructure completion policy

The Land Use Department has adopted an Infrastructure Completion Policy that outlines the process and requirements for permitting, constructing and completing a development's required infrastructure.  The policy also sets out infrastructure construction milestones that must be reached prior to the issuance of construction permits for buildings and defines which infrastructure elements require financial guarantees.


Technical Review Division - Location, Phone and Hours                 

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

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

Phone: (505) 955-6641  Fax: (505) 955-6829  Hours: Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Closed Noon to 1 p.m.)



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