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General Information

8:00am - 5:00pm Daily

The Planning Department will be open for walk in customers Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 8:00am - 5:00pm. Appointment only, Tuesday & Thursday.

Application Submittal
10:00am - 12:00pm MWF

Office: 575-751-2016
400 Camino de la Placita
Taos, N.M. 87571

Contact Information
Louis Fineberg – Director

John Miller – Senior Planner

Dinah Gonzales – Planner I

Mission: Mission: The Planning & Zoning Department is responsible for the administration of the Town's land use policies and zoning regulations as well as the provision of technical expertise to the community in an effort to foster the sustainable growth of the Town. Our goal is to offer consistent, courteous, high-quality service to the citizens and business community of the Town of Taos by providing a one-stop shop for planning, zoning and building permitting that facilitates and guides the physical growth of the Town in order to enhance the collective quality of life of Town residents and to ensure safe, healthy, and quality development.

Planning & Zoning and Building Divisions

The Planning & Zoning Department informs and works with the Planning and Zoning Commission as well as the Town Council by conducting researching and making policy recommendations on a wide variety of land use issues  within the Town and greater region.  The Planning Division reviews and processes all development applications to ensure all zoning standards have been achieved prior to approval, recommends changes to the Land Use Development Code (LUDC), prepares long range planning documents and provides guidance with the implementation of those plans. The Building Division works with the Planning and Zoning Division in processing all building permits, demolition permits and overseeing all excavation within Town limits. The Building Division does all onsite building inspections in Town Limits.


Planning and Zoning Commission

The Planning & Zoning Commission is comprised of residents with a broad spectrum of expertise that reside within the Town of Taos. Meetings are held every first Wednesday of each month at 5:30 pm at the Town of Taos Council Chambers, located at 120 Civic Plaza Drive. All members are appointed by the Mayor. Duties and responsibilities of the P&Z Commissioners are as follows:

  • To exercise all powers granted to a planning authority or zoning commission by the Town Code;
  • To review, modify, reverse, affirm, approve, or disapprove all applications with or without conditions, restrictions, or clarifications;
  • To hold public hearings and recommend changes to the Town Council;
  • To approve, disapprove, modify, revise and update the Town of Taos Master Plan.
  • To approve and adopt such forms as the Commission deems advisable.


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