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Planning & Zoning Administration

When considering new construction or modification of an existing structure, it is necessary to contact the Zoning Office for proper approval of the project.  If you have not been approved to begin the work, you are in violation of the City Ordinance.  Consequences include halting the project or removal of the unapproved construction or change. Working without the approval can be costly. SEEK APPROVAL FIRST! Call the Zoning Administrator at 505-832-4406, Ext. 110.  When seeking approval bring a drawing of the proposed change.  The drawing does not have to be professionally done, but it should be clear and easy to read. It is important that the diagram include measurements (height, length, width, distance from lot lines and other structures.  When deciding how much detail to include, remember, more is better.  Details can save you time.

Information & FAQs

What is Zoning?

Zoning is the regulation of land use. Typically, zoning is used to separate potentially conflicting land uses, such as industrial and residential. Zoning is much more detailed than it appears in the aforementioned definition. Zoning includes how far a house is set back from property lines, how high a fence is permitted, how large and where signs are.

Why Zone?

Zoning promotes development that is safe, healthy, organized, and more livable. Zoning also ensures new developments are in compliance with the City of Moriarty's Comprehensive Plan and meet city standards.

Furthermore, zoning is used to protect the property values within the city. While regulations limit what you may or may not be able to do with your property, the intention is to protect everyone against construction or activities that may negatively affect properties.

Zoning Designations

The City of Moriarty currently has 9 zoning classifications. R-1, Conventional Residential; R-2, Cluster Residential; R-3, Mobile Home Residential; A-R, Agricultural Residential; C-1, Light Commercial; C-2, Heavy Commercial; M-1, Manufacturing/Industrual; MP, Master Planned Development; and S-U, Special Use. If you don't know what your property is zoned and you would like to find out, the Zoning Administrator can provide you with that information or answer any other questions you have.

What Does the Zoning Administrator Do?

The Zoning Administrators tasks include issuing certificates of compliance, appropriateness, conditional use and temporary use. The Administrator is also responsible for completing zoning inspections, updating zoning maps, issuing violation notices, as well as receiving and forwarding applications for the Planning & Zoning Commission and the City Council.

Suspected Violations and Complaints

Zoning violations and complaints are filed with the Zoning Administrator.  If someone is suspected of a zoning violation or is the subject of a complaint, contact the Zoning Office during regular business hours at 505-832-4406, Ext. 110 or e-mail

Planning & Zoning
PO Box 130
Moriarty, NM 87035

Phone: 505-832-4406


Zoning Administrator

P&Z Commission

Jason Grider

Melissa Delgadillo
Vice Chair

Marge Shanfeldt

Melanie Leinen

Brent Myrick


City of Moriarty
201 Broadway Street (S)
PO Box 130 Moriarty, NM 87035

Phone: 505-832-4406
Fax: 832-6919

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