Building Division


The Building Inspection Division is charged with ensuring that all building construction over which the City has jurisdiction conforms to the standards set forth by the Governing Body and the State of New Mexico. This includes the issuance of building permits, the monitoring of construction, the inspection of all appropriate building structures, follow-up on all citizen and Construction Industry Division (C.I.D.) complaints and providing all customers with general construction information.

Contractors performing work within the City's limits are required to have a license with the State of New Mexico and an active business license with the City of Rio Rancho.

Residential Inspections

If you are in needing an inspection of your residential construction, please view our Residential Inspection Process section.

Notice to Homeowners and Contractors

Permits are required whenever a building or structure is “erected, constructed, enlarged, altered, repaired, moved, improved, removed, converted or demolished, and no electrical wiring, plumbing or mechanical work as defined and described in the applicable New Mexico construction codes for those trades, may be installed, repaired or maintained in or on such building or structure, unless the applicable permit has first been obtained from the division (City)”. --NMAC Section, PERMITS REQUIRED, Subsection A

Additionally all re-roofs require a building permit prior to starting the re-roofing (a faxed application is not a permit) and inspections.

Codes Utilized by the City

  • 2009 (until 6/30/17) or 2015 International Building Code
  • 2009 (until 6/30/17) or 2015 International Residential Code
  • 2009 International Energy Conservation Code
  • 2014 National Electric Code
  • 2012 Uniform Plumbing Code
  • 2012 Uniform Mechanical Code
Notice To All Solar Contractors

Effective March 20, 2017 before a solar permit is applied for a copy of the PNM Notice of Complete and Notice of Technical Screening Review will be required as part of the submittal showing the type and size of the system to be installed.

Our Goal is Quality Customer Service

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