This site provides general information regarding the building and permitting process in the unincorporated areas of San Juan County and also includes the City of Aztec and the City of Bloomfield and the Town of Kirtland. The information contained herein may not cover specific questions or projects, so please contact the Building Division at (505) 334-4313 for additional information.
- County Rural Addressing: (505) 334-4314
- County Subdivisions and Divisions of Land: (505) 334-4248
- Driveway Permits off State or US Highways: (505) 476-4223
- Driveway Permits off County Maintained Roads: (505) 334-4530
- Septic Permits: (505) 566-9741
- Mobile Home Permits: (505) 330-7156
- Floodplain Permits: (505) 334-4719
- City of Aztec Planning and Zoning: (505) 334-7605
- City of Bloomfield Planning and Zoning: (505) 632-6319
- Town of Kirtland: (505) 598-4160
- Farmington Electric Utility System: (505) 599-8310
- Aztec Electrical Department: (505) 334-7667
Construction Codes are adopted and amended by the State of New Mexico Construction Industries Division.
- 2015 International Building Code
- 2015 International Residential Code
- 2015 International Existing Building Code
- 2009 International Energy Conservation Code
- 2009 International Code Council A117.1 Accessible & Usable Buildings & Facilities
- 2015 New Mexico Earthen Building Code
- 2009 New Mexico Non-Load Bearing Baled Straw Construction Code
- 2017 National Electrical Code
- 2012 New Mexico Electrical Safety Code
- 2015 Uniform Plumbing Code/International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO)
- 2015 Uniform Mechanical Code/IAPMO
- 2012 Uniform Solar Energy Code/IAPMO
- 2012 Uniform Swimming Pool, Spa and Hot Tub Code/IAPMO
- NFPA 54 - 2009 National Fuel Gas Code
- NFPA 58 - 2014 Liquefied Petroleum Gas Code
All commercial projects require a licensed contractor to perform the work in accordance with the provisions and limitations set forth in New Mexico Administrative Code (NMAC) 14.6.6 Construction Industry Division Rules. All contractor licensing classifications and qualifications in the State of New Mexico are determined by the Construction Industries Division.
Design Criteria for San Juan County
Ground Snow Load (Pg): 30psf / *ASCE 7-10
- Wind Load - Vult
- Category I Building: 105 mph
- Category II Building: 115 mph
- Category III Building: 120 mp
- Category IV Building: 120 mph
Frost Depth: 30 inches below grade
Seismic: *ASCE 7-10
*American Society of Civil Engineers
Submitted commercial plans should contain the following items at a m:inimum
- All applicable codes in the design process listed including year of publication
- Dimension Site Plan with all utilities shown
- Structural Plans - Footing, Foundation, Slab, Imposed Loads, Load Bearing Walls and Floors, Metal Building Manufacturer Plans, Details
- Architectural Plan - Code Study, Floor Plan, Dimensions, Elevations, Details, Accessibility Details, Energy Code Requirements
- Electrical Plan - Riser Diagram, Load Calculation’s, Floor Plan, Power Plan, Lighting Plan, Panel Schedules, Wiring Methods
- Plumbing Plan - Floor Plan, Gas Piping, Water Piping, Building Drain, Fixture Schedule, Riser Diagram, Grease Traps
- Mechanical Plan - Floor Plan, Heat and Cooling unit schedule, Heating Ventilation Air Conditioning (HVAC) duct sizing, Damper Location, Kitchen Hoods, Equipment Schedule
See our Permit Checklist Options for a more comprehensive list.
Residential Construction is limited to a single family residence or alteration to thereof; a detached accessory building or storage building; decks or patios; and an agricultural building such as a hay barn or livestock barn for shelter. Either a contractor or homeowner may apply for permits to perform residential construction.
Design Criteria for San Juan County
Trusses: Trusses are required to be engineered, designed and supplied by a truss manufacturer. A minimum load design of 25-10-10 for conventional roofs is required. Tile or low slope built-up roofs require a greater load condition depending on the type of roof system utilized.
Wind Load: Vult 115 mph
Frost Depth: 30 inches below grade
Energy Conservation: Zone 5B
Submitted residential plans should contain the following items as a minimum:
- Dimensioned Site Plan with easements indicated
- Footing and foundation plan
- Floor Plan indicating the use of each room or space
- Typical load bearing wall detail
- Floor framing plan
- Roof framing plan
- Stamped Engineered truss drawings
- Elevations on the front, side, and rear
- Residential Energy Code Compliance
See our Permit Checklists Options for a more comprehensive list.
Plan Review Requirements
All buildings or structures requiring the seal of an Architect, Engineer or both in accordance with NMAC 18.104.22.168 and 22.214.171.124 and the Architectural Act 61-15-9 NMSA 1978 shall be subject to plan review for building, electrical, plumbing and mechanical disciplines. The plan review fees are in addition to the Building Permit Fees for the project. Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing permits have their own fee schedule and are calculated separately from the Building Permit Fee.
- Building Permit Fee: valuation of project x .005
- Building Plan Review Fee: valuation of project x .0012
Project valuations are determined by using the latest Building Valuation Data (BVD) as published by the International Code Council (ICC) for new buildings or additions to buildings. Project costs for alterations and repairs to existing buildings not requiring a change of occupancy classification are derived from the contract price inclusive of all work performed.
Permits are required in San Juan County for projects to be erected, constructed, enlarged, altered, repaired, moved, improved, removed, converted, or demolished.
To assist you in the submittal process, the following checklists and permit applications are provided (right-click and save as to open).
Construction Permit Checklists
- New Commercial
- Addition to Commercial
- New Residential
- Addition to Residential
- New Detached Accessory Building for Residential Use
Inspection requests are required to be scheduled a day in advance by calling (505) 334-4313. To avoid delays on your project, insure that you are ready for an inspection to take place.
Footing: Forms and rebar in place prior to placement of concrete
Foundation Wall: Concrete block, Insulated Concrete Form (ICF) block or concrete forms in place with reinforcement or rebar prior to placement of concrete
Monolithic Slab: Forms, exterior insulation and rebar in place prior to placement of concrete
Electrical Under Slab: Raceway runs prior to covering trench
Plumbing Under Slab: Drain-Waste-Vent (DWV) with test prior to covering trench, in-floor heat with air test
Slab on Grade: After Electrical and Plumbing under slab prior to placement of concrete
Rough Electrical: Electric service, feeders and branch circuits raceway complete to termination
Rough Plumbing: DWV top-out thru roof with test, gas piping with test, water piping with test
Rough Heating and Ventilation: Appliance vents thru the roof, trunk line and taps installed, combustion air provided, exhaust ducts complete
Framing: After rough-in electrical, plumbing and mechanical are completed and approved, windows in place, foundation and roof vents installed, air barrier requirements completed
Stucco Lath: Paper and wire installed and prior to application of stucco cement
Insulation: Exterior walls complete, ceiling complete if batted—Blown-in attic insulation and crawl space insulation may be verified at building final
Electrical Final: Panel board labeled, cover plate on, switches and outlets connected, fixtures in place
Plumbing Final: Fixtures in place, water supply functional, gas appliances installed and connected
Mechanical Final: Gas appliances connected to gas supply and operational, vent terminations complete, return and supply grills in place, cooling units complete and functional
Fire Department: Applicable to Commercial Construction Only
Building Final: Last inspection prior to occupancy approval