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Non-Conforming Use Certificate

Non-conforming use certificates are used to identify a parcel of land, structure, or use of the property as legal nonconforming use. This means the property was legally developed at the time of construction or the opening of a business, however, the City's rules and regulations have changed since that time. Though a property or business no longer complies to today's zoning laws, for example, it would be considered a legal nonconforming use.

A non-conforming use certificate may be granted providing legal status that the parcel, structure, or use of the property may continue to be used in the manner it originally existed in until such time a change transpires. Such changes depend on several factors.

For more information on non-conforming uses, structures, and property and how they are governed in the City, please read Article VII, Chapter 38 of the Zoning Code. The Zoning Code can be accessed through the Codes and Ordinances page.

A Non-conforming Use Certificate may be obtained by submitting an application to the Development Services Section of the Community Development Department. An application can be obtained through the Forms, Applications and Fees page.

Physical Location:
  • Development Services
  • Community Development Department
  • 700 N. Main Street, Suite 1100
  • Las Cruces, NM 88001
Mailing Address:
  • Development Services
  • Community Development Department
  • P.O. Box 20000
  • Las Cruces, NM 88004

Email Address:


  • (575)528-3043