Below is an update regarding the City of Santa Fe's proposed changes to the Short Term Rental Ordinance.  If you have questions please contact us and we would be happy to weed through all this with you.

At the City of Santa Fe’s Planning Commission meeting held on Thursday – June 18, 2020, the Planning Commission members postponed action on the proposed Short Term Rental law changes.  The Planning Commission agreed to take up the proposed changes at its July 16, 2020 meeting and will accept written comments through July 9, 2020.  Additionally, the Planning Commission agreed that there will be no public hearing at the July meeting to allow members to fully debate, amend and craft a final recommendation to the City Council regarding these changes.  Based on the advice from the Planning Commission’s attorney, Sally A. Paez, the ordinance changes will continue to be reviewed by city committees as the patrons of the legislation are committed to advancing the proposed changes to the City Council for its consideration by early August.


At the June 18th Planning Commission meeting, members offered:

  • Concerns about removing the Business Commercial District (BCD) from existing special exemptions in the current law;
  • Concerns about eliminating the ability for corporate entities, LLCs, and trusts from owning Short Term Rental permits;
  • Concerns with a new method of limiting the density of Short Term Rentals by creating a 75’ radius between existing and new permit holders;
  • Support for allowing the transfer of an existing Short Term Rental permit to another family member or trust; and
  • Raised a series of editing inaccuracies in the extensively rewritten draft.


Approximately, 30 individuals provided testimony at the City Planning Commission’s Zoom meeting with 12 individuals generally supporting the proposed changes and 17 individuals raising concerns or opposing the changes.  SFAR President, Susan Orth, provided public testimony urging the City of Santa Fe’s Planning Commission to postpone action and seek clarification on the proposed changes.


The City’s Quality of Life Committee will hear the proposed changes to the Short Term Rental ordinance on July 1, 2020.  It is unclear whether public comment will be permitted.  SFAR will provide meeting details as they are publicly announced.


The City of Santa Fe is proposed changes to its Short Term Rental laws; specifically:


  • Grandfather all existing units with a caveat on existing permit owners that upon expiration, the owner may be eligible to timely renew, while
  • Prospectively limiting the number of short term rental permits to one per natural person, as defined as an individual human being, as opposed to an organization of any form or a business entity.
  • Prospectively limiting the proximity of short term rentals on residentially-zoned property, if the subject property is located within a 75 foot radius of a residentially-zoned property that has a permitted short term rental unit.
  • Require a local operator for short term rental units to adopt recordkeeping and reporting requirements for short term rental unit owners and host platforms.  If the host platform collects rent for a short term rental unit, then the host platform must also maintain such records. Specifically, for current calendar year and three immediately preceeding years, the following:
    • The total number of times and number of nights that the unit was rented to guests each calendar month;
    • The total amount of rent paid by guests by month, and
    • The total amount of each type of tax and fee paid to the city for in connection with rental of the unit by month.
  • Limit short term rental permits to 25% of a multi-family development that contains four (4) or more dwelling units.
  • Reduce from 3 times to 2 times the number of legally allowed occupants (guests) for any gathering.
  • At issuance of permit or renewal notify neighborhoods within 200 feet of the short term rental with information regarding its operation as required by law.
  • Require host platform operators to list city business license number with rental and a monthly report to the city to include:  total number of short term rental unit listings and owners in the city; total number of times and nights each unit was rented to guests each calendar month; and the total amount of revenue collected from all rentals through the host platform in the city, including rent and each type of taxes and fees.
  • Require local operators to reside within the boundaries of the City of Santa Fe.
  • Reduce the annual short term rental fee from $325 to $290.
  • Eliminate the requirement for adequate insurance or proof of insurance.
  • Adds the ability of the Land Use Director to request additional information, documentation, and submittals.
  • Prior to issuance of a short term rental permit, the owner of the unit must have a certificate of occupancy to ensure compliance with all applicable codes and a city business license.
Posted by Gabriel Leyba on June 22nd, 2020 8:33 PM

Septic Systems in New Mexico are required to be tested prior to the property transferring ownership. The filing fees and re-permitting fees will change as of July 1, 2020.  Below is a notice from the New Mexico Environment Department. If you have any questions regarding how this would affect the potential sale of your home please contact any of the experienced Realtors at Leyba Real Estate LLC.

Changes to New Mexico Administrative Code 20.7.11 Liquid Waste Treatment and Disposal Fees will become effective July 1, 2020.

The new report filing fee will be fifty dollars.  An invoice for $50 will be attached to all property transfer evaluation reports filed with any of the field offices. The owner of the property is responsible for the fee.  The owner or their authorized representative may pay the fee via check made payable to the Environmental Health Fund.

Payment may be made at the time of submission or within 30 days. Any outstanding invoices will become the responsibility of future property owners.

The department has plans to allow for credit card and online payments in the near future.

Additional changes include a fee of $250 for the department to conduct an un-permitted system inspection.  Again, this is a new fee. 

A fee schedule is below for your information.

You may email or call your local field office if you have any questions. 


The department will develop an online video explaining the changes in the near future. 

We will send out the link when that occurs.



(effective 07/01/2020)



Conventional system, register, construct, or modify design flow up to 1,000 gpd


Conventional system, register, construct, or modify design flow 1,001 gpd up to 2,000 gpd is


Conventional system, register, construct, or modify design flow 2,001 gpd up to 5,000 gpd


Alternative system or advanced treatment register, construct or modify design flow.  up to 1,000 gpd          


Alternative system or advanced treatment register, construct or modify design flow.1,001 gpd up to 2,000 gpd


Alternative system or advanced treatment register, construct or modify design flow.2,001 gpd up to 5,000 gpd


Annual operating permit renewal for an alternative system or advanced treatment system


Annual operating permit renewal for a holding tank system or, a split flow system with a holding tank, excluding alternative systems and advanced treatment systems


Homeowner Qualification Certificate


Third-party Evaluator Qualification Certificate


Maintenance service provider Qualification Certificate


Septage Pumper Qualification Certificate


Installer Specialist Qualification Certificate


Installer Specialist Renewal Qualification Certificate


Septage Pumping Truck Annual Registration Fee: 


Property Transfer Report Filing Fee: 


Septic Tank Manufacturer Certification Fee:


Re-Inspection Fee:


Un-permitted System Inspection Fee:


Variance, Application for, small system


Variance Application for, large system


Table Prepared 4/9/20

Posted by Gabriel Leyba on June 6th, 2020 8:41 PM

John Michael Salazar

John Michael has lived and worked in Santa Fe his entire life.  He is a graduate of both Capital High School and the College of Santa Fe.  John worked in local government for nearly 20 years in planning and zoning and he also has a background in construction working for his family’s construction business. John Michael understands residential construction; from drafting the plans, to permitting, to building the actual home. His experience in these fields gives him excellent insight into the Santa Fe and Albuquerque metro area markets, whether buying or selling a home.    

 John Michael and his wife Shaina are raising three sons. He is an active member in the community, having been a member of the City of Santa Fe Planning Commission, the Santa Fe Public Schools Citizen Review Committee, an assistant varsity football coach for Capital High School, and has volunteered for various youth leagues in Santa Fe including Santa Fe Little League, the Northern New Mexico Children’s Football League, and the Rio Rapids Northern Soccer Club. John Michael is a member of the National Association of Realtors, New Mexico Association of Realtors, Santa Fe Association of Realtors, Greater Albuquerque Association of Realtors, and the Government Affairs Committee for the Santa Fe Association of Realtors.

Posted by Gabriel Leyba on April 14th, 2020 3:56 PM