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FAQ ( frequently asked question )


Keep an eye out for notifications of vacancies on the City Art Board. Interested parties can submit an application to the City Clerk’s office when a position is vacant. ( City Art Board - Las Cruces )

The City Attorney will discuss the Las Cruces Municipal Code , City Council agenda items or other City-related questions. However, the City Attorney is not permitted to give legal advice to citizens. ( City Attorney - Las Cruces )

The State Bar of New Mexico has several referral services. You can call the State Bar at 800-876-6227, or you can go to the New Mexico Bar website and select the “Public” tab.  New Mexico Legal Aid has a Las Cruces office which you can reach at 575-541-4800. The Third Judicial District Court of Dona Ana County has a self-help office which you can reach at 575-528-8326. In addition, Law Access New Mexico at 800-340-9771 provides telephone advice. ( City Attorney - Las Cruces )

No. The District Attorney is a State of New Mexico government office which represents the State by prosecuting criminal matters in Magistrate Court and District Court.  The District Attorney’s phone number is 575-524-6370. ( City Attorney - Las Cruces )

The Public Defender’s office has lawyers employed by the State of New Mexico to represent individuals charged with crimes in Magistrate Court and District Court. The Public Defender does not handle civil lawsuits or Municipal Court cases.  The Public Defender’s phone number is 575-524-6200. ( City Attorney - Las Cruces )

For birth certificates, contact the New Mexico Department of Health at 866-534-0051 or visit their website  https://nmhealth.org/about/erd/bvrhs/vrp/birth/ . ( City Clerk - Las Cruces )

For death certificates, contact the New Mexico Department of Health at their toll free number 866-534-0051 or visit their website  https://nmhealth.org/about/erd/bvrhs/vrp/death/ . ( City Clerk - Las Cruces )

For divorce records, contact the District Court at (575) 523-8200 or visit their website  https://thirddistrictcourt.nmcourts.gov/.   ( City Clerk - Las Cruces )

For marriage records, contact the County Clerk's Office at (575) 647-7421 or visit their website  https://www.donaanacounty.org/ . ( City Clerk - Las Cruces )

For voter registration information, contact the Doña Ana County Clerk's Office (575) 647-7421 or visit their website  https://donaanacounty.org/elections/registration . ( City Clerk - Las Cruces )

Calling our Central Dispatch is the quickest way at 575-526-0795. You may also call our office Monday through Friday between the hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 575-528-4100. You can also report violations online at Ask the City . ( Code Enforcement - Las Cruces )

Yard/garage sale signs are one of the City's biggest problem when hosting such an event. These signs cannot be posted on City Property (medians, sidewalks, light posts, and stop signs are the most popular violations).  Private Property Private property (your residence, a neighbor on the corner) is the only allowed places for a sign. Off-premises signs may be used to advertise any garage sale, private sale or event, provided that the signs are not over three square feet in sign area and are used only during the duration of the event. The person erecting the sign and the property owner at the sign location shall be responsible for sign removal and all other requirements concerning signs. Please remember to remove the sign after your successful event. Also, on a side note, please take into consideration of your neighbors due to parking issues and additional activity in your neighborhood. ( Code Enforcement - Las Cruces )

Prompt reporting of graffiti initiates the abatement process. Graffiti can be reported online at Ask the City to initiate a report. A Las Cruces Police Department ( LCPD ) Codes Enforcement Officer will take a report and begin the abatement process. You may also call the Codes Enforcement Office at 575-528-4100 or call the non-emergency Mesilla Valley Regional Dispatch Authority at 575-526-0795. ( Code Enforcement - Las Cruces )

Whenever the city becomes aware of graffiti on real property, including structures within the city and visible from a public right-of-way or city-owned property, the city shall give written notice to the property owner that the graffiti should be removed or effectively hidden within ten days from the date that the notice is served. Prior to being cited under this section, the property owner may give the city written authorization to allow the city to remove the graffiti vandalism if the city has a graffiti removal program available to such private property. There is no charge for this service. However, the property owner is encouraged to take all steps possible to remove it themselves. The City isn't responsible for incorrect matching of paint schemes and does only have limited colors available. ( Code Enforcement - Las Cruces )

The shelter for your pet requires 3 sides, a roof, and an elevated floor. The shelter should also be weather resistant. Keep in mind the pet inside will be cold during the winter and hot during the summer. Also, a shelter does not replace the requirement for a separate shade. ( Code Enforcement - Animal Control - Las Cruces )

Chaining your dog should be a last resort. But if you must, your dog can only be chained to a fixed object for up to 2 hours per 12 hour period. If you use some type of running line, pulley or trolley system then your dog may be tethered for up to 4 hours per 12 hour period. Keep in mind that the dog should be able to access food, water, shade, and shelter as well. ( Code Enforcement - Animal Control - Las Cruces )

A good question. The answer is maybe. A multi-animal site permit is required if you have 4 to 7 dogs, cats, rabbits or any combination of these. If you not sure, please contact Animal Control Services at 575-528-4100. ( Code Enforcement - Animal Control - Las Cruces )

Should an individual wish to file a complaint because they feel their rights may have been violated can contact the Department of Justice or use the online form. ( Code Enforcement - Service Animal - Las Cruces )

Under the ADA , State, and local governments, businesses and non-profit organizations that serve the general public generally must allow service animals to accompany people with disabilities in all areas of the facility where the public is normally allowed to go. For example, in a hospital, it would be inappropriate to exclude a service animal from areas such as patient rooms, clinics, cafeterias or examination rooms. However, it may be appropriate to exclude a service animal from operating rooms or burn units where the animal's presence may compromise a sterile environment. ( Code Enforcement - Service Animal - Las Cruces )

The service animal must be permitted to accompany the individual with a disability to all areas of the facility where customers are normally allowed and may not be segregated from other customers. ( Code Enforcement - Service Animal - Las Cruces )

No. Allergies or fear of dogs are not valid reasons for denying access or refusing service to people using service animals. Both should be accommodated by assigning them, if possible, to different locations within the room. ( Code Enforcement - Service Animal - Las Cruces )

No. The care or supervision of a service animal is solely the responsibility of his/her owner. You are not required to provide care or food or a special location for the animal. ( Code Enforcement - Service Animal - Las Cruces )

Before a business registration is issued, all businesses operating in New Mexico must register with the New Mexico Taxation and Revenue Department and have a State Tax Identification Number, also known as a CRS number. The Tax and Revenue Department in Las Cruces is located at: 2540 El Paseo Road Building 2 Las Cruces, NM 88001 You can also visit their website for more information. ( Community & Economic Development - Business Concierge - Las Cruces )

Once you have received your CRS number, apply for a business registration at the Community Development Department . You must bring your business State of New Mexico Tax Certificate, which will contain the physical address of your business and the CRS number. ( Community & Economic Development - Business Concierge - Las Cruces )

Depending on the type of business, the fees may range from $30 to $40. Special events, temporary stands, and other specialty licenses apply. ( Community & Economic Development - Business Concierge - Las Cruces )

Yes. A business registration is valid for 12 months. A month before expiration, you will receive a renewal notice via mail and it can be renewed in person or by mail. ( Community & Economic Development - Business Concierge - Las Cruces )

The Business Resource Directory ( BRD ) (PDF) is concise and comprehensive list of resources available to new or existent businesses in our region. Local and regional public and private agencies that provide services in a wide range of subjects related to business are included. ( Community & Economic Development - Business Concierge - Las Cruces )

Set up a pre-submittal meeting for immediate feedback on items that may need to be address for building construction and/expansions. This meeting will allow the appropriate City staff involved with permitting, inspections, codes, and other City-related questions to meet with you to address your questions during the meeting and define an action plan for you prior to the official submission of application. ( Community & Economic Development - Business Concierge - Las Cruces )

You do not need a permit if you are building, installing, repairing or replacing: Any wall or edging used for landscaping purposes not more than 2 feet high or 1 foot wide Counter, wall, or partition less than five feet nine inches in height Exterior replastering (including architectural applications) that does not require lath Leak in drains, soil, waste or vent pipes provided that repair does not require total replacement Motors or other portable appliances energized by means of a cord having an attachment plug end One-story detached accessory building such as a tool and storage sheds, playhouses, or similar uses, with a floor area less than 120 square feet Painting, wall papering, floor covering, or similar finish work Platform (decks, balconies, boardwalk, etc.) not more than 30 inches above grade Pre-fabricated swimming pool with walls entirely above ground and a capacity less than 5,000 gallons Reinstallation of attachment plug receptacles, but not the outlets Removal and reinstallation of water closets in the same location Replacing motors, transformers or appliances with the same type and rating in the same location Stoppages or leaks in pipes, valves or fixtures Temporary decorative lighting Water tank that holds less than 5,000 gallons, is placed directly on the floor, and is not more that twice as tall as it is wide Window awnings supported by an exterior wall and not projecting more than 54 inches Any other work that involves the following requires a building, plumbing or electrical permit: Altering Constructing Demolishing Enlarging Erecting Installing Repairing ( Community & Economic Development - Construction Permits & Inspections - Las Cruces )

Any project that requires a permit must be permitted before any work begins. Starting a project before a permit is issued, or not getting a permit at all, will result in the homeowner being assessed a double fee when the violation is detected. ( Community & Economic Development - Construction Permits & Inspections - Las Cruces )

For residential building projects, including roof work, yard wall construction, porches, or sheds, the homeowner can request the permit and do the work themselves. All heating and cooling work must be completed and permitted by a contractor holding the appropriate license. For plumbing and electrical work, there is a written test that the city will administer. If you pass the test, you can do the work on your own. If not, you will need to hire a licensed contractor. Anytime you are paying someone else for contracting services, they must be licensed and they must request a permit. ( Community & Economic Development - Construction Permits & Inspections - Las Cruces )

Some residential permits can be issued “Over the Counter”. This means that essentially you, or your contractor, can walk in, apply for and receive the permit while you wait. If you prefer, you can request a complete review of your residential project. All commercial projects, including apartments, require a complete review. The cost of the permit is based on the value of the work being done. ( Community & Economic Development - Construction Permits & Inspections - Las Cruces )

For a building permit, you will need a site plan showing the work that will be done, the property lines and distances from the property lines to the proposed construction. Plumbing, electrical and mechanical permits do not require submittal of any documentation aside from the permit application. ( Community & Economic Development - Construction Permits & Inspections - Las Cruces )

You must have a permit to build a wall more than 2 feet tall. If you are building the wall yourself, you can request the permit. If you are paying someone else to build the wall for you, they must be licensed and they have to request the permit. If the wall is going to be built on a property line, you will need to provide the city with written permission from the property owner on the other side of the wall. ( Community & Economic Development - Construction Permits & Inspections - Las Cruces )

Go to Accela. ( Community & Economic Development - Construction Permits & Inspections - Las Cruces )

The purpose of the Infill Development Overlay ( IDO ) is to provide a streamlined review process for the development of vacant and underutilized parcels or those parcels ready for redevelopment within the overlay zone, regardless of the property's zoning. The IDO supports sustainable growth while promoting economic development within the City in accordance with the Comprehensive Plan. ( Community & Economic Development - Infill Development - Las Cruces )

Any vacant or underutilized tract, lot, or parcel of real property, including those parcels currently used for agricultural purposes, that falls within the infill area. ( Community & Economic Development - Infill Development - Las Cruces )

The benefits could include: Expedited permit review Flexibility in design Flexibility in use No building permit fees (Does not include impact fees) No submittal fees ( Community & Economic Development - Infill Development - Las Cruces )

The Infill Development Overlay District includes the area inside these boundaries: Alameda Boulevard Hoagland Road Interstate Highway 25 North Main Street (U.S. Highway 70) Northern boundary of University Avenue Corridor Overlay Zone Three Crosses Avenue Valley Drive, (NM Highways 188 and 185) This does not include the South Mesquite Zone District Overlay however, some benefits may apply. ( Community & Economic Development - Infill Development - Las Cruces )

The Infill Development Process is a streamlined development process for qualifying infill parcels and can be used for the following requests: Building Permits Business Registrations Planned Unit Developments Sign Permits Special Use Permits Subdivisions Variances ( Community & Economic Development - Infill Development - Las Cruces )

According to the Principals and Practice of Urban Planning (Goodman and Freund, 1968), zoning is probably the single most commonly used legal instrument available for implementing the comprehensive plan. It may be defined as the division of a municipality into districts and regulation of those districts in terms of height and bulk of buildings, lot coverage and open space, density and land use. These concepts and more are addressed within the Purpose and Intent of the 2001 Las Cruces Zoning Code, as amended and are all geared to help protect the health, safety and welfare of the citizens it governs. ( Community & Economic Development - Land Use & Development - Las Cruces )

All requests for development are processed through the Development Services Department . Trying to circumvent this process could only lead to an increase in delays and your frustration. The sooner you meet with a planner regarding your proposal, the sooner we can begin the process. ( Community & Economic Development - Land Use & Development - Las Cruces )

An engineered site plan is the most useful tool in evaluating your proposal. Otherwise, if recorded, you may obtain a copy of your plat from the Dona Ana County Clerk’s Office and have that with you at the time of the meeting. You should also bring all pertinent information relating to your property and the proposed use(s) and/or improvement(s). ( Community & Economic Development - Land Use & Development - Las Cruces )

The Las Cruces Comprehensive Plan guides the review process of all development applications within the City. Within this document, development policy is addressed through eight elements representing our city fabric: Community Facilities Economic Development Environment Housing Land Use Transportation Urban Design Utilities A five tier framework within the comprehensive plan affords an opportunity to create more detailed policy at a more specific level of geographic area or topic such as the Thoroughfare Plan, Stormwater Management Plan, Master Utility Plan, and Parks, Recreation and Open Space Master Plan. These plans or documents are also used in the review process. ( Community & Economic Development - Land Use & Development - Las Cruces )

There are some instances when you may skip a pre-application meeting. Specifically for property which is already zoned for the use intended and has no additional submittal or review requirements. If you are not sure what requirements you maybe subject to, it is best to request to speak with the Planner of the Day ( POD ) to have them take a preliminary look. Any applications that are not straight-forward development applications require a mandatory pre-application meeting prior to submission. ( Community & Economic Development - Land Use & Development - Las Cruces )

In ranked choice voting (RCV) the voter ranks all candidates in order of preference. This allows you to vote more than just your top pick and eliminates the need for runoff elections. ( Elections - Las Cruces )

Your city council district is listed on your voter ID card. You can also look up your registration information, including city council district, on the Secretary of State's  Voter Portal or call the City Clerk’s office at 575-541-2115 ( Elections - Las Cruces )

There are no city-wide races or questions on the ballot this November, so only voters within Council Districts 3, 5, and 6 will vote this year. You must be registered to vote within the District to vote in its City Council race. ( Elections - Las Cruces )

Yes, all candidates must be registered to vote in the District they want to represent. The deadline for candidates to make any changes to their voter registration is August 4 th , 2021. Changes can be made via the Secretary of State's Voter Portal . ( Elections - Las Cruces )

Anything a candidate files is public record and is uploaded to our candidate portal . Voters are encouraged to reach out to candidates to hear from them directly. Nonpartisan voter guides from trusted civic organizations (such as the League of Women Voters ) can provide a good summary. ( Elections - Las Cruces )

No, all city elections are run by the Doña Ana County Clerk’s office . You can register to vote for all elections with them. ( Elections - Las Cruces )

Call fire headquarters at 575-528-3473 to schedule your class. ( Fire Department - Las Cruces )

Open a records request . Contact the City Clerk’s Office at (575) 541-2115 or ipra@las-cruces.org with any questions. Anyone may request public records by contacting the City Clerk’s Office in person, by mail, email or through the Records Request Portal .  All written requests are responded to pursuant to the New Mexico Inspection of Public Records Act. View the Inspection of Public Records Act and Guide (PDF) for more information.  ( Fire Department - Las Cruces )

Stop by the closest station to where you are planning to burn for your free permit. Permits are issued on the day they will be used and are a 1-day permit only. Valid only within the city limits. ( Fire Department - Las Cruces )

No. It is best to allow the cat to come down on its own, generally when they get hungry. ( Fire Department - Las Cruces )

Any fire station between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. ( Fire Department - Las Cruces )

Call fire headquarters at 575-528-3473 to schedule a fire truck for your function. ( Fire Department - Las Cruces )

Fire Department units are dispatched according to information received by the 911 operator. Firefighters are prepared to deal with the worst that could happen. In emergency services, we have learned that if we assume something is "simple" we can be horribly mistaken. Plus, we respond as fast as we can and try to be prepared for the worst. The winner in these situations will always be the citizen who needs help. ( Fire Department - Las Cruces )

Sometimes several units are dispatched to the same incident. The first unit may have arrived on the scene, surveyed the situation and informed the dispatcher that the situation is under control. All other responding units could then be canceled and put back in service to receive another call. Most likely when you see an emergency vehicle go lights and siren through a red light and then slow down and turn off the emergency lights, they have been canceled from the call they were going on. ( Fire Department - Las Cruces )

A General Obligation Bond is a form of debt financing secured by property tax revenues. General obligation bonds can be issued for general purpose projects. State Statute 3-30-5 outlines the authority to issue general obligation bonds and purpose. ( GO Bonds - Las Cruces )

State Constitution Article 9 Section 3 limits the amount of general obligation bonds issued by municipalities to 4% of total assessed valuation. The City of Las Cruces’ current general obligation bonding capacity is $82,681,309.   ( GO Bonds - Las Cruces )

The City's current outstanding GO Bond debt is $22.5 million. ( GO Bonds - Las Cruces )

A GO Bond is typically paid back in 10 to 15 years with an interest rate based on the City's credit worthiness. A municipality can borrow at a better than private market rate. ( GO Bonds - Las Cruces )

Many communities issue and repay GO Bonds on a regular cycle - e.g. every 2 to 6 years. The City will evaluate the need for GO Bond elections in the future. ( GO Bonds - Las Cruces )

Depending on which GO Bond requests are approved, the City will prepare for one or several bond sales spaced out to minimize interest cost and match project needs. Tax rates would be adjusted after the sale of the bond(s), and property owners would see that increase on their next property tax bill (issued annually). ( GO Bonds - Las Cruces )

Send in your thoughts to gobond@las-cruces.org. ( GO Bonds - Las Cruces )

The mill rate is the amount of tax payable per dollar of the assessed value of a property. 1 mill is equal to $1 in property tax levied per $1,000 of the property’s assessed value. The mill rate for your property is determined by who or what is taxing you. That means that different mill rates are charged by different agencies, including the city, the county, school boards, and state. These are all combined to help calculate your final property tax bill.     ( GO Bonds - Las Cruces )

An increase in the assessed taxable value of the property will increase the property taxes. The City receives a percentage of property taxes.  The rest goes to other governmental and educational entities.  If governmental and/or educational entity increase their mill rate, property taxes will increase.   ( GO Bonds - Las Cruces )

Taxable value on real and personal property is one-third of the total assessed value, minus any allowable exemptions. Net taxable value times the mil rate is total taxes owed.  For example:   Full Value of Property Total Assessed Value $150,000 Calculate Taxable Value Total Assessed Value/3 $50,000 Subtract Exemptions $0 Net Taxable Value $50,000 Calculate Total Taxes Owed Net Taxable Value * Mill Rate $50,000 * 0.031258 $1562.90 ( GO Bonds - Las Cruces )

City of Las Cruces current general obligation bond outstanding debt is $22,510,000. ( GO Bonds - Las Cruces )

Bond cycling allows the city to issue new debt without increasing the debt service. The debt service stays leveled when debt is cycled. If general obligation bonds are structured to be cycled every four years, the debt service will decrease the fourth year but will level out with the new debt.     ( GO Bonds - Las Cruces )

The City uses property tax revenues to pay for general obligation bonds.  General obligation bond debt service is paid semi-annually (February and August).   ( GO Bonds - Las Cruces )

There will be a minimal decrease in property taxes if the bonds are not approved by voters. The tax rate will go down until the current general obligation bonds are paid off.  ( GO Bonds - Las Cruces )

NO, property taxes will not go up.  New bonds are issued as older bonds are retired keeping the City’s property tax rate consistent.   ( GO Bonds - Las Cruces )

An increase in the assessed taxable value of the property will increase the property taxes. The City receives a percentage of property taxes.  The rest goes to other governmental and educational entities.  If governmental and/or educational entity increase their mill rate, property taxes will increase.   ( GO Bonds - Las Cruces )

Yes.  Applying Online The City of Las Cruces no longer accepts paper applications or resumes. Applicants must apply online through the City of Las Cruces. If you do not have a computer with internet service, you may utilize a computer at the Branigan Library, the senior citizen centers, the LC Convention Bureau, the Human Resources department at City Hall. Apply at Human Resources For those that wish to apply, computer kiosks are available at the City of Las Cruces: Human Resources Department 700 N Main Room 2200 Las Cruces NM, 88001 Monday through Friday 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Please monitor your email account on a regular basis for any communications related to this recruitment. Adding this email address to your list of contacts may reduce the possibility of missing upcoming announcements regarding this process or the status of your application. We also recommend adding this address to your spam  and junk  email filters as a "safe sender." ( Human Resources - Las Cruces )

If you do not have an email address, you can get a free email address for Yahoo, AOL or Google. Note : The City of Las Cruces does not endorse the use of any specific email service. This information is provided as a courtesy. ( Human Resources - Las Cruces )

Applications are only accepted for current openings. A list of current job openings is available by visiting the Human Resources employment section of our website. ( Human Resources - Las Cruces )

If our current job openings do not include jobs you are interested in at this time, you may complete a job interest notification request. To sign up for email notification you may request job notification by job categories. You will be notified by email if the categories you are interested in have openings for recruitment. Please monitor your email account on a regular basis for any communications related to this recruitment. Adding this email address to your list of contacts may reduce the possibility of missing upcoming announcements regarding this process or the status of your application. We also recommend adding this address to your spam and junk email filters as a "safe sender." ( Human Resources - Las Cruces )

No, candidates may update their previous application on file and submit for other job opportunities. ( Human Resources - Las Cruces )

The Human Resources Department will review your job application and will email you a notice of qualification or disqualification with instructions. Please monitor your email account on a regular basis for any communications related to this recruitment. Adding this email address to your list of contacts may reduce the possibility of missing upcoming announcements regarding this process or the status of your application. We also recommend adding this address to your spam and junk email filters as a "safe sender." ( Human Resources - Las Cruces )

Yes, you will be notified by email that you were not selected. Please monitor your email account on a regular basis for any communications related to this recruitment. Adding this email address to your list of contacts may reduce the possibility of missing upcoming announcements regarding this process or the status of your application. We also recommend adding this address to your spam  and junk email filters as a "safe sender." ( Human Resources - Las Cruces )

Contact the ADA Coordinator at 575-528-3227 or email M. Pierce for more information. ( Human Resources - Las Cruces )

There are several options available for resolving your citation/offense in Municipal Court. Not all options are available for all citations. Request dismissal of a citation upon receipt of proof Pay a fine Plead “Not Guilty” and schedule a hearing before a Judge Plead “Guilty” or “No Contest” and speak to a Judge to explain the circumstances Set a hearing for a violation that is on the list of penalty assessment violations, schedule of assessments. If your violation is not on this list, you have to see a Judge in order to be arraigned. ( Municipal Court - Las Cruces )

Yes, the Las Cruces Municipal Court performs weddings on a walk-in basis on Fridays from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. in Courtroom Number 2 on the second floor with Judge Goldbaum.   Currently wedding parties will be limited to 4 people per ceremony. The wedding party will consist of the couple and their 2 witnesses.  Please follow these instructions/guidelines if you would like to get married at Municipal Court: You must obtain a marriage license from the Dona Ana County Clerks Office and bring all documentation with you to Municipal Court Bring at least 2 witnesses with you, the court does not provide witnesses. Witnesses must be at least 18 years old. If you require interpreters for this ceremony, please bring your own as court interpreters are not available. If you have specific vows that you would like to use, bring them with you and speak to the Judge before your ceremony takes place, otherwise the Judge will use standard vows If Judge Goldbaum is not available for any reason, the ability to be married may be cancelled without notice Court staff does not facilitate wedding ceremonies at any other times, if you are interested in Judge Goldbaum performing a wedding at another location or another time, please see her in Courtroom Number 2 on Friday’s between 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 a.m. to make your request to her Other places to try locating a judge to perform your wedding: Dona Ana County Probate Judge, phone: 575-525-6132 Dona Ana County Magistrate Court, phone: 575-524-2814 ( Municipal Court - Las Cruces )

The Las Cruces Museum System ( LCMS ) Permanent Collection contains over 10,000 objects. Unfortunately, we simply do not have the gallery space to display every object! Exposure to light and temperature variations can damage to sensitive objects; many objects benefit from being stored in an environmentally controlled building. The LCMS preserves objects not just for display on exhibit, but also for educational and research purposes. We do not accept donations with any conditions or stipulations, including display requirements. ( Museum System - Collections - Las Cruces )

If you would like to visit the collection for research purposes, please contact the Collections Manager to discuss your project. At this time, the collections storage facility is not open to public tours or visitation. ( Museum System - Collections - Las Cruces )

Some classes and programs require a fee. Please see the event listing or call 575-528-3330. Scholarships are available pending proof of need. Please review the William Wachtel Memorial Scholarship Application . ( Museum System - Museum of Art - Las Cruces )

Registrations must be completed in person. To register, visit the atrium desk at: Museum of Nature and Science 411 N Main Street Las Cruces, NM 88001 Hours Tuesday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. ( Museum System - Museum of Art - Las Cruces )

Registrations must be completed in person. To register, visit the atrium desk at the: Museum of Nature and Science 411 N Main Street Las Cruces, NM 88001 Hours Tuesday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. ( Museum System - Museum of Nature & Science - Las Cruces )

Registrations must be completed in person. To register, visit the atrium desk at: Museum of Nature and Science 411 N Main Street Las Cruces, NM 88001 Hours Tuesday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. ( Museum System - Studio Programs - Las Cruces )

Students in ceramics classes can purchase one additional bag of clay during their enrollment period. ( Museum System - Studio Programs - Las Cruces )

Click here to view vacant/abandoned properties. ( Neighborhood Action Team - Las Cruces )

The Neighborhood Action Team ( NAT ) is a task force comprising representatives of several departments within City government. The areas represented include: Chief Operations Office Codes Enforcement Community Development Community Outreach Office Facilities Fire Department Land Management Legal Police Department Public Information Office ( Neighborhood Action Team - Las Cruces )

The Neighborhood Action Team ( NAT )  was formed to tackle the issue of vacant and abandoned properties in the city limits in a response to fires that occurred in some of these structures that created a public hazard. Residents requested the City to secure these properties in a quicker time frame than allowed by codes and administrative policies. The NAT reviews codes and administrative policies for continued improvements that involve better communication and coordination among department personnel and the public. ( Neighborhood Action Team - Las Cruces )

If you want to report a vacant or abandoned building, or to report suspicious activity at a vacant or abandoned building, you can contact codes officers assigned to your area. A guide and interactive map for the district officers and contact information can be found at the Meet Your Codes Officer page. You can call the general Codes Office number at 528-4100. ( Neighborhood Action Team - Las Cruces )

Yes. New Mexico state statute Article 38 - Administration and Enforcement of Property Taxes - provides the authority for property taxes. Check the News Mexico Statute for details. ( Neighborhood Action Team - Las Cruces )

Property taxes are paid to the Dona Ana County Tax Assessor . This office is responsible for valuing all real and personal property for taxing authorities in the county. Taxing authorities include such organizations as school districts, hospitals, municipalities, conservancy districts, and flood-control authorities. The Assessor’s Office also administers the granting of certain exemptions allowable by state law. ( Neighborhood Action Team - Las Cruces )

The Dona Ana County ( DAC ) Tax Assessor is supervised by the New Mexico State Department of Taxation and Revenue, and not by the County Commissioners. ( Neighborhood Action Team - Las Cruces )

The New Mexico State Department of Taxation and Revenue collects tax dollars and distributes them according to state law. The Property Tax Division of the department helps local governments in the administration and collection of taxes in the state. ( Neighborhood Action Team - Las Cruces )

By state law, each June the County Treasurer’s Office mails a delinquency notice to the assessed property owner for any tax bill 30 days or more delinquent. The notice informs the owner that if the taxes on real property, including penalty and interest charges, are not paid within two years from the date of delinquency, the property will be sold at state public auction. For owners of mobile homes and personal property, the notice states that the property is subject to seizure and subsequent sale after six months from the date of delinquency. ( Neighborhood Action Team - Las Cruces )

Your responsibilities as a property owner include paying your property taxes in a timely manner and becoming familiar with and following all City laws (codes and ordinances) related to property ownership and personal conduct. ( Neighborhood Action Team - Las Cruces )

If you want to report a vacant or abandoned building, please email codes311@las.cruces.org , and make sure that you type in the subject line of the email: Vacant or Abandoned property. You can also call the general Codes Enforcement Office at 528-4100. ( Neighborhood Action Team - Las Cruces )

To report suspected suspicious activity on vacant or abandoned property, please email codes311@las.cruces.org , and make sure that you type in the subject line of the email: Vacant or Abandoned property. You can also call the general Codes Enforcement Office at 528-4100. ( Neighborhood Action Team - Las Cruces )

If you want to have a better understanding of city codes as they relate to your property, contact the Codes Officer assigned to your area . Codes officers are assigned districts. You can call the general Codes Office number at 528-4100. ( Neighborhood Action Team - Las Cruces )

It assists the city manager with the development and implementation of the City’s budget. OMB monitors and forecasts the revenues and expenditures for the City. ( Office of Management & Budget - Las Cruces )

The City of Las Cruces and State of New Mexico follow a Fiscal Year ( FY ) that starts July 1 and ends June 30. A Fiscal Year is the period designated by the city for the beginning and ending of financial transactions or a budget cycle. The 2015 Annual Budget or Fiscal Year 2014 to 2015 refers to the period that begins July 1, 2014 and concludes on June 30, 2015. ( Office of Management & Budget - Las Cruces )

The budget process begins in December with City Council and management work sessions. City departments and agencies start in January and conclude their budget development in late February with their submission of budget requests to Office of Management and Budget (OMB).  Around mid-April, the city manager releases the Preliminary Budget and Five-Year Capital Improvement Plan for the ensuing fiscal year. This is followed by a period of public comment during which, the community and City Council make recommendations on the budget to the city manager. The City Manager then submits the Final Operating and Capital Improvement Plan Budget to the City Council on or around the first business week of May. ( Office of Management & Budget - Las Cruces )

The capital budget, or capital improvement plan, is an appropriation of bonds or operating revenue for improvements to city facilities that may include buildings, parks, streets and water and sewer lines.  The operating budget covers the costs of the City’s day-to-day operations, such as employee salaries, supplies and contracts. ( Office of Management & Budget - Las Cruces )

At any time of the year, citizens can view the city’s budget online, in the Branigan Library or at City Hall ( City Clerk’s Office ) . Residents can discuss it with neighbors, city staff or Council members. In addition, the City Council has several special budget workshops every year that citizens can attend and/or watch on CLC - TV 20. Council agendas are posted on the City’s website so that the community can be aware of the dates the budget will be discussed. ( Office of Management & Budget - Las Cruces )

Budget adoption is a formal action taken by the City Council that sets the city’s priorities and spending limits for the next year. The Fiscal Year budget is formally adopted by the City Council at a public meeting in May, though city staff has been preparing the budget for months in advance. ( Office of Management & Budget - Las Cruces )

Las Cruces revenue comes from a variety of sources, including gross receipt tax, property tax, user charges and grants from other levels of government. ( Office of Management & Budget - Las Cruces )

Expenditures represent a decrease in fund resources or, stated simply, a recorded expense for goods or services. ( Office of Management & Budget - Las Cruces )

Infrastructure and capital improvements refer to facilities that need to be in place in order to support the basic needs of residents and businesses in the community.  Examples include: Airports Parks Public buildings Roads Sewers Water lines ( Office of Management & Budget - Las Cruces )

Budget appropriation refers to authorizations made by the City Council that permit the city to incur obligations and expend resources. When the City Council appropriates funds, they are saying the community should, for example, spend its money on public safety or make investments that improve the quality of life in Las Cruces.  The city cannot collect or spend money unless it is appropriated, and this ensures the public’s money is spent according to the public’s needs as expressed by the democratically elected City Council. ( Office of Management & Budget - Las Cruces )

A budget adjustment is a modification or adjustment that is required as the fiscal year unfolds. Any modification or adjustment that increases a department and/or divisions bottom line must be formally approved by the City Council. ( Office of Management & Budget - Las Cruces )

A budget transfer moves budget appropriation between programs or funds. Transfers within funds may be done on the city manager's authority; the city manager is appointed by the City Council to act as the city’s chief executive officer. Transfers between funds require City Council approval. ( Office of Management & Budget - Las Cruces )

Carryover refers to year-end savings that can be carried forward into the next fiscal year to cover any one-time expenses such as supplies, equipment or special contracts that were originally expected to have occurred in the previous fiscal year. ( Office of Management & Budget - Las Cruces )

An FTE refers to one or more employees working 40 hours per week, or 2,080 hours per year. For example, a part-time employee working 20 hours per week would be considered a 0.5 FTE . ( Office of Management & Budget - Las Cruces )

User charges are fees paid in direct receipt of a public service by the party who benefits from the service. Fees paid for recreation classes or leagues are examples of user charges. These make up a small amount of the City’s budget. ( Office of Management & Budget - Las Cruces )

You may download the latest copy of the Fiscal Year Operating and Capital Improvement Plan Budget from our Archive Center . ( Office of Management & Budget - Las Cruces )

A permit application can be downloaded online. To complete a permit, you must fill it out completely and turn it into Parks and Recreation admin office located at: 1501 E Hadley Street Las Cruces NM 88001 ( Parks & Recreation - Maintenance & Beautification - Las Cruces )

Parks are open at dawn and close at dusk during fall/winter hours. Summertime hours are 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. ( Parks & Recreation - Maintenance & Beautification - Las Cruces )

The volunteer team coach will contact you prior to the start of the season. They’ll set up a team meeting to discuss practices, distribute jerseys, and team schedule. Please be sure that your emails and phone numbers are current when registering. ( Parks & Recreation - Youth Leagues - Las Cruces )

The coach will work with the parents to set up practice times and location based on their schedules. ( Parks & Recreation - Youth Leagues - Las Cruces )

A team jersey will be provided by the coach (if purchased during registration). Some teams will get the jerseys screen printed with names and logos, if agreed upon at the team meeting. This league requires a city-issued jersey and athletic footwear. ( Parks & Recreation - Youth Leagues - Las Cruces )

No. Only siblings may request to be on the same team if they both qualify for the same division. ( Parks & Recreation - Youth Leagues - Las Cruces )

League games will be played at Meerscheidt Recreation Center or Hadley Complex Athletic Fields . ( Parks & Recreation - Youth Leagues - Las Cruces )

You can get an Activity Card for players at Meerscheidt Recreation Center. All that is needed is the child’s birth certificate, proof of school/grade, and the child will need to be present to take a photo. The process usually takes less than 5 minutes. Read more information about obtaining an activity card . ( Parks & Recreation - Youth Leagues - Las Cruces )

In the event of an emergency, call 911. For non-emergencies, including basic contact with Animal Control or Codes Enforcement , call 575-526-0795. ( Police Department - Las Cruces )

Las Cruces Police patrol boundaries within the City of Las Cruces which is roughly 77 square miles. LCPD also partners with other agencies such as the Dona Ana County Sheriff's Office, New Mexico State Police and New Mexico State University Police on special operations and other agency-assisted calls. ( Police Department - Las Cruces )

Crash reports may be obtained online or at the Records window at the Las Cruces Police Department. Police or incident reports can be retrieved from the Records window, inside the main office of the Las Cruces Police Department at: 217 E Picacho Avenue Las Cruces, NM 88001 ( Police Department - Las Cruces )

The Las Cruces Police Department is allotted 191 sworn officers. LCPD also employs Animal Control and Codes Enforcement officers along with approximately 100 civilian personnel. ( Police Department - Las Cruces )

The Las Cruces Police Department conducts a training academy for new officers annually. Job announcements are made through the City of Las Cruces' Human Resources Department and through LCPD 's Facebook page . LCPD also accepts applicants for lateral transfers from other agencies. Lateral Transfer announcements are announced through Human Resources as needed. For more information contact LCPD 's Training Academy or Human Resources . ( Police Department - Las Cruces )

To report graffiti or vandalism, call the non-emergency phone number for Central Dispatch: 575-526-0795. You may also contact Codes Enforcement via email or by phone at 575-541-4100. ( Police Department - Las Cruces )

Call Animal Control at 575-526-0795. The Dona Ana County Humane Society has recognized Animal Control with its ‘Above and Beyond Award’ for its efforts on reuniting lost pets with their owners. ( Police Department - Las Cruces )

The kind folks at LCPD 's Victims' Assistance Unit can answer your questions and help you through the process. ( Police Department - Las Cruces )

View the registered sex offender registry that is maintained by the Dona Ana County Sheriff's Office. ( Police Department - Las Cruces )

Local arrestees who are detained and awaiting trial are usually held at the Dona Ana County Detention Center , 575-647-7600. A record of those who are convicted of a crime and imprisoned in New Mexico can be found through the New Mexico Corrections Department. ( Police Department - Las Cruces )

Visit the New Mexico Department of Transportation website for driving conditions and road closures. ( Police Department - Las Cruces )

Please visit the City website for complete information about municipal government. We also use Facebook extensively to provide timely information. You’ll receive news releases, videos, photos, job openings, and much more. Follow us at Facebook and Twitter . For information about the City organization, you can access the Resource Guide (PDF) . The Resource Guide is an annual publication that provides in-depth information on all departments within the City organization. It also provides important contact information ( Public Information Office - Las Cruces )

The CIty of Las Cruces TV ( CLC - TV ) produced programming is considered public record. The fee for City of Las Cruces public record requests is $20 per disc copy. You can complete the request form here. All City Council meetings and work sessions are archived on CLC - TV website and can be viewed for free anytime. ( Public Information Office - Las Cruces )

Please report these issues using the 311/Ask Las Cruces portal. ( Public Works - Las Cruces )

We reserve City Hall conference rooms for governmental entities/officials, and community or service groups providing voluntary services to governmental entities. Conference rooms may not be used for:  Commercial demonstrations Partisan political activities Religious services Sales promotion of products or services Priority is given to groups conducting official City business and groups wishing to use the building during normal business hours.  Requests for reservations outside normal business hours may be denied based solely on availability of staff to monitor use of the conference room. Requests must made at least two working days prior to scheduled date. For complete details or for reservations, email Facilities Request . ( Public Works - Las Cruces )

We review and approve concrete and rock wall mortar mix designs. The Project Development Section of Public Works approves asphalt mix designs. They can be reached at 575-528-3135. ( Public Works - Las Cruces )

For all utility breaks within the City's right-of-way, contact the Utility Department's Central Dispatch at 575-526-0500. ( Public Works - Las Cruces )

Please review the following explanations regarding flood insurance requirements: If you do not have a mortgage and do not live in the flood plain, you are not affected and will not be required to buy flood insurance If you do  have a mortgage but do not live in the flood plain, you are not required to purchase flood insurance If you do not have mortgage but do live in the flood plain, you are not directly affected. However, you may want to consider buying flood insurance, but you are not required to. If you provide Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) an Elevation Certificate and the technical data that can prove that the water will never reach your structure, you may get out of having your structure in a flood plain If you do  have a mortgage (or line of credit based on the home) and do live in the flood plain, you are affected and will no doubt be required to buy flood insurance. If flood waters barely touch your property, the whole property is declared to be in the flood plain. If you provide FEMA an Elevation Certificate and the technical data that can prove the water will never reach your structure, you may possibly get re-rated a lower flood insurance quote ( Public Works - Las Cruces )

Printing out a FIRMette (Flood Insurance Rate Map) from the FEMA website is the most up-to-date information provided on the maps that will not only allow you to view your property, but will also allow you to print out a copy so that you may present it to your lender or insurance agent if you are ever asked. Most agents or lending facilities want to see an actual FIRMette map printed directly from FEMA's (Federal Emergency Management Agency) website for their records.  Please look under the Forms Section (at the Floodplain Information Website) for a link to the brochure that guides you to finding and printing a FIRMette. Due to technological advancements and new land development in recent years, the present official FIRM maps may not have all streets labeled nor do they have any aerial photos. The Preliminary Digital FIRMs under current review may help future determinations be more specific to show certain areas. ( Public Works - Las Cruces )

The City of Las Cruces has a Neighborhood Traffic Calming Program that may include installation of speed tables which are more effective than speed humps. The program is directed at neighborhood streets. Check the ‘ City of Las Cruces traffic calming policy and devices ” for more information. You may also call the main office at 575-541-2505. ( Public Works - Neighborhood Traffic Calming - Las Cruces )

Many studies show that stop signs are not an effective measure for reducing midblock speeds. The overuse of stop signs may cause drives to respond carelessly to the stop signs. By Federal, States and Local laws "stop signs should not be used for speed control” Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices. ( Public Works - Neighborhood Traffic Calming - Las Cruces )

If there is no speed limit posted on residential street, the speed limit is 30 miles per hour. As per City of Las Cruces Code of Ordinances, Section 27-12-6-1.2. ( Public Works - Neighborhood Traffic Calming - Las Cruces )

Marked crosswalks are usually at signalized intersections and in school zones where there are higher volumes of pedestrians. However, unmarked crosswalks occur at any street intersection and drivers must yield to pedestrians by law. ( Public Works - Neighborhood Traffic Calming - Las Cruces )

To report the issue, go to our Request Repair link . ( Public Works - Street Management - Las Cruces )

You may call Street Management at 575-541-2595 for assistance in requesting maintenance. ( Public Works - Street Management - Las Cruces )

All city streets are scheduled to be swept regularly. If you would like to request debris clean up or if you have any questions about the schedule, please call 575-541-2595. ( Public Works - Street Management - Las Cruces )

Street Management actively clears roads after storm events. All roads will be cleared with priority given to major roadways. If a street needs cleaning, call 575-541- 2595. ( Public Works - Street Management - Las Cruces )

Sidewalk damage is caused by different factors, such as tree roots or weather. For an assessment of damaged sidewalks and scheduling of repairs, call 575-541-2595. ( Public Works - Street Management - Las Cruces )

City ponds are maintained on a routine schedule. ( Public Works - Street Management - Las Cruces )

To report the issue, go to our Request Repair link . ( Public Works - Street Management - Las Cruces )

Report the issue on our Request Repair link . ( Public Works - Traffic Management - Las Cruces )

Report the issue on our Request Repair link . ( Public Works - Traffic Management - Las Cruces )

Report the issue on our Request Repair link . ( Public Works - Traffic Management - Las Cruces )

The federal Safe Drinking Water Act ( SDWA , Public Law 93-523) was enacted in 1974, and went into effect in 1976. The purpose of the Act was to establish national, enforceable, standards for drinking water quality, and to guarantee that water suppliers monitor water to ensure that it meets national standards. ( Regulatory Environmental Services - Las Cruces )

Safe Drinking Water Act ( SDWA ) Amendments passed in 1986 mandated the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency ( EPA ) to establish standards for 83 drinking water contaminants by 1992 and identify an additional 25 contaminants for regulation every 3 years thereafter. Please view the Community Confidence Report (CCR) (PDF) for complete information about the Safe Drinking Water regulations and the required sampling that is required by federal law for any public or private water utility. ( Regulatory Environmental Services - Las Cruces )

The Water Quality Laboratory does not sample and analyze drinking water samples for the private sector due to scheduling and workload limitations. Work of the Water Quality Laboratory is directed to compliance requirements and, occasionally, special projects of the Utilities Department. Privately-run laboratories in Las Cruces can provide analytical services for private purposes. ( Regulatory Environmental Services - Las Cruces )

Fats, oils, and grease adhere to wastewater pipe surfaces causing constriction and blockage of wastewater flow which leads to sewage back-ups. ( Regulatory Environmental Services - Las Cruces )

Drain and wipe clean all dishes, pots and pans before washing. Never pour fats, oils, or grease directly into drains. ( Regulatory Environmental Services - Las Cruces )

The flow direction reversal of water or mixtures of water and/or other liquids into the distribution pipes of the potable water supply by means of back-siphonage or backpressure. ( Regulatory Environmental Services - Las Cruces )

Visit the Residential Services page for information regarding grappler and trash pickup. ( Solid Waste - Las Cruces )

Residential Containers There are several reasons why your container may not have been serviced. Containers that have lids that are not properly closed because they are overfilled. Containers that are blocked or too close to vehicles. Container is tied with bungee cords. Containers that are placed at the curb with wheels facing the street or placed under power lines will not be serviced. Do not place items around the container such as: Auto parts Concrete Dirt Furniture Large appliances and boxes Livestock waste Rocks Sod Items that should not be placed near the trash container include: Any form of hazardous waste Construction, remodeling, demolition material Gas Hot ashes Oil Paint Tree trimmings that exceed two feet There are instances when construction or road work will obstruct our trucks from servicing your container. In these cases, please contact Solid Waste at 528-3700 and we will reschedule your pick up for another day. Unforeseen vehicle breakdowns may also cause delays in service but our staff will work diligently to ensure that your container is serviced in a timely manner. For additional information regarding your Solid Waste service visit Residential Services . Commercial Containers Dumpsters that are blocked or do not have access for Solid Waste vehicles will not be serviced. Dumpsters that are overfilled or have trash placed in front obstructing access will not be serviced. Dumpsters that have visible hazardous waste will not be serviced. ( Solid Waste - Las Cruces )

The grappler truck picks up large trash items, unable to fit into your City trash container. There are several items that the grappler may not pick up. If your items do not fit the Solid Waste or Grappler guidelines please call Solid Waste at 575-528-3700 and on a case-by-case basis we will do our best to help dispose of your items properly. For more information about what items the grappler can pick up visit Grappler Service . ( Solid Waste - Las Cruces )

You can take excess trash or recycling to the South Central Solid Waste Authority at 2865 West Amador where a fee will be assessed. You can arrange for a second container from Las Cruces Utilities for an additional fee of $9 a month for a trash container or $3.98 a month for a recycle container. Contact Customer Service to order an additional container at 575-541-2111. ( Solid Waste - Las Cruces )

The only holidays that Solid Waste and Recycling do not operate are Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day. Residential customers whose service day lands on these holidays will have their containers serviced the following day even on Saturday. ( Solid Waste - Las Cruces )

If you have any questions regarding your recycling service or the items that you can place in your recycling container please contact Friedman Recycling at 575-323-5086 or by visiting their website. ( Solid Waste - Las Cruces )

The grappler truck picks up large trash items, unable to fit into your City trash container. There are several items that the grappler may not pick up. If your items do not fit the Solid Waste or Grappler guidelines please call Solid Waste at 575-528-3700 and on a case-by-case basis, we will do our best to help dispose of your items properly. ( Solid Waste - Grappler - Las Cruces )

We will pick up an amount equal to two level half-ton pick-up truck loads, or 4 cubic yards, which is equivalent to four 5 feet by 3 feet by 2 feet adjacent piles. ( Solid Waste - Grappler - Las Cruces )


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January 1, 2022. ( Sustainability - Bag Ordinance - Las Cruces )

For new services we require: A lease signed by both parties or proof of ownership of property We can only sign up persons listed as having permission to reside at the property Every lease must have the service address (and apartment/space number), landlord’s name, and a lease start date If for a mobile home, a lease or letter from the mobile home park will also be required A government-issued photo A or photo copy (ex. driver’s license, state-issued photo ID, U.S. military ID ) A federal tax identification number for business applications Note : Any outstanding balance for anyone that is listed on the documentation must be paid in full. If an outstanding balance must be paid, an applicable upfront deposit may be required. ( Utilities - Las Cruces )

The City of Las Cruces restricts outdoor watering in the interest of water conservation. Visit the Watering Restrictions Page for details on when and how you can water. Violations of the Water Conservation Ordinance can be reported to the Water Waste Hotline at 575-528-4444. You can also report water waste or other issues online using the new Ask Las Cruces app . Your report should contain the following information: Approximate time Date when observed Street address What you observed If you wish a call or email response, please provide your name and contact information. Ask Las Cruces App ( Utilities - Las Cruces )

Please contact Utilities Customer Service at 575-541-2111 to turn services on or off. ( Utilities - Before You Dig - Las Cruces )

To have a new service line or gas meter installed, contact Utilities New Connections at 575-528-3657. When a new order is placed, it takes approximately 7 to 10 working days to install a gas service line. Then, it takes 24 to 48 hours to install a gas meter after an inspection has been completed and sent to New Connections. To have a gas meter installed at an existing service, please call Utilities Customer Service at 575-541-2111. ( Utilities - Before You Dig - Las Cruces )

Yes. Las Cruces Utilities will do everything possible to collect the bill for gas, water, wastewater, and solid waste services from the renter who occupied the property. However, if the utility bill cannot be collected from the renter, the property owner is ultimately responsible for the bill. ( Utilities - Customer Service - Las Cruces )

Going paperless saves trees and time - Customers who choose email delivery of their bill receive it within 24 hours after the bill is created. Email delivery also allows you to send a copy to two different email addresses, if you wish. Click here to request Email Bill Delivery  ( Utilities - Customer Service - Las Cruces )

New Connections would need to verify if there is gas availability in your area. If so, Utilities would get all your information including the BTU demand you will need the meter to hold for your home. BTY demand is how much gas each appliance will need from the gas meter. A New Service Technician will get in touch with a cost estimate of charges and additional information. ( Utilities - New Connections - Las Cruces )

The Utility Review Technician will review all commercial utility plans prior to New Connections providing a cost estimate for connection charges. ( Utilities - New Connections - Las Cruces )

The connection to the system is strictly voluntary. ( Utilities - Talavera Gas Service - Las Cruces )

There will be no new charges unless you are connecting to the system. ( Utilities - Talavera Gas Service - Las Cruces )

Natural gas is less expensive than propane. ( Utilities - Talavera Gas Service - Las Cruces )

There are 10 or 20 year payment plans available for construction fees. ( Utilities - Talavera Gas Service - Las Cruces )

The Las Cruces Utilities Department operates with rates and not tax dollars. ( Utilities - Talavera Gas Service - Las Cruces )

The Gas section will work with customers on gas pressure delivered across meter, to aid with plumbing issues. ( Utilities - Talavera Gas Service - Las Cruces )

Wastewater Collections Systems subsection of Utilities is responsible for maintaining the main sewer pipeline, which is the major artery that carries wastewater from homes and businesses to the wastewater treatment plant. Las Cruces Utilities is responsible for service lines between the sewer collection main to the clean-out on private property if the clean-out is located within 10 feet of the property line. If there are no clean-outs or the clean-out is located more than 10 feet inside the property, the sewer service line is the property owner's responsibility. ( Waste Water - Las Cruces )

Clean-outs are pipes fitted with a closed cap, which provide access to your sewer service drainage pipes so they can be cleaned or inspected for damage or blockage. They are located near the front of the home or on the side. Not all homes have clean-outs. If you cannot locate them yourself, your plumber can help. ( Waste Water - Las Cruces )

No, stub-outs are pipes between the main sewer line and the private property line. Your plumber will connect your home's sewer service line to the City's stub-out. ( Waste Water - Las Cruces )

Please call a plumber to clear the stoppage. If you or the plumber suspect the problem goes beyond your property line, please call Utilities Emergency Dispatch at 575-526-0500 so we may respond. ( Waste Water - Las Cruces )

Please call Utilities Emergency Dispatch at 575-526-0500 so we can take a reading of gases that may be leaking from the sewer manholes. We can also inspect the main line in your area to make sure it is flowing properly. We will flush and clean that section as a precaution. ( Waste Water - Las Cruces )

No, Jacob Hands Wastewater Treatment Facility, East Mesa Wastewater Reclamation Facility, and West Mesa Wastewater only receive municipal and industrial sewage. However, there are several truck stops and campgrounds that will allow you to use their facilities for a small charge. ( Waste Water - Las Cruces )

Approximately 10 Millions of Gallons per Day ( MGD ) is the daily combined average flow. ( Waste Water - Las Cruces )

Small quantities in buckets can be picked up at Jacob Hands Wastewater Treatment Facility located at 2851 West Amador, Las Cruces from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m, Monday through Friday. Large quantities, such as a truck load, require an appointment by calling 575-528-3597. Our staff will discuss your needs to recommend what quantity would be most appropriate. ( Waste Water - Las Cruces )

Class "A" compost is generated from its highly successful and environmentally friendly biosolids to compost conversion program whose guidelines are based on local studies. They include standard handling procedures, as if applying a fertilizer. Think about it like manure from cows; compost is from humans. ( Waste Water - Las Cruces )

The compost meets or exceeds all Environmental Protection Agency ( EPA ) class "A" requirements for safe handling and food crop applications. ( Waste Water - Las Cruces )

Las Cruces Utilities plans 40 years in advance, continuing to develop and maintain a sustainable water supply through a proactive conservation program using water from three possible sources: Mesilla Basin, Jornada del Muerto, or Rio Grande. Las Cruces Utilities is a permitted water system allowed only a limited amount of water from the two aquifers. That's why it's so important to save water. Every community is faced with planning for future water use... and conservation is a critical part of our water plan now and in the future. It is vital that we do everything we can to decrease our water consumption. Las Cruces Utilities encourages plumbing fixture retrofits, water saving landscapes, and improved habits to decrease our everyday water use. ( Water - Las Cruces )

It is legal to harvest rainwater from your residence in New Mexico and in Las Cruces. There are a variety of ways to do this, from capturing water in depressions on the ground, called swales, to capturing water from the roof in a barrel or tank. ( Water - Las Cruces )

Discolored water is due to naturally occurring minerals (iron and manganese) found in our water supply. Although Las Cruces Utilities is not required by law to chlorinate our water, we do; it assures our community that we do not have coliform bacteria issues within the aquifer or water distribution system. However, even a tiny amount of chlorine can cause the iron and manganese to drop out of solution in the water, giving it a dark tint. ( Water Resources - Las Cruces )

Because the minerals have changed from a liquid mineral to a solid mineral and settled out in the pipes. When an increase in demand occurs, the settled minerals will move, which normally occurs in the summer when people are using more water. This can also be caused by water surging through the lines when a break occurs. ( Water Resources - Las Cruces )

Two methods have been adopted to minimize discolored water: Phosphate is added to the water system to keep the iron and manganese in a liquid form, and A fire hydrant flushing procedure is utilized in affected areas when discolored water complaints are received. This second method is used when multiple complaints are received in a specific area to minimize water loss. ( Water Resources - Las Cruces )

Although the discolored water has no health risks associated with it, if you choose not to use it, turn off all your taps and please notify the Las Cruces Utilities Dispatch at 575-526-0500 so we can arrange for the system to be flushed in your area. As soon as flushing is complete, run your cold water taps to clear the discolored water from your own lines. We recommend that you wait to do your laundry until the discolored water clears, so that your clothing and other items in the washing machine are not stained. For more information, please refer to our Red Water Fact Sheet (PDF) . ( Water Resources - Las Cruces )

The rotten egg or sulfur smell is caused by naturally occurring sulfide ions in the City's source water. When water sits in the main lines for long periods of time without movement, the sulfide can form hydrogen sulfide gas. The gas remains entrained in the water until it leaves the customer's water taps.  If you smell a rotten egg or sulfur smell from your cold water, call the Las Cruces Utilities Water Production Section at 575-528-3547 so they can send an operator to make sure that you have an ideal level of residual chlorine, and if not, flush the lines. If you smell a rotten egg or sulfur smell from your hot water, you may need to flush your hot water heater and raise the temperature setting slightly to prevent proliferation of bacteria that feed on the iron in the water. ( Water Resources - Las Cruces )

The source of our drinking water is groundwater from two aquifers, the Mesilla and Jornada Bolsons. ( Water Resources - Las Cruces )

The Las Cruces Utilities Department's standard operating procedures state that the utility will provide water pressure measured on the customer's side of the meter at a pressure between 20 and 120 pounds per square inch (PSI).  If the customer requires higher pressure than what is being delivered at the point of delivery (the water meter), the customer can install a booster pump at the customer's cost. If the pressure at the point of delivery is higher than what the customer desires, the customer can install a pressure reducing valve at the customer's cost. For a pressure test, call Utilities Dispatch at 575-526-0500. ( Water Resources - Las Cruces )

There might be a water line break that we need to go out and repair. Please notify the Las Cruces Utilities Dispatch at 575-526-0500. ( Water Resources - Las Cruces )

City water is as safe as bottled water. Bottled water is water that has been treated through some type of filtration process to remove some of the naturally occurring minerals in the water that may give it a distinct taste. City water is not filtered; however, it is sampled and analyzed for up to 121 potential contaminants and meets or exceeds all requirements set by the Federal Safe Drinking Water Act. ( Water Resources - Las Cruces )

Watering days and restrictions can be found on the Water Conservation page. ( Water Resources - Las Cruces )

Yes, a construction meter is set up and the contractor will be charged for the water consumption. If you see anyone drawing water from a hydrant that does not have a water meter, please notify the Las Cruces Utilities Dispatch immediately at 575-526-0500. ( Water Resources - Las Cruces )
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