We care about the culture, history, vibrancy, and success of Old Town Albuquerque, and we want you to be a part of it!

There are so many ways to get involved, but a great start is to join the communication.

Old Town Communication

Join the Old Town Newsletter

The newsletter goes out monthly and when there are important notices and events. This is where you will be notified of updates to the Old Town area, road closures, events, opportunities to promote your business, etc.

Email  *
First Name 
Last Name 
*Required Fields

Historic Old Town Association Updates & Meetings

The newly formed Historic Old Town Association meets monthly. We represent everyone in Old Town:

  • Residents
  • Property owners
  • Merchants & service providers

To find out more about our next meetings and what we are working towards, join our email group by selecting the “Old Town Association Updates” in the form to the left.

How Do I Become a Member?

Become a Member

About the Historic Old Town Association

Old Town just formed a new association, and for the first time ever, it represents everyone in Old Town: residents, merchants, and property owners.

If you want to make a difference in Old Town and play a role in making our community a better place; become a member (its free!).

Become a Member
Read the HOTA Bylaws


Why Should I Join?


  • Work with City on concerns & improvements
  • Protect the history & culture
  • Advocate for residents
  • Plan events
  • Speak with a unified voice
  • Its free


  • Promote your business
  • Get support from other merchants
  • Discounts on website & map listings
  • Advocate for merchants
  • Plan events
  • Speak with a unified voice
  • Its free

Property Owners

  • Advocate for investment into OT & enhance its value
  • Advocate for Property Owners
  • Speak with a unified voice
  • Its free


Why Should I Join?

For the good of Old Town. The HOTA exists to support, unify, preserve, and enhance the Old Town area for the benefit of the merchants & service providers, property owners, residents, and those who visit Old Town.

What is the cost?

Its free! There are no membership dues whatsoever.

I just want to complain and have you fix my problems. What if I don't want to do any work?

This is probably not for you. There is no glory in becoming a member or benefit to becoming a member if you are not willing to play an active role in the association.

So what work do I have to do? I'm so busy!

Yes, we know. You can play as small or as large of a role as you would like. Join a sub-committee, make a difference in historical preservation, help plan events for old town, safety, beautification, and so much more! Have an idea? Get the ok from the board and run with it and the board will support you.

Signage in Old Town

Signage is a big deal in Old Town. Signs are essential for the basic success of a business but the wrong signage can completely undermine the historic nature of the Old Town Historic area. These two sides may always be at odds, but the city currently has a healthy balance for what is allowed. With that said, the process for getting a sign approved (that requires committee approval from the city) can be VERY difficult, onerous, and flat-out time-consuming. That is the current state of signage in Old Town. While we work with the city to simplify the process and make it less onerous, we still have to comply with the ordinances as they are written.

What are the sign requirements in Old Town?

The Integrated Development Ordinance passed by the city a few years back and updated annually is a 650+ page massive document. Ugh! Luckily, the link below is ONLY the pages that apply to the Old Town Historic Preservation Overlay (HPO) in regard to signage. You’re welcome 🙂

Download the Old Town Sign Ordinance