On February 20, 2006, the Zoning District was officially removed from the jurisdiction of the Ruidoso - Lincoln County Extra-territorial Zone (ETZ) which is administered by the Village of Ruidoso. It required nearly a year to obtain the required approvals from the County Commission, the Ruidoso Village Council, and the ETZ Authority. The ALSZD is now the sole local government entity with zoning jurisdiction within the District boundaries.
The operation of the District is supported by user fees.
The District is not affiliated with, nor a part of, the Alto Lakes Golf and Country Club or the Club’s Architectural Control Committee.