City of Albuquerque Permits

Film Permit

Generally, few permits are needed for filming in the Albuquerque area.

Permits are usually required for production on federal, state and tribal lands. Permits are required for production on city property, sensitive areas such as historical sites and on public streets and sidewalks, including county roads and state highways.

For more information, head to Film Permit Information.

Not sure if you need a film permit from the Albuquerque Film Office? Contact us at 505-768-3289 or filmoffice@cabq.gov.

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Special Event Permit

Welcome to the online permit application site. The City of Albuquerque’s permitting process is designed to ensure safe events while following state guidelines, city ordinances, and requirements and regulations for events hosted by citizens, businesses, and organizations. The City of Albuquerque is following the New Mexico Department of Health guidelines and the Red to Green Framework. 

Mass gatherings are limited to:
Red Level: 5 persons
Yellow Level: 10 persons
Green Level: 20 persons
Turquoise Level: 150 persons

For more information on the Red to Green Framework, please click here.  

The State Public Health Orders and COVID-Safe Practices provide requirements that must be followed in order to apply for a Special Events Permit. 

More information:
Public Health Orders – Updated May 14, 2021
COVID-Safe Practices 

In order to obtain a Special Events Permit for your event, all four levels of permits following the Red to Green Framework will need to be submitted as different applications. For example: Event Name - Red Level, Event Name - Yellow Level, Event Name - Green Level and Event Name - Turquoise Level. 

Special Event Permits require a 30-day notice for completion of all phases of permitting. Event requests submitted with less than 30 days notice won't be guaranteed a Special Event Permit.