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. Currently, the state’s Public Health Order restricts mass gatherings. As such, the only events that will be permitted at this time include:

  • Farmer's/Growers Markets
  • Drive-in Events

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

Mass gatherings are limited to:
Red Level: 5 persons, 40 vehicles
Yellow Level: 10 persons,80 vehicles
Green Level: 20 persons, 120 vehicles

The State Public Health Orders and COVID-Safe Practices for Farmer’s/Growers Markets and Drive-in Events provide requirements that must be followed in order to apply for a Special Events Permit. 

More information:
Public Health Orders – Updated March 12, 2021
COVID Safe Practices for Drive-in Events
COVID Safe Practices for Farmer’s/Growers Markets

In order to obtain a Special Events Permit for your event, all three 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, and Event Name - Green 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.