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Film Permit

City of Santa Fe Location Filming Permit


Thank you for choosing the City of Santa Fe for your upcoming film project. Our office will help make your job as easy as possible while you are visiting "The City Different." This page is designed to assist you with the Film Permitting process for the City of Santa Fe. Per City of Santa Fe ordinance, a permit is required to film or photograph any commercial, motion picture or advertisement within the city limits.

There is an initial refundable damage deposit of $150.00 - $500.00, as well as a permitting fee of $25.00/day. Though we do wish to know of your intentions to film within the city limits of Santa Fe as soon as appropriate, PLEASE DO NOT SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION FOR A FILM PERMIT UNTIL YOU ARE SURE OF YOUR DATES, TIMES AND SPECIFIC LOCATIONS. Changes to an approved permit require issuing a new permit with updated information, and a new application fee.

The following types of filming are exempt from the permitting and/or fee process and structure.

The filming of news events concerning persons, scenes or occurrences which are newsworthy and of general public interest Filming and still photography by a 501C non-profit organization with on-sight personnel numbering 5 persons or less

Please print out the following forms and fax to (505) 955-6222. (You can expedite the process by using the online film permit form listed at the bottom of this page. But be sure to submit the other forms via fax.) Please be as specific as possible. Print out, complete, sign and notarize the Indemnification Agreement at the bottom of this form.

Obtain General Liability Insurance in the amount of one million fifty thousand dollars per occurrence naming the City of Santa Fe as an additional insured. Pay the damage deposit, appropriate fees for the permit, police overtime, bagging parking meters, etc.

This application is good for up to three film locations.


It is the responsibility of the production company to notify all business and residential tenants who will be affected by filming. Permission to use private property must be granted in writing by property owners/landlords/property management companies before filming commences and copies of these letters filed with the Santa Fe Film Office. All structures constructed by the Production Company must be completely dismantled and the site returned to its pre-filming condition as soon as possible. Failure to do so may result in loss of damage deposit.

Please allow at least seventy-two (72) working hours for small on site shoots and at least ten (10) working days for larger production shoots to obtain an approved permit from the City of Santa Fe. Separate fees may be due to the Santa Fe Police Department or the Parking Division for such services as providing traffic control, bagging parking meters, security work and the like.

Please note this permit shall be governed by the ordinances of the City of Santa Fe and the laws of the State of New Mexico. The Applicant acting through its authorized agent, agrees to defend, protect, indemnify and hold the City of Santa Fe harmless from any and all suits, claims, damages, liabilities, or losses, including attorney fees and costs, for injury to or death of any person(s) or for damage to any property arising from the Applicant's acts or omissions under the film/photography permit or resulting from the filming/photography to be held on the locations, times and dates (Premises) named in the film permit.

  • Along with your application, please submit:
  • A copy of the script
  • List of cast & crew members and local vendors
  • Proof of General Liability Insurance naming the City of Santa Fe as an additional insured, in the amount of one million fifty thousand dollars
  • A check made payable to the City of Santa Fe or cash
  • Location maps showing specific streets, buildings etc.

Should you have any questions regarding permits, fees, or jurisdictions, please call Jennifer LaBar at the Santa Fe Film Office at (505) 986-6293 or email Eric Witt at or Jennifer LaBar at

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