Filming Application

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Filming in New Mexico

Film Permits

Film permits are required for filming on U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) fee owned or USACE managed land.  A film permit ensures that the public's interest and valuable resources are protected.

Application Process

1. Contact USACE Real Estate Division at (505) 342-3224 to discuss the proposed film project. A minimum of 30-days notice is required for minimum impact requests in order to allow sufficient time to review the application packagePlease be aware that more complex projects require more review time. Some film projects may require review by other District sections such as regulatory, environmental, safety and/or engineering. Stunts, pyrotechnics, and explosives are some examples of actions that would require additional review time.

2. Complete the application in its entirety and include a detailed description or storyboard of the proposed film shoot. Submit the initial $300.00 application fee with your application and proof of insurance to:  

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Finance Center

5722 Integrity Dr.

Millington, TN 38054 

Upon review of the application packet, the application fee will be determined and credit given for the initial payment received. Make checks payable to:  FAO, USACE, Albuquerque District.

3. Contact Ben Miranda, realty specialist, for additional information. Phone: (505) 342-3224; E-mail: 

Example of Fees:

Item Fees Additional Days
NON-REFUNDABLE Application Fee  $300 initial fee due with application Entire processing fee to be determined upon application review
Prep or Strike Day $100 -
Still Photography $2,000 $500 per day
Motion Picture/Video $2,000 $500 per day
Students & Non-Profits $300 $50
Corps' Monitoring Fees actual costs same
Date Changes $300 per change  
Post-Production Restoration Fee $1,000 - 1st day $250 additional days
Base Camp Parking/Vehicle Parking $550 per site $225

*Fees for long-term film shoots will be reviewed on a case by case basis.

Insurance - The permitee shall obtain a standard liability insurance policy in the amount of $500,000 per person in any one claim and an aggregate limit of $2,000,000. Property damage will be at least $100,000. The Government (U.S. Army Corps of Engineers) shall be named as coinsured. A copy of the bond and insurance policy or a Certificate of Insurance must be furnished prior to the signed permit being issued.

4. Any government assets that may be identifiable in the film as being U.S. Army Corps of Engineers assets, e.g., personnel, equipment, etc., must be approved through Public Affairs at (505) 342-3349.

Production Companies - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers must be included in the credits of motion pictures filmed on Corps property.