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City Takes Film Permit Process 100% Digital

Digital process streamlined to get cameras rolling

The City of Albuquerque’s Film Office is implementing a new, digital permitting process. Now, any production that needs a permit to film in Albuquerque can apply digitally through a new process intended to modernize, fast-track, and streamline the film permitting process. This process will support the boom in the film industry the City of Albuquerque Film Office has experienced in recent years.

“Throughout the public health emergency, we worked behind the scenes to make government faster and more efficient for when television and film productions come back,” said Mayor Tim Keller. “Film was booming in Albuquerque leading up to the pandemic, creating jobs and supporting small businesses in the process, and we’re going to make sure we’re supporting that growth on the backend.”

The Albuquerque Film Office worked closely with the Department of Technology and Innovation to implement the new digital permit application on the Eproval system. Eproval will ease the process of submitting and reviewing film permits, making the process more efficient for both productions as well as Albuquerque Film Office staff, and decreasing human error while increasing transparency.

“Both Netflix and NBCUniversal have a presence in Albuquerque, which helped drive more than a 50 percent increase in permits from 2018 to 2019 and we expect that to continue to grow,” said Karen Criswell, Film Liaison, Albuquerque Film Office. “We welcome the anticipated influx of new permits and look forward to the improved efficiency offered by this digital process.”

The new digital permitting system can be found on the City of Albuquerque’s Film Office webpage https://www.cabq.gov/film.