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Please review the Doña Ana County filming guidelines and procedures below. For any additional questions, comments, or concerns please contact Film Las Cruces.


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Permit Overview

Contact the Film Las Cruces Office and fill out our Filming Permit Application. All Doña Ana County (County) property will require, at minimum, a Film Las Cruces Filming Permit provided by Film Las Cruces. The Doña Ana County Permit Application provides the County with important information about activities that may have an impact on right-of-way considerations as well as the County’s ability to provide emergency services to the public. Filming requires, at minimum, Film Las Cruces approval and may also require additional permissions and/or applications from other County Departments. Film Las Cruces will guide you through the entire process.

Film Las Cruces Contacts:

Film Liaison, Jonathon Sepp: 575-805-3456,

Associate Film Liaison, Andrew Jara: 575-805-3456,

Director of Operations, Julie Thompson: 575-805-3456,

Time Frame: 

While we require a minimum of three (3) days in advance of the film shooting date for approval of your film permit, you should call the Film Las Cruces office as soon as you have tentative dates for filming. Additional approval from other County departments may be required and you should plan for ample time to work with Film Las Cruces on securing those permissions. Once a filming permit application has been turned in, Film Las Cruces will provide the production representative with all necessary permits and applications required by the County for production representative sign-off.


Obtain liability insurance naming Doña Ana County as additionally insured. Doña Ana County requires commercial general liability coverage with a minimum limit of $1,000,000 ($1 million) per occurrence and a $2,000,000 ($2 million) aggregate, with the County named as additionally insured. Film Las Cruces shall require a copy of the Certificate of Insurance.

Emergency Services:

All communication with emergency services must be coordinated with Film Las Cruces staff. Be sure to completely fill out all applicable sections of the Film Las Cruces FIlming Permit Application if your production requires the use of emergency services.

Roundtable Meetings:

If necessary, Film Las Cruces will coordinate a roundtable meeting based on the unique needs of your production. This may be one meeting, or a series of meetings, scheduled once the Film Las Cruces Filming Permit Application has been completed and reviewed by Film Las Cruces.

Basecamp is not allowed on public streets. On street parking may be requested. Film Las Cruces and production staff will coordinate a mutually agreeable amount of time for work trucks to be located on public streets/roads for load-in and load-out. Unauthorized traffic control and misuse of public space for basecamp or parking will be grounds for permit revocation.


  1. Street barricading shall comply with the County approved traffic control plan and is the sole responsibility of the applicant.
  2. Barricading of all streets is the sole responsibility of the applicant.
  3. Adequate space will be provided at all times on the streets for passage of emergency vehicles.
  4. Applicant assumes all liability and/or damages, and will hold harmless the County of any liability whatsoever.
  5. Applicant assumes all responsibility for the conduct of all participants in compliance with County and State laws.


  1. You will need a comprehensive map (traffic control plan/TCP) of the route of your parade/procession/road closure.
  2. TCPs submitted for review must be certified by a New Mexico Professional Engineer.
  3. Turn the TCP into Film Las Cruces with your permit application. 
  4. If you need law enforcement officers or firefighters to assist in your parade/procession/event, you will need to coordinate with Film Las Cruces to make special additional arrangements for this.
  5. Participants must obey all traffic laws, and must not interfere with vehicle traffic.
  6. Failure to obey these regulations will result in immediate suspension of the permit.
  7. All trailers must have lights in the rear, and the rear vehicle must use flashers.
  8. Intermittent Traffic Control “holds” may not exceed 5 minutes, unless approved prior to ITC taking place.


The Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Office does not typically provide Off-Duty employment options. The production will need to make arrangements with the New Mexico State Police Department. Film Las Cruces staff will assist you with this.

Pyrotechnics and Special Effects incorporating an open flame must be approved by the Doña Ana County Fire. Doña Ana County Fire may require appropriate Fire personnel to be present during the detonation of pyrotechnical special effects. 

Coordination with Doña Ana County Fire must take place in advance when the use of flammable liquids/materials and special effects are being planned. 

Film Las Cruces will walk you through the notification and approval process.

Productions that include the use of weapons must notify the Film Las Cruces, at minimum, 48 hours in advance.

Weapons include, but are not limited to, guns, knives, swords, tasers, and explosive devices. A crime scene in public view must be included in the filming permit application.

The use of blanks or explosives must be approved by the appropriate law enforcement and fire department agencies. Film Las Cruces will coordinate.

Film Las Cruces will inform you if a notification letter is required. This is intended to provide residents, businesses and other organizations in affected areas information concerning the type of activity that is planned related to the filming, and that they be assured that the production company is committed to making this a positive experience for all concerned. We expect that due respect and consideration will be extended to all residents in the areas in question.

All letters of notification must be forwarded to the Film Las Cruces Office for review and approval before the letter is delivered by film company personnel to the neighborhood(s) where filming is proposed to occur. Letters of notification must be distributed 48 hours in advance of production on location. Film Las Cruces will notify applicant with a radius no less than 300’ for notification letter distribution.

The production will make every effort to mitigate disruptions to residents and commercial activity. Upon receiving a complaint, Film Las Cruces will evaluate the complaint and present a solution to the production.

It is the responsibility of applicants to conform to current laws and requirements and to ensure that the conduct of approved filming take place in an orderly fashion within the prescribed dates, times and locations, whether public or private, within Doña Ana County, consistent with the representations made by the applicant in the approved application. Failure to comply with requirements established by County departments can result in a shutdown of the filming with possible legal ramifications. Removal of any garbage, paper, or other debris is the sole responsibility of the applicant.

Permits Made Easy 

Contact your FLC liaison to discuss our simplified permitting process.

Doña Ana County filming permissions are required when filming outside of Las Cruces, Town of Mesilla, Anthony, Hatch, or Santa Teresa. For information regarding these areas, please give us a call.

…we are excited to be filming this in and around Las Cruces, NM.

Producer Craig Baumgarten states, “’Wanted Man’ is an exciting action-packed thriller, and we are excited to be filming this in and around Las Cruces, New Mexico utilizing many locations, crew, and performers to tell this story.”

Doña Ana County FAQs

What address should I use on my COI?

The Certificate Holder should read:
Doña Ana County
845 N Motel Blvd. Las Cruces, New Mexico 88007

Are additional insurance documents required?

At minimum, any Doña Ana County filming permits will require a COI naming the Dona Aña County as additionally insured. Please refer to the insurance tab for details regarding coverage and minimum limits. Some County departments, resources, and facilities may require an Additionally Insured Endorsement and/or a WAIVER OF TRANSFER OF RIGHTS OF RECOVERY AGAINST OTHERS TO US (WAIVER OF SUBROGATION).

When do I need a permit to film in Doña Ana County?

All non-personal filming activity on public or private property will require, at minimum, a Film Las Cruces filming permit application to be filled out. Filming permit exemptions include news, gathering of news related stories, and other types of documentaries not requiring the use of actors, models, sets, or props.

How do I request a scout of County-owned property?

Give us a call or shoot us a message and Film Las Cruces will coordinate with County staff to facilitate tours/scouts for County-owned properties.