State Owned Buildings & Properties
“The property control division* of the general services department shall provide for the free access to state buildings by the motion picture industry.” –NMSA 1978 15-3B-7.1
*Property Control Division has now been merged with the Building Services Division and is referred to as the Facilities Management Division of General Services Department (GSD).
The New Mexico Film Office facilitates location use of many state buildings and properties throughout New Mexico that are not subject to location fees. These properties house several different state agencies that are all managed by the Facilities Management Division of General Services Department (GSD). Certain restrictions apply, and in some instances, security and personnel fees may be required.
Please review the “Policies” document below and follow the outlined process to request use of a state-owned property (under GSD) for a filming location.
The film office is available to assist in arranging a scout and requests to be notified of all scouts that this office does not arrange. Please do not submit the "Hold Request" form below until you are ready to provide a contract and insurance. The Hold Form does two things: (1) creates a queue in case another production is also interested in the same location and (2) initiates the internal process of the state for approval of that location.
The Film Office does not provide film companies with a list of state buildings. Visit our Searchable Locations Database as for photographs of some of these properties.
For Assistance with GSD State Properties
For Assistance with Old Main at Penitentiary of New Mexico
The process for Old Main is similar to other state properties as described above: submit the Hold Form to the Film Office to begin the process. Both the Corrections Department and FMD approves contracts for state buildings and properties that they operate. The Film Office assists in the facilitation. Note: location and security fees apply to Old Main and it is also often scheduled for use by other agencies.