Checklist For Professional Permits

  1. Register your project by completing the Project Registration Form. The Film Commission will reply with further details.
  2. Please read all details below for information regarding fees, police requests, city owned locations and insurance requirements.
  3. Complete the City of Savannah’s Film Permit Application – Early application is highly recommended. The logistical complexity of the project may affect time needed for approval. Please submit all forms a minimum of five working days before any filming activity is to take place. Submitting an application does not qualify as an issued permit and does not guarantee approval.
  4. Upload Notification Letter and distribute on YELLOW paper at least 48hrs in advance of filming activity per location. For an example of a notification letter, please click HERE.

Special Events

To view The City of Savannah’s Event calendar, please click HERE. Please note that there may be filming restrictions during certain events and the availability of City services at those times.

Warning

Failure of the production company to comply with the City of Savannah guidelines and conditions set forth in each permit, or the use of any location not specified in the permit, shall give Special Events, Film & Tourism grounds to revoke the permit or take other restrictive actions as necessary.
If a production preps, films, or wraps a location without a permit, the shoot will be shut down and the production may be fined.

Permit Fees

The City of Savannah charges a one-time non-refundable $25 Application Processing Fee per location

All Fees Are Non-refundable Except In Extraordinary Circumstances

Student Permit$25 per location
Any production associated with a class grade
Professional Permit$250 per location
 Any professional production requiring a permit to film
Blanket Permit$100
Any professional production that does not need to set up at a specific location and has a crew size of ten (10) people or less
Drone Permit$125 per location
This fee is in addition to Student, Blanket, and Professional permits for any production that has drone work
Rush FeesAdditional required fee for permits submitted less than 24-72 hours in advance.
Note: Submission of a Rush Application does NOT guarantee approval

$75 per location – within 72 hours of production
$100 per location – within 48 hour of production
$300 per location – within 24 hours of production
Amendment FeesThis fee is charged in addition, per occurrence, and per location

$100 – low impact (minor changes such as parking requests)
$200–medium impact (moderate changes such as equipment or roads)
$300 – high impact (major changes such as film dates or traffic control)
Parking FeeOn Street – North of Victory Drive – $2/hr per space
On – Site Services FeeCharged for filming at a City of Savannah owned property when a City staff member is required to be on-site during production

$100/day – per staff member, per location
$300/day CAP – maximum fee regardless of number of locations
Historic Properties Impact FeeCharged per permit, per location

City Hall – assessed based on impact
Minimum $500/day // Maximum $800/day

Cluskey Embankment Store – assessed based on impact
Minimum $600/day // Maximum $1000/day

Savannah Powder Magazine – assessed based on impact
Minimum $500/day // Maximum $800/day
Note: Drone Permit Fees, Rush Fees, and Amendment Fees are in addition to the $250 (Professional Fee) or $100 (Blanket Fee).

Payment

Payment can be made with check or money order made payable to the City of Savannah. “Film Permit Fee” should be identified on the “notes” line of the check or money order.

For More Information

Call 912-351-3837
Special Events, Film & Tourism
1 Waring Drive – inside of Daffin Park
Savannah, Georgia 31404

Savannah Police

Savannah Police Department Fees

Extra-Duty TypeRegular DaySundayHoliday
Professional Film Security / Traffic$36.00/hr$36.00/hr$36.00/hr
Professional Film Security Supervisor$51.00/hr$51.00/hr$51.00/hr
Student Film – Security$26.00/hr$32.00/hr$36.00/hr
Student Film – Traffic$29.00/hr$35.00/hr$39.00/hr
Student Film – Supervisor Security$39.00/hr$50.00/hr$54.00/hr
Student Film – Supervisor Traffic$42.00/hr$55.00/hr$59.00/hr
  • Events requiring five (5) or more officers to work simultaneously require a minimum of one (1) Location Supervisor.
  • Events requiring two (2) or more Location Supervisors to work simultaneously require a minimum of one (1) Event Supervisor.
  • Large scale events, as determined by the Outside Employment Office or the Chief of Police, require an Event Commander.
  • All rates are billed at a four (4) hour time minimum.
  • Officers shall not negotiate extra-duty lower pay rates with employers.
  • Cost Recovery rates apply to all extra duty jobs.

If a production needs to cancel a scheduled officer, you must do so 24 hours prior to the officer’s scheduled time. If you need to cancel or reschedule due to weather, you must cancel 4 hours prior to the officer’s scheduled time.

Professional Productions are billed via invoice from the SPD Outside Employment Office.

Download Full Police Film Policy.

Savannah Police Department Recovery Fees
Cost Recovery – Uniformed Officer$1.00/hour
Cost Recovery – City Vehicle$6.00/hour

Note: City of Savannah Police Officers, Police Vehicles, Police K9, Mounted Patrol and Police Buildings are not available to use in films and photo shoots.

Savannah Fire Department

Any special effects that include explosives or fire will require a permit from Savannah Fire Department.

Savannah Fire Permit

Savannah Fire Permit Fee Schedule

Fire Marshal$50/hour (4-hour minimum)

Savannah Fire Marshal’s Office
912.644.5960

Insurance

Type of Insurance Required: Commercial General Liability

Minimum Limits (per occurrence): $1,000,000

Insurance Certificate addressed as follows:

The Mayor and Aldermen of the City of Savannah C/O Susan Broker
P.O. Box 1027, Savannah, GA 31402

Note: Evidence of Insurance must be submitted before a permit can be effective.

Notification of Affected Businesses and Residents

The production company is responsible for notifying all businesses and residents affected by the filming activity. Notification shall take place following the City’s review of the application and no later than 48 hours in advance of the film activity.

Download an example of a notification letter.

All notification letters must be approved and uploaded using this form in order to obtain the requested permit. Notification must be printed on YELLOW paper and distributed to all business and residents at least 48hours in advance of filming activity.

Confirmation of delivery may be requested of production to prove distribution.

Special Events, Film & Tourism reserves the right to deny or revoke permits where insufficient time has been allowed for proper notification, or when the notification process has been improperly applied.

The Production Company must notify impacted properties, as determined by the Director of Special Events, Film and Tourism or his/her Designee, no less than 48 hours prior to the presence of any film-related activity in the permitted area. Failure to do so will result in a fee charged to the Production Company.

The following fees will be charged to production companies found to be out of compliance:

First Offense – Up to $1,500 and suspension of Film Permit
Second Offense – Up to $5,000 and suspension of Film Permit

For More on Permitting, please contact:

Nicole Bush
Permit Liaison
Special Events, Film & Tourism
City of Savannah
nbush@savannahga.gov
912.351.3837 (Office) / 912.658.6214 (Cell)