Any production associated with a class grade is considered a student project. Projects using a school’s insurance or equipment are also considered student productions. Student projects are subject to the same rules and permit requirements as professional productions.  Students should NOT fill out the professional Production Registration Form.

CHECKLIST FOR STUDENT PRODUCTION PERMITS

  1. Read the Student Filming Handout.
  2. Determine the municipality(ies) where your filming activity will take place by using sagis.org Click HERE to see how to use Sagis
  3. Apply for a film permit(s) with the appropriate municipality
  4. Upload your Notification Letter HERE and distribute to residents and neighbors around your filming location on YELLOW paper at least 48hrs in advance of filming activity per location ( ***Exceptions for City of Tybee Island*** Please see below.)
  5. Pick up and pay for your permit(s)

What is a municipality?

A municipality is a city or town that has corporate status and local government. We have eight municipalities within Chatham County that each have their own unique student permitting process. If you are unsure of which municipality governs your location, use the Sagis Map Viewer to make that determination. Click here to see how to use Sagis.

What is a permit?

Permits are an official document giving someone authorization to film on municipally owned property. Permits are required for anything deemed “public property” such as streets, sidewalks, alleys, lanes, parks, squares, and beaches. Film permits do not grant access to private property. Some municipalities require film permits, regardless of filming on private or public property. This is especially true for certain activities that are in view of the public, such as stunts or special effects. For the most direct answers to your questions, please contact the permitting office of the municipality in which you desire to film.

What is private property?

The use of private property requires the permission of the property owner via a signed Location Agreement. A Location Agreement is a written contract between a private property owner and filmmaker(s) that gives permission to enter private property for the purpose of recording content, whether you are filming, taking photographs, or making any other recordings. Private property owners include homeowners, business owners, landlords and their tenants. While some buildings may seem “public,” location agreements must still be obtained to film in museums, schools, libraries and places of worship.

Film permits do not grant access to any private property. However, there are certain activities that require permits even when they occur on private property. These include stunts, special effects, fire, excessive noise and certain activities that are visible to the public.

Insurance

Most locations require insurance for filming. Some schools provide insurance coverage, and some do not. If your school does not, you may be required to procure coverage.

Fees

Municipalities may charge for certain services such as permits, police, intermittent traffic control (ITC), parking, etc.  Please contact the appropriate municipality for direct answers.

Notification

Your permit may require you to provide notification to the residents and businesses near the location. This must be completed at least 2 business days before the scheduled shoot day(s). All notification letters must be approved and uploaded using this form. You can download an PDF example HERE. Failure to notify as described in the permit is a violation.

City of Savannah

Permit ProcedureFill out the City of Savannah Student Filming Permit Application no later than 5 business days before filming.
All student productions must obtain a permit in order to gather on city-owned property if your cast and crew size exceeds six (6) people. Or you have any of the following needs:
  • Special Effects – explosions, fire, smoke, haze/fog, or pyrotechnics
  • Stunts or any simulated violence weapons or firearms (real or fake)
  • Animals
  • Street or Sidewalk Closure – this includes any impediment of pedestrian foot traffic (i.e. locking up your shot so that pedestrians can’t cross frame), running cables across a public space such as a sidewalk/park/square, or staging of equipment on a sidewalk or street. Once approved, this request will require cones or barricades from your school or 3rd party vendor.
  • Parking for equipment vehicles – this includes generators Intermittent
  • Traffic Control – this requires police (see below for officer rate sheet)
  • Locking a Location – this protects students from another event/production booking the same space
Fee StructureThe City of Savannah charges a one-time non-refundable $25 Application Processing Fee per location.

Additionally, there is a $25 Permit Fee per location for your completed permit. Non-consecutive dates for the same location will be charged an additional $25 permit fee.

For example: If your project wants to film in Location 1: Forsyth Park, and Location 2: Chippewa Square, you will submit two $25 Application Processing Fees, and then once approved, be billed for two $25.00 Permit Fees, totaling $100.00. If your project wants to return to Location 1:Forsyth Park for additional filming, you will be billed for an additional $25.00 Permit Fee.

All fees are non-refundable except in extraordinary circumstances. 
Fees are due prior to the issuance of permits. Payment can be made by money order made payable to the City of Savannah.  “Film Permit Fee” should be identified on the “notes” line of the money order. To hire a police officer, please specify your police needs on your student permit application. Please check the Savannah PD Film Policy for rates.  Additional fees may apply.

Student Film – Security
Regular Day – $26.00/hr
Sunday – $32.00/hr
Holiday – $36.00/hr

Student Film – Traffic
Regular Day – $29.00/hr
Sunday – $35.00/hr
Holiday – $39.00/hr

Student Film – Supervisor Security
Regular Day – $39.00/hr
Sunday – $50.00/hr
Holiday – $54.00/hr

Student Film – Supervisor Traffic
Regular Day – $42.00/hr
Sunday – $55.00/hr
Holiday – $59.00/hr

Cost Recovery – Uniformed Officer
$1.00/hour

Cost Recovery – City Vehicle
$6.00/hour
Insurance and NotificationType of Insurance Required: Commercial General Liability Minimum Limits (per occurrence): $1,000,000 Certificate of Insurance (COI) must be 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 Your permit requires you to provide notification to the residents and businesses near the location.
This must be completed at least 2 business days before the scheduled shoot day(s).

All notification letters should be uploaded using this form.
Hard copies of this letter must be printed and distributed on YELLOW paper at least 48 hours prior to filming activity. Please click here to see an example of a City of Savannah Student Film Notification Letter.  Or download the Word Doc version to edit with your projects information. Failure to notify as described in the permit is a violation.
ContactNicole Bush
Permit Liaison
Special Events, Film & Tourism
912.351.3837
nbush@savannahga.gov
1 Waring Drive **inside of Daffin Park**
Savannah, Georgia 31404

Chatham County

Permit ProcedureFill out the Chatham County Student Filming Application at least 5 business days in advance in order to be considered for approval. Submit to Monica Middleton, in person, at the Dept of Building Safety & Regulatory Services at 1117 Eisenhower Drive, Suite D, Savannah, Georgia 31406 or by mail at the following address:
Department of Building Safety & Regulatory Services
ATTN: Monica Middleton
P.O. Box 8161
Savannah, GA 31412-8161

If students wish to use a Chatham County park or facility, please check to see if the property is available for your requested dates via the online Chatham County Facilities webpage.
Fee StructureApplicants must pay a $25 non-refundable administrative fee with their application. Please make checks payable to Chatham County.
Insurance and NotificationContact Monica Middleton for Insurance requirements.

Notification Your permit requires you to provide notification to the residents and businesses near the location.
This must be completed at least 2 business days before the scheduled shoot day(s).

All notification letters should be uploaded using this form.
Hard copies of this letter must be printed and distributed at least 48 hours prior to filming activity. For an example of a notification letter, please click HEREFailure to notify as described in the permit is a violation.
ContactMonica Middleton
Occupational Tax Supervisor
Dept. of Building Safety & Regulatory Services
(912) 201-4322
mpmiddle@chathamcounty.org

City of Tybee Island

Permit ProcedureFor students, please fill out submit directly to Robyn Rosner: Non-commercial filming permit. For beach filming please also fill out: Beach permit application.
***Please note – Student productions are not allowed to have generators of any sort on the beach.***
Fee StructureContact Robyn Rosner
Insurance and NotificationContact Robyn Rosner for Insurance requirements.

Notitication LettersPlease check with Robyn Rosner first. Then, if required, submit your notification letter here. For an example of a notification letter, please click HERE
ContactRobyn Rosner
Facilities Coordinator
912-472-5045
rrosner@cityoftybee.org

City of Garden City

Permit ProcedureStudent projects are subject to the same rules and permit requirements as professional productions. Fill out the Professional & Student Permit Application at least 5 business days prior to the first requested filming date. If you wish to use Garden City Parks and Recreation Locations, please click here to find more information.
Fee StructureGarden City may charge for certain services such as police, ITC, parking, etc. Please contact the Ben Brengman for direct answers.
Insurance and NotificationSubmit your notification letter hereHard copies of this letter must be printed and distributed at least 48 hours prior to filming activity. For an example of a notification letter, please click HERE.  Some schools provide insurance coverage, and some do not. If your school does not, you may be required to procure coverage.
ContactBen Brengman
100 Central Avenue|Garden City, GA 31405
P- (912) 963-2768 | F- (912) 966-7792
BBrengman@gardencity-ga.gov
www.gardencity-ga.gov

City of Port Wentworth

Permit ProcedureFill out the City of Port Wentworth Film Permit Application no less than 5 days in advance of the desired production, and submit to Shanta Scarboro via email sscarboro@cityofportwentworth.com or at the City of Port Wentworth’s City Hall at 305 S Coastal Hwy, Port Wentworth, GA 31407.   Student productions MUST have a hard copy version of their signed permit at all times while on location.
Fee StructureIf students wish to use a City of Port Wentworth park or facility, please contact Shanta Scarboro for availability and rates.   A fee may also be charged for certain services such as police, Internal Traffic Control (ITC), parking, etc.
Insurance and NotificationSubmit your notification letter hereHard copies of this letter must be printed and distributed at least 48 hours prior to filming activity. For an example of a notification letter, please click HERE.  Some schools provide insurance coverage, and some do not. If your school does not, you may be required to procure coverage.
ContactShanta Scarboro
Permitting Office
912-964-4379
sscarboro@cityofportwentworth.com

City of Bloomingdale

Permit ProcedureEach City of Bloomingdale-owned location should be permitted by the City Administrator via the City of Bloomingdale Film Permit Application.   The City of Bloomingdale requires all productions to submit a permit application at least 10 days before filming.
Fee Structure Contact Charles D. Akridge
Insurance and NotificationSubmit your notification letter here. Hard copies of this letter must be printed and distributed at least 48 hours prior to filming activity. For an example of a notification letter, please click HERE.  Contact Charles D. Akridge for Insurance requirements.
ContactCharles D. Akridge
City Administrator
912-748-0970
cakridge@bloomingdale-ga.gov 

Town of Thunderbolt

Permit ProcedureTo film in the Town of Thunderbolt, you will need to submit a Thunderbolt Film Production Application
Fee StructurePlease contact Deatre Denion
Insurance and NotificationSubmit your notification letter here. Hard copies of this letter must be printed and distributed at least 48 hours prior to filming activity. For an example of a notification letter, please click HERE.  Contact Deatre Denion for Insurance requirements.
ContactDeatre Denion
Town Clerk / Planning / Zoning and Permitting Officer
Main Office: (912) 629-4652
ddenion@thunderboltga.org
2821 River Drive – Thunderbolt, GA 31404

City of Pooler

Permit ProcedureFilm permits are not required for private property, but any City of Pooler public property or right-of-way requires a special event permit.

SPECIAL EVENT PERMIT: A special event is any activity occurring upon private or public property that affects the ordinary use of public streets, rights-of-way, or sidewalks. This includes, but is not limited to, fairs, festivals, foot runs, and bicycle runs. A special event application must be submitted no later than 30 days prior to the proposed event.Each application will be considered for approval by the Pooler City Council at a regular meeting. If approved, a permit will be issued upon payment of the $300 application fee. Permits are valid for 30 days. City of Pooler Special Event Permit Application 
Fee Structure Contact Hadassa Villafana
Insurance and Notification Contact Hadassa Villafana
ContactHadassa Villafana
Occupational Tax Specialist
Finance Department
City of Pooler
912-748-7261 ext 109
hvillafana@pooler-ga.gov