Town of Thunderbolt – Permits & Guidelines

To film in the Town of Thunderbolt, you will need to submit a Thunderbolt Film Production Application

Please contact Molly Sims for questions about filming in Thunderbolt.

Shelly Jameson
Finance Director
Main Office: (912) 629-4652
2821 River Drive – Thunderbolt, GA 31404


Thunderbolt Film Production Application

Application shall be completed and submitted in its entirety at least five (5) business days prior to beginning of activity for consideration by the Town Administrator.

Productions taking place for six (6) or more days or productions that require activity which includes more than two (2) street closures, traffic control, limit access to the sidewalks and / or access on the water shall complete and submit the application at least thirty (30) days prior to a regularly scheduled Town Council meeting. Monthly Town Council meetings are held on the second Wednesday of each month.


Please upload all notification letters using THIS FORM.  For an example of a notification letter, please click HERE.


The Film Production Application fee is due at the time of application submission and is non-refundable. The application will be reconsidered for approval if substantial changes are made or additional needs are requested. Proposed activity may be delayed and additional fees may apply.


Productions with activity beyond one day are to pay $50 per day above the base fee.

Type of Production Base Permit Fee
Student Permit (with proof of insurance) $25
Still Photography / Documentary (no city services) $100
Commercial $250
Corporate Video $250
Music Video $275
Television Show $350
Feature Film $500
Drone Fee Per Location $125


Rush Fee Per Location Rush Fee
within 72 hours of Production $75
within 48 hours of Production $75
within 24hours of Production $300


Type of fee per hour Fee
Police Staff Per Officer $50/hr
Police Staff Per Supervisor $75/hr
Fire Staff Per Firefighter $50/hr
Fire Staff Per Supervisor $75/hr
Fire Marshall (4-hour minimum) $40/hr
City Vehicle $10/hr


Type of fee Fee
On Site City Staff Per Day $100 -300
City Facility Rental Per Day (City Hall, Community Center, Fire Dept, Parks, etc.) $500
Parking Fee Per Vehicle $2
Overweight/Extended Length Truck Per Vehicle Roundtrip $250

NOTE: The production company is responsible to pay an additional non-refundable $500 to have a Special Called Council Meeting arranged in order to expedite consideration of the application.