SAVANNAH REGION FILM GUIDELINES

Welcome to the Savannah Region. The Savannah Regional Film Commission is the central point of contact for entertainment productions. We are here to guide you through the process, requirements and local resources available to make your production a success.

All productions are required to register with the Savannah Regional Film Commission by submitting the 

PROJECT REGISTRATION FORM

Students do not need to complete the Project Registration Form. If you are a student click HERE.

Please note, the Project Registration Form is NOT a permit application.  You will need to fill out a SEPARATE form with the appropriate municipality to apply for a location permit.

The Savannah Regional Film Commission does not issue permits. Permits are required for any production activity which will have an impact on public property within the Savannah region. We have 8 municipalities within Chatham County that each have their own unique 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.

Additional permits may be required from government agencies such as the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) or the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT).

Here is a list of the municipalities in our region:

City of Savannah

The City of Tybee Island

The City of Garden City

Chatham County

City of Port Wentworth

City of Bloomingdale

Town of Thunderbolt

City of Pooler

Safety

The Savannah Regional Film Commission expects all productions to abide by industry standard safety guidelines.

Insurance

Most municipalities require a certificate of insurance prior to securing a permit.

Please refer to each municipality for specific insurance requirements.

Notification of Affected Businesses and Residents

The Savannah Regional Film Commission expects all productions to abide by industry standard safety guidelines.

The production company is responsible for notifying all businesses and residents affected by the filming activity. Notification shall take place following the permitting guidelines for each municipality.

For an example of a notification letter, please click HERE.

Please upload all notification letters using THIS FORM.

Permits may be denied or revoked where insufficient time has been allowed for proper notification, or when the notification process has been improperly applied.

Traffic Control and Street Closures

Traffic control, if needed, must be handled by off-duty police officers hired by the production company through each municipality.

Parking

Please refer to each municipalities’  parking regulations.

Municipalities reserve the right to restrict high impact filming in streets, neighborhoods, parks, or districts which have experienced undue stress from seasonal festivals and events, heavy filming, natural disasters, etc.

In the event of natural or civil disasters, municipalities reserve the right to cancel all outstanding film permits on both public and private property within the affected area. Should evacuation of a street, neighborhood, or district be deemed necessary by fire, police, or other emergency authorities, all outstanding permits for that area are null and void. Permits will be re-granted as soon as possible after the State of Emergency proclamation has been lifted, following a safety evaluation conducted by the municipality, production company, and utility company representatives.

Festivals and Events

Due to the high volume of visitors to the city during major festivals and events, additional permitting restrictions are in place, and there is limited accessibility in the City of Savannah and surrounding municipalities during these events. Please check with the Savannah Regional Film Commission for specific details.  Currently there are a few major events which greatly impact the region.

The City of Savannah

  • MLK Day Parade – January
  • Patrick’s Day Celebration – March 17 (additional days before and after, varying by year.)
  • Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon – 1st weekend in November

Tybee Island

  • Pirate Festival – early October
  • Orange Crush – April
  • Spring Break – various weeks between March – May
  • Beach Bum Parade – May

If there are any questions regarding these guidelines, please contact the Savannah Regional Film Commission (912) 447-4159