City of Savannah – Permits and Guidelines

The City of Savannah – Special Events, Film & Tourism is responsible for issuing permits in the City of Savannah.  A permit is required for any production activity which will have an impact on public property in the City of Savannah, including requests for any City of Savannah services needed for filming (police, parking meter removal, signage removal, parking, etc.)

If you are a STUDENT please click HERE 

 CHECKLIST FOR PROFESSIONAL PERMITS

Register your project by completing the Project Registration Form 
The Film Commission will reply with further details.
Please read all details below for information regarding fees, police requests, city owned locations and insurance requirements.
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.
Upload Notification Letter and distribute on YELLOW paper at least 48hrs in advance of filming activity.

 

 

 

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.

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

**PER LOCATION**

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

Fees are due prior to the issuance of permits and after the Location Permit Application is reviewed

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 Fees  Additional 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 Fees This 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 Fee On Street – North of Victory Drive – $2/hr per space
On – Site Services Fee Charged 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 Fee Charged 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 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 or visit the office:

Special Events, Film & Tourism
One Waring Street – Daffin Park
Savannah, Georgia 31404

POLICE AND FIRE SERVICES
Savannah Police Department Fees
 Extra-Duty Type Regular Day Sunday Holiday
Extra-Duty Employment $26.00/hr $32.00/hr $36.00/hr
Extra-Duty Employment – Hazard Pay (i.e. Traffic Control) $29.00/hr $35.00/hr $39.00/hr
Location Supervisor $34.00/hr $45.00/hr $49.00/hr
Location Supervisor – Hazard Pay $37.00/hr $50.00/hr $54.00/hr
Event Supervisor $39.00/hr $50.00/hr $54.00/hr
Event Supervisor – Hazard Pay $42.00/hr $55.00/hr $59.00/hr
Event Commander $44.00/hr $55.00/hr $59.00/hr
Event Commander – Hazard Pay $47.00/hr $60.00/hr $64.00/hr
Barricade Delivery – Type 1 / A Frame $31.00/hr $41.00/hr $45.00/hr
Barricade Delivery – French $34.00/hr $45.00/hr $49.00/hr
Film Security                             $36.00/hr
Film Security Supervisor                             $51.00/hr

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.

CLICK HERE FOR FULL POLICE FILM POLICY

Savannah PD Cost Recovery Fees
Cost Recovery – Uniformed Officer $1.00/hour
Cost Recovery – City Vehicle $6.00/hour
Savannah Fire & Emergency Services  

Fire Marshal $30/hour (4-hour minimum)

Any special effects that include explosives or fire will require a permit from Savannah Fire Rescue. The production’s SFX or Stunt Coordinator should NOT go directly to Savannah Fire Rescue. As with all other requests, this must go through Special Events Film and Tourism.

*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.

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.

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

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:

MATTHEW KRUEGER  
Film Permitting Coordinator 
Special Events, Film & Tourism
City of Savannah
MKrueger@savannahga.gov

912-351-3837 (Office) // 912-239-8837 (Cell)

Nicole Bush  
Permit Liaison 
Special Events, Film & Tourism
City of Savannah
nbush@savannahga.gov

912-351-3837 (Office) // 912-658-6214 (Cell)