Student projects are subject to the same rules and permit requirements as professional productions.
Some schools provide insurance coverage and some do not. If your school does not, you may be required to procure coverage.
Municipalities may charge for certain services such as permits, police, ITC, parking, etc. Please contact the appropriate municipality for direct answers.
The use of private property requires the permission of the property owner. 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, excessive noise and certain activities that are visible to the public.
Your permit may require you to provide notification to the residence and businesses near the location. This must be completed at least 2 business days before the shoot. Please use the Notification Letter template here. Failure to notify as described in the permit is a violation.
If you are a student, please complete and submit a Student Permit Application via corresponding municipalities. For the most direct answers to your questions, please contact the permitting office(s) of the municipality in which you desire to film in.
Student filmmakers must abide by the City of Savannah’s guidelines for permitting but must fill out a Student Filming Permit Application no later than 5 business days before filming. Any student production with a cast and crew size larger than 10 people, must obtain a permit in order to gather on city-owned property.
Student films must obtain a permit for the following to occur on city-owned property regardless of cast and crew size:
• Special Effects – Explosions, Fire, Smoke, Haze/Fog, or Pyrotechnics
• Weapons or Firearms (real or fake)
• Street, or sidewalk closures
• Parking for Equipment Vehicles
• Intermittent Traffic Control
Beginning March 13, 2017, the City of Savannah will begin charging fees for film permitting to offset the administrative costs associated with the issuance of permits. Please note, that Permit Fees are for each location, not each application. Below is a breakdown of fees for 2017:
Student Permit – $25 per permit – Any production associated with a class grade.
NOTE: All fees are non-refundable except in extraordinary circumstances.
Fees are due prior to the issuance of permits. 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 912.651.2360 or visit the office:
Office of Permitting Services
One Waring Street – Daffin Park
Savannah, Georgia 31404
To hire an officer, please click here for rates.
Additional fees may apply.
For student filming permits, please contact:
Film Permitting Specialist
For student and non-commercial filming, please use:
• Non-commercial filming permit
Student and Non-commercial Contact:
For student filming, please fill out the Chatham County Student Filming Application and 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
Applicants must pay a $25 non-refundable administrative fee with their application. Please make checks payable to Chatham County. Permit applications must be submitted at least 5 business days in advance in order to be considered for approval.
If students wishes to use a Chatham County park or facility, please check to see if the property is first available for your requested dates via the the online Chatham County Facilities webpage.