Welcome to FilmApp Chamblee

NOTICE: The film ordinance has recently been updated reducing the number of business days in which a production must apply for a permit. It also allows the City to assess fees for applications received fewer than five days in advance of production or for productions that fail to properly obtain proper permits. Please see the amendments in the documents section. A codified ordinance will be added as soon as it is available. Please feel free to reach out to Laura Linman at (770) 986-5010 or llinman@chambleega.gov should you have any questions regarding the changes.

To support the City of Chamblee’s rapidly expanding film industry, the City has streamlined the permitting process for film productions with the launch of our new online application software FilmApp Chamblee. In addition to streamlining the permitting process for film productions in the City of Chamblee, the City will also be responsible for the following:
  • Coordinating the issuance of permits for productions filming in the City of Chamblee
  • Facilitating communication between producers and city agencies
  • Minimizing potential inconveniences to local residents and businesses affected by film production
  • Partnering with the Georgia Film, Music & Digital Entertainment Office and other partners to market the City of Chamblee as a leading center for film, culture, and entertainment
  • Managing and promoting the initiatives of the City of Chamblee

NOTE: A film permit is NOT required for filming on public property for newsgathering purposes. This exemption includes the following: current news productions, including reporters, photographers or cameramen in the employment of a newspaper, news service, broadcasting station or similar entity engaged in the broadcasting of news events; productions conducted by the DeKalb School System or other government organizations; filming associated with any rallies, protests, and demonstrations taking place on public property without obtaining a filming permit. Please see the filming ordinance to your right for more information.

Before you get started, be sure to check the City's map to ensure production will occur within the city limits and review the checklist below for necessary guidelines and helpful information to have a successful film shoot in the City of Chamblee.  All of the supplementary forms you will need can be found to your right.

We know you have a choice to film anywhere, and we thank you for choosing the City of Chamblee as the location for your creative vision.

Best Wishes for a great shoot!
The City Of Chamblee City Hall:
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM EST
Monday - Friday

A film permit shall be submitted five (5) business days in advance of the proposed shoot date.  Applications or documents submitted after the close of business (5:00 PM EST) on any given day will not be counted as RECEIVED until the next business day. Ex. A traffic control plan submitted with an application on a Tuesday at 6:15 PM EST will be counted as received on Wednesday.  Any applications received fewer than five business days in advance of production may be assessed an additional fee. A fee schedule is available for download from the menu on the right. 

Film and Movie Permit Guidelines

Please review all guidelines before proceeding to the full application
These guidelines should be followed by an individual or company interested in film production or photography on property in the City of Chamblee. The guidelines are subject to change and may be enforced as stipulations of a film permit. All applicants should read and understand the City of Chamblee's film ordinance in full, which can be found in the list of useful documents to the right.
  1. Request permission from the City to use property for film production or photography at least 5 days in advance of production.
  2. Please complete the Film Application in full.
  3. If permission is granted by the City, a permit will be issued including time, date, and location of filming and acceptable activities within the scope of the permit.
  4. Use of private property requires written permission of the property owner.
  5. Permittees must provide all residents and businesses within a 500-foot radius of the film location written notice of the dates, times, and location addresses and production company contact at least 48 hours prior to the first film activity.
  6. If streets are to be blocked or traffic disrupted in any manner, police officers must be scheduled at a minimum of three hours per day for City of Chamblee officers. The cost is $50/hour. This arrangement can be made through the Chamblee Police Department at (770) 986-5005 and officers will be paid directly rather than through the application process.
  7. On-street parking of commercial vehicles and trailers is strictly prohibited.
  8. City parks and facilities may be rented when available, and are subject to fees. Contact the Parks and Recreation Department at (770) 986-5016.
  9. Upon receipt of permit the production company must provide a certificate of insurance naming the City of Chamblee as an additional insured. The City requires an insurance policy rider for general liability and worker's compensation for $1,000,000 of each occurrence and aggregate with endorsement naming the City of Chamblee as additional insured.
  10. The City shall require the production company to have a copy of the permit on site at all times.
  11. Upon completion of work, all materials and debris shall be entirely removed and the right-of-way left in a condition satisfactory to the Director of Public Works.
  12. Emergency vehicle access shall be maintained at all times.
  13. The City of Chamblee logo may not be included in the film without written permission from the City of Chamblee.
DeKalb Fire Marshal Policy:
An FMO Preliminary site inspection is required for ALL film sets, including basecamps, and should be coordinated with a minimum 24-hour advance notice to be performed during normal business hours. The assigned FMO Inspector will verify applicable tent separation, generator, and cooking equipment, as well as other applicable NFPA 140, NFPA 10, and IFC conditions/requirements. Please assure site set-up is complete upon FMO Site Inspection. Please provide contact information for the site supervisor upon scheduling and confirm that representation from the production will be available on site during the walk-thru. If applicable for specific hazardous activities, an FSP shall be provided, in accordance with NFPA 140, by Fire Marshal Office Staff only, or if approved, by the Fire Marshall, DeKalb County Fire Rescue Staff. To schedule your inspection, contact JoAnn Saunders, Inspection Office Administrator at dekalbFMO@dekalbcountyga.gov or 404.371.6208.

DeKalb Water Meter Rentals:
Fire hydrant meters can be rented by completing an online application, providing a copy of your film permit at 774 Jordan Lane, Decatur, GA 30033.  After completing the application process and paying the $600.00 deposit, a meter can be picked up and returned at 1580 Roadhaven Dr., Stone Mountain, GA 30083.  Please note that there is a $28 monthly rental charge and a required reporting of usage per month. Any questions concerning the hydrant rental program should submit inquiries to hydrantrental@dekalbcountyga.gov or call (404) 371-2677 or (404) 371-2697.  The fire hydrant meter rental application is available to your right.

GDOT Film Policy:
A permit is required for use of the right-of-way on all Georgia State Routes for film purposes. Permits are issued by the various District Traffic Operations Offices. If locations requested are in multiple Districts, a separate Permit must be issued for each District.  Please follow the link for more information.  http://www.dot.ga.gov/PS/Permits 
GDOT Contact:  Michelle Meeks, Metro Atlanta District 7 Traffic Specialist, 770-216-3894 
Email: mmeeks@dot.ga.gov

MARTA Film Policy & Application:
Be sure that all sidewalk, lane and road closures do not impede MARTA bus routes, bus stops or transit stations.  Visithttp://www.itsmarta.com/Default.aspx for access to MARTA Transit maps and schedules. A signed license agreement is required to film any commercial photography, television shows, short features or any other film projects on MARTA Property. MARTA will approve or reject the filmmaker's request based on how the project will affect the normal transit service schedule.  Be aware that all film requests must be submitted at least 30 days before filming begins. Please follow the link for more information.  http://www.itsmarta.com/photography-and-film.aspx 
MARTA Contact:  Alexia Wynn, Communications Specialist, 404-848-5032 
Email: awynn@itsmarta.com
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