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DeKalb County Department of Watershed Management will replace all water services, valves, hydrants, and outdated meter boxes. This work will include upsizing water transmission pipe varying in sizes from 8-inch to 12-inch ductile iron pipe for optimized water service and long term infrastructure improvements. Work will occur in the following 4 Areas. All of the work will occur on DeKalb residential streets beginning September 22, 2019 and is expected to last approximately 24 months.






The DeKalb Entertainment Commission is the official film office for
Unincorporated DeKalb County, GA.

To support DeKalb County’s rapidly expanding film industry, the DeKalb Entertainment Commission has streamlined the permitting process for film productions with the launch of our new online application software FilmApp DeKalb. In addition to streamlining the permitting process for film productions in Unincorporated DeKalb County, the DeKalb Entertainment Commission will also be responsible for the following:

  • Coordinating the issuance of permits to productions filming in Unincorporated DeKalb County
  • Facilitating communication between producers and county 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 DeKalb County as a leading center for film, culture, and entertainment
  • Managing and promoting the initiatives of the DeKalb Entertainment Commission

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.

The film permit application fee is nonrefundable.  The process and fees are different for student filmmakers. Download the fee schedule to your right and contact the DeKalb Entertainment Commission for more information. Students will need to provide proof of current enrollment and insurance to receive student rates.  

Independent filmmakers should contact The DEC to discuss your production budget, plans and to schedule a logistics meeting if necessary.

Before you get started, review the checklist below for necessary guidelines and helpful information to have a successful film shoot in Unincorporated DeKalb County.  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 DeKalb County as the location for your creative vision.

Best Wishes for a great shoot!

The DeKalb Entertainment Commission Office Hours:
8:30 AM - 5:30 PM EST Monday - Friday 

A film permit shall be submitted three (3) days or 72 hours in advance of the proposed prep date.  A rush fee shall be assessed to permits submitted with less than three days processing time.  Applications or documents submitted after the close of business (5:30 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.  A complete fee schedule is available for download from the menu on the right. 
The online credit card payment gateway accepts VISA, MASTER CARD and DISCOVER.



Additionally, filming activity that occurs containing any of the following elements will require a permit:

  • Filming outdoors between 11:00 PM and 7:00 AM within a 300-foot radius of a dwelling unit, residence, place of worship, or business
  • Filming on public property and/or in buildings that are owned by the county and not leased to a third party, or in a building of which the county is a lessee
  • Filming requiring the setup of barricades, street closure, lane closure, or sidewalk closure
  • Occupation of the right-of-way
  • Use of Pyrotechnics or other explosives
  • Smoke effects, water effects, or flame effects
  • Use of any equipment that can be potentially dangerous
  • Display or use of real or artificial firearms, grenades, or other weaponry
  • Vehicle chases and/or crashes
  • Dangerous stunts that have a reasonable likelihood of causing substantial personal injury
  • Use of equipment that has a reasonable likelihood of causing damage to public property
  • Filming that includes sound as defined and regulated by the DeKalb County Noise Ordinance
  • Use or presence of any animal which is naturally inclined to do harm or capable of inflicting serious harm upon human beings, or any animal whose possession or sale is prohibited by federal, state, or local law
  • Use of temporary structures (tents) or generators
  • Use of intellectual property belonging to DeKalb County
  • Use of public property that is owned or maintained by the Department of Watershed Management
  • Filming in a park, school or building maintained by DeKalb County, Georgia. 

Completed On-Line Film Permit Application with all signature pages fully executed:
  • Indemnity Page completed and signed
  • Copy of one-page notification letter sent to residents and businesses within a 300-foot radius of the requested closure(s) or filming location (list the time and date of road/lane or sidewalk closures)
  • Sensitive areas require signatures from residents and businesses. You shall be alerted if your desired location is designated as a sensitive area in Unincorporated DeKalb County. If you have further questions, please call Shelbia Jackson at the DeKalb Entertainment Commission.
    • You shall be required to include the DeKalb Entertainment  Commission as an additional contact on your notification letter to businesses and residents impacted by proposed filming activities as follows:
      • Shelbia Jackson, Director, DeKalb Entertainment Commission, sljackson@decidedekalb.com 404.388.4621
  • Filming occurring between the hours of 11 pm and 7 am shall require a noise ordinance waiver requiring signatures from residences and businesses within a 100-foot radius of the impacted area.
  • A signed, dated letter from the applicant listing the addresses and date of delivery of notification letter (s). 
  • A traffic control plan and/or detour route (ONLY if the application includes a request for FULL street, lane, or sidewalk closure)
  • There shall be seven (7) day advance notice of FULL ROAD CLOSURE request and  three (3) day advance notice of lane closure requests
  • Shall include the number of lanes to be closed on a street, length of closures (list between streets), detour route for full road closures and necessary signage
  • Shall follow MUTCD (Manual Uniform Traffic Control Devices) guidelines; Please use the link: MUTCD; please call the office if further clarification is needed NO HAND-DRAWN PLANS SHALL BE ACCEPTED
  • Certificate of insurance naming DeKalb County, GA,1300 Commerce Dr. Decatur GA 30030 as the certificate holder
    • A film permit will not be issued without a certificate of insurance 
    • Minimum Insurance Requirements:  $1M general liability, $1M automotive liability, $1M worker’s compensation & employer’s liability coverage.  
      • An increase in coverage minimum requirements may be necessary if project activity substantially increases liability levels; i.e. usage of helicopters, drones, complicated stunt work.  If an increase in minimum coverage is necessary, applicant/production shall be notified during the project review process
DeKalb Fire Marshal Policy:

The DeKalb Fire-Rescue Department, Fire Marshal Office (FMO) handles all fire and life safety oversight for motion picture and television production studio sound stages, approved production facilities and production locations, and all commercial digital media production within DeKalb County, Georgia.   An FMO Preliminary site inspection is required for ALL film sets and should be coordinated with a minimum 24-hour advance notice to be performed during normal business hours.  In accordance with the DeKalb County Fire Rescue Department Fire Safety Officers & Fire Standby Personnel Policy, Production Location Policy and Approved Production Studio Facilities Policy, FMO inspectors tasked with the prevention and abatement of fire and life hazards will verify applicable tent separation, generator, and cooking equipment, as well as other applicable NFPA 140, NFPA 10, and IFC conditions and requirements (see attached policies for further clarification).  Regarding FMO Preliminary Site Inspection:  Upon scheduling, provide site supervisor contact information, ensure site supervisor/production representative will be on-site during inspection, and most importantly please ensure the site set-up is complete by inspection date.  Questions regarding life safety requirements, i.e. tents, canopies, storage, sprinklers, etc. should be directed to FMO Coordinator.

Based on the circumstances of the shoot, the applicant may be required to hire Fire Safety Officers (FSO) as determined by the FMO Chief, FMO Coordinator, or designated FMO representative.  The FSO shall have the jurisdictional authority to enforce DeKalb County ordinances as well as the State of Georgia and U.S fire code regulations. The FSO Flat Rate Fee is a minimum of $50 per hour with a four-hour minimum.  Any event lasting over four hours shall be charged an additional fee of $50 per hour.  Payment shall be made by the production company directly to the officer performing FSO duties.  Payment shall be made immediately after the completion of a work cycle or immediately after completion of “fire safety officer duties” as mutually determined by both parties.  If there is no notice of cancellation within 8 hours, FSO will be paid based on the minimum time requested of $200.  Any requests made within 8-hours of the shoot time will be assessed at a minimum of $100 per hour.   Please be advised that less than 8-hour requests are not guaranteed.  A permit will be denied if proper FSO coverage is not confirmed. The DeKalb County Fire Marshal’s Office Coordinator, Mike Price, can be reached at mlprice@dekalbcountyga.gov or 678-472-6809.  To schedule your inspection, contact Ms. Alfreda Mabry at 404-371-6208 or dekalbFMO@dekalbcountyga.gov.


DeKalb County Police Policy:
Contact the DeKalb County Police Coordinator to secure police coverage for your film shoot.  Based on the circumstances of the shoot, the applicant shall be required to hire off-duty POST-certified police officers as determined and directed by the DeKalb Entertainment Commission and the DeKalb County Police Department based solely on public safety considerations. These officers shall have the jurisdictional authority to enforce DeKalb County ordinances and State of Georgia law.  The DeKalb County Police Department will not assess a separate "coordination fee" for the use of their off-duty officers; however, the following is the general pay information for the use of Off-Duty Officers.  The Officer(s) Flat rate fee is a minimum of $50 per hour with a four-hour minimum.  Any event lasting over four hours shall be charged an additional fee of $50 per hour.  For productions requiring multiple Officers, there will be a designated "Lead Officer" who may have a flat-rate fee of a minimum of $55 per hour with a four-hour minimum.  Payment shall be made by the production company directly to the officer performing Police Safety Duties.  Payment shall be made immediately after the completion of a work cycle or immediately after completion of “police safety duties” as mutually determined by both parties.  48-hour advance notice is required for all schedule changes. If there is no notice of cancellation within 48 hours, Police Safety Officer (PSO) will be paid based on the minimum time requested $200.  Any requests made within 24-hours of the shoot time will be assessed at a minimum of $60 per hour (Lead Officer at $70 per hour).   Please be advised that 24-hour requests are not guaranteed.  A permit will be denied if proper police coverage is not confirmed. The DeKalb County Police Coordinator is Brittany Moss, Support Services Division, and her email is brmoss@dekalbcountyga.gov should you have any questions about this section.

DeKalb Water Meter Rentals:

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the rules surrounding obtaining a water meter may change unexpectedly as staffing levels and pandemic mandates are updated:  (as of February 11, 2021)

To obtain a Fire Hydrant Meter/WATER METER:  Applicant must include a copy of the completed water meter application in their film permit application.  Email the completed water meter application and the approved film permit to hydrantrental@dekalbcountyga.gov.   Watershed Customer Support Representatives will respond to applications and questions with instructions on how to pay for the water meter in-person or online or for help call (404) 371-2677 or (404) 371-2697.

In-person fees are paid at the Watershed Finance Office at 774 Jordan Lane, Decatur, GA 30033.  Once the deposit is paid the applicant is sent to Watershed Maintenance at 1580 Roadhaven Dr., Stone Mountain, GA 30083 to pick up a meter.  Water meter readings can also be sent via email to hydrantrental@dekalbcountyga.gov.  The meter should be returned to Watershed Maintenance at 1580 Roadhaven Dr., Stone Mountain, GA 30083.    

 Fire Hydrant Meter Application is located on this page under Useful Documents to your right.

Filming on Recreation, Parks and Cultural Affairs Property:
Include a site plan under the Supporting Documents section of your application includes a county park. A screenshot of Google Maps indicating where you would like to film is sufficient. The DeKalb County Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Affairs charges the following fees for filming on park property:
  • Commercial Feature Film, Video or Television Production - $1,200 for eight hours, $100 each hour thereafter (per day)
  • Documentary - $100 per hour
  • Public Service Announcement - $50 per hour
  • Student Filming/Photography – Free if not-for-profit, otherwise $50 per hour
  • Commercial Still Photography - $100 per hour
  • For parking services only for base camp, crew or trucks - $500 per day
DeKalb County School System Film Policy:  
In Order to rent space in DeKalb County School Facilities you will need to do the following:
  • Submit your request 14 days prior to the event start date
  • Provide Insurance - Minimum $1,000,000 general liability or public liability for each occurrence/aggregate
  • Submit to a criminal background check by the DeKalb County School District Department of Public Safety at 5861 Memorial Dr., Stone Mountain, GA 30083
  • Obtain written approval from the school principal
  • To gain access to available spaces for rent, please click on the link below and register

Filming at the DeKalb County Superior Courthouse:
Filming at the DeKalb County Superior Courthouse requires the hiring of off-duty Sheriff personnel to provide security for the duration of filming in any Courthouse space.  Filming of any signage, photographs or portraits that might identify the building or courtroom as DeKalb County property and the security equipment or procedures is strictly prohibited.  
For more information please contact:  Cathy W. McCumber, Court Administrator, DeKalb Superior Court, 404-371-4901

Filming at the DeKalb County Jail:
Please direct all inquiries regarding filming restrictions at the DeKalb County Jail  to Cynthia Baugh Williams, Public Information Officer, DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office - 4415 Memorial Drive, Decatur, Georgia 30032  E: cbwilli@dekalbcountyga.gov  P: 404.298.8144 C: 678.548.3923

Filming at DeKalb Peachtree Airport:
PDK does not allow filming on runways and/or service roads.  Filming cannot interfere with operations of the airport and/or tenants in the immediate area when filming in a corporate hangar.
 FBO’s (Terminal)—Scouts must  submit a request with the FBO to film inside of their facility before completing a film permit application
                                Atlantic Aviation             770-454-5000                               
                                Epps Aviation                  770-458-9851
                                Signature Flight Support 770-452-0010

Please find information with regards to filming using a DRONE (Unmanned Aircraft System) in DeKalb County: 

Filming in a DeKalb County-Owned Facility:
Managed independently by departments and may include a fee.  Please contact the DeKalb Entertainment Commission Office for location information.

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.  Visit http://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

Contact the DeKalb Entertainment Commission for more information at
 404.687-2748 or via email at production@dekalbentertainment.com