Filming in Athens-Clarke County
Athens-Clarke County is designated as a Camera Ready community by the Georgia Music, Film & Digital Entertainment Office, part of the Georgia Department of Economic Development.
The Athens-Clarke County Public Information Office (706-613-3795) serves as the official film liaison, but works with many partners, including the Athens Convention & Visitors Bureau, Film Athens, the Athens Downtown Development Authority and other entities.
Film Project Information Form
Individuals or companies looking to film in Athens-Clarke County should first fill out an online Film Project Information Form. This will allow the Camera Ready liaison to assess requirements specific to your film.
Regulations for Filming
Check back soon for a full, printed guide to filming, photography, and videography in Athens-Clarke County, produced by the Public Information Office in conjunction with Film Athens and other film partners.
Generally speaking, filming for commercial or non-commercial purposes in public spaces or private property does not require permitting unless:
- It requires sidewalk, street or lane closures.
- It occurs in park locations.
- Leisure Services Film Agreement is needed. Contact Melanie McElroy, Development and Outreach Coordinator at the Leisure Services Department at 706-613-3800 or email@example.com with questions after viewing the form.
- It requires use of a local government facility such as City Hall or another facility (Facility Use Application)
Filming with Drones / Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS)
Contact the Public Information Office for information related to filming with drones.
Filming on The University of Georgia Campus
Filming on The University of Georgia campus requires formal, written permission from the University. For more information, see their External Commercial & Documentary Filming/Photography on Campus policy.
Athens-Clarke County Camera Ready Liaison
Athens-Clarke County Public Information Office
706-613-3795 / firstname.lastname@example.org