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General Information Description
Mike Beecham
Director of Planning and Development
706-839-0210
mbeecham@habershamga.com

Habersham County Chamber of Commerce
668 Historic Hwy 441 North
P.O. Box 366
Cornelia, GA 30531
706-778-4654
1-800-835-2559
Email – habchamber@windstream.net
www.habershamchamber.com

Camera Ready Community Liaison
Mike Beecham
Habersham County, Director of Planning and Development
Phone: 706-839-0210
Email –mbeecham@habershamga.com

Alternate Community Filming Contact:

County Manager:
Phil Sutton
555 Monroe Street, Unit 20
Clarkesville, GA 30523

COUNTY INFORMATION

Population: Approximately 44,000 (As of 01/11/11)

County Seat: Clarkesville

Distance from County Seat to Atlanta: 90 miles

Airports:
Habersham County Airport: Cornelia, Georgia (10 miles)
Lee Gilmer Airport: Gainesville, Georgia (30 miles)

COMMERCIAL AIRPORT: Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (90 miles) service by Aeromexico, Air Canada, Air France, AirTran, America West, American, ASA, British Airways, Continental, Comair, Corporate, Delta, Frontier, Hooters, Korean Air, Lufthansa, Midwest, Northwest, South African, United, US Airways. Home of Phoenix Air Group, an international light jet transport service.

Part of the The Chattahoochee National Forest is in this county. Please see the National Park Service rules and regulations for filming and still photography in National Forest System Lands.

Visit www.fs.usda.gov/goto/conf/filming_permit_info

General Topography:
Habersham County ranges from rolling hills to the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. It goes from fairly flat to mountainous with two rivers flowing through the county (Chattahoochee and the Soque) plus beautiful waterfalls, hiking trails, and scenery.

FILMING LOCATIONS

UNIQUE LOCATIONS OF INTEREST:

• JOHN KOLLOCK HOMEPLACE - LOCATION OF CURRENT FILMING FOR WANDERLUST MOVIE - MULTIPLE UNIQUE AND QUAINT HOUSES AND PLANTATION-TYPE HOMEPLACE
• PIEDMONT COLLEGE - BEAUTIFUL CAMPUS OF HISTORIC PRIVATE COLLEGE (FOUNDED 1897)
• SUTTON MILL - FORMER MILL NOW USED AS AN UPSCALE SPECIAL EVENTS PLACE
• TALLULAH FALLS SCHOOL - HISTORIC PRIVATE SCHOOL SITUATED ON A PRISTINE, WOODED CAMPUS BUILT ON THE SOUTHERN SLOPES OF CHEROKEE MOUNTAIN IN NORTHEAST GEORGIA. ROCK BUILDINGS, ARTIFACTS FROM THE PAST WITH A CURRENT-DAY TWIST. MUST SEE!
• HABERSHAM MILLS - FORMERLY A SELF-CONTAINED LARGE TEXTILE MILL VILLAGE - HAD POST OFFICE, HOMES, STORE, ATHLETIC FIELDS, MILL BUILDINGS, HYDRO-ELECTRIC PLANTS AND MORE. A DOCUMENTARY-TYPE MOVIE WAS FILMED THERE FOR BOB JONES UNIVERSITY THIS SUMMER.
• TALLULAH GORGE - 1000-FT. DEEP, 2-MILE WIDE GORGE WITH HYDRO-ELECTRIC DAM AND WATER - HOME OF THE WALLENDA WALK IN 1970 - MANY OVERLOOKS NESTLED IN THE MOUNTAINS AND CHATTAHOOCHEE NATIONAL FOREST. AT THE DAWN OF THE 20TH CENTURY, TALLULAH FALLS WAS A BUSTLING RESORT TOWN THAT RIVALED NIAGARA FALLS.
• MARK OF THE POTTER - OLDEST CRAFT STORE IN GEORGIA. HAS DEMONSTRATING ARTISTS REGULARLY. BUILT IN AN OLD MILL LOCATED ON THE BEAUTIFUL SOQUE RIVER (SOQUE STARTS AND ENDS IN HABERSHAM COUNTY - TED TURNER OWNS MANY ACRES ON THIS RIVER.)
• GRACE-CALVARY EPISCOPAL CHURCH - THE OLDEST CHURCH BUILDING IN THE EPISCOPAL DIOCESE OF ATLANTA. BUILT BY JARVIS VAN BUREN, A RELATIVE OF U.S. PRESIDENT VAN BUREN AND CONSECRATED ON OCT. 10, 1842, THE CHURCH IS A BEAUTIFUL EXAMPLE OF GREEK REVIVAL ARCHITECTURE. THE BUILDING'S HISTORIC FEATURES INCLUDE OVER 42 MULTIPANED WINDOWS THAT STILL RETAIN MOST OF THE ORIGINAL HAND BLOWN GLASS, STRAIGHT-BACKED BOX PEWS AND A "DOUBLE-DECKED" PULPIT. THE PIPE ORGAN IS THE OLDEST WORKING CHURCH INSTRUMENT IN GEORGIA.
• BATESVILLE - MOUNTAIN COMMUNITY ON SCENIC HIGHWAY 197 WITH A GENERAL STORE, FISHING, QUAINT BUILDINGS AND HISTORY OF MOONSHINE MAKING AND RUNNING.
• COMMUNITY HOUSE, CORNELIA - 2,500 SQ. FT. ROCK, LOG AND TIMBER FACILITY BUILT IN THE 1930'S BY WPA WORKERS UNDER PRESIDENT ROOSEVELT'S NEW DEAL. TWO FLOORS WITH HUGE STONE FIREPLACES. VERY BEAUTIFUL AND VERY HISTORIC. USED FOR WEDDINGS AND SPECIAL EVENTS.
• NORTH GEORGIA TECHNICAL COLLEGE - OLDEST TECHNICAL COLLEGE IN GEORGIA. ONE OF TWO WITH DORMITORIES. BEFORE BECOMING A TECHNICAL COLLEGE WAS AN AGRICULTURAL & MECHANICAL COLLEGE. HAS APPROXIMATELY 25 BUILDINGS WITH A BEAUTIFUL CAMPUS. WOULD BE A GREAT PLACE FOR FILMING SKILLS OR STUDENTS ON A LOW-BUDGET COLLEGE CAREER.
• GLEN ELLA INN AND MEETING PLACE. UPSCALE HISTORIC LODGE, RESTAURANT, EVENT LOCATION MAINTAINED IN ORIGINAL SETTING. ON AN UNPAVED ROAD NESTLED IN WOODED AREA NEAR LAKES AND WATERFALLS. BEAUTIFUL YARDS AND GARDENS USED FOR WEDDINGS AND EVENTS.

FILMOGRAPHY:
FEATURE FILMS: WANDERLUST (2010), BOB JONES UNIVERSITY FILMED A DOCUMENTARY HERE THIS SUMMER (2010), I'D CLIMB THE HIGHEST MOUNTAIN (1951)

COUNTY RESOURCES

LODGING:
CHAIN HOTELS - APPROXIMATELY 400 PLUS CABINS, BEDS AND BREAKFASTS, LOCALLY OWNED LODGES WITH OUT-OF-THIS-WORLD ATMOSPHERE TOTAL ROOMS WOULD APPROACH 500 OR MORE.

SHOPPING CENTERS:
BANKS CROSSING OUTLET MALL - 30 MINUTES AWAY ON HWY 441 ATHENS, GA, HOME OF THE UNIVERSITY OF GEORGIA, ONE HOUR AWAY - ENTERTAINMENT RANGES FROM CULTURAL TO ATHLETIC TO MOST ANYTHING A PERSON WOULD BE LOOKING FOR. GEORGIA MALL, DULUTH, 45 MINUTES AWAY ATLANTA, 90 MINUTES

RESTAURANTS:
UNIQUE, LOCAL FINE DINING SUCH AS GLEN-ELLA INN AND MEETING PLACE, MANY LOCAL, INDIVIDUALLY OWNED GREAT FOOD AND ATMOSPHERE RESTAURANTS. COFFEE HOUSES RANGING FROM STARBUCKS TO JAVA JOE'S AND MORE. FENDER'S DINER IN CORNELIA IS A CLASSIC 50'S OR 60'S THEME WITH GREAT FOOD. FRANCHISE OR CHAIN RESTAURANTS SUCH AS LONG HORN'S AND MOST ALL THE FAST-FOOD CHAINS.

For more info about local resources, contact the Habersham County Chamber of Commerce
habchamber@windstream.net.

HOSPITAL:
HABERSHAM MEDICAL CENTER
P.O. BOX 37
DEMOREST, GA 30535
PHONE: 706-754-2161
FAX: 706-754-8785

LOCAL PRODUCTION FACILITIES OR MEDIA SCHOOLS

PIEDMONT COLLEGE IN DEMOREST (HABERSHAM COUNTY) HAS A COMMUNICATIONS SCHOOL WITH PRODUCTION FACILITIES.
WINDSTREAM COMMUNICATIONS IN CORNELIA HAS A CABLE TELEVISION STUDIO.
LOCAL HIGH SCHOOL HAS MEDIA ARTS PROGRAMS.
TWO RADIO STATIONS (WCON99.3FM AND WCHM1490 AM), AND BOTH HAVE RECORDING STUDIOS AND VIDEOING CAPABILITIES FOR PROGRAMS AND COMMERCIALS.

SPECIAL PRODUCTION DEALS

HOTELS AND LODGING FACILITIES ARE VERY WILLING TO WORK WITH YOU ON PRICES. THIS COMMUNITY WELCOMES THE FILM INDUSTRY AND WILL WORK WITH THEM LOCATIONS.

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS

FRIENDLY COUNTY FILLED WITH NATURAL BEAUTY, MOUNTAIN PEOPLE, WAYS AND ARTIFACTS PLUS PROFESSIONALS AND MODERN THINKING AND FACILITIES. CLARKESVILLE (THE COUNTY SEAT) WAS VOTED BY A RAND MCNALLEY POLL AS THE NUMBER 2 BEST SMALL TOWN FOR RETIREMENT IN AMERICA.

THE COUNTY NOW HAS SEVEN MUNICIPALITIES (ALTO, BALDWIN, DEMOREST, CLARKESVILLE, CORNELIA, MT. AIRY, AND TALLULAH FALLS. WE LOVE HAVING THE MOVIE INDUSTRY PEOPLE HERE, AND THEY LOVE IT TO. THE CAST AND CREW OF "WANDERLUST" (JENNIFER ANISTON, PAUL RUDD) SAY GREAT THINGS ABOUT THIS COUNTY. MANY HAVE INDICATED THEY PLAN TO COME BACK AND BRING THEIR FAMILIES.

WE ARE A MOVIE-INDUSTRY FRIENDLY COMMUNITY. SEVERAL OF THE CAST AND CREW OF THE JENNIFER ANISTON MOVIE "WANDERLUST" THAT WAS FILMED IN HABERSHAM COUNTY STAYED IN OUR COMMUNITY. OUR FILM LIASON INTERFACED WITH THEM, ESCORTED THEM AROUND THE COUNTY, AND GOT TO KNOW THEM. HE IS MOST WILLING AND INTERESTED IN DOING THIS WITH OTHER GROUPS.

Amplified Sound: [Official Website for this Policy]

A sound level of 65 dBA in residential areas and 75 decibels in industrial areas shall not be exceeded at adjacent property lines of any property between the hours of 7 a.m. and 10 p.m., with exceptions as per the County Noise Ordinance 42-19

http://library.municode.com/index.aspx?clientId=13965

Business/ Residents Affected by Filming:

Contact business/property owners to obtain permission to use their or nearby property for filming. Compensation to residents may be expected.

Contact residents and businesses in writing with recommended use of location release forms for each property affected.

Written approval from property owners must be obtained and provided as condition for final permit approval when private property is being used.

Environmental - within first 25’ of state waters: [Official Website for this Policy]

If there is any encroachment of riparian buffers, a separate permit or variance may be required. If this encroachment occurs within the first 25’ of state waters, the Watershed Protection Branch of the Environmental Protection Division (DNR) must grant a buffer variance.

An application may be requested by calling 404.675.6240 or downloaded at: http://www.gaepd.org/Documents/epdforms_wpb.html#erosion

State EPD Point of Contact for questions and concerns:

Kevin Chambers
Director of Communications
Georgia Environmental Protection Division
2 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, Suite 1152 East Atlanta, Ga. 30334
(404) 651-7970
kevin.chambers@dnr.state.ga.us

State law protects water quality and the stream buffer no matter who owns the property on either side of the stream.

Often, use of streams is just a matter of applying for a buffer variance and GA Environmental Protection Division of Department of Natural Resources can work with you to insure the process is completed quickly

Environmental - within second 25' of state waters:

Encroachment of the second 25’ of state waters will require local variance approval through the County Planning Department at 706 839 0140.

A variance application may be requested by calling the County Planning Department at 706 839 0140 or email to Tom Braswell at tbraswell@habershamga.com.

External Lighting:

Lighting for filming, both during daylight and nighttime hours, should be oriented away from neighboring residences wherever possible and should not interfere with the safe movement of traffic.

The site shall have floodlighting for any parking areas.

External Security Provided:

Production companies may provide their own security personnel who are registered with the community and clearly identified as Security.

If needed, off duty County Law Enforcement Officers may be arranged to provide security. There is a 4 hour minimum per officer at $40.00 (forty) dollars per hour, payable to the County, not the officer(s).

Fire / EMS Personnel or Apparatus on Site:

Onsite personnel from FIRE/EMS are required for the following, but not limited to, list of activities: All activities involving stunts, pyrotechnics, explosions, fireworks, fire/open flame, use of explosive gasses.

A determination of what staffing and apparatus will be required for activities such as stunts, pyrotechnics, explosions, fireworks, fire/open flame, and use of explosive gasses will be determined on a case by case basis.

Standard staffing levels shall apply to all equipment. Personnel shall be paid at a rate of $40.00 per hour each.

Apparatus per diem rates are as follows:
Class A pumper $500
Brush Truck $100
Ambulance $300
Aerial Ladder $500

All Fees are paid directly to the County.

Fire/EMS - inspections of buildings/sets:

Fire Approval is required for all temporary buildings/sets, tents, banners used in conjunction with filming.

A separate permit may be required for Set Construction

Food/ Catering:

Anyone seeking to prepare and serve food on site must contact the County Office of Environmental Health. If food is being served by a licensed caterer/restaurant with a valid Georgia food service permit, no further permit is required from County Environmental Health.

Habersham County Environmental Health Contact:
Sue Groover
706 776 7659
sagroover@gdph.state.ga.us

If food is being prepared on site County Department of Environmental Health must be contacted separately for approval. Approval for onsite food preparation may require additional approval time.

Catered meals and mobile units providing prepackaged foods must be provided by a caterer or restaurant possessing a valid Georgia food service permit issued by the Georgia Department of Agriculture.

Government Property - National Forest or National Park Service: [Official Website for this Policy]

Much of Habersham County includes the Chattahoochee National Forest.

Use of National Forest or National Park Service Properties requires separate permit approval process, which can be lengthy and complex. Please contact the National Park Service website and follow the instructions carefully!

Government Property Used - Natural Resources :

Georgia State Parks & Historic Sites is not a centralized process and each location you might be interested in would require a separate request to that site manager.

If you are thinking of a major project involving multiple locations or large crews and multiple shoot dates, Sally Winchester would get involved as a liaison between the park manager/region manager and the production company.

Sally Winchester, Marketing and Customer Relations Manager
Georgia State Parks & Historic Sites
2 Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive
Suite 1354 East Tower
Atlanta, GA 30334
404-656-0559
Sally Winchester [Sally.Winchester@dnr.state.ga.us]

Danny Tatum is the park manager at Tallulah Gorge, Black Rock Mountain and Moccasin Creek State Parks. 1 800-864-7275

Government/ County Property Used:

Prior approval for use of County property (buildings, vehicles, property, etc.) is required and is subject to the other terms of Community’s policies.

Insurance:

Certificate of Insurance Requirements

- Comprehensive general public liability insurance coverage from an insurance company authorized to do business in the State of Georgia and acceptable to County with a coverage limit of not less than $1M.

- Automobile liability insurance coverage (if using automobiles) must have a limit of $500K Combined Single Limit Bodily Injury/$700K Bodily Injury Aggregate/$50K Property Damage

- Insurance Coverage for any damage to a county structure (in the event a county structure is used) shall have a limit of not less than $50K.

This coverage may be carried in a separate policy or included in the comprehensive general liability policy.

- County must be included as a certificate holder and named as additional insured.

Additional coverage as deemed necessary by the county risk management department may be required.

(Higher degrees of risk such as airplanes, jets, pyrotechnics, etc. may require a higher limit such as $5M GL)

Law Enforcement Needed:

Law enforcement onsite is required whenever the following are used in filming (other conditions may apply):
- Traffic/ road closures
- When filming represents use of law enforcement, military or other agencies of the local/state/federal government
- Use of gunfire (real or simulated)
- Use of explosions or similar special effects

Once plan is submitted, the Sheriff’s Department will determine the number of officers needed. Use of off duty law enforcement officers is $40.00 per hour each, payable directly to the County, not the officers.

Parking - Base Camp:

Describe proposed parking staging area including catering and equipment placement. Include all public parking areas to be occupied by production vehicles.

A list of authorized/preferred parking areas for use as base camps in our community is as follows:
Recommended parking facilities in the county include, but are not limited to:
Habersham County Aquatic Center
Habersham County Fairgrounds
Habersham County Courthouse (depending on court and other event schedules)
Old Walmart Shopping Center
Old Ingles Parking Lot
Various Churches

Contact Janeann Allison, County Manager for details and coordination.

Parking - Cast, Crew, Extras:

All parking for cast, crew, extras and other nonessential vehicles shall be provided in off street lots.

Recommended parking facilities in the county include, but are not limited to:
Habersham County Aquatic Center
Habersham County Fairgrounds
Habersham County Courthouse (depending on court and other event schedules)
Old Walmart Shopping Center
Old Ingles Parking Lot
Various Churches

Contact Janeann Allison, County Manager for details and coordination.

Parking - Equipment and Suppliers:

All parking for equipment and suppliers and other nonessential vehicles shall be provided in off street lots approved by County and/or property owner(s).

Recommended parking facilities in the county include, but are not limited to:
Habersham County Aquatic Center
Habersham County Fairgrounds
Habersham County Courthouse (depending on court and other event schedules)
Old Walmart Shopping Center
Old Ingles Parking Lot
Various Churches

Contact Janeann Allison, County Manager for details and coordination.

Parking - General:

No equipment, vehicle, display or other film activity shall block access to a public facility such as a mailbox, fire hydrant, traffic control box, driveway or other access point

Shall use five/ten or less on-street parking spaces in a commercial or office zoning district. Written notification must be provided to surrounding property owners and written approval from property owners must be obtained when private property is being used and provided before final approval is granted by the community.

Recommended parking facilities in the county include, but are not limited to:
Habersham County Aquatic Center
Habersham County Fairgrounds
Habersham County Courthouse (depending on court and other event schedules)
Old Walmart Shopping Center
Old Ingles Parking Lot
Various Churches

Contact Janeann Allison, County Manager for details and coordination.

Permitting - General Policies:

Conditional approval for filming is granted subject to completion of additional required information (examples: insurance or other follow up forms) and payment of fees; permits will be faxed to contact or may be picked up in person at community permitting office; permits must be displayed at all times.

Fire Marshall shall have full access to any production to ensure safety for crew members, the public and surrounding properties.

Submission of this application electronically certifies applicant will abide by all rules, conditions, laws and regulations (local, state, federal) associated with the production of media in this community.

County film application fees of $150 for a location (valid for up to 5 days of production) must be submitted at application, with check payable to Habersham County.

County has right to waive or modify film permit fees based on circumstances. Actual fee payment will be required prior to issuing film permit.

Sanitation: [Official Website for this Policy]

No temporary sanitary facility or trash receptacle may be located within 10 feet of a property line of any residential use without approval of property owner.

No temporary sanitary facilities may be located on or within 10 feet of a storm drainage structure.

Once the application to film has been submitted, Planning & Zoning will determine, based on zoning, whether the dumpster will need to be screened.

All sanitation facilities must comply with Dept of Human Resources, Public Health

RULES OF THE
DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN RESOURCES
PUBLIC HEALTH
CHAPTER 290-5-59
SPECIAL ONSITE SEWAGE MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS

(see County Environmental Health website for full descriptions and policies) (http://www.habershamga.com/environmentalservices.cfm)

NOTE: Separate permits and approvals may be required from Dept of Environmental Health!

Please print the referenced Health Dept application
Use/Manual/SectionO_Appendix1.pdf

Questions may be directed to:

Mailing Address: 185 Scoggins Drive Demorest, GA 30535
Location: 185 Scoggins Drive Demorest, GA
Sue Groover, Environmental Health Supervisor
706 776 7659 ext 128
sagroover@gdph.state.ga.us

Office hours are Monday - Friday 8 am to noon Eastern Time zone

Signs and Banners:

All sign approvals require a $50.00 application fee and inspection by County personnel.

Signs associated with film productions may not exceed thirty two (32) square feet in size.

Signs shall not be place within Rights of Way

Please indicate any signage you will be placing in the Community including signage directing crew to site, dates the signs will be posted , when they will be removed.

All signage must be removed by film production crew and information must be provided for the person responsible for removing signs (name, phone, email)

No modification of any street sign, street light, traffic signal or other traffic control device shall be permitted without written approval from the County Public Works Director or his/her designee.

Gary Crocker, Manager, Public Works
706 839 0156
gpcrocker@habershamga.com

Site Plans:

Submit site plan of location including location of any structures to be used, access points, signage, parking, etc. , no smaller in size than 11 inches by 17 inches, with dimensions (distances in feet) of the activity's location from each site(s) property lines and other minimum distance requirements as specified by this section shall be submitted for approval. Said drawing shall also depict north arrow, curb cuts and traffic patterns, and address numbers of locations to be used.

Electronic submission in PDF format to Community Contact is allowed.

Site Plan(s) must be provided for traffic/street/alley/sidewalk use; food/sanitation/parking and stunts/special effects

Special Effects - Aerial:

Fire/EMS personnel may be required onsite

Federal regulations apply. If cranes are being used for filming, contact the Georgia air traffic state technician for information, 310.725.6591, http://oeaaa.faa.gov
The requirements for filing with the Federal Aviation Administration for proposed structures vary based on a number of factors: height, proximity to an airport, location, and frequencies emitted from the structure, etc. For more details, please reference CFR Title 14 Part 77.9.

You must file with the FAA at least 45 days prior to construction if:
your structure will exceed 200ft above ground level
your structure will be in proximity to an airport and will exceed the slope ratio
your structure involves construction of a traverseway (i.e. highway, railroad, waterway etc...)
your structure will emit frequencies, and does not meet the conditions of the FAA Co-location Policy
your structure will be in an instrument approach area and might exceed part 77 Subpart C
your structure will be on an airport or heliport
If lasers, high-intensity lights or fireworks are being employed, contact Operations Support at the ATO Eastern Service Center, 404.305.5598, for information related to request and approval processes.

An outdoor laser light show/demonstration is considered to be a laser product by the Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH) and, if the irradiance is greater than 5 miliwatts per square centimeter, the demonstration requires a variance to Title 21, Code of Federal Regulations, Section 1040.11c. The variance (issued by the CDRH) requires the laser user to notify the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) of the proposed laser operation and resolve any objections that the FAA may have.

To notify the FAA, use FAA Form 7140-1, Notice of Proposed Outdoor Laser Operation(s) (PDF). This is a 2-page form. The first page asks for general information. The second page is a Laser Configuration Worksheet that should be completed for each individual laser. Further information may be found in FAA Advisory Circular AC 70-1, Outdoor Laser Operations (PDF).

If aerial stunts are being performed of any kind, contact the Flight Standards District Office (FSDO) at 404.474.5100. Federal aviation regulations pertain to stunt activity outside of the aircraft as well as the maneuverability of the aircraft itself, including low-flying maneuvers. Some stunts may require a temporary flight restriction (TFR).

Special Effects - Construction:

Fire inspection is required for any construction used in filming

A $50 inspection fee applies for set construction and includes inspection by authorized personnel.

Special Effects - Explosions:

EMS personnel are required on site for productions with stunts being performed. Hourly rates of $40.00 each are to be paid directly to the County, not the personnel.

Fire Dept and County Probate Court Judge approval is needed for Pyrotechnics permit approval.

Notice to County/City/State agencies if blasting within or in proximity of Rights of Way

State Environmental Protection Agency may need to be contacted for approval for explosions.

Contact Kevin Chambers, Communications Director, GA. Department of Natural Resources 404 651 7970 or Kevin.chambers@dnr.state.ga.us

Special Effects - Explosive Gasses:

EMS personnel are required on site for productions with stunts being performed. Hourly rates of $40.00 each are to be paid directly to the County, not the personnel.

Fire Dept and County Probate Court Judge approval is needed for Pyrotechnics permit approval.

Notice to County/City/State agencies if blasting within or in proximity of Rights of Way

State Environmental Protection Agency may need to be contacted for approval for explosions.

Contact Kevin Chambers, Communications Director, GA. Department of Natural Resources 404 651 7970 or Kevin.chambers@dnr.state.ga.us

Special Effects - Gunfire and Firearms:

Law Enforcement presence is required during any use of gunfire/firearms usage.

It is be unlawful to discharge a firearm within the confines of County:
(1) Within fifty (50) yards of a public roadway;
(2) Within two hundred (200) yards of the dwelling house of another;
(3) Within any zoning district zoned and developed for residential purposes (except R-A zoning); or
(4) In such a manner as to endanger another's life, limb or property.

County Law Enforcement, Fire/EMS and E-911 shall be notified if firearms are to be discharged.

Once a description of the intended special effect is submitted, County Public Safety agencies shall determine whether their presence is needed on site, at which time they will determine the number of officers/EMTs required, and the associated cost.

Special Effects - Open Flame, Candle, Sparks, Cooking on site:

Fire Department approval is needed for all outdoor burning. A determination of what, if any, staffing and apparatus will be required for activities such as stunts, pyrotechnics, explosions, fireworks, fire/open flame, and use of explosive gasses will be determined on a case by case basis.

Standard Staffing levels shall apply to all equipment. Personnel shall be paid at hourly rates of $40.00 each.

Payment is to be made directly to the County, not to the personnel.

Apparatus per diem rates are as follows:
Class A pumper $500
Brush Truck $100
Ambulance $300
Aerial Ladder $500

E-911 shall also be notified. (Lynn Smith, 706 778 3911; lsmith@habershamga.com)

Special Effects - Pyrotechnics and Fireworks: [Official Website for this Policy]

Fire/EMS personnel are required onsite for productions involving pyrotechnics/fireworks

Additional permit from Fire Marshall and Probate Court is required – separate application

Obtain form from following website:

http://www.gaprobate.org/forms_word.php

Application for Permit to Conduct Public Fireworks Display

31. Application for Permit to Conduct Public Fireworks Display

I. Specific Instructions.

1. This form is to be used for any time there will be a Fireworks Display pursuant to O.C.G.A. §25-10-4.

2. The form is to be completed by the person, firm, corporation, association, or partnership desiring to conduct a public exhibition or display of fireworks and filed in the probate court of the county in which the exhibition or display is to be held, no less than ten (10) days prior to the date of the proposed display.

3. The permit must contain the license number issued by the Safety Fire Commissioner for the person, firm, corporation, association, or partnership that will cause the combustion, explosion, deflagration or detonation of pyrotechnics at the exhibition or display.

4. The application must be accompanied by a bond of no less than $10,000.00 or such amount as the Probate Judge requires, if greater, or in the alternative, evidence that the applicant carries liability insurance in the amount of not less than $25,000.00 for each person and $50,000.00 for each accident and property damage no less than $25,000.00 for each accident and $50,000.00 aggregate, or such policy limits greater if the Probate Judge so requires, with an insurance company duly licensed by the Commissioner of Insurance. The bond or insurance certificate must name the permitting county’s Board of Commissioners as a named insured for the specific event for which the application is made.

5. Notice shall be sent to the Fire Department or Department of Public Safety that will provide the fire protection services during the display who may object or waive further notice.

6. The local fire official responsible for the area where the display will be held will make a determination of whether or not the site for the display meets his or her approval and is in compliance with all applicable codes and, if so determined, shall issue a certification that shall be returned to the probate court of such county.

7. The judge of the probate court shall receive $25.00 for his or her services in granting or refusing the original permit and $1.00 for each copy issued, to be paid by the applicant pursuant to O.C.G.A §15-9-60 (k) (11) .

8. The judge of the probate court shall provide the Safety Fire Commissioner a copy of each permit granted prior to the proposed date of the exhibition or display.

9. No permit shall be granted unless the applicant has met all the requirements of and is in full compliance with the rules and regulations promulgated by the Safety Fire Commissioner pursuant to O.C.G.A. § 25-10-4 and the display shall be of such character as to not be hazardous to persons or property.

II. General Instructions.

General instructions applicable to all Georgia probate court standard forms appear in Volume 255 of the Georgia Reports and are available in each probate court.

Fire/EMS personnel may be required onsite for productions involving open flame, campfires, sparks, cooking on site

Fire Department approval is needed for all outdoor burning. A determination of what, if any, staffing and apparatus will be required for activities such as stunts, pyrotechnics, explosions, fireworks, fire/open flame, and use of explosive gasses will be determined on a case by case basis.

Standard Staffing levels shall apply to all equipment.

Personnel shall be paid at hourly rates of $40.00 each.

Payment is to be made directly to the County, not to the personnel.

Apparatus per diem rates are as follows:
Class A pumper $500
Brush Truck $100
Ambulance $300
Aerial Ladder $500.

E-911 shall also be notified. (Lynn Smith, 706 778 3911; lsmith@habershamga.com)

Special Effects - Simulated use of Law Enforcement or Military:

Law Enforcement presence is required during any use of simulation of law enforcement or Military

Special Effects - Use of Vehicles (Chase Scenes, etc.):

Fire/EMS and Law Enforcement personnel are required onsite for productions involving special effects using vehicles, especially chase scenes or similar activity.

Temporary Water Use - Fire Hydrants:

Use of County Fire Hydrants requires approval from County Public Works; Contact the department directly with questions:

Gary Crocker, Manager
706 839 0156
gpcrocker@habershamga.com

Tents:

All stages, booths, tents, scaffoldings, or structures of any nature on, under, or within which persons may congregate, shall conform to applicable building, health, and other construction codes.

An inspection fee of $50.00 shall apply to each location with stages, booths, tents, scaffoldings or structures used in production.

Tent permits and use requirements are required by the 2006 International Fire Code, Section 105.6.43 for all temporary membrane structure or tent having an area in excess of 200 square feet or canopy in excess of 400 square feet.

An inspection shall be required before the tent is occupied. The following list of requirements apply:

Site Plan required, showing:
- Tent dimensions
- Show fire lane on at least one side of the tent
- Location of nearest fire hydrant
- Location of nearest vehicle parking with distance specified
- Location of nearest building with distance specified
• Planned layout under the tents; exit path widths, seating, display items, etc.
- Location of fire extinguishers for the tent
- A note shall be on the submitted plan stating “NO SMOKING” sign shall be posted on site.
- A note shall be on the submitted plan stating “no smoking, no fireworks, no open flame devices or fire will be used within the tent/canopy”.
- A note on the submitted plan stating a 2A-10BC Fire Extinguisher will be provided at the site.
- A certificate of flame retardant treatment by an acceptable testing laboratory shall be provided
- An approved site plan shall be kept at the site and available for the inspector when the tent inspection is conducted.

Exit signs are required.

If the tent is occupied at night, use of self illuminated exit signs, and emergency lights (battery powered backup) are required in tents. (In case of power, generator failure).

Traffic Control/ Full Street Closure: [Official Website for this Policy]

If closures of roads, alleys, sidewalks are to be used, name of vendor providing barricades/electronic signs or other devices is to be provided at application.

Vendor shall be GDOT approved for Traffic Control and shall perform all sign/barrier placements per MUTCD Proposed Location (mapped), length of road closure, and timing of traffic interruption (by date and time) of any public right-of-way. Optional language

Traffic and Lane Closures:
County DOT (John Stamey, 706 754 2217; jstamey@habershamga.com) will provide coordination of road closures in the county.

While no permit for road closures is required, nor fees charged, applicants must get their traffic control plan approved prior to permit issuance. Traffic Control plan must comply with MUTCD specifications.
http://mutcd.fhwa.dot.gov/

Emergency vehicle access must be maintained at all times.

Property owners affected by blocked streets/alleys/sidewalks must be notified in writing at least 48 hours prior to filming at that location.

Once traffic plan is submitted, the Sheriff’s Department will determine whether officers are needed on site.

E-911 shall also be notified. (Lynn Smith, 706 778 3911; lsmith@habershamga.com)

Trash/Recycling:

Upon completion of production, all materials and debris must be entirely removed and the right of way left in a condition satisfactory to Community Code Enforcement and property owner(s).

Production companies are responsible for cleaning and restoring locations used, including public and private lands to their original condition, with a minimum amount of noise and disruption.

All clean up and restoration shall be completed within 7 calendar days of completion of the permitted activities.

Use of Animals: [Official Website for this Policy]

List names/contact info for trainers/handlers or those otherwise directly responsible for animals

Production company is required to ensure location is free from animal waste, hay or other components used in conjunction with animals used in production.

The use of animals in any film or video production is subject the federal Animal Welfare Act (AWA).

License and registration is required through the USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS).

To request an application kit for licensing and registration purposes, call the USDA-APHIS -Animal Care eastern regional office at 919.855.7100 or access an on-line request form: https://web01.aphis.usda.gov/ApplicationKit.nsf/application?OpenForm

Use of Child Actors under age of 16: [Official Website for this Policy]

State and federal laws apply.

Contact the Georgia Department of Labor concerning child labor entertainment employment:
Child Labor Section, Atlanta, 4
04.232.3260
www.dol.state.ga.us

and the U.S. Department of Labor Wage & Hour Division, Atlanta, 404.893.4600

Use of Community Logos/ Identification:

Use of County logo may not be used without written permission from Janeann Allison
County Manager
706 839 0200
jallison@habershamga.com

(or designee).

Vegetation:

Removal, cutting or trimming of vegetation in the public right-of-way or on public property is prohibited unless specifically approved and limited by the permit.

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