Office of Special Events, Film & Tourism

In accordance with the May 28, 2020 Executive Order issued by Governor Brian Kemp and advice from the Coastal Health District and the Centers for Disease Control, the Office of Special Events, Film, and Tourism (SEFT) will not issue any permits for activities on the public right-of-way or in City facilities through June 15, 2020.  

Be advised that active enforcement will take place to ensure any gatherings on the public right-of-way are in compliance with the Social Distancing requirements set forth by Governor Kemp.If you have received a permit for an event scheduled to take place between now and June 15, 2020, please contact the office for either a refund or to have your permit fees applied to another date.  Please be advised that, until more is understood about the length of the impact of Coronavirus on our community, SEFT will not be rescheduling dates at this time.  Please check the website regularly for updates and changes to this Policy.

The Office of Special Events, Film & Tourism was created to streamline services offered by the City of Savannah for these industries. This is accomplished by having a one-stop shop for individuals and organizations to plan their events and gain necessary permitting.  

Primary Services include:

  • Permitting for film and media projects for students and professional filmmakers;
  • Coordinating and permitting large-scale events;
  • Permitting block parties and festivals;
  • Permitting food trucks, coordinating food truck lotteries, and hosting food truck rodeos;
  • Permitting and managing events in parks and squares;
  • Managing tourism-related improvements and complaints.

The Office is located in Daffin Park at One Waring Drive. Please contact the Office at (912) 351-3837 for information about services.

Important Information

Starting January 1, 2020, the Office of Special Events, Film & Tourism will no longer accept personal checks for permits. The only form of payment taken will be Money Orders and Cashier’s Checks. Thank you.

The Office of Special Events, Film and Tourism can no longer “hold” dates without a permit application. This includes permit applications for parks, squares, runs, parades or any other event (except film) in the public right-of-way These changes are being made so that we can more effectively and equitably manage the multitude of event requests that we receive.

1. Event organizers must submit a permit application in order to hold a date;
2. Event organizers can submit a permit application for review one calendar year prior to the event; and
3. At a minimum, permit applications must be received by this office no later than 90 days from the date of the event.
Application submission DOES NOT indicate approval.

Important Dates

The Special Events Ordinance will be effective January 1, 2020. 

The Tour Service for Hire Ordinance will be effective January 1, 2020. All tour companies have until April 1, 2020 to comply with all requirements in the Tour Service For Hire Ordinance.

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