Production Process

Film Clayton is first point of contact for all filming activity within Clayton County, Georgia. This includes all county-owned property, its seven cities (College Park, Forest Park, Jonesboro, Lake City, Lovejoy, Morrow, Riverdale),  all privately-owned property and local businesses.

In lieu of a permit or permitting fees and to ensure your project is executed as efficiently as possible, Clayton County Government requests that all production companies register their projects with Film Clayton. Once you have decided upon a filming location (public or private) in Clayton County, Georgia, please register your project with our office using the online film registration prior to the commencement of principal photography. Film Clayton understands the confidential nature of your film project and will communicate to all parties the importance of safeguarding any sensitive information.  But, in order for us to provide our expertise to help keep your project on-time and within budget, we have to know you’re here, so please register your activity with us.

Step 1:
Contact Film Clayton

  • A specialized member of our staff will provide guidance on permitting, logistics, local contacts, and legal requirements. In lieu of fees, Film Registration is required as part of the pre-production evaluation.

Step 2:
Complete a Film Registration Form

  • Complete the online film registration and attach a shooting schedule and locations list. Once your project has been evaluated, a member of Film Clayton will contact you.  If approved, you will be given a stamped ‘APPROVED’ copy of your film application which you should keep with you on set at all times.  You will be asked to provide a standard location agreement from your production company that includes all agreed upon dates, fees, and property specifics. You may provide your company’s standard agreement, or you may choose to use the standard location agreement provided by Clayton County Government. To receive this form and begin the permission process, please fill out the online film registration.

Step 3:
Provide Certificate of Insurance

  • If your project will use county-owned property, you must provide a certificate of insurance naming Clayton County Government as additional insured in the amount of $1 million gen­eral comprehensive for standard filming (this does not include filming that involves firearms or explosives which requires a special set of regulations–please contact us for further direction). This industry standard certificate of insurance must be on file prior to your first day of production (prep included). For a list of local insurance providers please refer to The Georgia Film & Television Sourcebook. A more accurate determination of minimum insurance requirements will be provided upon review of details in your application.

Step 4:
Provide Neighborhood Notification Letter

  • A standard notification letter must always be distributed in any residential or commercial neighborhood several days prior to filming. The letter must be approved by Film Clayton in advance and should in­clude Film Clayton contact information so that the property owner may contact us should they have any objections or concerns. Please consult with Film Clayton staff to determine requirements.

Step 5:
Provide/Execute Location Agreement

  • For filming on Clayton County Government property, provide completed location agreement no later than 3 weeks prior to first day of filming. This time frame is necessary to accommodate the regularly scheduled meetings of the Clayton County Board of Commissioners. You may provide your company’s standard agreement, or you may choose to use the standard location agreement provided by Clayton County Government.
  • Film Clayton can provide guidance on each property owner’s specific requirements, and whether additional permitting is required within city limits.

Step 6:
Production Survey

  • After your project wraps you will contacted by a member of the Film Clayton staff to evaluate your experience (please provide a phone number and email on the registration form). Your feedback helps us track the positive economic benefits of your business on the local community. Your reporting helps ensure the future cooperation of our local government to keep the filming permit process simple, straightforward, and to keep Film Clayton services and hands-on assistance available to you when you need it.


Clayton County Film Office
127 N. Main Street
Jonesboro, GA 30236
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