Special Events Planning

Thank you for considering Tybee Island as your location to host an event, whether private or public, and/or production project!

We wish to ensure your experience and that of your guests/attendees is highly enjoyable and successful. Below is information that outlines the city’s process with applications that include guidelines necessary to ensure your vision is carried out in the best possible way. Applications are considered on a first come, first served basis and should not conflict with annual island events or activities, major holiday weekends, and times during "season" in which the island experiences high-peek numbers of visitors. Please note that Tybee Island's "season" is continually expanding, beginning as early as President's Day Weekend and not ending until as late as Thanksgiving.
 
Contact:  Facilities/Special Events Coordinator - Robyn Rosner, rrosner@cityoftybee.gov

Beach Permits

A Beach Permit is needed for any type of activity beyond that of usual beachgoers taking place on the City of Tybee Island’s beach areas. The beach is a public area and the City is not permitted to reserve, block off, or make any area private from public access at any time. The City does not approve more than one permit in the same area at the same time.

Beach Guidelines
Tybee Island is a beautiful place to hold a wedding or special event. Even though the beach is public, there are guidelines that need to be followed in order to preserve its natural splendor. To ensure that you have the best possible event, please follow and obey these laws and guidelines:

  • Parking – Parking is enforced from 8am to 8pm year round.  Large parties should consider shuttle bus services. 
  • Signs - If you post a temporary sign, please remove it immediately after your event.
  • Litter - Leave only your footprints and help keep Tybee tidy. Do not leave props/supplies or beverage containers behind. Also do not use birdseed or rice since it is hazardous to birds. 
  • Dunes - The sand dunes around the beach are protected areas and are off limits to any foot traffic.
  • Flowers - Having a flower girl drop flower petals in the bride’s path is always a fun tradition to add to a wedding ceremony. Only real, non-dyed flower petals are allowed.  Artificial flowers or petals are considered litter and are not permitted on the beach. 
  • Photography - Tybee’s beaches offer many natural and beautiful settings to pose for your wedding photos. Please obey the environmental rules when choosing a site (keep off the rock jetties, stay out of the dunes).
Restrictions
  • no fires/open flames
  • no glass
  • no dogs
  • no motor vehicles
  • no release of helium balloons and/or Chinese lanterns

For marriage license information, please call 912-652-7267 or fax 912-652-7262 or visit the Chatham County Probate Court, which is located at the Courthouse (133 Montgomery St., Room 509, Savannah, GA 31401).

City of Tybee Island Facilities

Please see the Parks & Facilities page for details on City Facilities available for rental

Special Events

 A special event application is required for an event that is open to the public (i.e. festival, parade, fireworks, race), and/or requires city services (i.e. traffic/parking control, public safety needs, vending).  Consideration of special event applications is on a first come, first served basis and may take up to sixty (60) days.

Details are included within the following forms that must be completed and submitted for consideration:
Event information for this month's upcoming events can be found here :
 City of Tybee Upcoming Events

The most recently updated list of City approved Special Event Applications can be viewed here :
City of Tybee Island Approved Special Events 



 Film Productions


The City of Tybee Island requires persons engaged in filming, videotaping, motion picture production, and still photography that is for commercial use within city limits to obtain permission through the application process.  Use of the beach, a city park, and/or city owned building require a separate application (noted to the left) for approval. If you are filming on the beach you will need both a beach and film permit.  


The time frame for review and approval of request to undertake any production activity is dependent on the scope of activity.  

  Student / Non-Commercial Film Permits

In addition to the completed application, for student projects the following are required:

  • a copy of the script (only the scenes being filmed on Tybee are necessary, if the entire script is included please highlight or indicate which are requesting to be filmed on Tybee)
  • Two equipment lists:
    1. Detailed list of every item you plan to bring with you for scene set-up/location staging, wardrobe, props, set items, etc.
    2. Production equipment list (all equipment must be chargeable or battery-operated for the power source)
  • The requested location shown on an overhead image or map (a detailed diagram of the proposed layout may be required depending on the scope of production activity being requested)
  • Any other relevant information of what you are filming and the production activity that will occur


Commercial Production

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  The City has welcomed many motion picture, feature film and commercial production companies seeking an attractive community along the Georgia coast as a location over the past few decades.   Production companies have found Tybee to be the ideal beach town for their projects due to the variety of picturesque backdrops from our distinct downtown, vast marshes, historic neighborhoods, to the three-plus miles of breathtaking beach areas.  

 

Details and guidelines are included within the following form that must be completed and submitted for consideration: