The good news about permits in South Carolina is that there are relatively few. Please call our office if you have any questions about which places require a special use permit.  The few exceptions are:

  • Within the corporate limits of the city or county of Charleston.
Ray Swagerty 
City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs
75 Calhoun Street, Suite 3800
Charleston, SC 29401
(843) 724-7414

  • Within the corporate limits of the city of Beaufort. Please click here to review their guidelines.
  • Within Horry County and the corporate limits of Myrtle Beach. Please send pertinent details about your shoot to our office, and we will pass the request to the appropriate entities.
  • Within Georgetown County. Please click here to review their guidelines and application. 
  • Within the corporate limits of the city of Greenville. Please click here to review their guidelines and application.
  • Within federally owned properties such as federal forests, buildings or military installations. Contact the South Carolina Film Commission: (803) 737-0496.
  • Operating aerial drones for commercial use. Please refer to the FAA summary rules.

  • All productions are required to send an original copy of their Certificate of Insurance
  • (1) Permit holder shall hold a one million dollar ($1,000,000.00) liability insurance policy covering bodily injury, including death, and property within the state.

    (2) "The State of South Carolina and its Agents" shall be named as an additional insured in said policy.

    (3) Indemnity. Permit holder shall indemnify and hold harmless The State of South Carolina, and its employees and agents from and against any and all damages, suits, actions, or liabilities, including attorney fees, resulting from any of the activities arising under said permit.
Our mailing address:
SC Film Commission
1205 Pendleton St.
Room 225
Columbia, SC 29201

The cast of "The Big Chill" in Beaufort, 1980

"Half the people in Hollywood are dying to be discovered and the other half are afraid they will be." - Lionel Barrymore

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