The new ordinance, introduced by Councilman Carl Pope, was needed because of the increased interest shown Douglasville by movie and TV production companies, Mayor Harvey Persons said.
“This ordinance will help us work more closely with the motion picture industry as it relates to their use of our existing buildings for filming or sets they put up within our city,” Persons said.
Pope said the new ordinance would govern all future film productions within the city.
He said the new ordinance allows movie sets to be erected in the city as long as they adhere to specific guidelines.
“The ordinance directs the film companies to pack up their movie or film sets and all needed equipment and other items and take those things with them when they leave,” Pope said.
“We want them to leave the area as they found it.”
Persons said there were items in the city’s old ordinance regarding film productions that needed to be addressed.
“The film industry is certainly looking toward Douglasville on a regular basis, which means outside dollars coming into our city as well as creating jobs related to the film production,” the mayor said.
He said the film industry’s interest in Douglasville is also important because it gives the city more exposure.
With film production in Hollywood becoming more expensive, film producers are looking elsewhere for locations, Pope said.
“Until very recently, it never came into anyone’s head that Douglasville would be an ideal location for film production,” he said.