02/06/2018 | News release | Distributed by Public on 02/06/2018 19:12
The Sandy Springs City Council approved changes to its Special Events Policy, including adding new policies for events at City Springs. The Special Events Policy covers activities that occur on public or private property which affects the use of public streets, sidewalks and roadways such as festivals, runs and walks, and concerts.
Under the new policy, event organizers wishing to host an event at City Springs must apply through the established rental policies adopted for City Springs, submitting a rental inquiry form found on the CitySprings.com website. The policies governing events at City Springs also provide provisions to govern alcohol sales and use during an event and establishes a curfew for live music events on the City Green of 10 p.m. on weekdays and 11 p.m. on weekends.
For events outside City Springs, a Special Event Permit Application is required for events planned which impact public property or involve the use of city services. Previously, event organizers were asked to apply 60 days prior to the event day. Under the revised policy, the City is requesting application submission at least 90 days prior, with a guarantee of event decision 30 days before the event date. The revised policy also adds a tier level for permits with an associated fee schedule based on the tier and services needed. Permit applications now will go through Community Development.
'When the original policy was adopted, the number of events within the city was manageable under the system. We have seen an increase in special events which provides an abundance of entertainment options for the community, but we needed a better system to manage the events and bring more certainty to the process for event organizers,' said Jim Tolbert, Sandy Springs Assistant City Manager.