Sandy Springs amends construction noise code

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Sandy Springs amends construction noise code

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Contractors could seek special permission up to five times to work outside the hours allowed under the Sandy Springs noise ordinance, but it would be increasingly costly to do so. AJC FILE

A developer could seek special permission up to five times from Sandy Springs to work outside the hours designated by the city’s noise ordinance – but it would cost money to do so, and the amount would double after the second request.

The city has charged $250 fee to apply for a general variance, but there is no fee for contractors seeking to work outside the permitted 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. weekdays, and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. The variance ordinance allows up to two variances within two separate 24-hour windows.

The City Council on Feb. 7 approved changes specifying a unique permit application process and a $250 fee for an after-hour construction noise variance. If a contractor needs more than two variances, it would have to request it from the city’s Zoning Board of Appeals and pay a $500 fee. The changes take effect immediately.

Assistant City Manager Jim Tolbert told Council members that contractors could receive no more three variances from the Board of Appeals.

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