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.