Code Enforcement

Urgent Notice

Sandy Springs Code Enforcement officers are always in official uniform (with badge and name tag) and/or can produce an official ID card with a photo and City logo. Most vehicles are clearly marked with the Sandy Springs logo (magnetic) and all officers have business cards with name, title and contact number printed on it.

Purpose

Code enforcement today addresses a wide range of issues that affect our environment, health, safety, property values and general well-being. Community preservation and improvement are now recognized by government leaders as necessary to halt or reverse the deterioration of our surroundings. The objective of code enforcement is to obtain voluntary compliance. Prosecuting a code violation is the least efficient way to guarantee an improved community. Therefore, education and guidance are the primary services rendered by a Code Enforcement Officer (CEO). Punitive action should only be taken as a last resort, and then only with reason and restraint.

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Process

Code compliance is the ultimate goal that the City of Sandy Springs Code Enforcement Division has set to prevent and abate violations on private and commercial property. The Enforcement Officer is charged with the responsibility of enforcing ordinances set forth by the mayor and City Council. Conditions such as drainage, erosion, junk vehicles, trash, illegal dumping, overgrown properties, outdoor storage, burning on construction sites, businesses being operated out of the home, signs, building code violations or constructing without an approved permit are a sample of issues that are investigated. Code Enforcement in the City of Sandy Springs also keeps neighborhoods and commercial properties free of unsightly or hazardous conditions that can lead to blight and deterioration of our community. We appreciate concerned citizens who care enough about the quality of life in the City of Sandy Springs to report violations.

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Most Common Violations

TrashTrash and Debris

  • Yards should not contain trash and debris.
  • High weeds and grass: Yards should not be covered with excessive growth of grass and weeds exceeding 10 inches.

Outside Storage Associated with a Use or District

  • Furniture, appliances, supplies and equipment must be screened from adjoining properties with an enclosed solid fence or vegetative screen.

Outside Storage Not Associated with a Use or District

  • Outside storage of tires, auto parts, appliances, machinery or building material is forbidden.

Salvaged Automobiles

  • Any vehicle missing one of the following is considered a junk or salvaged vehicle -- current registration, license plate with current decal.

Junk CarParking on Grass

  • All vehicles are to be parked on all-weather surfaces.

Residential Structures

  • No parts of a residential structure should show signs of decay.

  • All exterior wood surfaces, other than decay resistant woods, should be protected from the elements and decay by paint or other protective covering.

  • All vacant structures (i.e., garages) shall be maintained and kept in good repair.

  • A permit is required when a building or structure is enlarged, altered,

  • repaired, moved or demolished.

 

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Punitive Action

Definition of a Misdemeanor

Badge A misdemeanor is any crime other than a felony.

Local ordinances in Georgia are, by definition, misdemeanors, and are tried in the municipal and/or magistrate courts.

Punishment for most misdemeanors is up to 12 months in jail. You can get good time credit while in jail. Many jails only require you to serve half your sentence.

Fines for most are up to $1000, but can be as low as $300 for certain offenses.

Definition of a Misdemeanor of a High and Aggravated Nature

Like a regular misdemeanor, a misdemeanor of a high and aggravated nature can only carry a sentence up to 12 months in jail. However, if you receive a jail sentence, the maximum good time credit you can get per month is only four days. In other words, in a month with 30 days, you will have to do 26.

Fines can be as high as $5000.

Misdemeanors -- Other Punishment

In addition to jail, probation, fines, and restitution, some common punishment for a misdemeanor conviction are as follows:

  • Community service

  • Loss of right to possess a firearm (e.g. family violence offenses)

  • Loss of Federal financial aid for your education (Drug Offenses)

  • Precluded from certain job opportunities

  • Loss of driving privileges

  • Suspension of license plate

  • Publication of your photo in the newspaper

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Frequently Asked Questions