The City of Sandy Springs welcomes and encourages Special Events. Special Events build a sense of community and create an environment that fosters civic pride. A special event is any activity that occurs upon public or private property that affects the ordinary use of parks, public streets, rights-of-way or sidewalks.
Special events may include, but are not limited to, such activities as:
- arts festivals
- holiday celebrations
- grand opening celebrations
- certain outdoor business promotional events
- bicycle races
- processions and motorcades
Individuals or groups wishing to hold events on public property, or on private property but with an impact on public property such as roads, within the City limits, including City parks, must obtain a Special Event Permit from the City of Sandy Springs. Permit requests are also needed for promotional signage related to the event. Note: if you are planning a special event (especially runs, walks, festivals) in the area of City Springs, please be aware of ongoing road construction in that area. This work could impact previously used roadways. Please check in advance to make sure your location is available for use.
Event sponsors must submit applications 60 days prior to the proposed event. Please be sure to submit a fully completed permit application. Applications missing information run the risk of delay in review, which could impact approval of an event.
Our Special Events are classified using a tier system. In general, Tier I events are those that have the least impact on the community. Tier II events include any event where alcohol will be served, may require road closures, or are proposed to have fireworks, amplified music or more than 500 attendees. If an event meets a minimum of one of the categories described, a Special Event Permit application must be submitted. Subpart A, Chapter 50, Article IV of the City’s Code provides additional guidance regarding Special Events.
Tents and Canopies
If your event makes use of a tents, canopies and other membrane structures, you may need a tent permit.
If your group simply wants to hold an informational rally, our Assembly Application is the form you need to submit in advance of your gathering.
Sandy Springs is a production-friendly city. Whether you’re looking for modern office buildings, genteel Southern homes, beautiful views of the Chattahoochee River and its wildlife, or bustling street scenes, you’ll find it all right here in Sandy Springs. The City also has all the resources and amenities you’ll need to accompany your shoot from the development stage to post-production. By shooting in Georgia, you’ll find strong financial incentives that make working here a smart choice. Visit the Georgia Film and TV Production Industry’s Camera Ready Communities page for more information.
Please note that filming permits MUST be submitted no less than five days in advance of desired production, and must meet all needed requirements before a permit can be approved. If use of a city park is requested, a parks and facility event questionnaire must be submitted and approved in advance of the special event/film permit request.
For Film Permit requests in residential locations which are expected to take three or more days, please contact the Revenue Department for an updated application process and assistance.
Approved Race Routes
There are six pre-determined routes for 5K and 10K road races. Note that some variations of the approved routes are available, but must be submitted, reviewed and approved by the City in advance. The applicant is still responsible for including the required information related to these routes as outlined in the application kit.
1. Downtown Route (Sandy Springs Circle, Lake Forrest Drive - 2.95 km)
2. Perimeter North Route (Peachtree Dunwoody Road, Concourse Parkway - 1.85 km)
3. Central 400 Route (Peachtree Dunwoody Road, Glenridge Drive - 4.95 km)
4. Crestline Parkway Route (Peachtree Dunwoody Road, Barfield Road - 4.00 km)
5. Alternate Central 400 Route (Peachtree Dunwoody Road, Barfield Road, Mt. Vernon Hwy - 3.92 km)
6. Sandy Springs North Route (Roswell Road, Pride Place - 5.4 km)