City Records and Open Records Requests

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Documents Available Without an Open Records Request

If you are searching for information related to submitted building permits or development plans or the status of reported Code Enforcement issues, you can access that information without an open records request through our portal.

You can also access maps and other datasets through our Open Data Portal.

Documents available via an Open Records Request (ORR)

The Georgia Open Records Act (O.C.G.A § 50-18-70 et seq), requires that all public records, except those excluded by court order or by law, be open for personal inspection by any individual at a reasonable time and place.

If a government agency or custodian of public records withholds a public document from production under an Open Records Request, they must provide a written response citing the appropriate code section, which exempts the records from being released.

Initiate an open records request for Police Department records or video
(Please note that for video recordings, you'll need to attach a completed Police Video Request form).

Initiate an open records request for Municipal Court records

Initiate an open records request for 911 ChatComm records or recordings

Initiate an open records request for other Public Records

Documents are usually available within three business days from receipt of the request. When documents are not available, or the City estimates it is going to cost more than $25 to produce the records, or there are exceptions that the City relies upon, the City must respond within three (3) business days stating when the documents will be available, with an estimate of production costs, and/or what exception(s) the City relied upon.

Record Retrieval Fees 

As authorized by Code Section 50-18-71 of the Open Records Act, the City charges a fee per hour or fraction thereof for search, retrieval, redaction, and other direct administrative costs involved with an open records request, after the first 15 minutes of a City employee’s time has been expended. This fee represents the salary of the lowest paid full-time employee who possesses the necessary skill and training to perform the request.

Other Fees include:

  • $0.10 for each page requested to have copied  
  • $0.40 first audio CD copy
  • $0.50 each additional audio CD copy
  • $4.00 Flash Drive
  • Oversized Copies (plats): 48 x 32 inch ($8.00)
  • Oversized Copies (plats): 24 x 30 inch ($4.50)
  • Oversized Copies (plats): 24 x 36 inch ($6.56)
  • Police Camera Video Recording: $30.00
  • Traffic Camera Video Recording: $30.00 (You can review the video at City Hall for $5.00 before making a purchase decision. If you decide you want the video, you will still only pay $30.00 total).

There is no copy fee for documents available electronically. There is a 5% surcharge for payment by credit or debit card.

For additional information and questions regarding open records and open meetings, please contact the Sandy Springs City Clerk’s office at 770.730.5600.

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