Sandy Springs is one of the largest cities in Georgia. The city traces its history back to the 19th century. Being the site of natural water springs, Sandy Springs became a popular destination for settlers and Native Americans alike. It began to expand in size and population in the 20th century. The city remained under the influence of Atlanta and numerous efforts were made during the 20th century to annex Sandy Springs to Atlanta. However, the local community opposed such annexation.
The residents of Sandy Springs launched efforts to have the area designated a city in its own right. These efforts were led by Eva Galambos. These efforts finally paid off and Sandy Springs was incorporated as a city in 2005.
The elevation of the area to the status of the city also brought many changes to the local government structure. Before 2005, the city had a more traditional government structure and the provision of city services wasn’t very effective. This changed following the incorporation as a city in 2005. The new government after 2005 was modeled on a Public Private Partnership (PPP), a rare and unconventional approach.
As per PPP, many city services were contracted over to private sector companies. However, as years passed, the city decided to retake many of these services under city-held administration. Today, most of the city services such as Municipal Court, Communications, Community Development, IT works, and Economic Development and Finance are held by the city administration. The transition from private contracts to city-held administration has saved the city millions of dollars over the years.
The example of Sandy Springs has also served as an inspiration for many other metro cities around the United States. Many new metro cities have sprung up since the incorporation of Sandy Springs. These include Peachtree Corners, Johns Creek, Dunwoody, Brookhaven and South Fulton.
The Sandy Springs Municipal Court is the chief courthouse of the city. The courthouse operates on the principles of speedy justice, respect to the citizens and professionalism. The services and legal proceedings at the court are structured with a customer-driven philosophy. Efforts are made to resolve all cases on a timely and fair basis.
The Georgia Department of Driver Services awards all the driver’s licenses in Sandy Springs. The Department deals in all the related services such as new licenses, license renewals, and provisional licenses for outsiders and international visitors. You can visit the Department’s site to apply for any of these services.
Motor Vehicle Registration
The Fulton County is authorized to handle all the vehicle registration applications made by the residents of Sandy Springs. Related authorizations and services such as metal plate issuing, registration of special vehicles such as tractor trailers and boat trailers, and the collection of ad valorem taxes is conducted by the county’s Tax Commissioner Office.
Dorothy Benson Center
10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Mondays & Wednesdays
Note: the office closes one hour for lunch and only accepts checks/money orders – no credit cards.
Sandy Springs Police Department
After the incorporation of the city in 2005, the Sandy Spring Police Department was created. The Department took over policing responsibilities from Fulton County in 2006. For the purpose of policing operations, the city is divided into two districts – the North district and the South district. Each district is overseen by a captain. In all, the Department serves the city’s population of above 100,000. The Department is home to 144 officers as well as additional staff members. Four patrol beats operate in each district. The Department also has specialized equipment such as river kayaks, armored vehicles, and a Command vehicle to respond to exceptional situations. Other units of the department include the Criminal Investigation Unit, Traffic Unit, Street Crimes Unit, the Specialized Investigation Unit, and the Records Department. If you are involved in a car accident you can obtain copies of the incident ticket from records for your car accident lawyer.
Sandy Springs Fire Department
The Sandy Springs Fire Department was created in 2006 to respond to fire-related hazards within city limits. It is manned by more than 100 full-time firefighters as well as above 50 part-time firefighters. With five fire stations across the city, the Department serves nearly 106,000 residents of the city in an efficient and timely manner. To this purpose, the Department has specialized firefighting equipment such as a Brush Truck, rescue boat, two Engines, a Command Vehicle, four trucks and a CERT trailer among others.
The Insurance Services Offices has issued a Class 2 rating for the Department and its firefighting abilities. This rating helps the city cut down insurance costs by a huge margin as the premiums are lower for this rating.
Sandy Springs Regional Library – Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System
Sandy Springs, GA 30328
Sandy Springs boasts the largest concentration of medical facilities in the region. It is currently home to nearly 40% hospital bed space in the metro Atlanta. A wide range of medical services are provided to residents of Sandy Springs as well as the surrounding regions at the healthcare facilities based in the city.
Here is a list of the hospitals located within the City:
The Northside Healthcare System is an extensive network of state-of-the-art medical facilities, leading-edge technology, and pioneering experience, and is dedicated to the health and wellness of the community it serves.
Emory Saint Joseph’s Hospital
Founded by the Sisters of Mercy in 1880, Emory Saint Joseph’s Hospital is Atlanta’s longest-serving hospital. Today, the 410-bed, acute-care facility is recognized as one of the top specialty-referral hospitals in the Southeast. Emory Saint Joseph’s is a leader among all Georgia hospitals and is part of the Emory Healthcare system.
Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Scottish Rite
The city of Sandy Springs is home to a wide range of landmarks, with plenty of opportunities for outdoor fun and recreation. Some of the best spots the city has to offer include:
The Chattahoochee River winds along the northern border of the Sandy Springs. You can explore the stunning scenery and more than 20 miles of beautiful shoreline by visiting the Chattahoochee River National Recreational Area in Sandy Springs.
This is a community museum and park which boasts exhibits from the Civil War as well as a look into the local heritage. You can also visit the outdoor gardens and natural springs at this place.
The city is home to nearly a thousand acres of public parks. You can visit any of the 13 sizable parks of the city at any time. All the park locations offer plenty of opportunities for fun, recreation, exercise and sports.
The Anne Frank Exhibit is a memorial to the famed author who helped shed light on the tragedies of the Holocaust. The exhibit offers a peek into the tragic period of history and is a great learning experience.
The Sandy-Spring Tennis Center sprawls over a large area, home to 24 world-class tennis courts. You can enjoy a great game of tennis at any of these courts through the day or the night.