To better expedite your permitting process- please complete all applicable steps (see Permit Checklist) as required, prior to visiting office.

If you would like further assistance with Permit Checklist, please email us at Inspect@HamiltonTN.gov, or call 423-209-7860 and ask to speak with an Account Clerk.

Criteria for permit application:
-Tennessee State Licensed Contractor/Builder (contracted by property owner)
-Property owner applying for Building permit (when applicable)
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To better expedite your permitting process- please complete all applicable steps (see Permit Checklist) as required, prior to visiting office.
If you would like further assistance with Permit Checklist, please email us at Inspect@HamiltonTN.gov, or call 423-209-7860 and ask to speak with an Account Clerk.

Criteria for permit application:
-Tennessee State Licensed Contractor/Builder (contracted by property owner)
-Property owner applying for Building permit (when applicable)
Apply Now


About Hamilton County's Building Inspection Department

The Building Inspection Department is responsible for the enforcement of the County’s adopted building, plumbing, electrical, mechanical and gas codes for the unincorporated areas of Hamilton County and also those parts of the County lying within the corporate limits of municipalities which have not adopted and are not enforcing municipal building codes.

The Department issues permits governing building/construction, sign, electrical, plumbing, mechanical and gas installation, examine plans when required and inspect properties for code and zoning compliance routinely and on a complaint basis. It certifies and issues a Hamilton County license in the fields of electrical, plumbing, mechanical and gas. It conducts public meetings and maintains the files for the following Boards; Board of Zoning Appeals, Board of Electrical Examiners, Plumbing Advisory Board, Board of Mechanical and Gas Examiners, County Beer Board, and Construction Board of Adjustments and Appeals. The Department also maintains the records for development within the areas of special flood hazard as identified by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Frequently Asked Questions

• When is a building permit required?
A building permit is required for any new, alteration, addition or repair to a structure.

Permits are not required for – - Storage buildings 10’ x 12’ or smaller - Fences not over 7’ in height - Painting, papering, tiling, carpeting, cabinets, counter tops and similar finish work - Prefabricated swimming pools that are less than 24 inches deep, and are not greater than 5,000 gallons and are installed entirely above ground - Swings and other playground equipment - Sidewalks and driveways not more than 30 inches above adjacent grade, and not over any basement or story below and are not part of an accessible route

• Can the property owner purchase a building permit for their own residence??
Yes. The property owner cannot make more than one (1) application for a permit to construct a single family residence or shall not construct not more than one (1) single residence within two (2) years. State of TN Contractor’s License Law – 62-6-103 (2) (B). It must be the homeowner’s place of residence and is being built to live in, not for sale or lease.

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