To provide prompt, seamless service and planning expertise to the development community and citizens of Hamilton County while protecting quality of life and the environment.
Development Services provides the public facing function for all new development in Hamilton County. The department facilitates coordination among other departments in Hamilton County Government, elected officials, the Regional Planning Agency, other jurisdictions, State Government, Federal Government, and the general public. Coordination efforts include grant applications, future planning, zoning, platting, subdivision requests, and dissemination of vision from the Mayor’s office and the Hamilton County Board of Commissioners. The department follows all applicable laws and regulations in maintaining environmental and infrastructure standards for the wellbeing of Hamilton County. Groundwater Protection complies with all TDEC standards to ensure environmentally sound disposal of septic waste where necessary and issues permits for new systems or changes to existing systems. The Road Inspection team inspects new roads for acceptance into the County owned road network. New roads are evaluated in accordance with Hamilton County road standards to ensure longevity and quality.
Development Resources Staff
Director Development Services
Autumn Friday, P.E.
Deputy Director Development Services
Senior Account Clerk
Frequently asked Questions:
Question: Where do I apply for a Building Permit?
Answer: Building Permit (Online Application)
Question: Where do I apply for a Short Term Vacation Rental Permit?
Answer: Short Term Vacation Rentals (Online Application)
Question: Where do I apply for a Land Disturbance Permit?
Answer: Land Disturbance (Online Application)
Question: For design guidelines and submittal requirements:
Answer: Design Guidelines and Submittal Requirements
Question: Where do I apply for a septic permit?
Answer: Septic Permit
Question: Where do I submit for Preliminary Plat Approval?
Question: Where can I find existing permits (STVR, Land Disturbing, ROW permits, Illicit Discharges)?
1250 Market Street, Suite 3046
Chattanooga, TN 37402
Hours: 8 - 4:00 PM (Note: Please arrive by 3:30 PM if you are applying in person for permit or taking an installer test.)
Senior Account Clerk
Groundwater Fee Change Resolution 423-28
$150/lot + $5.00 Application Fee
Re-inspection (Starting for a 3rd Visit)
Category 1 (Standard) Installer License
Additional License (Alternative, Experimental)
$100.00 for each additional
INSTALLER LICENSE GENERAL INFORMATION
Installers are required to have a County Septic Installer License.
If installers have a State Installer Permit, installers are required to fill out an application an pay the fee but are not required to take the test.
If installers do not have a State Installer Permit, installers are required to take and pass the Hamilton County Septic Installer License.
Hamilton County Installer Permit is good for 1 year.
Groundwater Complaints (Online Form)
- New Septic Tank Permit
- Existing System Permit
- Lot Reviews
- Septic Repair
- Water Sample
- Modification Application
List of Licensed Septic Installer and Pumpers (PDF Format)
List of Soil Consultants
IF YOU NEED THIS:
APPLY FOR THIS:
New conventional septic system for commercial, house, shop, barn, etc.
New Septic Permit
Modify an existing system to add bedrooms, or add fieldlines
Repair an existing system
Preliminary Plat Approval for septic
New alternative septic system (LPP, Mound, etc.)
New Septic Permit
Addition of pool or ban (no plumbing)
Have water tested for bacteria (total or fecal coliform)
DOCUMENT RETRIEVAL SITE
Hamilton County Permit Applications and Document Retrieval
Note: If the address you are searching for is not listed, please email Ground Water for further assistance at GWP@hamiltontn.gov
**** Existing permits (Septic and Building) and existing septic information
GROUNDWATER/SUBDIVISION RULES AND REGULATIONS
Groundwater Regulations (PDF Format)
SHORT TERM VACATION RENTAL (STVR)
Resolution for Short Term Vacation Rental
$250.00 Initial application fee if pre-existing with RPA
$750.00 Initial application fee if new
$750.00 Annual renewal fee
$250.00 Re-inspection fee – Building
$205 for Septic Inspection (one-time fee)
Apply for STVR permit
Permits are good for one year
Permit must be hung in home
Permittee must have business license
Proof of ownership is required
This is not a zoning issue. STVR’s are allowed in all zones except M zones. A letter is issued to the property owner stating they cannot operate an STVR without the certificate. If the owner doesn’t comply with 30 days, this information is turned over to the County Attorney’s office.
Contact Development Services with any questions 423-209-7970.
Short Term Vacation Rental Checklist (PDF)
SHORT TERM VACATION RENTALS COMPLAINTS
Short Term Vacation Rentals Complaints (Online Form)
Subdivision Review/Land Disturbance Permit Application
Subdivision Road & ROW Bonding Application and Process
Subdivision Regulations (PDF)
Subdivision Review Checklist (PDF)
Hamilton County Standard Details (PDF)
Hamilton County Preliminary Checklist (PDF)
Hamilton County Land Disturbance Checklist (PDF)
Hamilton County Final Checklist (PDF)
Hamilton County Driveway Tile Specifications (PDF)
Hamilton County Road Book (PDF)
Hamilton County ROW Restoration Specifications (PDF)