Building Codes

FAQs

WHEN DO YOU NEED A BUILDING PERMIT?site prep
You are required by law to obtain a building permit for construction or demolition on private property in building City of the, Tennessee.  "Any owner, authorized agent, or contractor who desires to construct, enlarge, alter, repair, move, demolish, or to erect, install, enlarge, alter, repair, remove, convert, or replace any electrical, gas, mechanical, plumbing system, sewer or water line is required to obtain a permit for same."  You may apply for a permit at the Building Division, 136 S. Sycamore Street, Elizabethton, Tennessee.

PLANS TO BE SUBMITTED
A plat showing the proposed structure, location of all property lines, existing and proposed driveway entrances, and drainage flow is required as the basis for all site plans  An accurate site plan must be submitted for new construction or addition to an existing structure (including accessory buildings). Structural drawings will also be required on all new commercial and residential projects.  In some cases, detailed structural drawings may also be required for residential additions and accessory buildings, depending on their size and type of construction.

Two (2) sets of stamped drawings (stamped with an architect or engineer's seal) must be submitted for new commercial projects or additions.  One (1) set of drawings (these are NOT required to be stamped) must be submitted for new residential construction or new residential additions. New additions will be kept on file in the Building Department for a period of one year after completion of job.

PLAN REVIEW PROCESS
All plans are submitted to the Building Division for review.  Your plans will be reviewed by several City departments. The actual number of reviews will depend on the type of construction for which the plan is submitted. You are encouraged to submit your plan as early as possible to avoid delay in construction schedules should corrections or re-submittals be necessary.

TIME SCHEDULE FOR PLAN REVIEW
Schedule for review is based upon the type of project involved. Normal review periods range from 2 to 5 days. More complex projects, however, may require additional review time.  Upon approval  of your plan and payment of water/sewer tap fees (if applicable), a building permit will be issued. If construction begins prior to obtaining required permits, the permit fee will be double.

OTHER PERMITS REQUIRED
If electrical, plumbing, gas or mechanical work is to be included in the construction project, separate permits must be obtained for these areas of work.  If a homeowner is planning to do his own electrical, plumbing, or mechanical work , he must first take a "homeowners exam", administered by Building Division personnel.  No gas work will be performed inside the city limits except by a certified, license gas installer.
Any contractor engaged in the aforementioned trades must be certified, licensed and insured to perform this work within the corporate limits of the City of Elizabethton. A Tennessee State contractor's license may also be needed.

FEE SCHEDULE
Fee for a building permit is based upon the total project construction cost.  Fee for electrical, plumbing, gas, or mechanical permits is based upon the type and amount of work performed.

SIGN PERMITS
No signs, banners, flags or pennants may be erected within the corporate limits of the City of Elizabethton without first obtaining a permit. Temporary signs also require a permit for each sign and/or device.

INSPECTION PROCESS
pennants issuance of your building permit, you will be given a list of appropriate times to call for an inspection. In order to avoid delay on your inspections, it is recommended that you call for the inspection one day in advance of the time needed.  Upon completion of any new commercial or residential project, you will be issued a "Certificate of Occupancy" following final inspection of same.

ZONING DISTRICTS
The City of Elizabethton is composed of several different zoning districts, each containing regulations for that particular zone. If you are unsure as to the zoning restrictions in  your area, please contact the Building Division or Planning Department before you Following to a building project.