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Update on Rutherford County Building Codes and COVID-19

Rutherford County Building Codes is re-opened to the public.  We are still offering appointments and digital services to customers who prefer them.  For more information please call our office at 615-898-7734.

Rutherford County Building Codes Message on COVID-19

During this unprecedented time, the Rutherford County Building Codes Department wants our citizens to know that we are committed to providing continuity of service to all our customers during this challenging time. Our staff will be available during normal business hours (8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.) to assist you; however, the office lobby will remain closed to the general public at the direction of the County Mayor until further notice.

What does this mean for our citizens, builders and developers where it applies to their current or upcoming projects?

We will continue to complete all our services via email and telephone. All permit application forms, and submittal information can be found on our website at buildingcodes.rutherfordcountytn.gov. If you are having trouble locating the form or information that you are looking for please call our office at 615-898-7734 and we will be happy to assist.

With a few exceptions and changes, we will also continue to accept and complete inspection requests. Inspections may continue to be requested by 1) calling the office at 615-898-7734, 2) submitting an inspection request from our website noted above, tab on the main page “Request an Inspection”, or 3) call the inspectors desk line and leave a voicemail with the details of your inspection request.

Please note - while we advise that there is a 48-hour time limit to complete inspections, in the past we have always managed to complete most inspections within a 24-hour period. We ask that during this unusual time you consider that staff is limited and that inspections may, and likely will, take up to 48 hours to complete. Please note the following changes to our inspection process:

  • Please plan ahead when requesting your inspection, do not leave it until the last minute or your project will likely be delayed until we can get to you.

  • Framing, Insulation and Final inspections – the structure must be empty, i.e. free of subcontractors and punch out subs, for your inspection to be completed. Inspectors will not enter a house in which subs are still working.

  • Remodels and additions – unfortunately we cannot complete inspections on homes that are occupied at this time. We will work with you on how best to handle each of these scenarios on an individual basis.

Commercial projects and inspections – please contact Tanya Bell or Misty Whaley at 615-898-7734.


Welcome to the Rutherford County Building Codes Department website. The primary focus and the purpose of building codes is to protect public health, safety and welfare as they relate to the construction and occupancy of buildings and structures. The codes are sets of regulations governing the design, construction, alteration and maintenance of structures.

The Rutherford County Building Codes Department provides permitting, plans review, inspection, codes enforcement, property maintenance enforcement and zoning enforcement to the citizens of Rutherford County. We play an integral role in creating a sustainable future for our citizens through building standards and safety, working alongside our builders and the general public negotiating the adopted codes, county regulations and procedures.

This website is full of helpful information if you are considering a construction project at your home. If the information within this website does not answer all your questions, I encourage you to call our office anytime between 8:00am and 4:30pm to speak with myself, an inspector or any member of our staff. Thank you for visiting and we welcome any comments or suggestions you may have to make our website navigational for you and ultimately for others.