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.

News and Updates for Rutherford County Building Codes

Hours for the Rutherford County Building Codes Department are between 8:00am until 4:30pm Monday thru Friday excluding major holidays.  Our office stops taking payments at 4:15pm for all permits and development tax.  Please allow enough time to get all necessary forms before 4:15pm.  A complete list of holidays we will be closed on can be found here

Rutherford County Government has established an Environmental Court, wherein all Building Code and Zoning Enforcement violations will be heard.

Court will be held on the first Wednesday of every month at 1:00pm beginning June 6, 2018 with Judge Eischeid presiding.  The Environmental Court will be a division of General Sessions Court.  It is designed to deal strictly with local environmental issues and will be utilized by various County Departments, to include, but not limited to:

Building Codes- Zoning Ordinance enforcement, property maintenance, tall weeds & grass, vacant/dilapidated buildings, construction without approval/permits, unapproved business operation

Animal Services (PAWS)- violations such as at large or vicious dogs, cruelty to animals, failure to vaccinate

Fire and Rescue- illegal burning, Fire Code violations

Solid Waste- illegal dumping, littering

Engineering- Storm Water violations

Emergency Management-  illegal burning, HazMat violations

Pool season is here!!  Please check our residential pools page for all the information you will need to get your pool permit.  Here are two helpful videos on gate requirements.

Protect Your Pool, Protect Your Kids

Self Closing and Self Latching Gates

Here is a helpful example of the required diagram to be filled out at the time of permit issuance for pools and accessory structures.