Residential Permits

The Rutherford County Building Codes Department issues permits for the County Jurisdiction only – (area located outside of any city jurisdictions) Click here to check your jurisdiction.

Prior to permit issuance, a site plan review or other approvals may also be required, such as evidence of water availability or a proper sewage disposal method. For a full list of steps required for issuance of a single family dwelling permit click here. For a full list of steps required for issuance of accessory structures and additions to single family dwellings click here.

Permits are issued from 8 am to 4:15 pm – except legal holidays – Monday through Friday

Permits must be issued to property owner or licensed contractor. Permits must be paid in full by check, cash, or major credit card with a small nominal fee at the time of issuance. For a copy of Rutherford County's fee schedule, click here.  Please contact a member of Rutherford County's administration team to confirm fee amounts prior to arrival at the office.

At the time of permit issuance each applicant is provided a checklist indicating the required inspections, with the information on how to make the request. You must have your Permit Number to request an inspection.