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Residential Permits

Permit Issuance

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.

Zoning Compliance is required prior to the issuance of permits in the Rutherford County jurisdiction. The Planning Department must first approve a zoning application. You can contact the Planning Department at 898-7730 or visit their website. NOTE: Exempt buildings (such as Agricultural), are also subject to zoning approval.

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.

Permits are issued from 8 am to 4 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 or cash at the time of issuance.

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.

Plans Review

Plans Review is required for any basement house or commercial use in the county jurisdiction. A minimum of three (3) working days should be allowed for this review. NOTE: Prior to permit issuance, other approvals may also include: approvals from State Fire Marshal’s Office, Planning Department, and State Environmental Department.

Building Inspections

The adopted codes required that all work must be inspected at specific intervals during the construction process by certified building inspectors. It is the Building Permit Holder’s responsibility to request inspections and receive proper approvals from the Codes Department prior to moving to the next phase of construction. At the completion of the project, after all final inspections have been made and approved, the electrical service will be released to the power company. The permit holder will receive a Certificate of Occupancy or notice of final inspection to authorize Use and Occupancy of the improvements.

Development Tax Collection

Development Tax is collected in The Rutherford County Building Codes Department for all jurisdictions (including city jurisdictions). Development Tax receipts or exemptions are required to be submitted to the City Code Departments prior to the issuance of any building permits in any jurisdiction. This is a one-time fee due prior to obtaining residential building permits.


Final Swimming Pool Inspection Checklist

Building Permit Checklist

Insulation Checklist


2009 Energy Code Requirements For Duct and Envelope Testing

Safety Barrier Guidelines for Home Pools

Energy Efficiency Certificate


Plumbing Affidavit for Homeowners

Gas Permits Issued to Homeowners

Oversized Load Moving Application

Swimming Pool Barrier and Alarm Agreement

County Building Permit Application

Application for Conditional Use of Occupancy

Application for Electric Release

Final Pool Inspection Deposit Agreement

Workers' Compensation Affidavit of Exemption

Elevation Form for Non-FEMA Lots

Fax Request for Plumbing Permit

Fax Request for Gas Permit