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BUILDING CODES

Zoning Enforcement

The zoning officer is responsible for investigating possible violations including: open storage, unlicensed, inoperable vehicles, tall weeds and grass complaints, business and sign violations, noise control, demolish sites and sub-standard housing.

Noise Control

To further the health, safety and welfare of the citizens of Rutherford County the requirements contained in Section 1 of this resolution shall be hereinafter be referred to as the Rutherford County Noise Control Procedures.

1.1: DEFINITIONS

For the purpose of this resolution the following terms, phrases, words, and their derivation shall have the meaning given herein:

A. Enforcement Authority – Rutherford Co. Sheriffs Department or the Director of Building Codes for the County of Rutherford, Tennessee, or his duly authorized representative or persons designated by the County Mayor who are charged with the enforcement of this resolution. 
B. Owner – Owner is deemed to mean and include a holder of any legal or equitable estate in the premises, whether alone or jointly with others, and whether in possession or not, or occupants of property. 
C. Major Subdivision – four (4) lots or greater. 
D. Noise producing activities.

1.2: VIOLATION DETERMINED: NOTICE GIVEN

When it is determined by the enforcing authority that any owner of record of real property or occupants of property, has created loud and raucous noise which because of volume level or duration annoys, disturbs, or endangers the comfort, health, peace or safety or reasonable persons of ordinary sensibilities, the enforcing authority shall provide notice to the owner of record to remedy the condition immediately. The notice shall be given by United States mail, addressed to the last known address of the owner of record. The notice shall state that the owner of the property is entitled to a hearing. The notice shall include but not be limited to the following elements:

A. A brief statement of the law, which shall contain the consequences of failing to remedy the noted condition. 
B. The person, office, address, and telephone number of the department giving the notice.

Political Sign Regulations

Prepared for Candidates and Supporters of Candidates in the Non-Incorporated Areas of Rutherford County.

All signs erected within the non-incorporated areas of Rutherford County are regulated in Chapter 12 of the Rutherford County Zoning Ordinance. 

 Political signs are considered temporary signs for enforcement purposes. 

Section 1206 lists the regulations for temporary signage and are listed below for your reference. 

Section 1206 of the Rutherford County Zoning Ordinance: Temporary Signage 

A. Residential Areas In addition to the other signs identified in Subsection 1205 B.1, temporary non-commercial signage may be posted on any lot in a residential district at any given time. Temporary signage shall adhere to the following; Any such signs shall be removed within 48 hours of noer serving a purpose. Sign area for lots of five acres or less – 32 total square feet maximum, which may be divided into a maximum of five signs, provided that no single sign may exceed 16 square feet in area. Sign area for lots exceeding five acres – 32 square feet maximum, which may be contained on one sign or multiple signs. Sign height for all lots – 6 feet maximum for freestanding signs. Illumination of temporary signage is prohibited. Temporary signs are not allowed in the right-of-way and shall meet the setback and placement guidelines located in Subsection 1203 C. 

B. Office/Institutional and Commercial/Industrial Areas Temporary signs shall be limited to 2 per lot at any given time. Temporary signage shall adhere to the following; Portable signs are prohibited. Any such signs shall be removed within 48 hours of no longer serving a purpose. Sign area – 32 square feet sign maximum, which may be divided by a maximum of two sign faces. Sign height – 6 feet maximum for freestanding signs. Illumination of temporary signage is prohibited. Temporary signs are not allowed in the right-of-way and shall meet the setback and placement guidelines located in Subsection 1203 C. 

C. Directional Signs Temporary Directional Signs are allowed in all zoning districts using the criteria of Subsection 1206 A and B. In addition, the following criteria shall also apply: In order to avoid the placement of a series of signs along several miles of roadway, no more than 5 signs shall be allowed per event. No more than 2 temporary directional signs advertising the same event may be on one lot. Up to 4 directional signs are allowed per intersection. Each event is allowed only 1 sign per intersection. If the number of signs at an intersection exceeds 4, all directional signs may be removed by the Director of Building Codes or an authorized representative. Violations and Penalty Consistent with Chapter 14 of the Zoning Ordinance, any person, firm, or corporation violating any of the provisions of this Resolution shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor and upon conviction thereof shall be fined not more than $50.00. Each day's continuance of a violation shall be considered a separate offense. In addition to the party violating this ordinance, any other person who may have knowingly assisted in the commission of any such violation shall be guilty of a separate offense. If you have any questions, please contact the Planning and Engineering Department at 615.898.7730 or the Building Codes Department at 615.898.7734.

Procedures for the Enforcement of Storm Water Management Ordinance

Inspectors Procedures:

Notification of Violation
A 72-hour notice is left on the job site and permit holder is notified that violation notice has been posted. Pictures of violation will be recorded with violation notice.

Administrative Notification
Inspector will give copy of violation notice and permit number to Administrative Assistant for tracking purposes for permanent file.

Re-Inspection of Violation Re-inspection of violation after 72 hours
a) Note if violation has come into compliance
b) Documentation of re-inspection to be given to Administrative Assistant to close file.
If compliance is not met please see Procedure #4 (Penalties)

Penalties
After non-compliance notice the Director of Building Codes may impose a civil penalty for violation.

Appeals
Appeals of assessed civil penalties may be submitted in writing to the Rutherford County Board of Zoning Appeals within (5) five days of civil penalty.

f you have any questions regarding zoning please contact Joanne Criswell at 615-907-3536 or jcriswell@rutherfordcountytn.gov.