Building Codes

It’s about Safety and long term Building Efficiencies

Growing, thriving communities don’t just happen. They are made, collaboratively. Whether you’re building a new home for your family, renovating an existing property in which to operate a small business, or planning a major industrial facility, we’ll provide you with the guidance you’ll need. On this site, you will find detailed outlines of what’s required for common projects, and much more.



Our mission is to inform builders, designers, property owners and other interested parties about the processes of building permitting, inspecting and related topics in Roane County. The information we provide is intended to help clarify the requirements which must be satisfied for the various types of permits issued, to expedite the permitting process and to eliminate as many problems as possible in the implementation and enforcement of the codes and ordinances adopted by Roane County, for the health, safety, and welfare of the present and future inhabitants. Also to protect against the loss of life, injury, investment and property damage for all citizens.

Roane County adopts the 2018 International Residential Code

By Glen Cofer, Building Official

Tennessee counties which have building codes must ensure that their codes are no older than seven years. As of January 2019, Roane County adopted the 2018 International Residential Code, replacing the 2012 Code.

Roane County Building and Codes Office ADA Transition Plan

Roane County Building and Codes Office is currently accepting public comments concerning the ADA Transition Plan. Anyone wishing to comment on any ADA concerns affecting county owned buildings or programs may submit their concerns by emailing our ADA coordinator, Glen Cofer, at or by turning in a written statement to him at the Building and Codes Office located at 308 N. 3rd Street in Kingston, TN 37763. Please submit any concerns by August 30th 2019.

Glen Cofer, Roane County ADA Coordinator

308 N. 3rd Street, Kingston, TN 37763

(865) 717-4230


                  Requirements for Ready-Removables (Portable Storage Buildings)
with Electrical Wiring
State Law:  Tennessee Code Annotated 68-126-311 (effective July 1, 2012)

(A.)   Ready-removables with electrical wiring must meet applicable state and local electrical permitting requirements, local building permitting requirements, and have hardwired smoke alarms installed in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions.

(B.)   NO ready-removable shall be modified for use as residential, recreational, or emergency housing in this state.


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308 North 3rd Street
Kingston, TN. 37763
Hours: Monday –Friday 8:30am to 4:00pm; permit applications are accepted until 4:00pm