FAQ’S

2018 IRC Section R105.1 Required. Any owner or authorized agent who intends to
construct, enlarge, alter, repair, move, demolish or change the occupancy of a building
or structure, or to erect, install, enlarge, alter, repair, remove, convert or replace any
gas, mechanical or plumbing systems, the installation of which is regulated by this code,
or to cause any such work to be done, shall first make application to the building official
and obtain the required permit.

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Yes, if the structure is over 2500 sq. ft.

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Yes, refer to “When do I need a residential building permit” question number 1.

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In a word safety – your safety, and that of your family, visitors, guest, and future property owners.

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Apply in person, at the Department of Building and Codes, 308 North 3rd Street
Kingston, TN. 37763 during the regular office hours between 8:30 am and 4:00 pm
Monday-Friday.

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Depending on the permit being pulled and high office volume permits can take between 20 minutes or 2 hours to complete. For a speedy process please try to have all applications complete, accurate, and code-compliant upon arrival.

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To determine your zone, we will need the physical address and/or map, group, and parcel for the property in question.

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Check, cash or money order. Sorry, we do not accept debit or credit at this time.

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Your inspection will be set up the day after it’s called in.

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Regular office hours are between 8:30 am and 4:00 pm Monday-Friday.

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Between 8:30 am and 9:00 am Monday-Friday being the best time, or leave a message and
someone will return your call.

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Yes, but if you meet the following guidelines your fees and inspections are exempt.
Buildings that are exempt from permitting fees and building codes:

1. Located on a single parcel of property of more than 15 acres with Tennessee Sales
and Use Tax exemption certificate;

a. If less than 15 acres:

i. Shall provide Tennessee Sales and Use Tax exemption certificate
ii. And proof of what farm product is being commercially produced

2. Is used in the commercial production of farm products and/or nursery stock;

3. And, more than 50% of the floor space is used in the commercial production of farm
products and/or nursery stock;

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Where construction of any work for which a permit is required or commenced before a permit is issued; the permit fees shall be doubled.

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R105.5 Expiration. Every permit issued shall become invalid unless the work authorized
by such permit is commenced within 180 days after its issuance, or if the work
authorized by such permit is suspended or abandoned for a period of 180 days after
the time is commenced. The building official is authorized to grant, in writing, one or
more extensions of time, for periods not more than 180 days each. The extension shall
be requested in writing and justifiable cause demonstrated.

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Yes, if over seven feet (7) tall in height.

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Yes, all swimming pools, hot tubs, and spas that contain over twenty-four inches (24) of
water is required to obtain a building permit.

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Yes – if that storage building is over two hundred (200) sq. ft. A permit is required even if you purchase the building from a lot and the structure is not on a permanent foundation. All accessory structures require a site plan showing all detached structures on the property, the location of septic tank and lines, utility lines, house, and property lines.

It is recommended that you consult your subdivision covenants or deed restrictions, which may address the location and exterior finish of detached structures allowed within your particular subdivision. Roane County does not enforce subdivision covenants.

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  • Number one – are they licensed? Tennessee law requires that a general contractor or home improvement contractor be licensed if the value of the project is over $25,000. Ask to see proof!
  • Do they have insurance? In most cases, State law requires that they carry workers compensation insurance. Ask to see a Certificate of Insurance.
  • Ask to see some identification. Be sure you know the correct name of the individual you are dealing with his/her address, and telephone number(s).
  • Ask for at least two references – and check them out!
  • Make sure all agreements are in writing! Be sure to reduce all change orders or contract amendments to writing.
  • Make absolutely sure they obtain the required permits and they can call for and pass the required codes inspections! Make sure the building permit is conspicuously posted before the work begins, and be sure you are furnished with a Certificate of Occupancy and or a Certificate or Completion issued by the Codes Department, before making final payment of the contract amount.
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First, determine “which” codebook or books. Be sure to note the correct “edition” that applies to your building project. Roane County is under the 2018 IRC and IBC. You can purchase a codebook directly from ICC www.iccsafe.org. Copies of the currently adopted codes can be viewed (free of charge) at the office of Building Codes or some of your local book stores.

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Check with your local providers.

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This is a State of Tennessee Service. Applications only provided online at
https://tdec.tn.gov/gwponline/scrGWPForm.aspx
Statewide: 1-888-891-8332 or visit: http://tn.gov/environment.

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Most Septic Records are available online at https://tedec.tn.gov/filesearch.

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Yes, call Roane County Highway Department, 3070 Roane State Hwy Harriman TN.
Office: 865-882-9782.

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Possibly, contact the Tennessee Department of Forestry Roane County Division at
865-354-1054 or go to www.burnsafetn.org.

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Contact the E-911 office located at 330 Cardiff Valley Road, Rockwood, TN 37854.
Office: 865-354-0704

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