Building Inspector/Zoning Office

308 N. Third Street

Kingston, TN 37763

(865)717-4230- Codes

(865)376-5505- Zoning


Fax (865)717-4176

The Board of Zoning Appeals meets the 3rd Wednesday of each month at 6:00 pm (unless otherwise announced)

Board of Zoning Appeals Agendas

Board of Zoning Appeals Minutes


The Planning Commission meets the 3rd Wednesday of each month at 7:00 pm (unless otherwise announced)

Planning Commission Agendas

Planning Commission Minutes


Board of Zoning Appeals

1st DistrictGreg HowardDonna Demyanovich
2nd DistrictDaniel StracenerTommy Devaney
3rd DistrictWayne FoxR.J. Malone
4th DistrictVivian StamperScott Whitehead
5th DistrictDonna BibeeVacant

Planning Commission

Allen Williams, ChairWarren Kocher
Jean MeredithVacant
Terry FutrellRandy Scarborough
Michael Lee ParkisonRichard Whitman
Randall BibeeChris Johnson

Zoning Regulations -Revised April 2013



  • 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 2012 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. In November, Roane County adopted the 2012 International Residential Code, replacing the 2006 Code.  Major changes to the code are:

  • Work exempt from permit:
    • One-story detached accessory structures used as tool and storage sheds, playhouses and similar uses, provided the floor areas do not exceed 200 square feet,
    • Fences 7 feet or less in height,
    • Decks not exceeding 200 square feet, no more than 30 inches above grade at any point, not attached to a dwelling and not serving the exit door.
  • Opening Protection:
    • Openings from a private garage directly into a room for sleeping purposes shall not be permitted.
    • Other openings between the garage and residence shall be equipped with a self-closing device.
  •  Glazing and Wet Surfaces:
    • Safety glass or glazing is a requirement for glass that is in the vicinity of bathtubs, hot tubs, spas, whirlpools and swimming pools.
  • Carbon Monoxide Alarms:
    • For new construction, an approved carbon monoxide alarm shall be installed immediately outside each bedroom in dwellings that have fuel-fired appliances and or attached garages.
  • Fire Protection of Floors:
    • Floor assemblies that are engineered, less than 2×10, and do not have a fire-resistance rating shall be provided with a ½ inch (12.7mm) gypsum wallboard membrane, 5/8 inch (16mm) wood structural panel membrane, or equivalent on the underside of the floor framing member.
  • Span Tables:
    • New span tables are provided for No. 2 grade single headers.
  • Mechanical Codes and Inspections have been added to the 2012 Code:
    • Duct tightness shall be tested and verified.

For more information call the Codes Enforcement Office at 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.