Building & Fire Codes
Community Development Department Responsibilities
The Community Development Department is the combination of the planning and codes enforcement divisions with comprehensive services within both of these divisions provided to citizens, businesses, builders and developers. The department evaluates issues relative to development occurring within the Town. The planning staff is primarily responsible for administering the Zoning Ordinance, Subdivision Regulations, Comprehensive Land Use Plan, Architectural Design Standards and applicable sections of the Municipal Code. The Community Development staff also provides support to the Farragut Municipal Planning Commission (FMPC), Farragut Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA), Visual Resources Review Board (VRRB) and the Board of Plumbing and Gas/Mechanical Examiners.
Planning Division Services
Requests are reviewed, background and supporting information is compiled, and recommendations are made as these requests are forwarded to the appropriate board or committee except where noted below:
- Review of Requests for Rezonings and Text Amendments to Land Use Related Documents - Recommendations are forwarded to FMPC and the Board of Mayor and Aldermen.
- Review of Text Amendments to the Sign Ordinance - Recommendations are forwarded to VRRB, FMPC and the Board of Mayor and Aldermen.
- Review of Requests for the Subdivision of Property - Concept plans, preliminary plats, final plats, resubdivision plats and plats of correction are reviewed for compliance with the Zoning Ordinance, Sign Ordinance, Tree Protection Ordinance, Aquatic Buffer Ordinance, Sinkhole Ordinance and Subdivision Regulations.
- Review of Site Plans for all Non-Single Family or Two-Family Residential Uses Such as Commercial, Office, Public, Semi-Public, Other Non-Residential Uses and Multi-Family Developments - Site plans are reviewed to ensure they are in compliance with Town requirements such as architectural design standards, setbacks, open space, maximum lot coverage, parking requirements, tree protection, fire protection, access and other Town requirements, and recommendations are forwarded to FMPC.
- Review of Residential Site Plans - Site plans are reviewed to ensure they are in compliance with Town setback requirements, maximum lot coverage requirements, access requirements and to ensure that easements are not violated.
- Review of Requests for Special Exceptions, Variances, Zoning Ordinance, Sign Ordinance and Sinkhole Ordinance Interpretations and Appeals - Requests are reviewed, background and supporting information is compiled, and recommendations are made to the BZA.
- Review of Sign Applications and Landscape Plans - Applications and plans are reviewed to ensure compliance with all Town requirements. Recommendations are made on applications for ground signs and landscape plans to the VRRB. The staff reviews and approves applications and plans for all wall signs.
- Review and Approve Special Events Permits
- Administer the Architectural Design Standards
- Preparation of Community Plans - Includes such plans as the pedestrian and bicycle plan, land use plan, community facilities plan, utility arboretum plan and other related documents.
- Enforcement of Sign Ordinance
Codes Enforcement Services
- Review of All Commercial, Office and Residential Construction Plans - All commercial, office and residential construction plans are reviewed to ensure they meet minimum code requirements (International Code Council – 2012 Edition).
- Permits - Various permits are required for all new construction and the vast majority of remodeling, both commercial and residential.
- Inspections - Codes officers conduct the following inspections, by appointment, with a one-day turnaround: footers, slab/energy, plumbing slab, preliminary gas/mechanical and plumbing, framing, energy/insulation, final gas/mechanical and final building for occupancy. Electrical inspections are performed by Lenoir City Utilities Board and must be scheduled by calling 986-6591.
- Fire and Safety Inspections - Annual inspections of commercial buildings for fire and safety codes are conducted through a joint agreement between the Town and Rural/Metro Corp. New commercial plans are reviewed, and construction is inspected to ensure compliance with fire codes.