Zoning Ordinance, Complaints & Inspections

Plans Review and Inspections Director

Peter Ahrens
pahrens@knoxvilletn.gov
(865) 215-3669

400 Main St., Suite 512
Knoxville, TN 37902

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Zoning Ordinance can be found on the City's Code of Ordinances

The City of Knoxville's zoning ordinance helps protect property values by preventing the location of incompatible uses in close proximity to one another. Zoning regulations also help maintain the character of established neighborhoods and prevent inappropriate activities, such as auto repair businesses in residential areas. The ordinance regulates the location, height, bulk, number of stories, percentage of lot coverage, setbacks, open spaces, population density and the uses of all buildings, structures and land within the city limits.

Who do I notify if I suspect a zoning violation?

Call 865-215-2999 and explain the nature of your complaint. You must provide the address where you believe the violation is occurring.

Do I have to give my name?

Only give your name if you want it to be part of the permanent record.

Can I call back for results of inspections?

Yes. You must provide the address and request the results of the zoning inspection.

What will happen if a zoning violation is found?

The owner or tenant will be issued a notice of violation. This notice will set the compliance date by which all violations should be corrected. If the violations are not corrected by the compliance date, a court citation may be issued. In certain circumstances, a court citation may be issued immediately.