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Mayor speaking on Save Lives with 25 Save Lives with 25 In December 2021, City Council voted to reduce the speed limit from 30 to 25 miles per hour on any street where a specific speed limit is not posted. This change will go in effect on July 1, 2022.

The City of Knoxville is accepting applications under the Neighborhood Traffic Safety Program (NTSP).

Please read the NTSP Program Guide [PDF] before filling out the application.

For questions please contact Hayley Howard at 865-215-2113 or  [email protected] or Steve King at 865-215-4993 or [email protected].

Download the Application [PDF]. This is a fillable PDF document. Save the file to your computer and fill it out, saving it as you go. When done, please print the document and obtain the required written signatures.


Mail the completed application and any attachments to NTSP / Office of Neighborhood Empowerment / City of Knoxville / P.O. Box 1631, Knoxville, TN 37901. Or you can hand deliver it to the Office of Neighborhoods, Room 546, City County Building, 400 Main Street.

Make sure to keep a copy of everything you send to the city.

There is no deadline for submitting applications. This is an open-ended process.


The Program Guide advises that the neighborhood schedule a Kick-off Meeting with the City before going door-to-door to gather signatures. While petitions may accompany the application, this will not necessarily speed up the City’s review. It is also not advisable to obtain signatures on a minor collector unless and until the City certifies that it will be eligible for consideration.

Applicants must use this petition form. If you are unable to make your own copies, the Office of Neighborhood Empowerment can provide extra copies upon request.

Please observe these Instructions for Obtaining Petition Signatures [PDF]. Petitions submitted to the Office of Neighborhood Empowerment must be accompanied by the Petition Submittal Form that is attached to the instructions.

To retain contact information provided by your neighbors, make copies of the signed petitions before submitting the originals to the City. (When going door to door, it is a good idea to have a separate form to capture contact information for neighbors who do not wish to sign the petition.)


Some applicants may not know how to approach neighbors and hold meetings about an issue of common concern. For tips on engaging neighbors and holding meetings, see the “Reaching Out to Neighbors” section of the Education Toolbox page.


The NTSP has been developed by the Engineering Department, Police Department, and Office of Neighborhood Empowerment in response to numerous concerns and complaints voiced by citizens who witness speeding vehicles in their neighborhoods. 

An early draft of the Program Guide was released in May of 2016. City staff took comments via email, phone, public meetings, and an online survey. Here are these comments, minus names and identifying information:
Comments Received Via Email [PDF]
Online Survey Comments, Part 1 [PDF]
Online Survey Comments, Part 2 [PDF]
Public Meeting Comments [PDF]

Here is the City's response to representative comments and questions selected from the above documents.