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The Better Building Board hears appeals of the Public Officer's orders. The Better Building Board holds hearings and may affirm or alter the Public Officer's order. If the property owner does not comply with the Better Building Board's order, the city may repair or demolish, alter, improve, secure, board, or vacate and close the structure and bill the owner for the service. A lien can also be placed against the property to recover expenses for repair or demolition. The property owner may appeal the Better Building Board's order to the Knox County Chancery Court. The Better Building Board may also hear cases regarding the city’s acquisition of property or the enforcement of the Demolition by Neglect Ordinance. 


PUBLIC OFFICER

After the Neighborhood Codes Enforcement office issues complaints to property owners regarding structures that are alleged to be unfit or dangerous. The Public Officer holds hearings and issues orders to property owners to make repairs or to demolish unfit structures. If the property owner does not comply with the order, the city may repair or demolish the structure and bill the owner for the service. A lien can also be placed against the property to recover expenses for repair or demolition. The Public Officer may also order an owner to alter, improve, secure, board, or vacate and close a structure. The property owner may appeal the Public Officer's order to the Better Building Board within ten (10) days of receipt of the order.


APPOINTMENT OF BETTER BUILDING BOARD MEMBERS

The Board consists of five members who are City residents. Each member is appointed by the Mayor and confirmed by City Council and serves a 3 year term.


MEETINGS SCHEDULE FOR BETTER BUILDING BOARD

The Better Building Board meets the last Thursday of each month, at 3:30 p.m. in the Small Assembly Room of the City County Building unless otherwise noted.

January 27, 2022 – MEETING CANCELED
February 24, 2022
March 31, 2022 – MEETING CANCELED
April 28, 2022 – MEETING CANCELED
May 26, 2022 – MEETING CANCELED
June 30, 2022
July 28, 2022 – Main Assembly Room
August 25, 2022
September 29, 2022
October 27, 2022 – Room #461
December 1, 2022

MEETINGS SCHEDULE FOR PUBLIC OFFICER HEARINGS

The Public Officer Hearings are held the next day (Friday) after the Better Building Board meeting at 9:30 a.m. in the Small Assembly Room of the City County Building unless otherwise noted.

January 28, 2022
February 25, 2022
April 1, 2022
April 29 2022 – Main Assembly Room
May 27, 2022
July 1, 2022 – MEETING CANCELED
July 29, 2022 – Main Assembly Room
August 26, 2022
September 30, 2022
October 28, 2022 – Main Assembly Room
December 2, 2022

Please contact Cheri Burke at 865-215-2867 or [email protected] with questions about attending either hearing or for alternate attendance options.

BOARD MEMBERSHIP
Click here to view current board membership and to check for opportunities to serve on this board.


CITY CONTACT INFORMATION

Cheri Burke, Administrative Specialist
Codes Enforcement

865-215-2867
[email protected]

Scott Elder, Manager
Codes Enforcement

865-215-2119
[email protected]

Kathy Ellis, Project Specialist
Community Development

Phone: 865-215-2270
[email protected]