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The City of Knoxville Plans Review & Inspections Department promotes quality development and preserves neighborhood integrity and safety through plans review, permits, building inspections, and other regulatory activities. 

We now offer Citizen Access to Online Services for permit applications, inspections, licensing, plans review and more.

Development in the City of Knoxville

Development in the City begins with your project vision for using a piece of property in the City limits. Bring your project idea to the City to confirm that your plans meet safety, sustainability, and zoning regulations. After plans are approved, you obtain the required permits and begin building the project. During the building process, you will go through inspections to make sure your project is successful and following regulations. Once the project is finished and all required inspections are passed, your project becomes an active part of development in the City of Knoxville!

Understanding the Development Process FAQs, guides, policies Set up Citizen Access Account Plans Review info Permits info Inspections info

  We now offer Citizen Access to Online Services for permit applications, inspections, licensing, plans review and more! Questions or need help? Call 865-215-3669 or send an email.
  Scheduling an Inspection: When scheduling, the "Requested Time" is NOT the scheduled time for your inspection. Schedule an inspection.
Contact Info

Director Peter Ahrens
Deputy Director Bryan Berry, AICP

You can reach Plans Review & Inspections at 865-215-3669
or send an email to [email protected]

OFFICE HOURS: Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

PHONE HOURS: Monday-Thursday from 10 a.m. to 4:00 pm.
and Friday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.


You can email plans review applications to [email protected].

To check on the status of your plans review application, call 865-215-3669 or go to Plans Review & Permit Inquiry and then enter your plans review number.


• Click here for list of Contacts for Review of Plans
• Click here for list of Contacts for Inspections

Quick Links

• Boards & Appeals
• Building Code Modification Requests [PDF]
• Current Construction Codes
• Daily Inspections Schedule [PDF]
• KnoxPlans
• Plans Review & Permit Inquiry
• Schedule an Inspection
• Schedule a Project Discussion Meeting
• Schedule a Pre-Submittal Conference Meeting
• Zoning Ordinance & Inquiries