Building Permit Guidelines
- All permit applications are to be completely filled out and submitted with the proper documentation included (State of Tennessee License and General Liability Insurance)
- No permit applications will be accepted without the following documentation if applicable (septic letter, land disturbance permit or land disturbance application, utility tap sheet or utility tap approval, mechanical manual J report, and all signed and notarized affidavits if required
- If all documentation is not submitted with the application, it will be returned to the applicant, which will delay the permit approval process. No exceptions.
- All residential construction permit applications may take up to 10 business days - this excludes weekends and holidays
- All commercial/industrial permit applications may take up to 30 business days - this excludes weekends and holidays. This may take longer if building plan review comments are not addressed in a timely manner
New Construction Inspection Guidelines
The following is a list of required inspections in their normal order of completion. Although they all may not be applicable to your particular project, please use it as a general guideline:
- Post address on job site visible from the street - if not posted, this will delay your inspections
- Portable toilet facilities are required on the job site
- Footings or Pier Footings: Inspection required before pouring concrete
- Rough-In Underground Plumbing: If required - all joints to be left uncovered and 5 foot head pipe
- Building Slap Prep: If required - after underground plumbing has passed
- Sheathing/Braced Wall Inspection: All damp-proofing is required at this time and the positive drain installed. All required braced wall panel joints are to be blocked at this time
- Gas inspection must be approved from the Portland Gas Department before requesting framing, plumbing and mechanical inspection! Leave gas approval tag in washer box
- Plumbing Rough-In, Mechanical Rough-In, and Framing Inspection: These inspections will only take place after the state electrical inspector has passed the rough-in electrical
- Overhead Plumbing, Overhead Mechanical, Draft-Stop/Fire-Block Inspection
- Final Building, Final Plumbing, Final Mechanical: Inspection to be completed after the state electrical inspector approves the final electrical inspection. This is a move-in ready completed project
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Call 811, or 800-351-1111.