Zoning Questions

How does the County determine zoning?

  • All of Rutherford County is zoned R-15 unless the property owner has requested and been approved for another zoning through the Planning Commission.

What is the R-15 zoning?

  • Residential use, minimum 15,000 square foot lot size.
  • Uses by right are single family dwellings, churches, and agricultural uses.
  • Any other use of the property requires Rezoning or a Conditional Use Permit to allow a special use within the R-15 zone.

How can property zoning be changed?

  • Application for specific use must be submitted to the Planning Department along with the recorded deed to the property and/or a letter of attorney-in-fact for non-property owners, a scaled sketch plan of the request, notarized permission to enter property, building codes acknowledgement, and the applicable fees by the submittal deadline.
  • The process goes through three public hearings and takes approximately 60-90 days if there are no complications.