When is a Building Permit NOT required?

The following projects do NOT require a building permit in Rutherford County
  • One-story detached storage building without a concrete foundation, provided that the floor area does not exceed 120 square feet.
  • Fences not over 7' high (a 'Fence Affidavit' must be filled out, signed and filed with the Rutherford County Planning Department, there is no charge for this)
  • Sidewalks, patios and driveways provided they are not intended to be built upon at a future date (a foundation permit will be required if the slab is intended for use as a foundation for a future project/structure
  • Painting, papering, tiling, carpeting, cabinets, counter tops and similar finish work
  • Prefabricated swimming pools that are less than 24" deep 

If you have any questions as to whether the project your are considering requires a building permit, please contact our office at 615-898-7734 for verification prior to commencing.  Failure to obtain approval and a building permit will result in a Double Permit Fee being assessed as adopted by the Rutherford County Board of Commissioners.