Residential Building Permits

  • The Building Codes Department issues permits for the unincorporated Rutherford County only (area located outside of any city jurisdictions)  Click here to check your jurisdiction.
  • Permits are issued from 8:00 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.  – Monday through Friday – with the exception of major holidays

Prior to permit issuance, a site plan review or other approvals may also be required, such as a Plans Review, evidence of water availability or a proper sewage disposal method. For a full list of documentation required for issuance of a building permit in Rutherford County click here. 

For most projects the legal property owner may obtain their own building permit (if the property owner currently lives, or intends to live, on the property) otherwise the permit must be obtained by a State licensed contractor.  A property owner may not obtain the building permit for any project if he/she does not live on the property and the work is being completed with the intention to sell/lease. In this scenario, the work must be completed, and the permit obtained by a State licensed contractor. 

At the time of permit issuance each applicant is provided a checklist indicating the required inspections and instructions on how to request an inspection.

Plans Review

Building Inspections