|The City of Gatlinburg, through the Gatlinburg Municipal Code (GMC) and
the Standard Building Code regulates all construction and signage in the City, and to some
degree outside the City in the Gatlinburg Planning Region. Thus, the purpose of the
following information is an overview to assist architects, contractors, developers and
owners through the plans review, building permitting and inspection processes. A
complete packet is available for interested parties in the Building Inspection Services
Department. We, as public officials, look forward to working with you to make your
project a success as well as safe for Gatlinburg's residents and visitors.
One and Two Family Residential Dwellings
A site plan showing:
The location of all structures in relation to property lines and
building setback lines. For example, the location of the house, decks, porches,
retaining walls, exterior stairways, etc.
Required parking and turn-around area.
Stamp of review and approval by the City Utility Department for water
and/or sewer service availability.
Exterior elevations that will reflect actual site conditions.
Adequate structural information or sections.
Sufficient miscellaneous details.
If city sewer is not available, a copy of the sub-surface sewage
disposal system permit from the Sevier County Health Department must be provided.
A completed building permit
Plans and specifications must be prepared, sealed and signed by an
architect or engineer registered in the State of Tennessee, except that persons or
builders may act as their own architect when work is to be done themselves or by their own
employees, exclusively for their own use and occupancy and not for rent,
lease or sale. A completed and notarized "Affidavit
of Owner's Own Use" attesting to this is required to be
submitted with the building permit application.
Contractors must provide a copy of their license from the State of
Tennessee for each permit applied for. A licensed contractor is required if
construction exceeds $25,000. A licensed subcontractor is required if their work
exceeds $25,000. (Exception to contractor's licensing requirements is construction
of a building for the owner's own use on their own property and not for
rent, lease or sale.) A completed and notarized
of Owners Own Use attesting to this
is required to be submitted
with the building permit application.
All contractors must provide proof of worker's compensation
insurance or file an
to their exemption to the provisions of this requirement.
All contractors must have a valid
license issued by the City of
Topographic, minimum elevations and grading.
Vehicular and pedestrian circulation plan.
Utility plans for water, sewer and electric.
Landscaping, screening and open space.
Location of structures.
Ingress and egress locations.
Location of existing streets, sidewalks, buildings, easements, and
Fire protection equipment plans.
Gross and net floor area.
Number of stories and building height
Plans and specifications must be prepared, sealed and
signed by an architect or engineer registered in the State of Tennessee.
Contractors will be required to present a copy of their State Contractor's
License with each application, as well as a workers' compensation certificate and a valid
business license issued by the City of Gatlinburg.
Cost of Building Permits in the City of Gatlinburg
The cost of your building permit is established by ordinance. When
your request is approved, you will be notified and given the amount of the fee. The
fees are contained in the Gatlinburg Municipal Code or the
International Building Code
In addition to the building permit fees, additional
On Fees for utilities are assessed and are required to be paid with the building
permit fees. No building permit may be issued until any applicable
fees are paid. These fees are established by Ordinance and are
available at the Utility Department Office or the Building Inspection
Length of Time
it takes to get a Permit
The City of
Gatlinburg makes every effort to review and respond, favorably
or unfavorably, to all requests as soon as possible.
aware that your request must be reviewed for compliance with the zoning
ordinances and the building codes and may require review by one or more of
the various City Boards.