Blount County Government
Maryville, TN 37804

Blount County Department of Building Safety
1221 McArthur Road
   Maryville, TN 37804
       Phone: (865) 681-9301   /   Fax: (865) 681-9502          

                    Marty Yates . . . . . . . . .  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Director

The Department of Building Safety enforces the commercial and residential regulations of the 2006 edition of the International Code Council through the plan review and inspection processes.  This department accepts applications for all construction permits and Board of Construction Appeals, collects fees, issues permits, schedules inspections, maintains permit record files and issues occupancy certificates.

Building Codes plays an integral role in maintaining the quality of construction in Blount County, assisting builders and the general public with the building codes and other regulations to the mutual benefit of both. It is our mission to protect and serve the citizens of Blount County through the fair and ethical enforcement of adopted construction codes, zoning regulations, and construction safety standards. This is accomplished by an efficient administration, qualified professional staff, ongoing citizen and customer education efforts, and active enforcement on new and existing construction to include housing and property maintenance standards.

Construction Codes Currently Adopted by Resolution No. 07-02-010:  2006 Edition,  International Code Council -  Building Code, Residential Code, Fire Code, Fuel Gas Code, Mechanical Code, Plumbing Code, Energy Conservation Code, Existing Building Code, N.F.P.A.  2005 National Electric Code. 1999 North Carolina Handicap Code. 

Building Code Effectiveness Grading Schedule (BCEGS™) Blount County ISO rating for Residential: 4   Commercial: 4


Blount County currently has the 2006 International Residential Code (IRC) and the 2006 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) adopted for the enforcement of residential codes on new construction.  Within the IRC is Chapter 11 , which deals specifically with energy efficiency.  The Blount County Department of Building Safety, to this point, has been enforcing portions of Chapter 11 of the IRC and the IECC.  However, the General Session of the State of Tennessee passed Public Chapter No. 529, the Tennessee Clean Energy Future Act of 2009.  This amends T.C.A. 68-120-101 and provides the authorization for adoption of energy efficiency standards and implementation of a broadened statewide building standard to take effect July 1, 2010.  On this date, the state will begin enforcing the standards of the 2006 IECC and the 2009 IRC for new residential construction.  Since Blount County is already enforcing the 2006 IRC, no action will be required with respect to a residential code.  In order to stay in compliance with state standards, however, the Blount County Department of Building Safety will also begin enforcing the 2006 IECC in its entirety beginning on this date.  Any permits issued after this date will be required to follow the requirements of this code.  Below is an exert from the 2006 IECC.  It contains what is required by this code with respect to residential construction and should answer most questions that should arise.  Commercial construction is more involved and will require a more in depth study of submitted drawings to determine what is required. 


Open Letter to Contractors on the New Energy Code


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General Information Building Safety Forms Departmental  Personnel

Permitting Process Reference Manual

Permit Flow Chart

Inspection Check List

Fee Schedule

Occupancy Classifications

Types of Construction

Construction Planning Design Criteria

Building, Zoning, Grading Permit Application actual size of this document is 8.5" x 14"

Permit Process Checklist

Affidavit of Exemption

County Complaint Form

Time Extension Application for Issued Building Permits

State Contractors Complaint Form

Director   ---   Marty Yates

Codes Inspector -  Marshall Benson

Codes Inspector  - Jeff Chapman



Construction Handouts Board of Construction Appeals Activities and Reports
Bath Exhaust Fans                         Exterior Walls 

Garage Codes                                Handicap Accessible  

Crawl Spaces                                 H&A Duct Insulation

Brick Details                                  Energy Code Certificates 

Emergency Windows                      Fireplaces & Chimneys 

Footing Details                               Gas Meter Location    

Building Heights                              Pool Requirements 

Smoke Detector Locations               Stair Requirements

Radon Requirements                       Modular Home Requirements

Mobile Home Requirements             Unvented Crawlspace

Deck Construction Requirements

Vertical Steel Requirements (Basements) 

Energy Code Inspection Requirements

Appeals Application




Permits For Years 2009-12

January 09 February 09 March 09
April 09 May 09 June 09
July 09 August 09 September 09
October 09 November 09 December 09
January 10 February 10 March 10
April 10 May 10 June 10
July 10 August 10 September 10
October 10 November 10 December 10
January 11 February 11 March 11
April 11 May 11 June 11
July 11 August 11 September 11
October 11 November 11 December 11  
January 12 February 12 March 12
April 12 May 12  

City of Maryville Codes Dept
City of Townsend
Blount County Emergency Organizations
Blount County Chamber of Commerce
Blount County Library
McGhee Tyson Airport
Tennessee Building Officials Association

Tennessee Fire and Codes Academy
Tennessee Fire Safety Inspectors Association
Tennessee Plumbing & Mechanical Inspector’s Association
Tennessee Contractors Board
International Code Council
Underwriters Laboratory
International Masonry Institute
National Fire Protection Association
American Institute of Architects                 American Wood Council