Building Codes Enforcement and Zoning
308 N Third Street
Kingston Tn 37763
Phone: 865-376-5505    *    Fax: 865-717-4176

The Board of Zoning Appeals meets the 3rd Wednesday of each month at 6:00 p.m., unless otherwise announced.

The Planning Commission meets the 3rd Wednesday of each month at 7:00  p.m., unless otherwise announced.

Building Officials:

Glen Cofer - 865-717-4221
Frank Hughart - 865-717-4222

Zoning Officer:

Kay Christopher -

Office Staff:

Mescal Nealy -
Sherry Tipton - 865-717-4230

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Roane County adopts the 2012 International Residential Code

By Glen Cofer, Building Official

Tennessee counties which have building codes must insure that their codes are no older than seven years. In November, Roane County adopted the 2012 International Residential Code, replacing the 2006 Code.  Major changes to the code are:

·         Work exempt from permit:

o   One-story detached accessory structures used as tool and storage sheds, playhouses and similar uses, provided the floor areas do not exceed 200

square feet,

o   Fences 7 feet or less in height,

o   Decks not exceeding 200 square feet, no more than 30 inches above grade at any point, not attached to a dwelling and not serving the exit door.

·         Opening Protection:

o   Openings from a private garage directly into a room for sleeping purposes shall not be permitted.

o   Other openings between the garage and residence shall be equipped with a self-closing device.

·          Glazing and Wet Surfaces:

o   Safety glass or glazing is a requirement for glass that is in the vicinity of bathtubs, hot tubs, spas, whirlpools and swimming pools.

·         Carbon Monoxide Alarms:

o   For new construction, an approved carbon monoxide alarm shall be installed immediately outside each bedroom in dwellings that have fuel-fired appliances and or attached garages.

·         Fire Protection of Floors:

o   Floor assemblies that are engineered, less than 2x10, and do not have a fire-resistance rating shall be provided with a ½ inch (12.7mm) gypsum wallboard membrane, 5/8 inch (16mm) wood structural panel membrane, or equivalent on the underside of the floor framing member.

·         Span Tables:

o   New span tables are provided for No. 2 grade single headers.

·         Mechanical Codes and Inspections have been added to the 2012 Code:

o   Duct tightness shall be tested and verified.

For more information call the Codes Enforcement Office at 865-717-4230.

Roane County Zoning Regulations

Board of Zoning Appeals:

1st District Representatives:
Greg Howard, Member
Donna Demyanovich, Alternate

2nd District Representatives:
Daniel Stracener, Member
Tommy Devaney, Alternate

3rd District Representatives:
Wayne Fox, Member
R. J. Malone, Alternate

4th District Representatives:
Vivian Stamper, Member
Scott Whitehead, Alternate

5th District Representatives:
W. P. Wright, Member
Tom Bowman, Alternate

Planning Commission:

Allen Williams, Chair
Warren Kocher
Boyd Steelman
Jane Long
Glenda Johnson
Randy Scarborough
Michael Lee Parkison
Peggy Evans
Jean Meredith
Jerry Goddard

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Requirements for Ready-Removables (Portable Storage Buildings)
with Electrical Wiring
State Law:  Tennessee Code Annotated 68-126-311 (effective July 1, 2012)

(A.)   Ready-removables with electrical wiring must meet applicable state and local electrical permitting requirements, local building permitting requirements, and have hardwired smoke alarms installed in accordance with the manufacturer's instructions.

(B.)   NO ready-removable shall be modified for use as residential, recreational, or emergency housing in this state.

Roane County Courthouse     200 E Race Street     Kingston Tennessee 37763