The Jefferson County Building Inspector’s Office is responsible for review and approval of all building plans to ensure that all construction meets current safe standards and building codes.
Building Inspector: David Gaut
P.O. Box 710
Dandridge, TN 37725
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Building Inspector Synopsis
This office is responsible for the review and approved plans inspection of all construction projects (residential, garages and additions only) within Jefferson County.
In a new home or addition, the quality of construction may not be what it was some years ago. Many buyers have independent reviews of their properties during various stages of the construction process, including slab, frame and final inspection. This relatively inexpensive inspection protects your purchase, prevents unpleasant surprises and ensures the quality of the property that you have dreamed about.
Building Inspector’s point of view on craftsmanship:
Were building codes followed and the right materials used in construction? It is difficult to build a flawless home but some mistakes not corrected in due time can end up with you paying additional costs. The building inspector will check the roof, basement, attic, crawl space, new structure and many other aspects of the building looking for improper building practices, items that could require extensive repairs and items that are general maintenance issues, as well fire, safety and health hazards.
Frequently Asked Questions
What Are Building Codes?
Building codes are the rules, regulations and specifications the Jefferson County uses to help ensure quality construction and a safe, finished structure.
Which Building Codes Did the County adopt?
Jefferson County has adopted the 2006 International Residential Codes.
What Is a Building Permit?
A building permit is a license required by County codes granting legal permission to construct, enlarge, or remodel a building.
When Do I Need a Permit?
A permit is required for substantial repairs, alterations, garages, new buildings and
additions. For questions about when a permit is needed, please contact the Building Department at (865 397-0640 or the Zoning Office at (865) 397-4414.
How to Apply For a Permit?
1. The Contractor or Homeowner needs to submit 2 copies of plans, blueprints or drawings. (A two-day waiting period for the reviewing of plans is required; however, some plans may require additional time.)
2. If you have a Contract, the requirements are:
a. State License
b. County License
c. Liability Insurance
d. Workers Comp Insurance
e. Driver's License
Please bring a copy of each item. Thank you.
If you, the Homeowner, obtain the permit, state law requires you to act as the General Contractor and supervise all phases of the job. You must hire and supervise all subcontractors, who shall be licensed.
If you have the permit in your name and hire a General Contractor to do the work, then your permit must be reissued in the name of your General Contractor who must follow state requirements.
May a homeowner build their own house without a license? (From state web site)
Yes. Homeowners are allowed one permit every two years to build their own house and act as their own contractor. If a homeowner hires a contractor, the contractor is required to be licensed and obtain the permit.
A homeowner should never obtain the permit on behalf of the contractor, as this alleviates the contractor from most liability and insurance requirements. In addition, the contracts should not be split in phases to circumvent the law. Anyone who is paid in excess of $25,000.00 is required to be licensed.