Building Permit/Address Certification Procedure

Before a building permit can be issued in the City of Knoxville Knox County, the Addressing Department must certify the address where the work will occur.

The issuance of a building permit triggers

  • For new construction:  creation of a new addresses when a new structures is being constructed
  • For renovations/alteration of existing structures: a review of the address(es) currently in use

All activities requiring a building permit such as new construction, demolition, remodeling, and additions need a certified address before a permit will be issued.

Inspectors from the City of Knoxville and Knox County use these addresses to locate structures requesting inspection.

Request a certified address by completing the Address Request Form below.

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Address Assignment Forms

The applicant will be provided an address assignment form with the property address and Knoxville-Knox County Planning certified address stamp. This form can be submitted to the City or County office where the building permit application will be filed.

What things get addressed?

Every residence and place of business in Knox County is systematically assigned a valid and unique address.
This includes a requirement that each store or business within a shopping center or business park must have an individual address; each separate residence (or apartment) within an apartment complex, condominium community, or mobile home park must have a unique address.

Note: A fee is charged for assigning 5 or more addresses.

Schedule of Fees

Numerous other types of addresses are issued as well to aid inspectors and emergency responders.

These include:

  • ATM Machines
  • Billboards
  • Boat Docks
  • Cell Towers & Antenna Collocation
  • Construction Trailers
  • Security Gate access
  • Sewer Pumps
  • Subdivision Signs
  • Utility easements