The City of Knoxville uses zoning codes and development standards to protect the public health, safety, and general welfare of the community. These standards are adopted to ensure that development projects are:
- Designed and constructed appropriately
- Do not negatively impact surrounding properties
- Promote the realization of the Knoxville Comprehensive Plan
Different permits are required for projects including new construction and renovation, driveway replacement, signs, and fences. The City Council adopts policies, which regulate development and growth within the city, and staff's role is to properly enforce those policies.
In some cases, the City's Zoning Ordinance does not allow property owners to do certain things. For example, a homeowner may wish to build a deck that is too close to the property line. In certain cases, a variance - or exception to the Code - is required. Property owners may apply for a variance which is reviewed by the Board of Adjustment.