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The Building and Codes Department issues building contractor and trade licenses, (electrical, mechanical, plumbing), , issues building permits, and issues and performs inspections that are required for both new residential and commercial construction, and all remodels, repairs, and alterations.

Permits are required for the following:

  • New buildings: commercial or residential *
  • Additions: bedrooms, bathrooms, family rooms, etc… (See Note Below)
  • Residential work: decks, garages, fences, fireplaces, pools, water heaters, etc…
  • Renovations: garage conversions, basement furnishings, kitchen expansions, re-roofing, etc…
  • Electrical systems
  • Plumbing systems
  • Mechanical systems: HVAC

Note: Some construction projects may qualify for the Sumner County Neighborhood Revitalization Program (NRP). The NRP is administered by the Sumner County Appraiser’s Office. A building permit is required as part of the application process and the application must be submitted to the County before ANY work/construction begins on the project.

Why get a building permit?

A building permit gives you legal permission to start construction of a building project in accordance with approved drawings and specifications. The best way to confirm if a permit is required for your project, is to contact the Building and Codes Department. Discuss your plans with the Building Official before you begin construction to determine whether you need a permit. The Building Official will confirm for you, if a permit is not needed.

Your home or business is an investment. If your construction project does not comply with the codes adopted by the city, the value of your investment could be reduced. Property insurers may not cover work done without permits and inspections. If you decide to sell a home or building that has had modifications without a permit, you may be required to tear down the addition, leave it unoccupied, or do costly repairs.

A property owner who can show that code requirements were strictly and consistently met – as demonstrated by the Building Official and City records – has a strong ally if something happens to trigger a potentially destructive lawsuit.

Your permit allows the City to protect the public by reducing the potential hazards of unsafe construction and ensuring public health, safety, and welfare. By following code guidelines, your completed project will meet minimum standards of safety and will be less likely to cause inquire to you, your family, your friends, or future owners.