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Tom Brashear - Director of Development Services

233 East Gay Street
Courthouse Annex
Lebanon, TN  37087

Phone:  (615) 444-3025phone icon
Fax:  (615) 443-6194phone icon

Karen Murphy - Office Manager

Chris Richardson - Deputy Building Official  Contact Chris

Brian Farris - Building & Zoning Inspector  Contact Brian

Daniel Broadrick - Building & Zoning Inspector  Contact Daniel

The Wilson County Codes Department is here to help you with the permitting process for the construction of your new home, addition to your home, and any new buildings or improvements to existing buildings you make on your property.  If you have questions concerning the process, please feel free to contact us by phone, fax or email.  For best results, visit us in our office so we may get a more precise look at your property from plats, tax maps or deeds.  This will help to verify the buildable status of your property and avoid any surprises or delays in your permitting process.

About Us

The Wilson County Codes Department is in place to enforce the regulations set forth in the Wilson County Zoning Ordinance.

The office is open Monday thru Friday 8:00am – 4:00pm (excluding all state holidays) and is located in the Courthouse Annex at 233 E. Gay Street,  Lebanon, TN.

*The only payment methods accepted are Check, Cashier Check, and Money Order.*

BUILDING PERMITS:
Building permits are required for the construction of any structure, including accessory structures.
NO permit applications are accepted after 3:30PM each day. 
Property Owner of record or Licensed Contractor must apply for permit. 

BOARD OF ZONING APPEALS: 
Application fee of $100.00 along with seven (7) copies of a plot plan.  If applicant is not the property owner, a notarized affidavit (linked below) must be signed by the property owner giving applicant permission to make request.   Minutes of the BOZA meetings are taken by staff and filed in this office.  Please call the office for more detailed information regarding the submittal of paperwork to support your BOZA request.  

BOZA Calendar
BOZA Members
BOZA Affidavit

ADEQUATE FACILITIES TAX:
Fees for the Adequate Facilities Tax (AFT) for Wilson County, Lebanon, Mt. Juliet, and Watertown are collected in this office.  Please contact this office for the AFT fee schedules for residential, commercial, industrial, and institutional.

CODE VIOLATIONS:
Receives and handles code violation complaints.  Those desiring to submit a complaint may do so by coming by the office and filling out a complaint form in its entirety OR you can fill out the Online Complaint FormNOTE - Complaints are not taken over the phone.

Building Codes

Building Codes:

Inspection Process

 

Our inspection process is as follows, and are next day with a cutoff time of 2:00 p.m. Daily. Exceptions will be made for footings depending on availability of time.

Re-Inspect Fees

  • 1st -$75
  • 2nd -$150
  • 3rd -$300 - On 3rd re-inspect, a stop work order will be placed until corrections have been made and fees paid.
  • Fees must be paid in office prior to requesting a re-inpsection

1) Setback Inspection (if necessary) – If the permitted lot under construction is less than 5 acres, and a stamped surveyed plot plan was not provided at the time of application, a setback inspection will be required before footings can be dug and inspected. Before this inspection, the area of construction must be marked in some way, and the property lines must be strung to be easily identified by the inspector. If the setback measurements from property lines that were reported at the time of permit application have more than a 5’ variance, the permit will NOT be posted on site until the measurements either match the information provided at application or the office is notified of the accurate measurements. A fee of $75.00 will be imposed for a failed setback inspection.

2) Footing Inspection – There must be 2 runs minimum of #4 rebar, with a minimum of 3” clearance from bottom and in corner. Ditches should be free of debris, including clods, rocks, roots, and vegetation.

3) Foundation Inspection (prior to placing any framing members on foundation) – CMU walls should be at their final elevation with all piers in place. CMU piers/foundation walls cannot exceed 10’ when supporting drop girders and primary structure, unless engineered. The top 4” of piers must be cap block or filled with mortar/cement. Anchor bolts/ties must be installed, and they must begin no less than 3.5” and no more than 12” from corner, and they must be spaced 6’ OC thereafter. Porches need to be marked S (swung) or F (filled) as well.

4) Framing/Plumbing/Mechanical/Rough-In Electric Inspection – Our office must have a copy of the passed rough-in State Electrical inspection on file prior to this inspection. Plumbing must be tested with a minimum of 50 psi, and DWV with a minimum of 5 psi. We recommend performing head tests. These can be done by placing standpipes and charging the system with water. 10’ standpipes are required on slabs, and 3’ standpipes are on all homes at the highest fixture. All mechanical components that would be covered by interior finishes, as well as attic ducting, must be installed before this inspection. Fire blocking, proper support paths, hangers, and various framing components will be observed at this time.

5) Insulation Inspection – Proper caulking should be applied by this time. Interior walls should be lined with R-13 insulation, sloped ceilings should be lined with R-30, and any batted flat ceilings should be lined with R-38 at this time.

6) Final Inspection (Certificate of Compliance and/or Occupancy) – Underfloor and attic insulation will be verified, and all safety measures should be in place at this time. Smoke detectors should be interconnected and functioning, handrails should be installed, guards should be in place, window limiters should be in place (if required), and protective bollards should be present. By the time this inspection takes place, any and all corrections that were required throughout the inspection process should be completed. If not, the Certificate of Compliance and/or Occupancy will NOT be issued

If you have questions, please feel free to call our office at (615) 444-3025, or you can contact one of the inspectors at the numbers listed below.

Chris Richardson - Deputy Building Official:  (615) 604-5053

Brian Farris - Building & Zoning Inspector:  (615) 210-7850

Daniel Broadrick - Building & Zoning Inspector:  (615) 504-2098

FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

1.) Where do I pick up a building permit?

Applications for a building permit are made at the Building Inspector’s office located in the Courthouse Annex, 233 E. Gay Street, Lebanon, TN.  Building permits are issued on site.  

2.) Can anyone apply for a permit?

Permits must be applied for from a licensed contractor or the property owner themselves.

3.) What is required to pull a building permit?

A checklist for items needed to apply for a building permit.  To avoid delays, all items must be on hand and presented for application to be made.

4.) Do I have to pay for a building permit up front?

Yes, fees for a building permit and/or an adequate facilities tax are collected in full at time of application.  Residential permits are based on $0.70 per square foot (includes living area, attached garage, finished or unfinished bonus rooms, sunrooms, and finished or unfinished basements) along with a $3,000 Adequate Facilities Tax for new construction. Adequate Facilities Tax must be paid with seperate check.  Accessory structures (patios, screened porches, swimming pools, carports, detached garages, barns, or storage buildings) are charged $50.00 for structures of 1,000 square feet or less or $75.00 for structures of 1,001 square feet or more. 

******The only method of payments accepted is Check or Money Order.******

5.) How long are building permits good for?

Substantial progress shall be determined by the request for and approval of subsequent required inpsections from and by the Building Inspector respectively.  In no case shall an active building permit for a residential dwelling last longer than 24 months without having received a certificate of occupancy or other final approval as outlined with the Wilson County Zoning Ordinance.  If a permit recipient for a residential dwelling perceives that his construction project may last longer than 24 months, then special relief or variance from this provision will be required and the permit recipient will need to seek such relief from the Wilson County Board of Zoning Appeals.

6.) What if I have a complaint about my neighbor’s property?

Those desiring to submit a complaint may do so by coming by the office and filling out a complaint form in its entirety OR you can fill out the Online Complaint Form Online Complaint Form - NOTE - Complaints are not taken over the phone. If property is found to be non-compliant with the Wilson County Zoning Ordinance, this office will notify the property owner of the violation and give them a deadline to come into compliance.  If correspondence fails to get results, the violation is turned over to the Wilson County Attorney. 

 

Electrical

NOTE: We do not permit or conduct electrical inspections.  Those are handled by the State of Tennessee deputy electrical inspector.

For all electrical permits and/or questions please contact:

State Electrical Office
410 Park Dr
Lebanon, TN 37087

(615) 444-0825
(615) 444-0302

 

IT IS THE POLICY OF WILSON COUNTY TO ENSURE COMPLIANCE WITH TITLE VI OF THE CIVIL RIGHTS ACT OF 1964; 49 CFR, PART 21; RELATED STATUTES AND REGULATIONS TO THE END THAT NO PERSON SHALL BE EXCLUDED FROM PARTICIPATION IN OR BE DENIED THE BENEFITS OF, OR BE SUBJECTED TO DISCRIMINATION UNDER ANY PROGRAM OR ACTIVITY RECEIVING FEDERAL FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE FROM THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION ON THE GROUNDS OF RACE, COLOR, SEX, AGE, DISABILITY OR NATIONAL ORIGIN.