Knox County Tennessee

A 2.50% convenience fee will be charged on all credit card transactions. The fee is collected by a third party processor. Knox County does not receive any part of the fee. These fees are non-refundable.

-- Knox County Code Administration

Beginning July 1, 2024, R-3 Residential, one and two-family VB dwelling shall be calculated using a 60% factor of the most current Building Valuation Data report. Please find the new schedule of fees under “Documents and Downloads” listed above.

Beginning August 1, 2024, we will no longer be able to scan plans larger than 11X14, if applying in person. Larger plans must be submitted in pdf format.


Knox County Code Administration's mission is to protect the safety, health, welfare, and property of the citizens of Knox County. This is accomplished through administration, public education, and enforcement of building regulatory codes. Whereas, plan review, periodic inspections, and active enforcement of zoning regulations on new and existing construction are fundamental elements of our overall mission.

Permit Applications

The Knox Permit Portal is available to help you navigate Knox County's 24-hour permitting system. The digital process will help you set up an account and apply for construction permits. Once an account is created, you will need to log in, complete the required information and submit it. Please keep a record of your login information, as you will need it for future use.

Click the Knox Permit Portal button to start your process or explore the other sections for more info and help.
Click the Knox Permit Payment Portal button to start the payment process. If you do not have your permit number, please sign in to Knox Permit Portal.
For Permit application help or help adding revisions or attachments, please call 865-215-2325.

Construction Reports

Please visit the reports section for a listing of residential or commercial construction permits issued in the last year. For additional requests please refer to our website Records Management > Public Records.

Legal Disclaimer

Knox County has made a reasonable effort to ensure that the accompanying Information Management System information is up-to-date, accurate, complete, and comprehensive at the time of disclosure. Knox County and its employees are not responsible for data that is misinterpreted or altered in any way.

Although these data have been processed successfully on a Knox County computer, no warranty expressed or implied is made regarding the utility of the data on any other system, nor shall the act of distribution constitute any such warrant.

Knox County and its employees make no representation or warranty, express or implied, including without limitation any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose or warranties as to the identity or ownership of data or information, the quality, accuracy or completeness of data or information, or that the use of such data or information will not infringe any patent, intellectual property or proprietary rights of any party. Further, Knox County makes no waiver of sovereign immunity nor any other defenses accorded public entities in Tennessee.

Knox County shall not be liable for any claim for any loss, harm, illness or other damage or injury arising from access to or use of data or information, including without limitation any direct, indirect, incidental, exemplary, special or consequential damages, even if advised of the possibility of such damages.