Contact: Jerry McClinton, [email protected]
The mission of the building and code enforcement department is to ensure that any building done in the city limits is up to current local, state and federal zoning and building codes. We also strive to ensure that property in our city is maintained by enforcing our care of premises codes. This includes enforcing the city’s ordinances regarding grass, junk vehicles, abandoned houses, signage, and unsightly property. This is to protect the public welfare, health and safety of our citizens.
Current Adopted Codes
The City of Brownsville requires that all contractors be registered with the city building department prior to purchasing a building permit. To register, you present a copy of your license – Home Improvement, Contractor, Spec Builder, or Limited Licensed Plumber, a current business license, and a copy of your current certificate of liability and worker’s compensation insurance.
The State of Tennessee requires that work done in the state be done by licensed professionals. As a homeowner hiring a contractor you should always ask to see a license. For your own protection, anyone doing work on your home should have at a minimum a Home Improvement License. The different types of accepted licenses are:
To purchase a building permit in the City of Brownsville, you must be the homeowner, with the address as your place of residence, or have a state license for plumbing, home improvement or contractor. Building permits must be purchased for any work, except purely cosmetic, done on residential or commercial property. This includes plumbing, gas, roofing, remodeling, additions and new construction. Sign permits must also be purchased. Plans for the addition, new construction, and signs must be brought in to the building department for approval by the city building inspector.
The City of Brownsville requires that anyone doing gas work must be registered with our office and have a Gas Installer Permit. You must complete a permit form; pay a $30.00 fee, have a current business license and a bond for $25,000.00 or certificate of liability for $100,000.00
The division of a tract or parcel of land into two (2) or more lots, sites, or other divisions requiring new street or utility construction, or any division of less than five (5) acres for the purpose, whether immediate or future, of sale or building development, and includes resubdivision and when appropriate to the context, relates to the process of resubdividing or to the land or area subdivided. (See Section 13-3-401 and 13-4-301, Tennessee Code Annotated.
Ordinance 852/08/05 – 2006 International Building Code Adoption