Zoning Ordinance

Plans Review and Inspections Director

Peter Ahrens
(865) 215-3669

400 Main St., Suite 475
Knoxville, TN 37902

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The City of Knoxville's zoning ordinance helps protect property values by preventing the location of incompatible uses in close proximity to one another. Zoning regulations also help maintain the character of established neighborhoods and prevent inappropriate activities, such as auto repair businesses in residential areas. The ordinance regulates the location, height, bulk, number of stories, percentage of lot coverage, setbacks, open spaces, population density and the uses of all buildings, structures and land within the city limits.

Current Zoning Ordinance
can be found on the City's Code of Ordinances

The new Zoning Ordinance that will be effective January 1, 2020 can be found here.

What is my property zoned?
To find out what a property is zoned visit KGIS Maps and enter in an address. Click the Maps tab in top left of the KGIS webpage. Then click the down icon beside Planning and Zoning Maps. Select the Zoning layer.