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1006 E. Lamar Alexander Parkway
Maryville, TN 37804
Phone (865) 681-9301
Fax (865) 681-9502


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Blount County Building Zoning Matters

Roger Fields, Building Commissioner
The Office of the Building Commissioner is a division of County Government under the County Commission and County Mayor. The Building Commissioner is appointed by the County Commission and is under the County Mayor for day-to-day administrative procedures. The Building Commissioner enforces the Zoning Regulations, provides staff reviews to the Board of Zoning Appeals, Planning Commission, and County Commission, and issues building permits. The Building Commissioner is also responsible for the enforcement of section 5-1-115 of Tennessee Code Annotated, which addresses lots that present a threat to the public health, safety and welfare. The Blount County Board of Zoning Appeals is made up of five members that are appointed by the County Commission. The BZA meets each month on the first Thursday of the month. The cases they hear are appeals, variances, and special exceptions in accordance to our Zoning Regulations. The office of the Building Commissioner is located in Room 308 of the Blount County Courthouse and the office hours are 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.
1006 E. Lamar Alexander Parkway
Maryville, TN 37804
Phone (865) 681-9301
Fax (865) 681-9502

Blount County Building Safety

 Matthew Widner, Building Official
The Department of Building Safety enforces the commercial and residential regulations of the 2006 edition of the International Code Council through the plan review and inspection processes.  This department accepts applications for all construction permits and Board of Construction Appeals, collects fees, issues permits, schedules inspections, maintains permit record files and issues occupancy certificates.
Building Codes plays an integral role in maintaining the quality of construction in Blount County, assisting builders and the general public with the building codes and other regulations to the mutual benefit of both. It is our mission to protect and serve the citizens of Blount County through the fair and ethical enforcement of adopted construction codes, zoning regulations, and construction safety standards. This is accomplished by an efficient administration, qualified professional staff, ongoing citizen and customer education efforts, and active enforcement on new and existing construction to include housing and property maintenance standards.
Construction Codes Currently Adopted by Resolution No. 07-02-010:  2006 Edition,  International Code Council -  Building Code, Residential Code, Fire Code, Fuel Gas Code, Mechanical Code, Plumbing Code, Energy Conservation Code, Existing Building Code, N.F.P.A.  2005 National Electric Code. 1999 North Carolina Handicap Code. 
1006 E. Lamar Alexander Parkway
Maryville, TN 37804
Phone (865) 681-9301
Fax (865) 681-9502

Blount County Environmental Health

Gary Ferguson,  Director
The Blount county Department of Environmental Health operates under the rules and regulations that govern subsurface sewage disposal systems, set forth by the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, a Division of Groundwater Protection.
In addition to regulating subsurface sewage disposal systems, the department upon request performs bacteriological water analysis on private water supplies to determine total coliform and fecal coliform bacteria present.
Our main objective is to provide a health environment for all citizens of Blount County.  We are exhausting all efforts to work with the public in identifying problems and taking corrective action when needed to improve the biological quality of waste water.
The Department is housed in the Blount County Health Department Building located at 1006 East Lamar Alexander Parkway. Office hours are 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday - Friday.  A representative of the Department is available, on request, to meet with leaders and citizens to discuss rules and regulations, as well as any concerns you wish to address.
1006 E. Lamar Alexander Parkway
Maryville, TN 37804
Phone (865) 681-9301
Fax (865) 681-9502

State of Tennessee
Department of Environment & Conservation

(Web Site)
Regulations to Govern Subsurface Sewage Disposal Systems
Chapter 1200-1-6 - Courtesy of the Secretary of State's Office
Regulations to Govern Subsurface Sewage Disposal Systems

Blount County Planning Department

John Lamb, Director
Douglas Hancock, Planner
Gaye Hasty, Administrative Assistant

The Blount County Planning Department is a division of County government under the County Executive. The Department provides staff support to the Planning Commission, and general planning services to the County government and the public. The Department reviews subdivision plats, answers development questions posed by the public, provides data services to the public and other County departments, and supports long range planning efforts.
Office hours are 8:00 A. M. to 4:30 P. M., Monday through Friday, with other hours to serve the public by appointment. Office is at room 308 in the old part of the Courthouse.
Blount County Courthouse
327 Court Street
Maryville, TN 37804-5906
Phone (865) 273-5750
Fax (865) 273-5759
E-Mail: [email protected]

Blount County Storm Water Program
Justin Teague, Director
Storm water runoff occurs when precipitation from rain or snowmelt flows over the ground. Impervious surfaces like driveways, sidewalks, streets, and building rooftops prevent storm water runoff from naturally soaking into the ground.  Storm water runoff often contains pollutants in quantities that could adversely affect water quality.
Storm water can pick up debris, chemicals, dirt, and other pollutants and flow into a storm sewer system or directly to a lake, stream, river, wetland, or coastal water. Anything that enters a storm sewer system is discharged untreated into the water bodies we use for swimming, fishing and providing drinking water.
10 Things You Can Do to Prevent Storm water Runoff Pollution
   1. Use fertilizers sparingly and sweep up driveways, sidewalks, and roads.
        2.  Never dump anything down storm drains.
        3.  Vegetate bare spots in your yard.
        4.  Compost your yard waste.
        5.  Avoid over application of pesticides and herbicides.  Follow application directions carefully.
        6.  Direct downspouts away from paved surfaces.
        7.  Take your car to the car wash instead of washing it in the driveway.
        8.  Check your car for leaks, and recycle used motor oil.
        9.  Pick up after your pet.
        10. Have your septic tank pumped and system inspected regularly.