Building Permits

The City of Gatlinburg, through the Gatlinburg Municipal Code (GMC) and the International Code Council, regulates all construction in the City. Thus, the purpose of the following information is an overview to assist architects, contractors, developers and owners through the plans review, building permitting and inspection processes. A complete packet is available for interested parties in the Building Inspection Department. We, as public officials, look forward to working with you to make your project a success as well as safe for Gatlinburg's residents and visitors.

In order to obtain a building permit, a contractor must first complete a building permit application. The building permit application must be accompanied by two (2) sets of the following:

Residential site plan check list

Commercial site plan check list

All building permits are processed through

Building Plans

Depending on the type (residential, commercial, multi-family) of permit request, building plans may include the following information:

  • Architectural Plans
  • Structural Plans
  • Plumbing Plans
  • Electrical Plans
  • Mechanical Plans
  • Soils report
  • Sprinkler plans
  • Fire protection equipment plans
  • Building area
  • Gross and net floor area

The Building Inspections Department requires plans and specifications to be prepared, sealed and signed by an architect or engineer registered in the State of Tennessee.

Contractor Requirements
Contractors must provide a copy of a State of Tennessee Contractors License with each permit application. In the event subcontractors are used and not covered under the general contractor's license, then all subcontractors performing work in excess of $25,000 will be required to provide a separate license from the State of Tennessee for their specific trade.

All contractors must provide proof of worker's compensation insurance or proof of exemption from the State of Tennessee.

All contractors must have a valid business license issued by the City of Gatlinburg.

Cost of Building Permits in the City of Gatlinburg
The cost of your building permit is established by ordinance. When your request is approved, you will be notified and given the amount of the fee. The fees are established by ordinance in the Gatlinburg Municipal Code.

In addition to the building permit fees, additional add-on fees for utilities are assessed and are required to be paid with the building permit fees. No building permit may be issued until any applicable add-on fees are paid. These fees are established by Ordinance and are available at the Utility Department Office or the Building Inspection Office.

Length of Time it takes to get a Permit
The City of Gatlinburg makes every effort to review and respond, favorable or unfavorable, to all requests as soon as possible.

However, be aware that your request must be reviewed for compliance with the zoning ordinances and the building codes and may require review by one or more of the various City Boards.