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BETTER BUILDING BOARD
Public Officer
Public Officer Hearing Agenda [PDF]
Public Officer Hearing Results [PDF]
The Public Officer issues complaints to property owners regarding structures that are alleged to be unfit or dangerous. The Public Officer holds hearings and issues orders to property owners to make repairs or to demolish unfit structures. If the property owner does not comply with the order, the city may repair or demolish the structure and bill the owner for the service. A lien can also be placed against the property to recover expenses for repair or demolition. The Public Officer may also order an owner to alter, improve, secure, board, or vacate and close a structure. The property owner may appeal the Public Officer's order to the Better Building Board within ten (10) days of receipt of the order.
Better Building Board
Current Agenda [PDF]
Current Hearing Results [PDF]
The Better Building Board hears appeals of the Public Officer's orders. The Better Building Board holds hearings and may affirm or alter the Public Officer's order. If the property owner does not comply with the Better Building Board's order, the city may repair or demolish, alter, improve, secure, board, or vacate and close the structure and bill the owner for the service. A lien can also be placed against the property to recover expenses for repair or demolition. The property owner may appeal the Better Building Board's order to the Knox County Chancery Court.
Appointment of Better Building Board Members
The Board consists of five members who are City residents. Each member is appointed by the Mayor and confirmed by City Council and serves a 3 year term.
Meetings Schedule
Better Building Board
Meetings Schedule
Public Officer Hearings
The Better Building Board meets the last Thursday of each month, at 3:30 p.m., usually in the Small Assembly Room of the City County Building.

January 30, 2014
February 27, 2014
March 27, 2014
April 24, 2014
May 29, 2014
June 26, 2014
July 31, 2014
August 28, 2014
September 25, 2014
October 30, 2014
December 4, 2014

The Public Officer Hearings are held on the Friday following each Better Building Board meeting, usually the last Friday of each month, at 9:30 a.m., usually in the Small Assembly Room of the City County Building.

January 31, 2014
February 28, 2014
March 28, 2014
April 25, 2014
May 30, 2014
June 27, 2014
August 1, 2014
August 29, 2014
September 26, 2014
October 31, 2014
December 5, 2014 (in Main Assembly)

Board Membership City Contact Information

Gary W. Bentley
701 Kenesaw Ave
Knoxville, TN 37919
Phone: 865-414-7224
gary.bentley@jbouchard.com
Term: 02/05/2013 - 01/01/2016

Melissa Brenneman
3209 Orlando Street
Knoxville, TN 37917
865-673-3743
padlrdie@gmail.com
Term: 02/04/2014 – 01/01/2017

Terrell C. Patrick, Sr.
2767 Linden Ave.
Knoxville, TN 37914
865-525-4833
tclpatrick@bellsouth.net
Term: 01/19/2014 - 01/01/2017

Dr. Rachelle Scott
1329 Armstrong Avenue
Knoxville, TN 37917
865-974-6688
rscott@utk.edu
Term: 02/04/2014 – 01/01/2017

Stephanie Welch
2137 Hillsboro Heights
Knoxville, TN 37920
865-215-4501
swelch@greatschoolspartnership.com
Term: 02/21/2012 - 01/01/2015

Kathy Ellis, Project Specialist
Community Development

Phone: 865-215-2270
kdellis@cityofknoxville.org

Robert Moyers, Manager
Codes Enforcement

865-215-2119
rmoyers@cityofknoxville.org

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