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.
Who do I notify if I suspect a zoning violation?
Call 865-215-2999 and explain the nature of your complaint. You must
provide the address where you believe the violation is occurring.
Do I have to give my name?
Only give your name if you want it to be part of the permanent record.
Can I call back for results of inspections?
Yes. You must provide the address and request the results of the
What will happen if a zoning violation is found?
The owner or tenant will be issued a notice of violation. This notice
will set the compliance date by which all violations should be corrected.
If the violations are not corrected by the compliance date, a court
citation may be issued. In certain circumstances, a court citation
may be issued immediately.
Zoning Ordinance can be found on the City's Code of Ordinances