Plans Review and Inspections Director

Peter Ahrens
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(865) 215-3669

400 Main St., Suite 475
Knoxville, TN 37902

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“The City is currently processing all permit requests electronically. Please send any permit applications to

If you have plans that were in the review phase when City services were interrupted, please email us at to receive instructions on resubmitting your plans electronically.

We will process all requests for permits in the order in which they are received. For any questions, please call us at 865-215-3669.

What is KnoxPlans?

The Plans Review and Inspections Division offers a comprehensive digital plan submission and review process called KnoxPlans. KnoxPlans is intended to streamline the plans review process while saving you time and money. Drawings and other plan documents are submitted online for review, eliminating the need for expensive paper copies and costly trips to the City County Building. Once your plans are uploaded, they are reviewed online by our plan review team. The KnoxPlans process allows results to be returned to the customer quicker than the paper review process. 

KnoxPlans is available for all projects that require a plan review.

Take advantage of the KnoxPlans process to improve your projects lead time in meeting your schedule.

How Do I Get Started?

• Plan submission standards for Residential and Commercial projects must be met.
View Residential Standards (including 1 & 2 family dwellings)
View Commercial Standards (including multi-family dwellings)
• Have a PC with internet access.
• Have a valid email address.

• Submit an application for Plans Review to the Plans Review Office in person at the City County Building Suite 505 or by emailing an application to On the application specify the submittal method as electronic review and provide an email address for contact to get the process started.
Download Plans Review Application [PDF]

• Plan Review fees are required to be paid during the application submittal process. Contact the Plans Review Office (Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm EST) at 865-215-2999 to pay your fees by credit card or visit the Plans Review Office at the City County Building in Suite 505 to pay in person.
View Plans Review and Building Permit Fee Schedule [PDF]

• Once your application is entered in the system, KnoxPlans will generate an email invitation that is sent to the contact person specified on the application. The invitation email will provide instructions on how to access KnoxPlans to upload your drawings. 

For assistance and questions regarding KNOXPLANS, contact the Review Coordinator at