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 ** We are excited to announce that our City View Portal has launched and you can now apply for permits and schedule inspections on line. Please be patient if this total system changeover creates any temporary growing pains. The end result will provide more convenient and efficient service. 


Permit PROCESS

The City of Oak Ridge provides online applications and digital review for all development and zoning related permits.  To begin the process, go to the CityView Portal at the top of the page.

        • Building and trades permits
        • inspections
        • site plans, subdivisions, and planned development
        • contact information

BUILDING AND TRADES PERMITS

Building permit applications require a site or plot plan and set of building plans.  Small projects such as decks, residential additions, etc., can be hand drawn with sufficient clarity and detail to indicate the nature and character of the work.  All commercial plans prepared by an architect or engineer shall be affixed with their name and address and/or their official seal. 

All building, electrical and plumbing permits must be obtained separately. 


License Applications 
 Class I Mechanical License Application
 Class II Mechanical License Application
 Class I Electrical License Application
 Class II Electrical License Application
 Master Plumber's License Application


All building, electrical, and plumbing contractors must have the appropriate trades license in order to obtain permits in the City of Oak Ridge. The limited license for electrical and plumbing contractors issued by the State of Tennessee is not recognized by the City of Oak Ridge.

Building, electrical and plumbing contractors must have a business license as required by the City of Oak Ridge. Contractors in Oak Ridge are required to obtain a business license for all jobs that costs more than $3,000. Contractors from out of state are required to obtain a business license for all work performed in Oak Ridge. For more information about obtaining a business license, contact the City of Oak Ridge Utility Billing Office at (865) 425-3406.

Building, electrical and plumbing contractors must have a certificate of General Liability Insurance and a certificate of Workman's Compensation, with the Certificate Holder listed as: The City of Oak Ridge, PO Box 1, Oak Ridge, TN 37831-0001. Also, a Letter of Authorization on company letterhead, signed by an officer of the company, listing the names of all employees authorized to sign permit applications for the company must be provided to the Code Enforcement office.

Homeowners may obtain a building, electrical and/or plumbing permit without having a Certificate of Insurance. The homeowner can only obtain electrical and plumbing permits when he/she is the owner and occupies the single family residence in question (see home owner affidavits that are required to be signed). The homeowner is encouraged to meet with the electrical inspector or the plumbing inspector before obtaining a permit. A homeowner may build one house every two years for their personal residence with a homeowner's permit. Proof of Workman's Compensation Insurance is required for single family units, or an affidavit for exemption must be submitted.

Commercial property owners or contractors may obtain a building permit up to $25,000 with approved plans. The commercial property owner and/or contractor must have general liability insurance and workers compensation insurance. City-licensed electrical and/or plumbing contractors can obtain permits for commercial work up to $25,000. For projects over $25,000 the proper state contractors license is required, as well as proof of Workman's Compensation Insurance for all permits.  

Click here to download the Homeowner Permit Affidavit


Inspections
Inspections can be requested through the CityView Portal by the contractor associated with the permit.  The time of the inspection will be confirmed by the inspector. Someone should be on the job site at the time of inspection. 

For assistance, call 425-3532 or email codes@oakridgetn.gov with the permit number, address, and type of inspection. 
 

Inspections Required

Footing - after footing is dug, but before the pouring of concrete.

Rough-In- Building, Electrical, Mechanical and Plumbing needs an inspection before the work is concealed or covered. The rough-in electrical, mechanical and plumbing inspections must be performed before the rough-in building inspection can be scheduled.

Final building, electrical, mechanical and plumbing need inspections after all work is completed. The final plumbing, mechanical and electrical inspections must be performed before the final building inspection can be scheduled

Meter Set
Electrical power can be authorized to be turned on prior to a certificate of occupancy being issed, provided all requirements have been met. The City's electrical inspector can advise you of these requirements.  


Appeals


Codes adopted by the city of oak ridge (As of MARCH 2019)
2018 International Energy Conservation Code
2009 Accessible and Usable Buildings and Facilities Code (ICC A117.1-2009)
2018 International Building Code
2018 International Residential Code
2018 International Plumbing Code
2018 International Mechanical Code
2018 International Fire Code 
2017 National Electrical Code  


SITE PLANS, SUBDIVISIONS, and PLANNED DEVELOPMENT
The following checklists are required to be completed by the applicant and uploaded during the application process in the CityView Portal. 

At this time, checklists are found on the Planning page.


contacts

For questions regarding Commercial or Residential Building Permit applications and fees, contact Codes at 865-425-3532 or codes@oakridgetn.gov.

For questions regarding Commercial or Residential Site Plan Review, Zoning information, or other City plans and ordinances, contact Planning at 865-425-3531 or commdev@oakridgetn.gov.

For questions regarding Floodplain Regulations, contact Matt Widner at 865-425-3584 or mwidner@oakridgetn.gov.

For questions regarding Land Disturbance Permits, driveway access, or water/sewer/storm construction requirements, contact Public Works Engineering at 865-425-1875.

City of Oak Ridge Electric Department (CORED)

Oak Ridge Utility District (ORUD)

For questions regarding utility connections and business licenses, contact the Utilities Business Office (UBO) at 865-425-3400.


PLANNING PROJECT SUBMITTAL CHECKLISTS
Preliminary Plats Checklist    Preliminary Plat Checklist
PUD Preliminary Master Plan Checklist    PUD Preliminary Master Plan Checklist
PUD Final Master Plan ChecklistPUD Final Master Plan Checklist
Resubdivisions, Final Plats, Plats of Correction ChecklistResubdivisions, Final Plats, and Plats of Correction Checklist
Site Plan Checklist Site Plan Checklist
Sketch Plan ChecklistSketch Plat Checklist
Traditional Neighborhood Design (TND) Final Master (Sub-Area) Plan ChecklistTND Final Master (Subarea) Plan Checklist
TND Master Plan ChecklistTND Master Plan Checklist

ONLINE PLANNING APPLICATIONS          
Board of Zoning Appeals ApplicationBZA Application

ADDITIONAL PLANS 
Oak Ridge City Blueprint City Blueprint 
Climate Action Plan                                             Oak Ridge Climate Action Plan
Bicycle & Pedestrian PlanBicycle & Pedestrian Plan
Waterfront Redeveloment PlanWaterfront Redevelopment Plan
Oak Ridge Community Guide to Living GreenOak Ridge Community Guide to Living Green


*This Code of Ordinances and/or any other documents that appear on this site may not reflect the most current legislation adopted by the Municipality.

For questions regarding Commercial or Residential Building Permit Applications and Fees, call 865-425-3532 or email codes@oakridgetn.gov.

For questions regarding Commercial or Residential Site Plan Reviews, Zoning Information, or other City  Plans and Ordinances, call (865) 425-3531 or email commdev@oakridgetn.gov.

For questions regarding Floodplain Regulations, call Matt Widner at 865-425-3584 or email mwidner@oakridgetn.gov.


PLANNING PROJECT SUBMITTAL CHECKLISTS
Preliminary Plats Checklist    Preliminary Plat Checklist
PUD Preliminary Master Plan Checklist    PUD Preliminary Master Plan Checklist
PUD Final Master Plan ChecklistPUD Final Master Plan Checklist
Resubdivisions, Final Plats, Plats of Correction ChecklistResubdivisions, Final Plats, and Plats of Correction Checklist
Site Plan Checklist Site Plan Checklist
Sketch Plan ChecklistSketch Plat Checklist
Traditional Neighborhood Design (TND) Final Master (Sub-Area) Plan ChecklistTND Final Master (Subarea) Plan Checklist
TND Master Plan ChecklistTND Master Plan Checklist

ONLINE PLANNING APPLICATIONS          
Board of Zoning Appeals ApplicationBZA Application

ADDITIONAL PLANS 
Oak Ridge City Blueprint City Blueprint 
Climate Action Plan                                             Oak Ridge Climate Action Plan
Bicycle & Pedestrian PlanBicycle & Pedestrian Plan
Waterfront Redeveloment PlanWaterfront Redevelopment Plan
Oak Ridge Community Guide to Living GreenOak Ridge Community Guide to Living Green


*This Code of Ordinances and/or any other documents that appear on this site may not reflect the most current legislation adopted by the Municipality.

For questions regarding Commercial or Residential Building Permit Applications and Fees, call 865-425-3532 or email codes@oakridgetn.gov.

For questions regarding Commercial or Residential Site Plan Reviews, Zoning Information, or other City  Plans and Ordinances, call (865) 425-3531 or email commdev@oakridgetn.gov.

For questions regarding Floodplain Regulations, call Matt Widner at 865-425-3584 or email mwidner@oakridgetn.gov.


PLANNING PROJECT SUBMITTAL CHECKLISTS
Preliminary Plats Checklist    Preliminary Plat Checklist
PUD Preliminary Master Plan Checklist    PUD Preliminary Master Plan Checklist
PUD Final Master Plan ChecklistPUD Final Master Plan Checklist
Resubdivisions, Final Plats, Plats of Correction ChecklistResubdivisions, Final Plats, and Plats of Correction Checklist
Site Plan Checklist Site Plan Checklist
Sketch Plan ChecklistSketch Plat Checklist
Traditional Neighborhood Design (TND) Final Master (Sub-Area) Plan ChecklistTND Final Master (Subarea) Plan Checklist
TND Master Plan ChecklistTND Master Plan Checklist

ONLINE PLANNING APPLICATIONS          
Board of Zoning Appeals ApplicationBZA Application

ADDITIONAL PLANS 
Oak Ridge City Blueprint City Blueprint 
Climate Action Plan                                             Oak Ridge Climate Action Plan
Bicycle & Pedestrian PlanBicycle & Pedestrian Plan
Waterfront Redeveloment PlanWaterfront Redevelopment Plan
Oak Ridge Community Guide to Living GreenOak Ridge Community Guide to Living Green


*This Code of Ordinances and/or any other documents that appear on this site may not reflect the most current legislation adopted by the Municipality.

For questions regarding Commercial or Residential Building Permit Applications and Fees, call 865-425-3532 or email codes@oakridgetn.gov.

For questions regarding Commercial or Residential Site Plan Reviews, Zoning Information, or other City  Plans and Ordinances, call (865) 425-3531 or email commdev@oakridgetn.gov.

For questions regarding Floodplain Regulations, call Matt Widner at 865-425-3584 or email mwidner@oakridgetn.gov.


PLANNING PROJECT SUBMITTAL CHECKLISTS
Preliminary Plats Checklist    Preliminary Plat Checklist
PUD Preliminary Master Plan Checklist    PUD Preliminary Master Plan Checklist
PUD Final Master Plan ChecklistPUD Final Master Plan Checklist
Resubdivisions, Final Plats, Plats of Correction ChecklistResubdivisions, Final Plats, and Plats of Correction Checklist
Site Plan Checklist Site Plan Checklist
Sketch Plan ChecklistSketch Plat Checklist
Traditional Neighborhood Design (TND) Final Master (Sub-Area) Plan ChecklistTND Final Master (Subarea) Plan Checklist
TND Master Plan ChecklistTND Master Plan Checklist

ONLINE PLANNING APPLICATIONS          
Board of Zoning Appeals ApplicationBZA Application

ADDITIONAL PLANS 
Oak Ridge City Blueprint City Blueprint 
Climate Action Plan                                             Oak Ridge Climate Action Plan
Bicycle & Pedestrian PlanBicycle & Pedestrian Plan
Waterfront Redeveloment PlanWaterfront Redevelopment Plan
Oak Ridge Community Guide to Living GreenOak Ridge Community Guide to Living Green


*This Code of Ordinances and/or any other documents that appear on this site may not reflect the most current legislation adopted by the Municipality.

For questions regarding Commercial or Residential Building Permit Applications and Fees, call 865-425-3532 or email codes@oakridgetn.gov.

For questions regarding Commercial or Residential Site Plan Reviews, Zoning Information, or other City  Plans and Ordinances, call (865) 425-3531 or email commdev@oakridgetn.gov.

For questions regarding Floodplain Regulations, call Matt Widner at 865-425-3584 or email mwidner@oakridgetn.gov.