Are there any specific landscaping requirements for residential construction?
Please see page 32 of the Landscape Ordinance.
Are there presently any requirements for residential driveways and sidewalks in Collegedale?
Yes. First, a Right-of-Way & Easement Construction Permit Application must be completed and a $60 fee paid.
Next, a contractor must contact our Building Department at (426) 468-1868 after the curb has been marked so arrangements can be made for our Public Works Department to make the curb cuts.
After curb cuts have been made, then the contractor must request a driveway and sidewalk inspection after formwork is completed, but prior to pouring concrete.
Can an inspection be done to obtain temporary / permanent power on new projects prior to passing all of the required inspections?
In order to obtain temporary / permanent power prior to passing all of the required inspections, a Construction Bond and Temporary Electrical Service Agreement must be completed and a bond in the amount of $500 posted with the City of Collegedale. This bond must be paid by case or check and will be refunded after a certificate of occupancy has been issued.
Can I construct a shed in my back yard?
Although a permit is not required for a detached accessory structure less than 200 square feet, it is still necessary to comply with the following City of Collegedale zoning requirement:
- Small storage buildings, not larger than 12 feet by 12 feet and with a maximum height to the low point of the eaves of 6 feet, may be located in the side and rear yards provided that:
- The buildings shall be set back at least 5 feet from the side and rear lot lines
- In the case of a corner lot, the accessory building must conform to existing setback regulations
Do I have to be a certified tradesperson to work on my own home?
You may perform construction activities without having a trades certificate provided that you are both the owner and the occupant of the home; however, you must still obtain a building permit, if required, and have inspections completed during construction. Please see the Owner Building Agreement form.
How are inspections scheduled?
Inspections are performed only after plans have been approved and a permit has been issued. Inspections may be scheduled by contracting Building Codes and Safety Officer Andrew Morkert at (423) 468-1868. Inspections will be performed the following business day.
How can I determine the zoning for property located in Collegedale?
Please see the Zoning Map.
How can I obtain a building permit?
In order to obtain a Building Permit, a person must be sure to comply with our Landscape Ordinance and Commercial and Multi-Family Residential Design Standards Ordinance in addition to the following procedures and completing the application.
What are the regulations for yard sale signs in the City of Collegedale?
Please see section 6 I. of the Sign Ordinance.
What are the contractor requirements for performing work in the City of Collegedale?
A contractor or subcontractor must complete the appropriate permit application, pay the required fee to the City of Collegedale, and furnish the following information:
- Copy of current State of Tennessee contractor license
- Copy of Hamilton County or City of Chattanooga license (plumbing, mechanical, fuel gas, electrical, etc.)
- Copy of Workers' Compensation and General Liability Insurance certificate
- City of Collegedale business license (if gross sales are over $3,000 annually)
- Hamilton County business licenses
What codes are presently being enforced in Collegedale?
We enforce the following codes:
- Handicap and Accessibility Code American National Standard. Accessible and Usable Buildings and Facilities (ICC/ANSI A117.1-2009)
- International Building Code, 2012 Edition, with appendices A, C, F, I, and J
- International Energy Conservation Code, 2009 Edition
- International Fire Code, 2012 Edition, with appendices A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I and J
- International Fuel / Gas Code, 2012 Edition
- International Mechanical Code, 2012 Edition
- International Plumbing Code, 2012 Edition
- International Property Maintenance Code, 2012 Edition
- International Residential Code, 2012 Edition
- National Electrical Code, 2011 Edition
What is the average plan review turnaround time for a commercial building project?
If a complete set of plans is submitted (site plan, landscaping plan, irrigation plan, sprinkler plans and related information, civil plans, MEP plans, architectural plans, life safety plans, etc.), then the city of Collegedale plan review process will be completed within a two- to three-week period. (Note: This does not include time for the State of Tennessee plan review if required.)
What work is exempt from a building permit?
A building permit is not required for the following:
- One-story detached accessory structures, provided the floor area does not exceed 200 square feet (18.58 square meters)
- Fences not over 6 fee (1829 millimeters) high
- Retaining walls that are not over 4 feet (1219 millimeters) in height, measured from the bottom of the footing to the top of the wall, unless supporting a surcharge
- Water tanks supported directly upon grade if the capacity does not exceed 5,000 gallons (18,927 liters) and the ratio of height to diameter or width does not exceed 2:1
- Sidewalks and driveways not more than 30 inches (762 millimeters) above adjacent grade and not over any basement or story below
- Painting, papering, tiling, carpeting, cabinets, counter tops, and similar finish work
- Prefabricated swimming pools that are less than 24 inches (610 millimeters) deep
- Swings and other playground equipment accessory to a one- or two-family dwelling
- Window awnings supported by an exterior wall which do not project more than 54 inches (1,372 millimeters) from the exterior wall and do not require additional support
When is a building permit required?
A permit must be obtained for any construction or improvement with a valuation of $1,500 or more.
Where do I apply for a permit to burn brush in the City of Collegedale?
See the Hamilton County Air Pollution Control Bureau's website.