City of Collegedale

Zoning Information

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Zoning seeks to protect public health, safety and welfare by regulating the use of land and controlling the type, size and height of buildings. Some goals of early zoning codes were to prevent overcrowding and limit incompatible uses. Goals of modern zoning codes include mixed-use development, pedestrian-friendly commercial corridors, and the preservation of neighborhoods.

The Collegedale Zoning Ordinance assigns a district to every property in the city. These districts allow a variety of uses such as agricultural, residential, commercial and industrial. Each district features certain allowed /disallowed uses, plus height and area requirements. Amendments to the Zoning Ordinance can be initiated by the City Commission. More commonly, a property owner or agent requests to change existing zoning to accommodate a new use. NOTE: The Zoning Ordinance is under revision--please contact Planning & Zoning staff  at 423-468-1967 for more information.

The Typical Rezoning Process

  1. The applicant begins the process by filling out a Zoning Request Form. Zoning fees vary according to type of request and the size of the property. Planning staff may require more specific information such as a site plan.
  2. Applications received by the 20th day of the month will be heard at the following month’s Planning Commission meeting. Staff will conduct a site visit and analysis before making a recommendation to the Planning Commission.
  3. The rezoning request is heard by the Planning Commission, accompanied by the planning staff recommendation. At the Planning Commission hearing, the commissioners may ask the applicant or staff to clarify the request before making a formal recommendation to the City Commission.
  4. The Planning Commission may recommend that a zoning request be either, (1) Approved; (2) Approved with conditions;  (3) Denied; or (4) Deferred pending additional information.
Zoning Verification Letters

If you require verification of a property's current zoning, please send an email request to Britney Hutto  and provide as much information as possible, including street address, current owner, and Hamilton County property tax map number. If you have a proprietary form, please forward a digital copy if possible, and include the above information. General zoning verification letters are provided at no charge to Collegedale property owners. Requests for "enhanced" zoning verification letters requiring additional research into code violations, certificates of occupancy, etc. are assessed a fee of $75. The expected turnaround time for basic verification letters is two or less business days. Allow five business days or less for enhanced zoning verification letters from the time of payment receipt. 

Subdivision of Land

Subdivision regulation is a method the Planning Commission can shape its community's character. This tool is adopted to provide for the harmonious development of Collegedale by influencing the layout of lots and streets through the coordination and construction of public infrastructure to support homes and businesses. Subdivision regulation helps the city provide essential services more efficiently.

Subdivision Definition

The division of a tract or a parcel of land into two or more lots, sites, or other divisions requiring new street or utility construction, or any division of less than five acres for the purpose, whether immediate or future, of sale or building development, and includes re-subdivision and when appropriate to the context, relates to the process of subdividing or to the land or area subdivided.

Staff Review

The Collegedale Building and Planning staff reviews all subdivision submissions prior to consideration by the Planning Commission.


The subdivision regulations do not apply to a designated tract of land as shown on a recorded plat or tax map on record in the Registrar’s Office or the Assessor of Property’s Office prior to the passage of the Zoning Ordinance.

Basic Procedure

  1. Complete the Subdivision Application Form and make application, along with the required fee for the type of plat and four copies  of the proposed plat.
  2. Submit a copy of the proposed plat to Hamilton County GIS for addressing and digital distribution.
  3. The plat is reviewed by Collegedale planning staff, and representatives from appropriate utility providers.
  4. The Planning Commission acts to approve, deny, or defer, or conditionally approve the plat.
  5. After approval of a preliminary plat, and after consultation with the governmental engineer, the developer may start construction of the streets and other improvements.
  6. The final plat may be recorded after approval by the Planning Commission and all necessary signatures are obtained on the plat.
  7. Subdivision Fee Schedule
Contact Us

Britney Hutto
Permit Clerk
Ph: (423) 468-1967

Jason Allin
Staff Planner
Ph: 423-468-1964