Building and Neighborhood Services Department
The Building and Neighborhood Services (BNS) Department is a public safety agency that seeks to enhance the quality of life for residents while keeping our economic engine running.
We are located at in City Hall at 109 3rd Ave South Suite 110. Our hours of operation are Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m, with permit applications being accepted until 4:30 p.m. We have One Stop for building permits each Monday from 9:00 am to 11:00 am and each Wednesday from 8:30 am to 11:30 am. Our Development One Stop is available on the first and third Wednesday of each month from 8:30 am to 11:30 am.
Building Codes and Permits
BNS is responsible for processing various permit applications and licensing trade contractors. Learn more about the commercial building permit process, residential building permit process, or apply for building permits here.
For more permitting information please contact Doug Bright or call 615-794-7012.
BNS employs a team of inspectors whose primary job is to be sure that any permitted work being done in Franklin complies with applicable building or electrical codes. This is done to keep our citizens safe. Learn more about inspections.
For more building inspection information please contact Roger Layman or call 615-719-2693
For more electrical inspection information please contact Chris Bridgewater or call 615-550-3054.
The zoning section is comprised of Zoning plan review and enforcement staff who review building projects and proposed signs for compliance with the City of Franklin Zoning ordinance. Residents who do not agree with a decision made by the Zoning Division can appeal to the Board of Zoning Appeals.
For more zoning information please contact Shanna McCoy at 615-794-7012 x6631.
Homeowners and business owners in Franklin have a responsibility to their neighbors to maintain a safe, clean property. A lack of adequate property maintenance can detract from the quality of life for others and lead to public health and safety concerns. Property standards violations can be reported online here.
For more information on property maintenance please contact Ron Yeary or call 615-550-3051.
Short Term Vacation Rentals
Building and Neighborhood Services Department is responsible for permitting Short Term Vacation Rentals(STVRs) and ensuring property owners comply with the rules and regulations set forth by the City of Franklin. If you have a concern about an STVR in your neighborhood, please contact Ron Yeary at 615-794-7012 x 6640 or submit your concerns or ideas online. The BNS Department is required by Tennessee state law § 13-7-604(C) to inform you that any false complaints made against a short-term rental unit provider are punishable as perjury under TCA § 39-16-702.
If you are the owner of a property seeking to apply for a short term vacation rental permit visit our STVR page for eligibility requirements and details on how to register.
For more information on short term vacation rentals please contact Ron Yeary or call 615-550-3051.
*New Codes Adopted and In Effect as of 1/1/2019Click Here
- Application Forms
- Contractor Licensing
- Fee Schedule
- Hours of Construction
- Hours of Construction - Spanish
- Swimming Pool Plans - Required Elements
- Inspection Request Procedure
- Online Inspection Scheduling
- Residential Inspection Procedures
- Commercial Inspection Procedures
- Engineer Inspected Residential Footing Program
- Construction Handouts
Construction Plan Review
- Residential Application Checklist
- Nonresidential Application Checklist
- List of Construction Plan Review Consultants (For new non-residential projects greater than 10,000 s.f)
- How to Submit a Building Permit Application
Other Services and Information
- Department Notices
- Records Requests
- Adopted Codes
- Report Potential Violations
- Municipal Code
- Zoning Ordinance