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Department Information

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The Department of Building and Neighborhood Services supports the safety and quality of life for the residents and visitors of the City of Franklin through the enforcement of building codes, property maintenance codes, the Municipal Code and Zoning Ordinance.   This department has multiple responsibilities such as:

Our employees are available in the office Monday - Friday, 7:30 am to 5:00 pm to answer your questions and provide as much assistance as possible to help you comply with all aspects of the City's adopted codes and ordinances.  Our inspection staff is also available by appointment to conduct some inspections during non-working hours to minimize the impact on business operations and neighborhoods. 

Telephone: 615-794-7012
Fax: 615-591-9066

What does "Building Codes" mean to me?

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Today, most of the U.S. is governed by a network of modern building regulations ranging from fire and structural safety to health, security and energy conservation. Public safety is protected by building codes. We all rely on the safety of the structures that surround us in everyday living. We want to know that our homes, schools, hospitals, stores, offices and factories and places of entertainment or dining are structurally safe.

Building codes are adopted through local ordinances and set minimum safety standards and cover all aspects of building construction, fire, structural, plumbing, mechanical and electrical systems.  Building officials perform inspections to verify that code compliance is achieved.  Building inspections serve only to verify conformity to minimum safety standards and do not guarantee the quality of construction.

What do property maintenance codes mean to me?


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Property maintenance codes are intended to secure public safety, health and general welfare of the community.  The City of Franklin has adopted and enforces the International Property Maintenance Code, which governs minimum conditions and responsibilities for maintenance of structures, equipment and exterior property.  The Code provides standards for areas such as sanitation, structural stability, plumbing, mechanical, and electrical systems, as well as general fire safety.after picture of code violation