Who to Call 2016-11-07T10:28:19+00:00
To determine if property is located within the City Limits or to obtain an address for a new building or existing structure or lot. Call Building Official at (931) 520-5268 Email: buildingofficial@cookeville-tn.org
NUISANCE ANIMALS & ANIMAL PERMITS The keeping of farm animals is permitted where sufficient land is available and a nuisance is not created. A permit is required. Stray dogs should be reported to the Animal Control Officer at the Cookeville Police Department (931) 520-5261. Other animals which are creating a nuisance should be reported to the Codes Enforcement Officer. Call Codes Enforcement Officer at (931) 520-5233 Email: codesofficer@cookeville-tn.org
Annexation is the legal mechanism through which municipalities expand their boundaries. An annexation can be initiated by the city or it may be in response to a request or petition. A city may annex properties within its Urban Growth Boundary through the passage of an Ordinance by the City Council. If an area is outside a city’s Urban Growth Boundary a referendum (an election in which a majority of the affected residents must vote in favor of annexation) is required before it can be annexed. Call Planning Department at (931) 520-5271 Email: cityplanner@cookeville-tn.org
BOARD OF ADJUSTMENT AND APPEALS The Board of Adjustments and Appeals hears appeals on interpretations of the Building Codes. The Board also regulates and determines bond amounts for moving a house with the city limits of Cookeville. Call Building Official at (931) 520-5268. Email: buildingofficial@cookeville-tn.org BOARD OF ZONING APPEALS The Board of Zoning Appeals hears appeals to the decisions of the Building Official as they pertain to the Zoning Code. This Board is empowered to (1) grant a variance when the requirements of the Zoning Code create a hardship; (2) grant special exceptions when so permitted by the Zoning Code; and (3) hear and decide appeals when is alleged that the Building Official is in error. See Zoning. Call Planning Department at (931) 520-5271 for questions and dates for deadlines. Email: cityplanner@cookeville-tn.org
The City requires the following inspections for all structures: (1) Setbacks and Footing (before concrete is ordered), (2) Framing, (3) Plumbing rough-in, (4) Heating and air rough-in and (5) Final (6) Certificate of Occupancy. Before any inspections will be made, the following must be in place: (1) Access to a portable toilet for worker’s use, (2) A crushed stone ramp to the site to prevent mud being tracked onto city streets, and (3) Straw bales, silt fences or other erosion control devices in order to keep soil and other debris from leaving the site. Call Building Inspectors at (931) 520-5269 Email: buildinginspector@cookeville-tn.org Call the Electric Warehouse (931) 526-7411 for electrical inspections.
The City requires a building permit for the construction of any new building or the alteration of an existing building; a permit is also required for the installation of signs, patio covers, garages and other building modifications. Call Building Official at (931) 520-5268 Email: buildingofficial@cookeville-tn.org
Open burning is prohibited within City Limits without a burning permit. Apply for your permit on the day you plan to burn. The wind must be under 10 mph. Permit will be issued by phone for that day only, daylight to dark. Please call (931) 520-5255
ALTERATION OF DRAINAGE SYSTEM Alteration of natural drainage ways and constructed drainage ways is prohibited without a Drainage Alteration Permit. Drainage Alteration Permits are issued by the City Engineer, (931) 520-5282. Email: cityengineer@cookeville-tn.org
New construction or expansions requiring earthwork must comply with the City of Cookeville Erosion and Sediment Control Regulations. Call Building Official at (931) 520-5 268 or Public Works at (931) 520-5249 Email: buildingofficial@cookeville-tn.org or publicworks@cookeville-tn.org
To report problems of flooding or maintenance of stormwater management systems on public and private property. Call Public Works at (931) 520-5249 Email: publicworks@cookeville-tn.org
A permit is required to hold a garage sale within the City Limits. No more than 3 permits may be issued to one residential location during any calendar year and there must be 30 days between sales at any one location. Sales are limited between the hours of 6:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. for no more than 3 consecutive days. Permits are issued by the Codes Department and must be picked up in person. A processing fee of $2.00 is required for all permits. For information please call (931) 520-5268
NEW CONSTRUCTION — SEE BUILDING PERMITS Residents may file complaints about unsafe conditions in residential or commercial buildings with our Building Official. Call Building Official at (931) 520-5268 or Codes Officer at (931) 520-5233 Email: buildingofficial@cookeville-tn.org or codesofficer@cookeville-tn.org
See Ordinances – Enforcement
Special licenses and permits are required for a variety of activities within City Limits; for information regarding fees and application procedures, call the number indicated below: Activity Staff Member or Dept. Ext. Building Permit – Building Official (931) 520-5268 Email: buildingofficial@cookeville-tn.org Building Contractors License – Building Official (931) 520-5268 Email: buildingofficial@cookeville-tn.org Demolition – Building Official (931) 520-5268 Email: buildingofficial@cookeville-tn.org Electrical Construction – Electric Warehouse (931) 526-7411 Fireworks – Fire Department (931) 520-5255 Gas Hook-Up & Storage – Gas Department (931) 520-5230 Grading – Building Official (931) 520-5268 Email: buildingofficial@cookeville-tn.org Mechanical Construction – Mechanical Inspector (931) 520-5368 Email: mechanicalinspector@cookeville-tn.org Patio Cover – Building Official (931) 520-5268 Email: buildingofficial@cookeville-tn.org Plumbing Construction – Building Inspector (931) 520-5269 Email: buildinginspector@cookeville-tn.org Retaining Wall Construction – Building Inspector (931) 520-5269 Email: buildinginspector@cookeville-tn.org Sewer Tap Construction – Building Inspector (931) 520-5258 Email: buildinginspector@cookeville-tn.org Sign Permit – Sign Inspector (931) 520-5233 Email: signinspector@cookeville-tn.org Street Construction – City Engineer (931) 520-5282 Email: cityengineer@cookeville-tn.org Tent Permit – Fire Inspector (931) 520-5269 Email: buildinginspector@cookeville-tn.org
See Ordinance Enforcement
CITY STREET MAP Call the Chamber of Commerce at (931) 526-2211. FLOOD INSURANCE RATE MAPS Call Planning Department at (931) 520-5271 Email: cityplanner@cookeville-tn.org TAX MAPS Call Putnam County Assessor’s Office at (931) 528-8428. TOPOGRAPHIC MAPS, AERIAL PHOTOS, OR SPECIALIZED MAPS Call GIS Manager at (931) 520-5371 Email: planningtechnician@cookeville-tn.org
The City enforces regulations dealing with property maintenance, housing standards, disabled vehicles, signs and billboards, trash, weeds and other community standards. OVERGROWN VEGETATION DECLARED TO BE A NUISANCE. The allowing or permitting a dense growth of trees, vines, grass and underbrush to develop or occur on any lot, parcel of land within the corporate limits of the City of Cookeville constitutes a threat or menace to life, property, public health, or public welfare and/or creates a fire hazard is hereby specifically prohibited and declared to be a public nuisance. Call Codes Enforcement Officer at (931) 520-5233 Email: codesofficer@cookeville-tn.org
The Planning Commission is responsible for the long range planning for the community. In addition, it reviews rezoning requests, annexations; and the opening and closing of streets. Call Planning Department at (931) 520-5271 Email: cityplanner@cookeville-tn.org Through the review and approval of plats, the Planning Commission regulates the subdivision of land and the construction of public improvements. The Planning Commission is also responsible for the naming of streets and the administration of property numbering. Call Planning Department at (931) 520-5271 Email: cityplanner@cookeville-tn.org
Requests for the closure or abandonment of city streets must first be approved by the Planning Commission before being submitted to the City Council. There is a $50.00 fee for a street closure & abandonment. Call Planning Department at (931) 520-5271 Email: cityplanner@cookeville-tn.org
All street construction shall meet the requirements of the City of Cookeville. Call Public Works at (931) 520-5249 Email: publicworks@cookeville-tn.org
The naming or renaming of city streets must be approved by the Planning Commission. Call Planning Department at (931) 520-5271 Email: cityplanner@cookeville-tn.org
A sign permit must be obtained prior to the erection of any sign or billboard within the City. All signs must comply with the sign regulations in the Cookeville Zoning Code. Call Sign Inspector at (931) 520-5233 Email: signinspector@cookeville-tn.org
See Drainage
The subdivision of property in the City of Cookeville must comply with the Cookeville Subdivision Regulations. Call Planning Department at (931) 520-5275 Email: cityplanner@cookeville-tn.org SUBDIVISION PLATS See Planning Commission Call Planning Department at (931) 520-5275
Requests for declaring city property as surplus must be reviewed by the Planning Commission prior to being considered for approval by the City Council. If a city property is declared as surplus a minimum acceptable bid is established and the property is sold to the highest bidder. Call Planning Department at (931) 520-5271 Email: cityplanner@cookeville-tn.org
Land use is regulated through the City of Cookeville Zoning Code. Call Building Official at (931) 520-5268 or Planning Department at (931) 520-5271 Email: buildingofficial@cookeville-tn.org or cityplanner@cookeville-tn.org VARIANCES A zoning variance may be requested of the Cookeville Board of Zoning & Appeals for a parcel of land that does not meet current zoning or development standards. An application shall be filed with the Planning Department. There is a $200.00 fee. Download the Form. Call Planning Department at (931) 520-5271 Email: cityplanner@cookeville-tn.org SPECIAL EXCEPTIONS A special exception is a use specified in the Zoning Code that may be appropriate in a particular zone if approved by the Board of Zoning Appeals. An application shall be filed with the Planning Department. There is a $50.00 fee. Download the Form. Call Planning Department at (931) 520-5271 Email: cityplanner@cookeville-tn.org REZONING A rezoning is an amendment to the Zoning Map (Under Revision). An application shall be filed with the Planning Department. There is a $200.00 fee. Download the Form. Call Planning Department at (931) 520-5271 Email: cityplanner@cookeville-tn.org HISTORIC ZONING Development proposals within established Historic Zoning Districts and requests for the creation of Historic Districts must be approved by the Historic Zoning Commission. Call Planning Department at (931) 520-5275 Email: cityplanner@cookeville-tn.org