Current Codes in Effect

Plans Review and Inspections Director

Peter Ahrens
pahrens@knoxvilletn.gov
(865) 215-3669

400 Main St., Suite 505
Knoxville, TN 37902

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2018 CODE ADOPTION MEETINGS
The City is preparing to adopt the 2018 editions of the International Code Council construction codes. Historically, the adopted codes have been amended to reflect earlier editions to minimize construction process changes. This adoption will be somewhat different in that we intend to adopt the 2018 code editions with minimal amendments. Plans Review and Inspections Staff have been reviewing the 2018 codes the past six months. Public meetings were held July 30-August 2 from 6-7:30 p.m. at the Public Works Service Center on 3131 Morris Avenue to provide more information about the changes for each code.
Materials from Code Adoption Meetings:
2018 International Residential Code and 2018 International Swimming Pool and Spa Code
View code changes [PDF]
2018 International Building Code and 2018 International Energy Conservation Code
View code changes [PDF]
2018 International Plumbing Code, 2018 International Fuel Gas Code and 2018 International Mechanical Code 
View code changes [PDF]  |  Plumbing Code Notes [PDF]
2017 National Electric Code
View code changes [PDF]  |  Electric Code Notes [PDF]  |  View Meeting Presentation [PDF]

The following codes have been adopted by the City of Knoxville Inspections Bureau. These codes will be used to review and approve plans prior to issuance.

• City of Knoxville Zoning Ordinance (with amendments) adopted by City Ordinance 3369 (available online at City's Code of Ordinances)

• 2009 ICC / ANSI A117.1

• 2012 International Energy Conservation Code as adopted by City Ordinance 0-219-2012  (see code adoption meetings above)

• 2012 Green Construction Code as adopted by City Ordinance 0-27-2014

• 2012 International Building Code as adopted by City Ordinance 0-221-2012 (see code adoption meetings above)

• 2012 International Existing Building Code as adopted by City Ordinance 0-226-2012

• 2012 International Residential Code as adopted by City Ordinance 0-218-2012 (see code adoption meetings above)

• 2012 International Performance Code as adopted by City Ordinance 0-220-2012

• 2011 edition of the National Electrical Code as adopted by City Ordinance 0-132-2014 (see code adoption meetings above)

• 2012 edition of the International Fuel Gas Code as adopted by City Ordinance 0-223-2012 (see code adoption meetings above)

• 2012 edition of the International Mechanical Code as adopted by City Ordinance 0-222-2012 (see code adoption meetings above)

• 2012 edition of the International Plumbing Code as adopted by City Ordinance 0-224-2012 (see code adoption meetings above)

• 2012 edition of the International Property Maintenance Code as adopted by City Ordinance 0-225-2012

• Knoxville Code of Ordinances: Chapter 6 Buildings and Building Regulations, Article I, Section 6-5. Fire District


In addition, the Fire Inspection Bureau reviews plans for compliance with:

• 2012 International Fire Code with Local Amendments as adopted by City Ordinance 0-227-2012