Annexation Policy



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Rick Emmett
Downtown Coordinator
Room 655, City County Building
865-215-3837
remmett@knoxvilletn.gov


The City of Knoxville places a top priority for growth and economic development within its present city limits through redevelopment of existing parcels. This strategy makes use of existing infrastructure that will support quality growth through greater use of infill, rehab, and mixed-use development within the existing city limits. However, because it is essential that any city must be in a position to expand its borders to include urbanizing areas in unincorporated areas on its edge, the city of Knoxville will occasionally supplement its primary growth strategy through a secondary policy of external growth through annexation of urbanized and urbanizing areas.

Pursuant to the State of Tennessee's legislative intent, property owners requesting annexation into the City of Knoxville must contact the City's Department of Economic and Community Development. In all cases, a written letter of request will be required..