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General Information about Zoning

There are two types of zoning found in the City of Chattanooga.  One is the primary zoning that is found in the majority of the City Limits.  The other type, Form-Based Code, is a small area covering the downtown core, riverfront and select parts of the Southside and North Shore areas.  This page addresses the primary zoning found within the City Limits.  For more information pertaining to the Form-Based Code please go to our Form-Based Code Zoning page here.

How to determine your zoning

For step by step instructions to determine your zoining, click here.

Zoning Letter Request Process

You must submit a zoning letter request through our online portal. 
Zoning Verification Letter

The turnaround time is 5-10 business days but we do everything in our power to get it out sooner.

We do not accept emailed or faxed requests!

Please make checks payable to the City of Chattanooga for $75.00. 
If you have more than 1 address and more than one tax map and parcel number, the cost is $75.00 per address.

Dottie McKinney
Zoning & Sign Division
Land Development Office
1250 Market Street, Suite 1000
Chattanooga, Tennessee 37402
(423) 643-5883


The Zoning Ordinance

The City of Chattanooga Zoning Ordinance, Chapter 38, may be found here.

Board of Zoning Appeals (BOZA)

If your project does not meet the zoning requirements you can request a variance from the Board of Zoning Appeals.  You can access the meeting dates and deadlines for applications here.  Submissions (applications, site plan and payment) can be made through our Online Portal.  The cost is $150.00.  

Rezoning Property

The Land Development Office is not involved with the rezoning of property. To rezone a property you will need to reach out to the Regional Planning Agency (RPA). For more information, please visit their website, click here.  To contact their Development Services directly, you can call 423.643.5902

Who are the Zoning Plan Reviewers and Inspectors?

Randy Ridge, Zoning Inspector, 423.643.5868, rridge@chattanooga.gov                           

Trevis Swilley, Zoning Inspector, 423.643. 5854, tswilley@chattanooga.gov

We will return calls as quickly as possible. For quicker responses, please be sure to email the reviewers.

Dottie Brewer