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Adopted Codes

Adopted Codes and Fees

What are the Codes?
Building, gas, mechanical, electrical, plumbing and zoning codes are the rules, regulations and specifications that the City of Chattanooga has adopted by law to help ensure quality construction and a safe finished or altered structure for the benefit of public and/or private use.

Adopted Codes
On February 28, 2023, the City Council passed several ordinances that will affect the design and construction of projects located inside the corporate city limits of Chattanooga. (See Ordinance 12600.)

Effective immediately, the following codes are enforced by the Land Development Office:

International Building Code, 2018 edition;

International Residential Code, 2018 edition;

National Electrical Code, 2017 edition;

International Fire Code, 2018 edition;

International Mechanical Code, 2018 edition;

International Fuel Gas Code, 2018 edition;

International Plumbing Code, 2018 edition;

International Energy Conservation Code, 2009 edition for all Buildings constructed according to the International Residential Code;  - (Click here for a list of DET Certified Contractors)

International Energy Conservation Code, 2012 edition for all Buildings constructed according to the International Building Code;

Accessible and Usable Buildings and Facilities (ANSIIICC A117.1), 2009 edition;



City of Chattanooga Zoning Ordinance;

Life Safety Code, NFPA-101, 2006 edition (for use only with state-owned buildings, educational occupancies, and any other occupancy requiring an inspection by the State Fire Marshal for initial licensure).

City of Chattanooga Building Code

City of Chattanooga Sign Code

City of Chattanooga Electrical Code

City of Chattanooga Gas Code

City of Chattanooga Mechanical Code

City of Chattanooga Plumbing Code


Fees Associated with Permits

The Ordinances regarding fees associated with permits is attached.  City "Other Fees" Schedule (Chapter 10. Article III.)

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