Marshall County Building Codes

3301 Courthouse Annex
Lewisburg, TN 37091
Phone 931-359-8839 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Fax 931-359-0551
Don Nelson , Building Inspector/Official

Required information on a permit application:

•Name, address and phone number of owner
•Name, address and phone number of contractor
•Map and parcel number of building site
•Contractor's license number for construction over $25,000
•Estimated value of construction
•Size of building in square feet and number of floors
•Proposed use: Commercial, residential, industrial, etc.
•Approval of Septic System must be provided

Application Instructions

At the time of paying the permit fee, a person has only APPLIED for a building permit. A permit will be issued along with the completed application form after the building inspector reviews the application for conformity to building and zoning regulations. DO NOT start construction before receiving the building permit. Your application for a building permit and its attendant fee DOES NOT include permits and/or fees for the electrical installation. These permits must be applied for at your electric company.

Please check your completed application form and building permit when returned to you by the building inspector for the required building setback distances from the property lines. Building setback distances from property lines are regulated by zoning. The County is divided into several zones both residential and commercial, each with different requirements. Do not rely on friends, neighbors or a contractor for zoning and building regulation information. It may be incorrect. The building inspector may require you to have a licensed surveyor locate your property lines if your setback distances are in question.

Please remember that in most cases the edge of the pavement is NOT the front property line. Most roads and streets have an easement in excess of the pavement width, but the only sure way to locate it is a survey.

Also, remember the Marshall County zoning setback requirements may be more restrictive than subdivision restrictions.

The County building inspector can issue one and two family dwelling permits. Commercial and industrial occupancies require a site plan approved by the Planning Commission before a building permit can be issued.

Frequently Asked Questions About Building Permits

Why must I get a permit before beginning construction?

Because it is the law and construction must be checked to insure compliance with minimum construction standards, zoning and setback requirements. The building code provides for a penalty of double the normal permit fee if work is started prior to receiving a building permit. Call the Marshall County Codes Office at 931-359-0567 for information before work begins.

What are setback distances and are they the same all over Marshall County?

"Setbacks" are the minimum distances required by the law that a building, residential or commercial, must be from property lines. Front, side, and rear setback distances vary in different zones. Before work begins, call the Zoning Office 931-359-8839 for setback distances or other questions.

I want to build a storage building or carport at my house. What are the setback requirements and do I have to have a permit?

Freestanding buildings are permitted to be located closer to property lines than garages, carports, or storage rooms attached to the house. All outside construction, whether habitual space or storage space, requires a building permit. Contact the Building Inspector at 931-359-0567 for information.

Do I have to have a permit to paint the outside of my house or to repair and replace rotten porch floors, steps, etc.?

No, a permit is not required for a routine maintenance and repairs.


Most outside renovation work, remodeling and all additions do require either a residential or a commercial building permit. Contact the Marshall County Codes Office before work begins to avoid delays.


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