GENERAL PROPERTY QUESTIONS

HOW DO I GET A NEW ADDRESS?
  • Contact the Planning & Zoning (PZ) office for determination of property status and whether your proposed use of the property meets the zoning district regulation. Please have either the parcel number or current owner's full name when you call. The PZ office will complete a Zoning Compliance Review and email it to the E-911 Mapping office. You may reach Planning & Zoning at 931-438-5186 or email planning@lc-tn.com
  • Contact E-911 Mapping office for status after PZ review. You may reach them at  931-433-8404.
The average turn-around time is dependent on staff availability and workload, but can typically be completed within a couple days.

HOW DO I FIND THE ZONING OF A PROPERTY?
Click on this link to search the zoning of a property.
Zoning Lookup

HOW CAN I CHANGE THE ZONING CLASSIFICATION OF MY PROPERTY?
Rezoning property requires approval from the Planning Commission, a Public Hearing and County Commission majority vote.
  • Rezoning requests are submitted to the Planning & Zoning (PZ) office for distribution and scheduling for Planning Commission (PC) review. Request shall be in writing, on a form provided by the PZ office. This form can also be found on the County website under FORMS & APPLICATIONS, select AMENDMENT APPLICATION. Request shall be accompanied with a current survey of the property and application fee of $200.00. Applicant shall be responsible for the mailings.
  • Upon approval, the PC will forward their recommendation to the County Commission (CC) for consideration. Before approving any amendment/rezoning, the County Commission shall call a public hearing for their next month's meeting, or, they may opt to schedule a special, “Called Meeting” for a certain date. Note, the CC may opt to deny or defer the request back to the PC.
 
  • After the public has an opportunity to be heard and the hearing is closed, the CC will vote on the rezoning request.

The above is an abbreviated procedure. For further information, you may reach Planning & Zoning at 931-438-5186 or email planning@lc-tn.com

HOW CAN I FIND THE ASSESSED VALUE OF A PROPERTY?
There are two ways to obtain this information. You may contact the Property Assessor's office at 931-433-5409 or go to http://tnmap.tn.gov/assessment/. This is an interesting site that provides a wealth of information. Check out the different tool options.

HOW DO I KNOW IF I'M IN A FLOOD ZONE?
By using the TN Property Viewer site above, click on the tab along the upper left side titled "Show FEMA DFIRM Flood Map" or by going to msc.fema.gov. It should be noted that if your property contains any special hazard flood designation, any development (including driveways, new structures, utilities, etc.) is required to be approved, as per FEMA regulations, regardless if the proposed development encroach into the special hazard zone or not. Approval is issued through the Planning & Zoning office. It is recommended that you always verify the information by calling the Planning & Zoning office at 931-438-5186.

I WANT TO SUBDIVIDE MY LAND, WHAT DO I NEED TO DO?
Whenever land is divided (termed “ subdivided”), it must be approved by the Planning Commission (PC) and the Fayetteville-Lincoln Co. Utility Committee.

Minor subdivisions are eligible to be fast-tracked. These are divisions of land, with less than five (5) lots, not requiring new public roads or extension of public facilities. The surveyor may send an electronic plat for review, typically taking 5-7 business days for turnaround. When approved, a minimum of four (4) hard copies are submitted to the PZ office for signature. Applicant may then record the plats with the Register’s Office.

EXCEPTIONS - If both the remaining parent parcel and proposed subdivided land are each five (5) acres or greater and do not require a new public roads or extension of public facilities, the subdivision is exempt from gaining any type of approval. It must still be recorded with the Register’s Office and mapped.

Major subdivisions must be presented to the Utility Committee and Planning Commission for approval. These are divisions of land of five (5) or more lots.

ALL subdivisions, whether exempt from gaining approval from the Utility Committee or the Planning Commission, must be fully executed and recorded with the Register of Deeds office. If you have any questions concerning recording, you may reach the Register's office at 931-433-5366 or visit them at Courthouse, 112 Main Ave., S., Room 104 or email rdelap@titlesearcher.com

If you have any questions concerning the process, the Planning & Zoning office will gladly assist you. You may reach Planning & Zoning at 931-438-5186 or email planning@lc-tn.com

PERMIT QUESTIONS

PERMIT QUESTIONS
DO I NEED A BUILDING PERMIT?
In most instances, yes, however there are some exclusions. As some circumstances predict whether you will need to secure a permit, it’s best to call the Planning & Zoning office to describe your project and we can provide you with the correct answer.

Residential Construction - Permit required for:  new single-family dwelling; new two-family dwellings; townhouse; additions; structural alterations; some remodeling (aesthetic improvements are exempt); and site placement for manufactured|modular homes. As stated in the previous paragraph, there are some exclusions.  Please check with us.

Commercial Construction - Requires both utility committee and planning commission approval prior to obtaining a permit.  Please refer to the Lincoln County Zoning Resolution,  Article II, Section 2.080 for the requirements.  Visit our website lincolncountytn.gov or contact the Planning & Zoning office at 931-438-5186 or email at planning@lc-tn.com for assistance.

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WHAT IS REQUIRED TO OBTAIN A BUILDING PERMIT?


Residential

            In an effort to ensure the property proposed for development meets with local requirements, please use the provided checklist.  If you should have questions, please contact the Planning & Zoning office for assistance, (931) 438-5186
                                                                                            
  • Zoning Compliance Review issued by Planning and Zoning. Determines if property is legally recorded  and approved for development and intended use.
  • Approved address issued through E911 Addressing Office.  If driveway is not in place, it must be staked and flagged on both sides of proposed drive.  Location of access should be approved by either the state or local highway dept., respectively. Sites that have been made inactive by removal or disconnection of power or meter for 6 months or greater shall require verification the address has not been retired. For information, call (931) 433-8404
  • Site Plan showing proposed distances (setbacks) to property lines and all easements.  Approximate distance for acreage parcels is acceptable.  Template available through Planning & Zoning office.
  • Flood Zone determination by the Planning & Zoning office.  If property contains a Special Hazard Flood Zone (Zone A or AE), a Flood Development Permit approval is required through Planning and Zoning. (931) 438-5186
  • A copy of the property deed, if acting as an Owner-Builder. Available at the Register’s office Lincoln Co. Courthouse, Room 104   (931) 433-5366
  • Waste & Debris Acknowledgment.  Form is available through Planning & Zoning office.
  • Approved septic tank permit (copy is acceptable) from TDEC.  To apply for permit or call 931-698-4334 or 931-380-3371.
  • Driveway connection approval. 
    • County Road. Driveway culvert sized and approved by Lincoln Co. Hwy Dept., 161 Molino Rd. Fayetteville, TN 37334 (931) 433-2585
    • State Road. Connection approval and culvert sized by TDOT, (931) 438-1914
    • Private Road
  • Completed Application

PLEASE TAKE NOTICE:
  • Certain types of development, i.e. travel trailers, tiny homes, etc., require specific approval.  Please contact the Planning & Zoning office for additional information.
  • Permit holder is responsible for verifying all covenant and deed restrictions.
  • Property must be a legal, recorded and mapped parcel.  Properties that are pending subdivision or recording will not be processed until complete.
  • Above requirements are subject to change.                                        
  • Electric permit is not included in our building permit. Contact FPU @ 931-433-1522, ask for the Engineering Dept.                                                       

Contractors must show a valid TN State Contractor's License and Certificate of Insurance (COI) reflecting both liability and worker's comp (or exemption). COI shall list L.C. Planning & Zoning as the certificate holder.

Permit holder is responsible for verifying all covenant and deed restrictions. Above requirements are subject to change. Please check with Planning & Zoning before you bid a project.  Planning & Zoning at 931-438-5186 or email planning@lc-tn.com

Commercial

Approval of both utility committee and planning commission (see previous "commercial construction")  To learn more about commercial construction, please call the Lincoln County Building Inspector at (931) 297-2305. 

LICENSING QUESTIONS

DO I NEED A LICENSE FOR A HOME BUSINESS?
In short, yes. However, only certain types of businesses are allowed to operate from your home. Check with the Planning & Zoning office if your business is permitted. If you are a tenant, written authorization from the property owner is required. Some properties have covenants and restrictions (what you can and cannot do on the property) that were placed by either the developer or previous owner. Check the deed to verify.

All licenses require a Business License (state license) from the County Clerk’s Office, located at the Courthouse. Stop by the County Clerk’s office FIRST to get your application for a Business License, THEN come to the Planning & Zoning office to complete the Home Occupation (local license) application. The application for a Business License must be approved by the Planning & Zoning office before the County Clerk may issue a Business License.

You can download both applications on the County website under FORMS & APPLICATIONS, HOME OCCUPATION & BUSINESS LICENSE or contact the Planning & Zoning office at 931-438-5186 or email planning@lc-tn.com

COMMERCIAL BUSINESS LICENSE REQUIREMENTS
Before you lease or purchase a commercial location to run your business, verify the zoning district with the Planning & Zoning Office to determine whether the type of business is permitted within the district.

All licenses require a Business License from the County Clerk’s Office, located at the Courthouse. Stop by the County Clerk’s office FIRST to get your application for a Business License, THEN come to the Planning & Zoning office. The application for a Business License must be approved by the Planning & Zoning office before the County Clerk may issue a Business License.

You can download the application from the County website under FORMS & APPLICATIONS, BUSINESS LICENSE or contact the Planning & Zoning office at 931-438-5186 or email planning@lc-tn.com or contact the County Clerk’s Office at 931-433-2454, 112 Main Ave., S. Rm 102​​​​​​​