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Marshall County Building Inspector/Codes

Don Nelson, Building Codes Official/Zoning Administrator and ADA Coordinator
Phone: (931) 359-0567
3301 Courthouse Annex
Lewisburg, TN 37091

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.

Marshall County is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

General Permit Information 

1. One-story detached accessory structures, provided that the floor area does not exceed 200 square feet (18.58 m2).
2. Fences not over 7 feet (2134 mm) high.
3. Retaining walls that are not over 4 feet (1219 mm) in height measured from the bottom of the footing to the top of the wall, unless supporting a surcharge.
4. Water tanks supported directly upon grade if the capacity does not exceed 5,000 gallons (18 927 L) and the ratio of height to diameter or width does not exceed 2 to 1.
5. Sidewalks and driveways.
6. Painting, papering, tiling, carpeting, cabinets, counter tops and similar finish work.
7. Prefabricated swimming pools that are less than 24 inches (610 mm) deep.
8. Swings and other playground equipment.
9. Window awnings supported by an exterior wall that do not project more than 54 inches (1372 mm) from the exterior wall and do not require additional support.
10. Decks not exceeding 200 square feet (18.58 m2) in area, that are not more than 30 inches (762 mm) above grade at any point, are not attached to a dwelling and do not serve the exit door required by Section R311.4.

1. Listed cord-and-plug connected temporary decorative lighting.
2. Reinstallation of attachment plug receptacles but not the outlets therefor.
3. Replacement of branch circuit overcurrent devices of the required capacity in the same location.
4. Electrical wiring, devices, appliances, apparatus or equipment operating at less than 25 volts and not capable of supplying more than 50 watts of energy.
5. Minor repair work, including the replacement of lamps or the connection of approved portable electrical equipment to approved permanently installed receptacles.

1. Portable heating, cooking or clothes drying appliances.
2. Replacement of any minor part that does not alter approval of equipment or make such equipment unsafe.
3. Portable-fuel-cell appliances that are not connected to a fixed piping system and are not interconnected to a power grid.

1. Portable heating appliances.
2. Portable ventilation appliances.
3. Portable cooling units.
4. Steam, hot- or chilled-water piping within any heating or cooling equipment regulated by this code.
5. Replacement of any minor part that does not alter approval of equipment or make such equipment unsafe.
6. Portable evaporative coolers.
7. Self-contained refrigeration systems containing 10 pounds (4.54 kg) or less of refrigerant or that are actuated by motors of 1 horsepower (746 W) or less
8. Portable-fuel-cell appliances that are not connected to a fixed piping system and are not interconnected to a power grid.


Pool Permit Requirements and Application 

Pool Permit – What is required
  • City Limit Zoning and Compliance Certificate ( if inside city limits)
  • Site Plan Copy of Plans
  • A copy of your Electrical permit (call your electrical provider) *A permit is still required for existing electrical.
  • Pool package receipt with pool alarm.
  • “Call before you Dig” #811 – Dial 811
  • All highlighted items are required to be filled out. A permit will not be issued if any required information is missing.
*Someone from the office will contact you after the permit application has been reviewed with a price total and permit number. Permits are not valid until signed and paid for.


Download "a Building Permit Pool Application 11.6.18.docx"

Pole Barn Policy

Deck Pole Barn Building Permit Application




The following information is intended for informational purposes only, before making any decisions please call the Marshall County Zoning Office for the latest up to date information 931-359-8839


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