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Form Based Zoning

About the Progam

The City of Chattanooga Office of Community Development administers a Lead-Based Paint Hazard Control Program that provides grant funding to prevent Childhood Lead Poisoning and improve health and safety conditions for low (owner occupied homes) and very-low (landlord owned/tenant occupied homes) income families residing in homes built prior to 1978, within the City of Chattanooga zip codes. The purpose of this grant award is to control or remediate hazardous conditions where children may live, visit, or play caused by the presence of deteriorating, peeling, and chipping, lead-based paint and improve conditions that are identified as harmful to health. Participants can be referred by the Hamilton County Health Department, other grant partners, or apply directly by calling    423-643-7344. The program is limited to homes constructed prior to 1978, and occupied by low or very-low income owners or tenants. Owner occupied homes must have a child less-than 6 years of age that either resides in or visits the house on a regular and frequent basis. Tenant occupied homes do not require an associated child to be eligible for funding, however, occupants must income qualify.

The Lead Safe and Healthy Homes Program is funded by grants received from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) through competitive grant applications. This is the first award received by the City of Chattanooga. We are planning to provide lead-based paint inspections and risk assessments in approximately 85 units and lead hazard control and healthy home repairs in approximately 75 homes. The control/remediation work can vary from painting to replacement of deteriorated components. In some cases, if deteriorated lead paint is found on window sashes or exterior doors these windows and doors may be replaced with Energy Star rated new units. The program may also enclose fascia, gutter boards and soffits with aluminum and in some instances, install new vinyl siding to enclose an existing lead painted surface determined to be a hazard to the occupants. This grant will also provide education on the hazards of lead-based paint to local residents and training to local contractors and landlords on clean-up and maintenance of properties where lead-based paint hazards have been identified.

Healthy Home repairs will be provided in a minimum of 40 units where lead-based paint hazards have also been identified. This will consist an inspection to determine if hazards are present that can affect the health and safety of the occupants and provide repairs to address hazards where funding allows. Small plumbing/drain repair, smoke alarm installation, lighting/fan repair and installation, and safety rail/grab bar installation are some of the services that can be provided through this funding.

How to qualify when the homeowner lives in the home:

● Meet income and other eligibility requirements as described in the program brochure

● Live within the city limits of Chattanooga in a house built before 1978.

● Be owner of record and current with real estate property taxes.

● Have at least one child less-than 6 years of age that either resides there or visits the house on a regular and frequent basis. *(such as two – 3 hour visits per week or 60 hours per year)

If you would like to apply for the program, click on this “APPLICATION” link to download a full application packet. If you have questions or would like for us to mail you an application packet, please call 423-643-7344 or email leadsafehomes@chattanooga.gov

If you are the owner who rents your property and your tenant meets the income qualifications for very-low income described in the program brochure, use this "APPLICATION for Rental Property".

This brochure will tell you about what happens after you enroll in the program 

For more information about the dangers of lead-based paint and healthy home safety:

Lead in Soil

Lead Paint Safety Field Guide

Steps to a Lead Safe Renovation

For More Information:

US Environmental Protection Agency at https://www.epa.gov/lead

US Center for Disease Control at https://www.cdc.gov/nceh/lead

US HUD Office of Lead Hazard Control and Healthy Homes at https://www.hud.gov/healthyhomes

National Center for Healthy Housing at https://nchh.org or 1-877-312-3046

National Lead Information Center at 1-800-424-5323 or



The City of Chattanooga is dedicated to promoting and supporting development utilizing solar energy and green infrastructure.  Solar panels can be an excellent way to absorb sunlight and generate energy for the community or a single home.  The City is committed to facilitating a larger use of solar installation in the private and public realms of Chattanooga.

To read more about Chattanooga's commitment to solar energy, you can read the Solsmart Statement Letter written by our Mayor, Any Berke, here.  You can find Chattanooga on the Solsmart cities map hereScreen Shot 2018 04 13 at 9.43.04 AM

The attachments provided below will assist residential home owners seeking to obtain solar panel permitting and/or an Energy Conservation Certificate :

Residential Solar Permitting Form

2009 Internal Energy Conservation Code and Checklists

The Residential Solar Permitting Form can be turned in at the Developement Resource Center located at 1250 Market Street Suite 1000.  For more information on our location or hours of operation please click here.

All submissions for solar permitting will be reviewed within 3 business days of submission and a response statement will be issued.  

For any questions or assistance please call 423.643.5800

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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 in writing and include in your letter the address of the property, tax map and parcel number of the property and a check for $75.00, made payable to the City of Chattanooga. If you have more than 1 address and more than one tax map and parcel number, the cost is $75.00 per address. Also, include any special instructions as well.

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 send your letter and check to me at the address below:

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.  All applications can be turned in at the Development Resource Center in the Land Development Office at 1250 Market Street, Chattanooga, TN 37402.  Submissions (applications, site plan and payment) are to be made to Dottie McKinney.  The cost is $100.00.  You can access the application here.

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.

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