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Codes Division
601 E. Main St.
Johnson City, TN 37604
(423) 434-6047

Dave Jenny, Chief Building Official
building@johnsoncitytn.org

Dave McClelland, Plans Examiner
dmcclelland@johnsoncitytn.org

Codes Division

The Codes Division is responsible for accepting plans and generating plans review on all phases of construction in Johnson City, including building, electrical, plumbing, gas/mechanical, site, fire, etc. This applies to all new residential and commercial development, renovations, repairs, and additions. Following completion of plans review, permits are issued for each phase of construction to licensed and bonded contractors. Required inspections are conducted by the Codes Division, with results documented throughout the construction process.

Once the process is complete, a Certificate of Occupancy is issued for each project when necessary. In addition, the Codes Division is responsible for responding and resolving issues concerning dilapidated structures and nuisance abatement (overgrown property, trash, and inoperable vehicles) to help maintain and promote a safe and healthy environment for the city. The division works with the Board of Building Codes and Board of Dwelling Standards to resolve disputes.



Board of Building Codes

The Board of Building Codes is a committee that hears and decides appeals and variances to the Johnson City Building Code. It also decides questions of code interpretation, oversees examinations of contractors to perform work in the community, and recommends code changes. This board meets on the 1st Tuesday of each month starting at 4pm only on an as needed basis. These meetings are held at 601 E. Main St. - Municipal & Safety Building. For questions regarding this board, please contact Teresa Johnson at (423) 434-6047 or email at tjohnson@johnsoncitytn.org. To view a roster of current board members, click here.


Board of Dwelling Standards and Review

The Board of DwellingStandards and Review determines whether dwellings are fit for human habitation and requires specific remedial measures necessary for dwellings designated as unfit. This board meets on the 4th Thursday of each month starting at 7pm except for November and December. In these two months, the meetings are moved to the 2nd Monday of that month starting at 7pm. These meetings are held at 601 E. Main St. - Municipal & Safety Building. For questions regarding this committee, please contact Teresa Johnson at (423) 434-6047 or email at tjohnson@johnsoncitytn.org. To view a roster of current board members, click here.