Permitting and Construction

Permitting and Construction

The purpose of the permitting process is to ensure minimum standards to protect the public welfare by regulating and controlling the design, construction, installation, quality of materials, location, operation and maintenance or use of plumbing equipment and systems are upheld.
Online Permitting

Building Permit Application

Online Permitting Informational Videos
Filing Applications

The following permits may be applied for using either our online portal system, or in person at City Hall.

Structure Permits
  • Addition
  • New Building
  • Remodel / Renovation
  • Demolition
  • Structure Relocation
  • Porch
Trade Permits
  • Mechanical
  • Plumbing
  • Gas Piping
  • Solar Energy System
  • Wind Turbine
  • Fire Sprinkler System
  • Commercial Hood Suppression
  • Refrigeration
Accessory Permits
  • Swimming Pool
  • Fence
  • Retaining Wall
  • Deck
  • Accessory Structure
Other Permits
  • Communications Structure
  • Tent
  • Temporary Structure
  • Wastewater
Planning Permits
  • Change of Use
  • Home Occupation
  • Mobile Vending
Engineering Permits
  • Driveway
  • Right-of-Way Encroachment
  • Street Cut


Building Permit

Sign Permit
Change of Use Permit
Home Occupation Permit
Mobile Vending Permit
Temporary Use Permit
Temporary ROW Encroachment Permit
Street Cut Permit
Street Cut Surety Form
Small Cell Permit

Forms and Supplementary Information

New Residential Construction Checklist
Retaining Wall Requirements
Critical Lot Checklist
Asbestos Notification

Accessory Structure Questionnaire 9/26/16
Swimming Pool Enclosures 5/27/20
Swimming Pool Questionnaire 9/26/16
Sewer Services Form 9/16/16
Fee Schedule for Building Permits 6/13/19
Building Fee Calculator 6/13/19
Estimated Building Fees For Building Structures 9/26/16



Residential Wood Deck Construction Guide
Post Framed Buildings Guide

Adopted Codes

The following is a list of codes adopted by the City of Columbia and/or the State of Tennessee, which are enforced by the City of Columbia Building Inspections office.

  • International Building Code (2018)
  • International Fire Code (2018)
  • Accessible and Usable Building and Facilities (ICC.A117.1-2018)
  • International Residential Code (2018)
  • International Energy Conservation Code (2018)
  • International Plumbing Code (2018)
  • International Mechanical Code (2018)
  • International Fuel Gas Code (2018)
  • National Electric Code (Contact Columbia Power and Water System)
International Codes