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Building and Neighborhood Services will be closed Wednesday, April 30, 2014 for training.  Any inspections requests received on this date will be scheduled for the following day, Thursday, May 1st.  Thank you in advance for your understanding and cooperation.




As of Monday April 21, 2014, the Building and Neighborhood Services Department will require all construction plans submitted for residential projects to be submitted through our new electronic plan review system. The plans should be submitted in .pdf format with all pages in order and labeled.  The only exception to this will be if the project is already been submitted or permitted with paper copies.  CLICK to be redirected to the online portal. 



The City of Franklin will adopt the followings Codes effective March 1, 2014:

· 2012 International Building Code including Appendices D and G

· 2012 International Plumbing Code

· 2012 International Mechanical Code

· 2012 International Fire Code including Appendices B, C, and D

· 2012 International Fuel Gas Code

· 2009 International Energy Conservation Code

· 2009 ICC A 117.1 Accessible and Useable Buildings and Facilities (effective September 1, 2013)

· 2012 International Existing Building Code

· 2012 International Residential Code (one and two family dwellings) including Appendix J

· 2012 NFPA Life Safety Code 101

· 2012 International Property Maintenance Code

· 2011 National Electric Code

** Any plans/and or revisions submitted before March 1, 2014, will be reviewed and inspected under the 2009 IBC Code. If there are any concerns, please contact Building and Neighborhood Services at 615 794 7012 for a case by case assessment.

Flood Insurance Changes

In 2012, Congress passed the Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012.  This Act calls for many changes to the National Flood Insurance Program.  Some of these changes have already occurred, while others will be implemented in the coming months.  We are providing you with the information we have been given to date.  Please take the time to look over these documents to see how you may be affected.




The City of Franklin encourages you to register to schedule your inspections online.  It is a very simple process and only takes a few seconds to register.  Once you complete your registration form, it notifies our department and once we complete your registration, you will receive your username and password.  It gives you the ability to schedule up to 5 days in advance.  Please call our office if you have any questions.  To get started just click on the "schedule an inspection form"  to the left of your screen. 


Telephone: 615-794-7012
Fax: 615-591-9066

The Department of Building and Neighborhood ServicesWesthaven Homes
supports the safety and quality of life for the residents and visitors of the City of Franklin through the enforcement of building codes, property maintenance codes, the Municipal Code and Zoning Ordinance.   This department has multiple responsibilities such as:

Our employees are available in the office Monday - Friday, 7:30 am to 5:00 pm to answer your questions and provide as much assistance as possible to help you comply with all aspects of the City's adopted codes and ordinances.  Our inspection staff is also available by appointment to conduct some inspections during non-working hours to minimize the impact on business operations and neighborhoods. 

What does "Building Codes" mean to me?residential construction 2

Today, most of the U.S. is governed by a network of modern building regulations ranging from fire and structural safety to health, security and energy conservation. Public safety is protected by building codes. We all rely on the safety of the structures that surround us in everyday living. We want to know that our homes, schools, hospitals, stores, offices and factories and places of entertainment or dining are structurally safe.

Building codes are adopted through local ordinances and set minimum safety standards and cover all aspects of building construction, fire, structural, plumbing, mechanical and electrical systems.  Building officials perform inspections to verify that code compliance is achieved.  Building inspections serve only to verify conformity to minimum safety standards and do not guarantee the quality of construction.

What do property maintenance codes mean to me?before picture of code violation



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Property maintenance codes are intended to secure public safety, health and general welfare of the community.  The City of Franklin has adopted and enforces the International Property Maintenance Code, which governs minimum conditions and responsibilities for maintenance of structures, equipment and exterior property.  The Code provides standards for areas such as sanitation, structural stability, plumbing, mechanical, and electrical systems, as well as general fire safety.

Last updated: 4/3/2014 12:50:37 PM