Construction Code Enforcement

Safety Standards


The Department of Construction Code Enforcement is responsible for ensuring that building construction conforms to local zoning regulations and to the safety standards set forth below. The following safety standards have been adopted for use in the City of Memphis and unincorporated Shelby County, and also in the cities of Arlington, Germantown, and Lakeland:

Ordinance Number
City/County

Edition
Code
5487/424
2009
International Building Code Local Amendments
5479/424
2012
International Existing Building Code Local Amendments
5480/425
2012
International Residential Code Local Amendments
5484/419
2008
National Electrical Code Local Amendments
5485/421
2009
International Mechanical Code Local Amendments
5481/420
2009
International Gas Code Local Amendments
5482/422
2009
International Plumbing Code Local Amendments
5483/428
2009
International Energy Conservation Code Local Amendments
*Reference Codes: American National Standard ICC A 117.1 2009 in conjuction with Chapter 11 of 2009 IBC and ANSI/ASME Elevator Code- A17.1 2010 Edition

Responsibilities & Services


The department reviews plans, issues permits, and conducts inspections of all new buildings, additions, alterations, and associated components, including plumbing, electrical, and mechanical and gas systems. It is also responsible for regulating signs, billboards, and zoning compliance in Memphis and unincorporated Shelby County. For further information access any of our department resources:

Rehabilitation Code


Sections of the International Building Code and International Existing Building Code many assist in the rehabilitation of older structures. View a pamphlet that summarizes these sections.



Zoning Letters


Zoning letter requests may be made through the Office of Planning and Development. See Item 6.

Zoning Changes


Requests for zoning changes, such as rezonings, Special Use Permits, variances, etc., may be made through the Office of Planning and Development. See the "Applications Forms" section of this page.



Zoning Complaints


Zoning complaints may be made through the Mayor's Action Center or by contacting Rose Hill, Signs, Zone and Special Events Manager at OCCE at 222-8374.



Permit Research


The Department of Construction Code Enforcement has two new web features available. Customers can now retrieve permit data and view Daily Permit Reports via this website.