Technical Codes

The Technical Codes are hereby declared to be remedial and shall be construed to secure the beneficial interests and purposes thereof, which are public safety, health, and general welfare through:
  • Adequate light and ventilation
  • Regulations on the installation and maintenance of all electrical, gas, mechanical, and plumbing systems that may be referred to as service systems
  • Safety to life and property from fire and other hazards attributed to the built environment (such as alteration, repair, removal, demolition, use, and occupancy of buildings, structures, or premises)
  • Sanitation
  • Structural strength and stability


Any owner, authorized agent, or contractor who desires to construct, enlarge, alter, repair, move, demolish, or change the occupancy of a building or structure; erect, install, enlarge, alter, repair, remove, convert, or replace any electrical, gas, mechanical or plumbing system; or cause any such work to be done shall first hire or cause to hire a licensed and/or registered contractor.

The contractor shall first submit an application to the building official and obtain the required permit for the work. Building permits may be issued to the property and building owners when so allowed by the Memphis and Shelby County technical codes boards and State of Tennessee Contractors’ License laws.

A permit shall be required to erect, install, alter, or repair any building appurtenances, new structures, and apparatus that include, but are not limited to, conveyor systems, racking systems / shelving, and processing piping systems.

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