The City of Kingsport Building Department has adopted and enforces the following codes:

  • 2012 International Building Code
  • 2012 International Mechanical Code
  • 2012 International Plumbing Code
  • 2012 International Property Maintenance Code
  • 2012 International Residential Code
  • 2011 National Electric Code
  • 2009 International Energy Conservation Code
  • Accessibility Code: Chapter 11 2012 IBC and 2009 A117.1
  • City of Kingsport Zoning Ordinance

All general contractors must have a City of Kingsport business license and proof of workman’s compensation insurance to purchase permits.  All electrical, gas installation, and plumbing contractors must also post a $10,000 performance bond.  The licenses and bonds are handled by the Finance Department, located at 225 West Center St, (423) 229-9418.

Effective July 1, 2012, we will be no longer be offering trade’s testing.  All tradesmen wishing to obtain a business license must first show proof of a Tennessee State License, or that they have passed the Tennessee State contractor’s exam for the appropriate trade.

Testing is available at:
PSI Testing Centers
904 Sunset Drive Suite 7A
Johnson City, TN 37604

We do not accept the Tennessee State LLE or LLP.

Any project over $25,000 requires a Tennessee State Contractor’s License.