Approvals are received from other municipal departments (e.g., Engineering, Landscaping, Stormwater, and Transportation).
The City of Kingsport Building Department has adopted and enforces the following codes:
2018 International Building Code
2018 International Mechanical Code
2018 International Plumbing Code
2018 International Property Maintenance Code
2018 International Residential Code
2018 International Energy Conservation Code
2017 National Electric Code
Accessibility Code: Chapter 11 2018 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 PSIonline.com
LLE & LLP Applicants
Tradesmen who have a Tennessee state Limited License Electrician (LLE) or Limited License Plumber (LLP) must submit this application along with a copy of their exam test score to KristenHodgson@KingsportTN.gov to be approved for a city license.
Any project over $25,000 requires a Tennessee State Contractor’s License.