FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
THE APPEALS PROCESS

A citizen has the right to appeal any decision of the Metropolitan Planning Commission to the appropriate legislative body, or in certain cases, the Knox County Board of Zoning Appeals.

This can be a complicated process, and MPC staff should be consulted for advice. The following information provides a starting point.

When MPC votes to deny an application, that decision is final unless appealed.

When MPC votes to approve an application for a use-on-review, concept plan, final subdivision plat, or one-lot subdivision, that decision is final unless appealed.

When MPC votes to approve other applications, such as rezonings, the applications are automatically forwarded to the City Council or County Commission for their consideration and do not need to be appealed.

Who hears the appeal?

  • Appeals for rezonings and street name changes are heard by the Knoxville City Council for properties in the City and by the Knox County Commission for properties in the county.
  • Use-on-review appeals in the city are heard by the City Council. Use-on-review appeals in the county are heard by the Knox County Board of Zoning Appeals.
  • City street closure appeals are heard by the City Council. County street closures are not reviewed by MPC, but are considered by the County Commission.

When must appeals be filed?
Appeals made to the City Council must be filed no later than 15 days from the date of the action taken by MPC; appeals made to the County Commission or the County Board of Zoning Appeals must be filed no later than 30 days.

Wherer do I file the appeal?
Applications for most types of appeals are available at the MPC Office, Suite 403 City County Building. Applications for use-on-review appeals in the county are available from the Knox County Codes Administration Office, Suite 547 City County Building. There is a filing fee.

When will the appeal be heard?
You will be notified when your appeal will be heard by the City Council or County Commission—usually about two months after the application is filed. The Knox County Board of Zoning Appeals will determine your hearing date at the time of filing. Before an appeal is heard, MPC runs a public notice in the Knoxville News-Sentinel and prepares an information packet on the property for the legislative body hearing the appeal. Property owners are notified by certified mail, and a sign stating the nature of the appeal and the time and place of the scheduled public hearing is posted on the property.

Can an application for appealing a particular decision be filed more than once?

  • If an application is denied by a vote of the Knoxville City Council, Knox County Commission, or Knox County Board of Zoning Appeals, a property owner must wait one year from the time of denial to refile the same request. Use-on-review appeals may be refiled by non-property owners as well as property owners under the same above conditions.
  • If an application for appealing a particular decision is withdrawn before being heard, it may not be refiled for one year from the time of the first filing.

Knoxville-Knox County Metropolitan Planning Commission
Suite 403 City County Building
400 Main Street
Knoxville, TN 37902
phone: (865) 215-2500
fax: (865) 215-2068
e-mail: contact@knoxmpc.org

Knox County Board of Zoning Appeals
Suite 547 City County Building
400 Main Street
Knoxville, TN 37902
phone: (865) 215-2325
fax: (865) 215-4255
e-mail: code.admin@knoxcounty.org

This is not a legal document. It does not replace or amend the existing ordinances for planning and zoning in Knoxville or Knox County.

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