is an easement?
An easement is a private street, drive, or way that is not maintained
by the city, county, state, or federal government. This definition includes
joint access easements that serve no more than two property owners and
joint permanent easements that can serve an unlimited number of property
Which easements need
Easements must have a name before addresses can be assigned if:
- The easement has five
or more houses or structures, including mobile homes.
- The road that the easement
joins has run out of addresses.
- The easement serves
five or more lots, regardless of whether the lots have buildings on
Illustrated examples are
How are easements named?
The proposed name for an easement must be approved by the MPC addressing
staff, who will supply an application form and a canvassing sheet. All
property owners and tenants with access to the easement must agree or
disagree to the name by signing the canvassing sheet. The application
and sheet with the signatures are then returned to MPC.
What does it cost to
name an easement?
There is no fee for naming easements that are part of a subdivision.
The MPC addressing staff usually can approve these names in-house as
part of the normal subdivision street naming process.
There is a filing fee for
naming easements when existing addresses need to be changed. In this
case, MPC planning commissioners must approve the easement name at their
monthly public meeting.
serve four or fewer houses and do not need names.
serve five houses and must be named.
the creation of a new lot, (or by adding another house to an existing
lot), this easement has run out of addresses. It must be named
and new addresses must be assigned.
easement serves only two structures, it serves five lots, and
must be named.
serves four houses, plus a driveway that branches off to a fifth
house. The easement must be named.
serves only one lot (or parcel) but the lot contains three mobile
homes and two businesses—a total of five structures. The easement
must be named.
For more information
contact the MPC Addressing Department:
Address: 403 City County Building; 400 Main Street; Knoxville, TN 37902
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