1. Call, fax or visit the Addressing Division at MPC.
Staff will make sure that the proposed street name is not already in
use and is consistent with street name regulations.
2. Ask the Addressing staff to fill out the top portion of an application
A Street Name Change application form must be used for canvassing all
current property owners, residents and tenants along the street.
3. Take the form door-to-door.
A majority of those canvassed must be in favor of the proposed name
change. Collect the signatures of every property owner, resident and
tenant along the street and their opinions on the proposed name change.
If a property owner cannot be reached, a MPC Street Name Change form
may be sent through the mail to that individual.
4. Bring the form and the processing fee to MPC by deadline.
The Street Name Change application form with original signatures (no
faxes or photocopies) must be submitted to the Development Services
Division. The standard application deadline is 32 days before the MPC
meeting date (held on the second Thursday of the month). The proposed
name change is then placed on the MPC meeting agenda. The standard deadline
can be extended for two weeks for double the processing fee. After that
period, the application must be submitted again for the following month’s
5. Change reviewed by MPC, then City Council or County Commission.
If the Planning Commission votes to approve the change, the new street
name is sent to the Knoxville City Council or Knox County Commission
for a final vote and then entered into the Knox County database.
6. MPC notifies all residents and property owners of name change.
All residents and property owners along the street will be sent a letter
from MPC notifying them of the street name change and any corresponding
change in house numbers. MPC will also notify the U.S. Postal Service
and the E-911 emergency system.
7. Residents and property owners must notify all correspondents.
Residents, tenants and property owners are responsible for notifying
all correspondents about a street name change. This includes utility
and phone companies, mortgage companies, magazine subscriptions, etc.
NOTE: The entire process of changing a street name may
take two to three months.
Please contact MPC Addressing Department for additional information