Zoning

Washington County Planning & Zoning Office

Physical Address:
100 E. Main St. Suite 103

 
Mailing Address:
PO Box 417
Jonesborough, TN 37659
   
(423) 753-1753  Office
(423) 753-1824  Fax
8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays

 

Angie Charles, Planning Director
(423) 753-1852
acharles@washingtoncountytn.org
 

 

Scott Chapman, Building Official
(423) 753-2062
schapman@washingtoncountytn.org
 

Washington County Zoning: Balancing growth with resource protection

Zoning — the practice of regulating development in an orderly way that protects the environment and the general welfare of all citizens — has become increasingly important as Washington County's population has grown over the years.

The Washington County, Tennessee Zoning Office was first formed in 1989  for the purpose of regulating zoning in the rural, unincorporated areas of Washington County, Tennessee.  Over the years, the office has grown to include Flood Plain Management, Geographic Information Systems, Stormwater Management, Planning and in 2012 the Building Code for residential dwellings.  On January 8, 2013, Washington County was named the first Qualified Local Program for Stormwater Management in the state of Tennessee.  The county's staff works using common sense regulations to assist in the proper growth and development for Washington County, Tennessee.  On behalf of the Washington County Mayor, Board of County Commissioners and the staff, we look forward to assisting the general public, potential developers and businesses locate to Washington County, Tennessee for a strong and enduring future.

The county's zoning office consists of Building Official Scott Chapman and five employees. Their duties are broad, ranging from investigating citizen complaints about ordinance violations to overseeing the permitting and approval process for building projects. Throw in an ever-changing stream of state and federal requirements on stormwater, building codes and other issues, and the result is a busy office where learning never stops.

The bottom line is this: Washington County is a growing community with beautiful farms, mountains, rivers and streams. As more people discover its charms, it will continue to grow. The Zoning Office strives to oversee that growth in a balanced way — helping developers and businesses achieve their goals without compromising natural resources or citizens' general welfare. In other words, without jeopardizing the very charms that keep Washington County a great place to live.

For the "legalese" version of the Zoning Office's purpose, straight out of the ordinance that established it, click the link below. You will also find attachments containing the current Zoning Ordinance in its entirety, and the county's subdivision regulations:
 

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washington_county_tn_ms4_annual_report_2019-2020.pdf2.1 MB
wc_zoning_resolution_approved_11-25-19.pdf3.14 MB
subdivision_regulations_amended_12.6.16.pdf2.78 MB