Lyle Patterson

Building Inspector
(615) 297-2364

The City of Belle Meade has adopted its own Zoning Code that covers a multitude of issues concerning residential building and use of property. The City employs a certified building official who enforces the code and issues building permits to those residents whose building plans comply with the restrictions set forth in the Zoning Code. If a resident requests a special exception, variance, or conditional use from the Zoning Code, they must appeal to the City’s Board of Zoning Appeals. The Board of Zoning Appeals meets the third Tuesday of the month at 5:00pm. Deadline for plans and appeal fees will be 12:00 noon fifteen (15) calendar days before the meeting. If it is determined that an appeal is needed, the following three items are required at time of submission in order to be placed on the agenda:

  1. Application and two sets of plans, consisting of the information listed under Plot Plan and Building Plan of the Building Permits section of this website.
  2. Appeal fee and all engineering/professional review fees must be paid when documents are filed. Application for appeal is not complete and will not be placed on the agenda until all fees are paid.

Items regulated by the Belle Meade Zoning Code include but are not limited to:

  • Accessory structures
  • Carports
  • Commercial Property
  • Fences and walls
  • Height of residential structure
  • Rental property
  • Swimming pools and hot tubs
  • Tennis Courts
  • Terraces and decks

Before beginning any building project, including interior renovations, please call the City’s Building and Zoning staff. They will assist the homeowner and/or the architect with any compliance issues regarding building or remodeling projects. See top of page for contact information.