Building and Codes


It is the mission of the Building and Codes Department to promote building safety through code compliance, to assist citizens, contractors and design professionals in completing building projects, to enhance neighborhood quality of life; and to assure Piperton is compliant with state building code laws.


The Building and Codes Department provides the following services:

  • Building Plans Review
  • Building Permit Issuance
  • Conduct Building Code Inspections (Except Electrical - see below note)
  • Property Maintenance Inspections
  • Final Inspections
  • Certificate of Occupancy Issuance
  • Code Compliance/Enforcement
  • Signs
  • General Zoning Ordinance Inquiries

Required Code Permits

By law, permits and inspections are required for new construction, additions, and remodeling work to confirm that all structures meet applicable City, State, and Federal building code requirements. Permits may be applied for at the City Administrative Office located at 3725 Hwy 196, Suite B in Piperton.

Fire Sprinkler System

An automatic fire sprinkler system is required in all new building construction and is enforced and inspected by the Piperton Fire Department. Permits must be submitted to the Piperton Fire Department and approved prior to installation. For questions or to schedule a fire suppression system inspection, please call the Piperton Fire Department at (901) 853-2195. Please click here  for a sprinkler permit application. 

Electrical Permits & Inspections

Electrical permits and inspections are handled through Chickasaw Electric Cooperation in Somerville, Tennessee.

Fee Schedule 

For a current fee schedule and information, see our Fee Revision Ordinance (PDF)

Official Building Code

  • International Building Code (2018 Edition)
  • International Residential Code (2018 Edition)
  • International Plumbing Code (2018 Edition)
  • International Mechanical Code (2018 Edition)
  • International Fuel Gas Code (2018 Edition)
  • International Property Maintenance Code (2018 Edition)
  • International Energy Conservation Code (2018 Edition)
  • International Existing Building Code (2018 Edition)
  • International Swimming Pool and Spa Code (2018 Edition)
  • International Zoning Code (2018 Edition)
  • International Green Construction Code (2018 Edition)
  • International Private Sewage Disposal Code (2018 Edition)
  • ICC Performance Code for Buildings & Facilities (2018 Edition)
Amend Section M1305.1.2 of the 2018 International Residential Code by adding a new section as follows:

1305.1.2.2 Access. Access to mechanical equipment located in the attic of one- and two-family dwelling units shall be provided by permanent stairs or pull-down stairs if access is provided from the floor below.

Amend Section N1102.4.1.2 of the 2018 International Residential Code to read:

N1102.4.1.2 (R402.4.1.2) Testing. When required by the Building Official, the building
or dwelling unit shall be tested and verified as having an air leakage rate of not
exceeding five air changes per hour in Climate Zones 1 and 2, and three air changes per hour in Climate Zones 3 through 8. Testing shall be conducted in accordance with RESNET/ICC 380, ASTM E779 or ASTM E1827 and reported at a pressure of 0.2-inch w.g. (50 Pascals). Where required by the building official, testing shall be conducted by an approved third party. A written report of the results of the test shall be signed by the party conducting the test and provided to the building official. Testing shall be performed at any time after creation of all penetrations of the building thermal envelope.

During testing:
  1. Exterior windows and doors, fireplace and stove doors shall be closed, but not sealed, beyond the intended weatherstripping or other infiltration control measures.
  2. Dampers including exhaust, intake, makeup air, backdraft and flue dampers shall be closed, but not sealed beyond intended infiltration control measures.
  3. Interior doors, where installed at the time of the test, shall be open.
  4. Exterior or interior terminations for continuous ventilation systems shall be sealed.
  5. Heating and cooling systems, where installed at the time of the test, shall be turned off.
  6. Supply and return registers, where installed at the time of the test, shall be fully open.