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Chattanooga Form-Based Code






You can access a revised version of the FBC that incorporates all of the 6-month amendments, adopted by the City Council, below.

(This amended version has not yet been incorporated into the online version of the Chattanooga Zoning Ordinance, so if you have a project in the FBC area, please use the version above.)



On July 5, 2017 we passed the one-year mark of the Form-Based Code becoming effective.

We will now start working on a list of potential 12-month amendments to present to the City Council. In the next week or so, we will be sending a SURVEY to all Neighborhood Associations in the FBC area and also to applicants who have had cases in the FBC area this past year.

If you have comments or suggestions, please email them to


If you have a project in the FBC boundary, you will need to schedule a Staff Consultation (Pre-Submittal meeting.) The regular meeting times are Tuesday and Thursday mornings. Please call the City’s Land Development Office (LDO) at 423-643-5800 to schedule an appointment.

All applications for Plans Review must be directed to the LDO at:

  • Attn: Form-Based Code
    Suite 1000, Development Resource Center
    1250 Market Street
    Chattanooga, TN 37402


The FBC zones have been integrated into the County-wide zoning maps, which are available at In case you have not used this system before, follow this path:

Maps/GIS Data

Map Online


I want to . . . (It’s a blue box.)

Change visible map layers

Then check and expand the “Live_HamCo” box

AND check the “RPA ZONING” box under it.

You can then use your mouse to zoom in to the downtown area.



Anyone who wants to request a change in zoning within the FBC area, will need to apply for a re-zoning with the Regional Planning Agency, and follow the usual re-zoning process, which includes a public hearing before the Planning Commission and then a public hearing before the City Council.


The FBC Committee is authorized to consider requests for Major Modifications (variances) to the FBC standards. Before such applications will be accepted, the applicant must attend a Pre-Submittal meeting AND must meet with any neighborhood association within 300 feet of the property. The LDO staff can assist with determining which neighborhood associations are affected by your project.

Applications for FBC Committee review should be directed to the LDO.

The FBC Committee meets on the second Thursday of each month (if cases are pending) at 2:00pm in room 1-A of the Development Resource Center, 1250 Market Street.

Thank you to everyone who has participated in this process.

If you have any questions or comments, please direct them to:

Dallas Rucker


Karen Hundt


Development Resource Center, Suite 2000
1250 Market Street 
Chattanooga, Tennessee 37402

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