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The FBC was unanimously approved by the City Council on Tuesday, June 21, 2016. The FBC became effective on July 5, 2016.


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.


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.


The FBC document has been added to the Chattanooga Zoning Ordinance and can be accessed from THIS website via the link below OR from the City of Chattanooga website ( by following this path: Departments - City Council - City Code - Chapter 38.Zoning - Article XVI. Downtown Form-Based Code. (It may take a few minutes to upload.) Please allow a couple weeks for any recent code amendments to be posted.


Based on the first 6 months of reviewing cases and on public comments received, the staff has drafted some proposed edits to the FBC document. Those edits will be presented to the Planning Commission on Monday, March 13 at their regular monthly meeting (1:00pm, 4th floor-Hamilton County Courthouse.) The 6-month edits will then be presented to the City Council in April for their action. The proposed edits can be found below...


January 5, 2017 was the deadline for requesting to have your project reviewed under the “old” zoning. Applicants who submitted such requests have an additional 90 days to submit their plans to the LDO for review. 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



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 the affected neighborhood associations.

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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