What is the process for subdividing my property?
There are two types of subdivision plats: Preliminary Plat and Final Plat. A Preliminary Plat is required for the subdivision of property into five lots or more. A Final Plat is either for less than four lots or is a phase of a Preliminary Plat. All Preliminary and Final Plats are valid for two years after approval by the Planning Commission, which is generally a 30 day process. Once you are ready to record the lots in a Preliminary Plat, you must submit a Final Plat.

The City of Lebanon is operating under an agreed order with the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation. The agreed order is referred to as our Sewer Capacity Management Plan. As part of this agreed order, the City is improving our wastewater system. In compliance with the Sewer Capacity Management Plan, no individual subdivision shall be approved for sewer connections of more than 15% of the current available capacity. Fore residential subdivisions this equates to approximately twenty residential lots for a single subdivision per month.

If public utilities are being dedicated as part of the Final Plat, Construction Documents shall be submitted to the Engineering Department.

Preliminary Plat and Final Plat applications and checklists can be found on the Applications, Bonds and Fees page of the Planning Department's pages of the website.

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1. Where can I get a schedule of the Planning Commission or Board of Zoning Appeals meetings?
2. Where can I find agendas and minutes for the Planning Commission or Board of Zoning Appeals?
3. Where can I get an application for the Planning Commission or Board of Zoning Appeals?
4. Who is on the Planning Commission?
5. Who is on the Board of Zoning Appeals?
6. Where can I find parcel information for my property?
7. What is my property zoned and what can I build on it?
8. What can a building or property be used for?
9. Is my property in the floodplain?
10. What is a Land Use Plan?
11. What is an Urban Growth Boundary?
12. How do I rezone my property?
13. What is the process for annexation or rezoning?
14. My house is zoned commercially, what happens if it burns down?
15. My business does not conform to the current zoning...what should I do?
16. What is a non-conforming use?
17. What is a non-complying structure?
18. What does it mean to be legal non-conforming?
19. What is the Major Thoroughfare Plan?
20. What is the process for subdividing my property?
21. What is the process for Site Plan approval?
22. What is a Specific Plan District (SP) and what is the process for approval?
23. When is Planning Commission approval required?
24. Is there a maximum size for accessory structures?
25. What is a "setback?"
26. How do I measure the setback?
27. Is a permit required to install a fence?
28. How long is a Use on Appeal good for?
29. Can the Board of Zoning Appeals grant a variance to allow a use that is not permitted in a particular zone?
30. Can I operate a business from my home?
31. Does the City enforce restrictive covenants?