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Do I need a permit to construct a fence on my property?
What is the official population of the City of Brentwood?
What instruments are accepted by the City of Brentwood as improvements security?
How can I get an application to appear before the Brentwood Planning Commission?
How often does the Brentwood Planning Commission meet?
Who are members of the Brentwood Planning Commission?
Where can I view the Official Zoning Map for the City of Brentwood?
What zoning districts are defined as part of the Brentwood Zoning Ordinance?
What are the specific requirements for security within the City?
What securities are required by the City to insure construction of all required project improvements?
Where can I view the Brentwood Subdivision Regulations?
What are the application fees required for processing a rezoning application?
What is the procedure for requesting that property be re-zoned in the City of Brentwood?
What review fees are associated with a Planning Commission application?
What types of requests are presented to the Planning Commission for their approval?
What is the Brentwood Planning Commission?
Who are members of the Brentwood Board of Zoning Appeals?
What filing fees are associated with a BZA application?
How often does the Brentwood Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA) meet?
What are the powers of the Board of Zoning Appeals?
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Q: Do I need a permit to construct a fence on my property?
A:
No permit is required for the construction of a fence. However, there are regulations set by the Brentwood Municipal Code on fencing. Before erecting a fence on your property, please refer to Section 78-10 which addresses the specific requirements for a fence. The Planning & Codes Department staff can assist you with this.
Q: What is the official population of the City of Brentwood?
A:
The established population for the City is 37,060. This number is based upon the 2010 Federal census.
Q: What instruments are accepted by the City of Brentwood as improvements security?
A:
Only Irrevocable Standby Letters of Credit or Cashier’s Checks are acceptable for use as security for the remaining required improvements within residential subdivisions or commercial projects. Performance Bonds cannot be accepted as security.

All security instruments must be issued b a financial institution (Bank) having a LACE Rating of either A or B. For more information on the LACE ratings system, navigate to www.LACEfinancial.com.
Q: How can I get an application to appear before the Brentwood Planning Commission?
A:
An application to appear before the Brentwood Planning Commission is available by clicking here. Copies are also available at the Brentwood Municipal Center, located at 5211 Maryland Way.
Q: How often does the Brentwood Planning Commission meet?
A:
The Planning Commission meets on the first Monday of every month, except in April and September when the date varies. The meetings are conducted in the Brentwood Commission Chambers, located on the second floor of the Brentwood Municipal Center, at 5211 Maryland Way. The meetings begin at 7:00 p.m. If attending, be sure to confirm the date as circumstances occasionally require a shifting of the meeting date.

The current meeting schedule can be viewed, on-line by clicking here.
Q: Who are members of the Brentwood Planning Commission?
A:
The members of the Planning Commission can be found by clicking here.
Q: Where can I view the Official Zoning Map for the City of Brentwood?
A:
A full color, interactive image of the Official Brentwood Zoning Map can be viewed, on-line by clicking here. The file is maintained using Geographic Information System (GIS) technology and is periodically updated to reflect the configuration of the various zoning districts. Copies are also available, for a fee, at the Brentwood Municipal Center, located at 5211 Maryland Way.
Q: What zoning districts are defined as part of the Brentwood Zoning Ordinance?
A:
There are a total of 12 different zoning districts and two overlay districts.

The technical standards of the various zoning classifications can be found as part of Division III of Chapter 78 -- The Brentwood Zoning Ordinance.
Q: What are the specific requirements for security within the City?
A:
Please see Article 603 of the Brentwood Subdivision Regulations (Appendix A of the Brentwood Zoning Ordinance, Chapter 78 of the Brentwood Municipal Code).

Copies of the City of Brentwood Security Criteria are available at the Brentwood Municipal Center, located at 5211 Maryland Way.
Q: What securities are required by the City to insure construction of all required project improvements?
A:
No final subdivision plat or commercial site plan shall be approved by the Planning Commission or accepted for record by the county register of deeds until the improvements shown on that plan are constructed in a satisfactory manner and approved by the City. In lieu of such prior construction, the City may accept financial security in an amount equal to 110% of the estimated cost of installation of the required improvements, whereby improvements may be made and utilities installed without cost to the City in the event of default of the developer.

Please see Section 603 of the Brentwood Subdivision Regulations.
Q: Where can I view the Brentwood Subdivision Regulations?
A:
The Brentwood Subdivision Regulations are included as part of the Brentwood Zoning Ordinance as Appendix A. The subdivision regulations can be viewed, on-line by clicking here.
Q: What are the application fees required for processing a rezoning application?
A:

Application fees are based upon the proposed acreage to be re-zoned. The fee schedule is also detailed as part of Section 78-987 of the Brentwood Municipal Code. The fee schedule is as follows:

  • Less than 25 acres - $1,000.00;
  • At least 25 acres but less than 50 acres - $2,000.00;
  • At least 50 acres but less than 100 acres - $3,000.00;
  • At least 100 acres but less than 200 acres - $4,000.00; and,
  • 200 acres or greater - $5,000.00.
Q: What is the procedure for requesting that property be re-zoned in the City of Brentwood?
A:

Land use patterns as reflected in current zoning are carefully set by the Board of Commissioners, and it is often difficult to alter property zoning unless you are developing an open space subdivision. Section 78-87 of the Brentwood Municipal Code details the procedures involved in the rezoning of property within the City. The Municipal Code can be viewed, on-line by clicking here.

Generally, it requires approximately 45 to 80 days to complete the re-zoning process. Of course this depends upon the timing and completeness of the application. Five public meetings are required. Those meetings include:

  • First reading of the ordinance before the Board of Commissioners;
  • A community meeting where neighbors adjacent to the subject property are invited to hear and discuss the particulars of the re-zoning application;
  • Planning Commission review and recommendation of the proposed ordinance;
  • Public Hearing for the ordinance before the Board of Commissioners; and,
  • Second and Final reading of the ordinance before the Board of Commissioners.

A plan, detailing the proposal is submitted to the Planning Department, who will coordinate its review. All necessary agenda backup is prepared by staff. 

Q: What review fees are associated with a Planning Commission application?
A:
  • Preliminary plan, revised preliminary plan, or revised OSRD development plan, $250.00 filing fee plus $25.00 per lot.
  • Final plat, $250.00 filing fee plus $25.00 per lot.
  • Resubdivision, $250.00 per plat plus $25.00 per affected lot.
  • Site plans, $250.00 filing fee plus $20.00 per acre or fraction thereof.
  • Commercial master plan approval, $250.00 filing fee plus $25.00 per lot.
  • Minor site plan alteration, $250.00 filing fee.

Other fees may be applicable to some requests. Please see Section 50-29 of the Brentwood Municipal Code.

Q: What types of requests are presented to the Planning Commission for their approval?
A:

The following project requests require approval by the Planning Commission:

  • Commercial Site Plans;
  • Revised Commercial Site Plans;
  • Revised Commercial Building Elevations;
  • Residential Preliminary Plans (subdivision master plans) and their revisions;
  • Final Plats;
  • Revised Final Plats;
  • Development within the Hillside Protection Overlay (HP);
  • Addition or construction in the flood plain (floodway fringe).

Please contact planning staff at (615) 371-2204 regarding additional proposal that may require Planning Commission approval.

Q: What is the Brentwood Planning Commission?
A:

The Planning Commission was created under the provisions of Tennessee Code Annotated (T.C.A.) §§ 6-19-101 and 13-4-101. The Planning Commission consists of ten members; one shall be the mayor or a person designated by the mayor, and one shall be another member of the Board of Commissioners selected by the Board of Commissioners. The other eight shall be appointed by the mayor.

All members of the Planning Commission shall be residents of the city and shall serve without compensation. The terms of the eight members appointed by the mayor shall be for three years each. The term of the mayor or his designee shall run concurrently with the mayor's term of office. The term of the member selected by the Board of Commissioners shall run concurrently with his term of office or until replacement by the Board of Commissioners. Any vacancy shall be filled for the unexpired term by the mayor.

Please see Chapter 50 of the Brentwood Municipal Code for more information regarding the Planning Commission.

Q: Who are members of the Brentwood Board of Zoning Appeals?
A:
The members of the Board of Zoning Appeals can be found by clicking here.
Q: What filing fees are associated with a BZA application?
A:
  • Administrative review (to be reimbursed if administrative decision is overturned) = $100.00;
  • Special exceptions = $100.00; and,
  • Variances = $150.00.
Q: How often does the Brentwood Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA) meet?
A:
The current meeting schedule can be viewed, on-line by clicking here.
Q: What are the powers of the Board of Zoning Appeals?
A:
  1. Administrative review. To hear and decide appeals where it is alleged by the appellant that there is error in any order, requirement, permit, decision, determination or refusal made by the building inspector or other administrative official in the carrying out or enforcement of any provision of the zoning ordinance.
  2. Special exceptions. To hear and decide applications for special exceptions upon which the board is specifically authorized to pass.
  3. Variances. To hear and decide applications for variance from the terms of the zoning ordinance, but only where, by reason of exceptional narrowness, shallowness or shape of a specific piece of property which at the time of the adoption of the provisions of this chapter was a lot of record; or where by reason of exceptional topographic conditions or other extraordinary or exceptional situations or condition of a piece of property the strict application of the provisions of this chapter would result in exceptional practical difficulties to or exceptional and undue hardship upon the owner of such property, provided that such relief may be granted without detriment to the public good and the intent and purpose of this chapter. Financial disadvantage to the property owner is no proof of hardship within the purpose of zoning. In granting a variance the board may attach thereto such conditions regarding the location, character and other features of the proposed building, structure or use as it may deem advisable in furtherance of the purpose of this chapter. Before any variance is granted it shall be shown that circumstances are attached to the property which do not generally apply to other property in the neighborhood.
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