Community Development


With Governor Lee’s Mandatory “Stay at Home” order being lifted effective on May 1st, Williamson County will be moving toward a phased reopening of its offices, while continuing to do our part to assist in the protection of the health and safety of our citizens and employees.

Starting Monday, May 4th, and continuing until further notice, Department of Community Development office hours will be expanded to be open to the public on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday each week, still by appointment only. As such, issuance of in-person permits and the in-person payment of fees associated with this Department (including the Planning, Building Codes, Engineering, Codes Compliance and Sewage Disposal Management Departments) can only be done by appointment. Any business that can be conducted by phone, electronically, or by mail should be conducted in that manner rather than in person.

You may schedule an appointment by calling 615-790-5725, or by contacting the department via the internet at

Department employees will still be available by phone and e-mail on Wednesdays and Fridays, but will not be conducting in-person business at the office during this time. Department staff will continue to make site visits, conduct inspections, and carry on other duties associated with their jobs daily.

Office patrons may be asked to wait outside until a Staff member escorts you into the building. Members of the public are requested to wear courtesy masks when conducting business in the County facilities for their own safety and the safety of fellow citizens and our employees.

This process will be reevaluated weekly, with the goal (subject to change depending upon available data) of having the Department office fully open by Monday, June 1st.

Thank you in advance for your patience and cooperation.


  •  Appointments For Permits and Payment of Fees 04/14/2020

    For the duration of Governor Lee’s Mandatory “Stay at Home” order (currently effective through April 30th, 2020) the offices of the Community Development Department will be closed to the public. Appointments for permits and payment of fees can only occur by appointment  on Tuesday, and thursday. . You may schedule an appointment by calling 615-790-5725, or by contacting the department via the web at Thank you in advance for your cooperation.
  • March 20, 2020 PUBLIC NOTICE 

    The health of Williamson County citizens is a primary concern of Williamson County Government.  In accordance with the recommendation from the CDC to help prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus, notice is hereby given that until further notice, the Community Development Department will no longer hold in-house pre-application meetings in our offices.  Please contact the Planning Department at 615-790-5725 or ttps:// in order to set-up a pre-application meeting by remote means.

Joint Williamson County and City of Franklin Planning and Sustainability Presentation-January 2020

Educational Impact Fee Schedule     
At their October 14, 2019 meeting, the Williamson County Board of Commissioners voted to revise the fee schedule for the Education Impact Fee.  These revisions were based on a study conducted by the consulting firm TischlerBise.  The revised fee schedule is based on the projected number of students anticipated over the coming five years, as well as updated construction and land costs.
Education impact fees are one time payments to fund the capital needs of Williamson County Schools, and reflects the proportional impact that new residential dwellings will have on the Williamson County School System.
The revised fees will go into effect of March 1, 2020.  The revised fee schedule is as follows:

Joe Horne, Director

The Community Development Division is responsible for ensuring that property development within the unincorporated county occurs in a manner that attempts to preserve the character of the essentially rural community, while accommodating record growth. 

This is accomplished with a strong, award-winning, performance-based Zoning Ordinance and through coordination with various federal, state and local stakeholders. Within Williamson County government, the following departments play key roles in achieving these goals: Through the interaction of these departments property values are maintained and quality of life is enhanced throughout the county.

Recent Changes To Public Records Act