Cannon County was established by the Tennessee state legislature on January 31, 1836. It was formed from portions of Rutherford, Smith, Wilson, and Warren counties [4] [5]  and was named for Governor Newton Cannon. This was part of the Middle Tennessee region, with mixed farming and livestock raising, including of thoroughbred horses.

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We’re here to help you navigate the process of building in Cannon County.

Important Note Before You Start

ALL BUILDING OR REMODELING OF PRIMARY OR ACCESSORY STRUCTURES REQUIRES APPLICATION FOR A BUILDING PERMIT AS OUTLINED BELOW. LACK OF A PROPER PERMIT MAY RESULT IN COURT ACTION TO HALT ALL BUILDING ACTIVITY, INCLUDING LIABILITY FOR DAMAGES AND ATTORNEYS FEES IN BRINGING ANY LEGAL ACTION AGAINST THE OFFENDING PARTY OR PARTIES.


  1. Get a Permit and Adequate Facilities Tax Form from the County Clerk’s Office – both of these should be returned to the County Clerk’s Office (opens in a new window). This office is located in the Cannon County Courthouse at 200 West Main Street, Woodbury , TN 37190, and can be reached by phone at 615-563-4278, Fax: 615-563-1289.
  2. Contact the State Code Inspector
    Cannon County has no Codes inspectors, so you will need to contact the State Code Inspectors for this service (opens in a new window).
  3. Building Within the Zoning Scope
    There are 4 basic zones types of property in Cannon County. If you are building within what the property is zoned for then pay the permit and adequate facilities tax and begin building.
  4. Building Outside of the Zoning Scope
    The Planning Commission (opens in a new window) can approve some cases based on the Zoning Resolution. However, you may need to involve the Board of Zoning Appeals (opens in a new window). There are variances and special exceptions that you will need to request from the Board of Zones Appeals.
  5. If there are any changes to how a property is zoned it has to go before County Commission (opens in a new window).
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