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   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.
Forms and Documents:
Important note about the Building Permits and Important Notice Document below: If you use the form on this site, you will need to print it – neither of the submit or print buttons at the bottom of page two work.
How it works
We’re here to help you navigate the process of building in Cannon County.
Important Note Before You Start
- 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.
- 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).
- 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.
- 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.
- If there are any changes to how a property is zoned it has to go before County Commission (opens in a new window).