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Administrative Hearing Officer (AHO)

The Administrative Hearing Officer has jurisdiction to hear cases involving violations of municipal ordinances regulating building and property maintenance, including: (1) locally adopted building codes; (2)  locally adopted residential codes; (3) locally adopted plumbing codes; (4) locally adopted electrical codes; (5) locally adopted gas codes; (6) locally adopted mechanical codes; (7) locally adopted energy codes; (8) locally adopted property maintenance codes; and (9) ordinances regulating any subject matter commonly found in these codes. 

For violations occurring upon residential property, the Administrative Hearing Officer may levy a fine upon the violator not to exceed five hundred dollars ($500) per violation.  A “residential property” means a single-family dwelling principally used as the property owner’s primary residence and the real property upon which it sits.


When violations occur on non-residential property, the Administrative Hearing Officer may levy a fine upon the violator not to exceed five hundred dollars ($500) per violation day.  A “non-residential property” means all real property, structures, buildings and dwellings that are not residential property.     

The Administrative Hearing Officer sets a reasonable period of time to allow the alleged violator to remedy the violation alleged in the citation before a fine is imposed.  The remedial period shall be no less than ten (10) nor greater than one hundred twenty (120) calendar days, except where failure to remedy the alleged violation is less than ten (10) calendar days would pose an imminent threat to the health, safety or welfare of persons or property in the adjacent area.

The Tennessee rules for Administrative Hearing Officer (AHO) are located below.

T. C. A. § 6-54-1001


A sample AHO Ordinance is below.

SAMPLE_AHO Ordinance.pdf


Tennessee Code Unannotated - Free Public Access

www.lexisnexis.com/hottopics/tncode/