The city of Sevierville has recently updated some of their zoning restrictions. 

 

We were fortunate enough to have a chat with the City of Sevierville’s Senior Planner, Kristina Rodreick, below are the things we learned.

 

There have been updates to two zones, the Historic Residential Office and Medium Density Residential.

 

4 Streets in HRO zoning are now allowed to operate as short term rentals!

  • High
  • Eastgate
  • Park
  • Prince

 

MDR – 1 now requires a short term rental permit.

Permits operate on a notification system.

This means all homes within 100ft of your proposed Short Term Rental will be sent a notification via mail. The residents of these homes have one week to respond. If there is no response, or a positive one, the proposed home will then be approved for Short Term Rentals.

If there are any negative responses, a hearing will be held and the potential buyer will be able to present their case.

 

You can check the zoning area for a specific address here.

 

Let us know if this brings us and questions and we’ll do our best to coordinate with Kristina to get them answered.

Zoning in Sevier County, TN – Restrictive Covenants

*updated February 2022. 

 

Restrictive covenants can also apply to real estate deals, where they include such reasonable provisions as not allowing pets or renovations without approval from the neighbors or community association. They can also place more-onerous restrictions on buyers, such as the number of tenants who can live in a property or even the timing of holiday decoration setup and removal.”

-Investopedia

 

We’ve covered the basics of Zoning, and a few specificities between Pigeon Forge zoning, Sevierville zoning, and Gatlinburg zoning.

This week we’ll cover the basics of restrictive covenants, sometimes called covenants conditions and restrictions, or cc&rs.

 

What are covenants and restrictions?

According to Cornell Law, Covenants, conditions, and restrictions, commonly called “CC&Rs” are a set of rules governing the use of a certain piece of real estate.

 

Is it important to review the restrictive covenants before purchasing a home or piece of property?

Absolutely! This is where you will find rules and regulations about what you can and cannot do on or with your property. Restrictive covenants along with the zoning map give you a clear understanding of use type for your property.

 

What might be addressed inside of covenants conditions and restrictions, or cc&rs?

  • Limitations on exterior and roofing colors
  • Whether or not retaining walls are considered common property
  • Landscaping restrictions
  • Who owns the roads and the grounds – you or the home owners association
  • If you are building – things like materials, square footage, and height above grade

 

How do I find the covenants and restrictions on my property?

Covenants conditions and restrictions for your specific property are referenced on your warranty deed. 

You can find Sevier County, TN warranty deeds and Sevier County, TN restrictive covenants on the Sevier County Register of Deeds website.

You can find more info about zoning in Sevier County, TN here.

Do you have any questions about restrictive covenants?
Email us at info@jasonwhiteteam.com, so we make sure to get them answered for you! 

What Everyone Should Know about Real Estate Zoning in Sevier County, TN

Zoning is the at or process of partitioning a city, town, or borough into zones reserved for different purposes. Sevier County zoning.

Investopedia defines zoning as “Zoning refers to municipal or local laws or regulations that dictate how real property can and cannot be used in certain geographic areas.”

Last week we covered the basics.This week we’ll talk about a few different zoning specificities Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg have.

When shopping for a short term rental in Pigeon Forge you’ll need to be on the look for properties located in the R1 zone, there are some restrictions on properties located in this zone related to short term rentals.

“Short-term rental of residences located in the R-1 District shall be permitted only if the residence was being utilized as a short-term rental (as that term is defined in T.C.A. § 13-7-602(3)(B)) on or before August 13, 2018, the date on which Section 511 was added to Article V of the Zoning Ordinance; however, the owner of the property must apply for a permit, in the manner set forth in Article V, Section 511, within sixty days of the passage of this Ordinance, and take the required steps to timely obtain a valid permit within a reasonable time thereafter. (Ord. 1065, 8/13/2018)”

Click here to view Pigeon Forge Zoning Ordinances. 

When shopping for a short term rental in Gatlinburg you’ll need to be on the look for properties located in the R1A and R2A zones, properties located in these zones cannot be used as short term rentals.

“702. R-1A Low-Density Residential. 702.1 Any use permitted in the R-1 residential district, except tourist residences and Planned Unit Developments.

704. R-2A Medium Density Residential. It is the intent of this district to provide areas for single and multi-family dwellings; to encourage the development and continued use of the land for residential purposes, and prohibit business oriented uses which would in any way interfere with the continued residential character of the district. In order to achieve the intent of the R-2A (Medium Density) Residential District, as shown on the Zoning Map of the City of Gatlinburg, Tennessee, the following uses are permitted:

704.1 Any use permitted in the R-2 Residential District, except tourist residences. “

Click here to view the city of Gatlinburg Zoning Ordinances. 

Next week we’ll answer some questions about covenants and restrictions and homeowners associations.

If you have any questions hit reply and send them to us, so we make sure to get them answered for you! 

Sevier County Zoning

Zoning is the act of process of partitioning a city, town, or borough into zones reserved for different purposes. Sevier County Zoning.

Do you ever wonder how the Sevier County zoning might effect your short term property investment? Is it something you should be aware of before you purchase an investment property? Of course! We’ll tell you a bit more about zoning in general and link to more specifics related to Sevier County zoning.

Investopedia defines zoning as “Zoning refers to municipal or local laws or regulations that dictate how real property can and cannot be used in certain geographic areas.”

 

There are multiple different types of zoning; residential, commercial, and industrial, among others.

Residential zoning covers single-family residences, multi-family structures, and planned unit developments.

Commercial zoning covers things like office buildings, shopping centers, and restaurants.

Industrial zoning covers warehouses and manufacturing facilities.

Agricultural zoning is sometimes used to protect farmland and for subsidy programs.

Next week we’ll dive into specifics concerning our area: Pigeon Forge zoning, Gatlinburg zoning , and Sevierville zoning.

The following week we’ll answer some questions about covenants and restrictions and homeowners associations.

If you have any questions hit reply and send them to us, so we make sure to get them answered for you! 

Purchasing Land? Things to Consider

Purchasing Land - Things to Consider

 

We’ve created a list of six things to consider while purchasing land. This list is not all encompassing but is a great start to your research.

Zoning

A quick internet search should result with the city or county’s zoning regulations. Pay special attention to reference the most updated regulations as they are subject to change. You can find Sevier County’s zoning regulations here.

Restrictions

You will find restrictions in the legal description of the deed. These may either be in the body of the deed or attach as an appendix. Reach out to the county clerks office to access a copy of the deed. Some offices have online services.

Easements

To determine if their are any utilities easements you can contact the utility companies; electric, gas, and telephone. A survey will also show utility easements. You can find property easements on file at the local assessor’s office.

Access to Utilities

To confirm if you have access to city water or sewage, contact the city’s utility department. You can find information about utility access for land in Gatlinburg here. If you do not have access to city water or sewage, you will need to have a septic system installed and a well drilled to develop your land. We found this website to be a great resource for understanding the process of having a well installed. To install a septic system you must complete environmental testing.

Survey or Environmental Testing

You will need a survey to determine the definite parameters of the land you are purchasing. A survey will show utility easements. If you need to install a septic system a percolation test will be conducted.

Taxes

Here you will find explanation about how to figure your tax bill in Tennessee from the Comptroller of the Treasury. To determine your tax liability you will need the appraised value, assessment ratio, assessed value, and the tax rate for your area

We hope you found this information helpful as you consider purchasing land. Please, visit our website to find lots and land listed in Sevier County, TN!