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.

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