The Planning Department is dedicated to promoting and advancing quality growth and responsible development throughout unincorporated areas of Bedford County.
The department strives to provide sound and professional land use guidance as well as quality customer service as it interacts with policy makers, various boards and commissions, the development community, and the general public regarding land use and development issues.
Our primary responsibility is to implement the provisions of the:
● Comprehensive Plan
● Subdivision Regulations
● Major Thoroughfare Plan
● Flood Damage Prevention Provisions
The Planning Department is responsible for reviewing development proposals, providing guidance to the development community and general public, providing technical assistance to the County Commission, Planning Commission, Industrial Development Board and Board of Zoning Appeals, updating and enforcing the Flood Damage Prevention Provisions and preparing the long-range plans and other planning related documents, as needed.
We review all building permit applications for compliance with the zoning resolution and issue zoning and development permits.
Flood Zone Construction
We evaluate all zoning and building permit applications for their proximity to regulatory floodplains and floodways. All structures proposed to be built in any portion of a regulatory floodway are strictly prohibited. All residential structures and most other structures¹ proposed to be built in a floodplain shall be controlled and regulated under Article V of the adopted Zoning Resolution titled Bedford County Flood Damage Prevention Provisions as well as Section R322 (Flood Resistant Construction) of the 2015 International Residential Code. These provisions as well as other tools for construction in flood prone areas are available as downloads in the below drop-down menu. Visit: Special Maps on this page to locate your property on a Flood Map to determine your property’s applicability.
We answer and investigate complaints on potential zoning violations and seek positive outcomes and overall compliance.
¹ Agricultural Buildings and FloodPlains
While buildings used exclusively for Agricultural Purposes may be exempt from the issuance of a building permit outside of a floodplain, Agricultural buildings located in floodplains are not exempted from a requirement for a building permit. Agricultural buildings used exclusively for agricultural purposes may be eligible for a Variance from the Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA) with regard to the required issuance of a building permit and the adherence of the adopted Bedford County Flood Damage Prevention Provisions -depending on the actual uses of the building.
However, agricultural buildings in flood zones, not used exclusively for agricultural purposes, which may have a potential for physical damage to contents such as equipment or vehicles, are not eligible for variances.
All buildings and structures are restricted from being located, placed, or constructed in any regulatory floodway.
1 Public Square
3rd Floor, Suite 300
Shelbyville, TN 37160
| CONTACT US:
Chris White, Director
| SPECIAL MAPS
Zoning Finder Web App
100 Year Flood
500 Year Flood
Renewable Energy Zone
Repetitive Flood Loss
| OVERLAY DISCTRICTS
Bell Buckle Gateway
Duck River Overlay
| SPECIAL CHARACTER DIST.
Bedford Rural District
Flat Creek Rural Village
Wheel Rural Village
Duck River Overlay
Halls Mill Rural Village