Building Departments in Memphis, Tennessee

There are 3 Building Departments in Memphis, Tennessee, serving a population of 654,723 people in an area of 318 square miles. There is 1 Building Department per 218,241 people, and 1 Building Department per 105 square miles.

In Tennessee, Memphis is ranked 49th of 645 cities in Building Departments per capita, and 48th of 645 cities in Building Departments per square mile.

List of Memphis Building Departments

Find Memphis, Tennessee building departments, planning, permits, zoning, and inspections.

Memphis City Planning Department 125 North Main Street Memphis, TN

Memphis Permits Ste 100, 2714 Union Avenue Ext Memphis, TN

Memphis Planning Department 2599 Avery Avenue Memphis, TN

About the Memphis Building Department

Building Departments in Memphis, TN are responsible for ensuring safe construction of buildings located in their jurisdictions. Building Departments create building codes and standards for building construction to ensure building safety. The Memphis DOB is involved in all aspects of construction, including zoning laws, design requirements, building materials, trade and professional license regulation.

You may contact the Building Department for questions about:
  • Memphis, Tennessee building inspection records
  • Contractor license searches
  • Memphis building codes
  • Building permit violations, appeals, and fines
  • Construction permits and building ordinances
  • Memphis, TN zoning laws and requirements

Memphis Building Structure & Housing Statistics

Find Memphis Residential Housing Units, Occupied Residential Buildings Construction Year, Occupied Residential Buildings Room Characteristics, Occupied Residential Buildings Bedroom Characteristics, and Occupied Residential Building Facility Characteristics. Data Source: U.S. Census Bureau; American Community Survey, 2018 ACS 5-Year Estimates.

Memphis Residential Housing Units
 MemphisShelby County
Total Housing Units299,132404,284
Occupied Housing Units250,812 (83.8%)350,260 (86.6%)
Memphis Occupied Residential Buildings
 MemphisShelby County
Single-Family Detached Homes158,665 (63.3%)243,371 (69.5%)
Single-Family Attached Homes10,904 (4.3%)13,662 (3.9%)
2 Apartments6,663 (2.7%)7,574 (2.2%)
3 or 4 Apartments16,715 (6.7%)18,937 (5.4%)
5 to 9 Apartments23,789 (9.5%)26,413 (7.5%)
10 or More Apartments31,714 (12.6%)37,293 (10.6%)
Mobile Home or Other Type of Housing2,362 (0.9%)3,010 (0.9%)
Memphis Occupied Residential Buildings Construction Year
 MemphisShelby County
2014 or Later1,555 (0.6%)3,338 (1.0%)
2010 to 20133,023 (1.2%)7,365 (2.1%)
2000 to 200918,573 (7.4%)44,887 (12.8%)
1980 to 199957,982 (23.1%)102,774 (29.3%)
1960 to 197981,899 (32.7%)99,323 (28.4%)
1940 to 195968,440 (68,440.0%)71,930 (71,930.0%)
1939 or Earlier19,340 (7.7%)20,643 (5.9%)
Memphis Occupied Residential Buildings Room Characteristics
 MemphisShelby County
1 Room4,050 (1.6%)4,815 (1.4%)
2 or 3 Rooms176,387 (70.3%)226,205 (64.6%)
4 or 5 Rooms100,550 (40.1%)120,139 (34.3%)
6 or 7 Rooms81,013 (32.3%)113,861 (32.5%)
8 or More Rooms37,904 (15.1%)79,937 (22.8%)
Memphis Occupied Residential Buildings Bedroom Characteristics
 MemphisShelby County
No Bedroom4,450 (1.8%)5,276 (1.5%)
1 Bedroom30,995 (12.4%)34,521 (9.9%)
2 or 3 Bedrooms176,387 (70.3%)226,205 (64.6%)
4 or More Bedrooms38,980 (15.5%)84,258 (24.1%)
Memphis Occupied Residential Building Facility Characteristics
 MemphisShelby County
With Complete Plumbing Facilities249,819 (99.6%)349,009 (99.6%)
With Complete Kitchen Facilities249,018 (99.3%)347,930 (99.3%)