To request a street name change within Knox County, follow the steps below and coordinate with Addressing Department staff. The entire process of changing a street name may take 2 to 3 months. Please note, a $500 processing fee must accompany all street name change requests.
Submitting Street Name Change Applications
- Contact the Addressing Department and obtain a Street Name Change Application Form
Staff will explain the street name change process with you and review your proposed street name to confirm it is consistent with street name guidelines. Staff will provide you with a Street Name Change Application Form and complete the top portion for you. This application form must be used to canvass current property owners, residents and tenants along the street.
- Canvass your neighbors by going door-to-door
Collect the signature of every property owner and tenant along the street and obtain their opinion on the proposed name change (whether they agree or disagree). If a property owner cannot be reached, contact the Addressing Department for assistance. Note, original signatures are required on the form (no faxes or photocopies).
- Return the form and processing fee to Knoxville-Knox County Planning by the deadline.
The Street Name Change Application Form with original signatures and processing fee ($500) must be submitted to Knoxville-Knox County Planning. The standard application deadline is 32 days before the Planning Commission meeting date (second Thursday of the month). The proposed name change is then placed on the Commission meeting agenda. The standard deadline can be extended for two weeks for double the processing fee. After that period, the application must be submitted again for the following month's Commission meeting.
Street Name Change Approval Process
Street name changes require approval by the Planning Commission at their monthly meeting. Upon passage, the measure is forwarded to the appropriate legislative body.
City of Knoxville
Proposed street name changes for public and private streets require a final vote of approval by the Knoxville City Council.
If the proposed name change is for a public street within the City of Knoxville, consideration by the Knoxville Public Property Naming committee is required. A report of their action is forwarded to the Knoxville City Council.
A final vote of approval is required by the Knox County Commission.
Objections can be voiced at any time throughout this process. Planning Commission action regarding a street name change may be appealed to the appropriate legislative body. Any aggrieved party to a street name change in unincorporated Knox County has 30 days to appeal a Planning Commission decision. Within the City of Knoxville, appeals must be made within 15 days of the decision.
Approved Street Name Changes
Planning will send a letter to all residents and property owners along the street notifying them of the street name change and any corresponding change in house numbers. Planning will also notify the U.S. Postal Service and the E-911 emergency system.
Residents, tenants, and property owners are responsible for notifying all correspondents about the street name change. This includes utility and phone companies, mortgage and insurance companies, Knox County Property Assessor, Department of Motor Vehicles, etc.