Changes to existing streets names are permissible with support from affected owners and with approval from the Planning Commission and City Council/Commission
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.
Street name changes require approval by the Planning Commission at their monthly meeting. Upon passage, the measure is forwarded to the appropriate legislative body.
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.
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.