Naming Private Rights-of-way

A private right-of-way (ROW) is a privately-owned access strip that is separate from the lots it serves and can serve an unlimited number of property owners.

Private rights-of-way are not maintained by city, county, state or federal government. They were previously identified as joint permanent easement (JPE) by the Knoxville-Knox County subdivision Regulations.

Private ROWs are required to be named under the following circumstances:
  • They serve six or more lots, regardless of whether the lots have buildings on them
  • They serve six or more houses or structures

If a name is not required, property owners have the option to name a private right-of-way during the platting process. This may eliminate the need for future address changes if a large property is subdivided in the future.

To request a street name, follow the steps identified here.

Example 1

  Name required
Private ROW serves 6 lots and 3 structures

  Name required
Private ROW serves 3 lots and 6 structures
Note: Number of dwellings permitted on a lot determined by zoning district

Example 2

  Name required
Private ROW serves 6 lots and 6 structures

  No Name required
Private ROW serves 3 lots and 4 structures
Note: Number of dwellings permitted on a lot determined by zoning district

Example 3

  Name required
Private ROW serves 6 lots and 0 structures

  No Name required
Private ROW serves 3 lots and 0 structures