An easement is a private street, drive, or way that is not maintained by the city, county, state, or federal government.
This definition includes joint access easements that serve no more than two property owners and joint permanent easements that can serve an unlimited number of property owners.
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Easements require names in the
Easements must have a name before addresses can be assigned if:
Illustrated examples are provided below.
The proposed name for an easement must be approved by the Addressing staff, who will supply an application form and a canvassing sheet. All property owners and tenants with access to the easement must agree or disagree to the name by signing the canvassing sheet. The application and sheet with the signatures are then returned to Knoxville-Knox County Planning. See How to Change A Street Name fact sheet for more information.
There is no fee for naming easements that are part of a subdivision. The Addressing staff usually can approve these names in-house as part of the normal subdivision street naming process.
There is a filing fee of $500 for naming easements when existing addresses need to be changed. In this case, Planning Commissioners must approve the easement name at their monthly public meeting. A final vote is required by either City Council or County Commissioners. The Public Property Naming Committee may also need to vote on the street name if it is a public street
These easements serve 5 or fewer houses and do not need names.
These easements serve 6 houses and must be named.
With the creation of a new lot, (or by adding another house to an existing lot), this easement has run out of addresses. It must be named and new addresses must be assigned.
Although this easement serves only two structures, it serves 6 lots, and must be named.
This easement serves 5 houses, plus a driveway that branches off to a 6th house. The easement must be named.
This easement serves only one lot (or parcel) but the lot contains 4 mobile homes and two businesses—a total of 6 structures. The easement must be named.