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  • Writer's pictureJeremiah McGuire

City of Bartlett Sidewalk Inspections - *7/1/2023* Important Changes

Updated: Jun 29, 2023

If you live in the City of Bartlett, TN or will be representing the Sellers of a home in Bartlett, then this is news you need to read.

Previously Sidewalk Inspections were ordered by the Closing Attorney once we obtained the contract. Now with the new changes, the length of time needed to obtain the Inspection Letter is extended (until they are fully online, in a few months) and the Homeowner needs to now request this Inspection when listing the home for sale in order to ensure it is completed in time and causes no closing delays.

If you need this form, please reach out to our office and we can provide it to you.

Currently there is a requirement that each home being sold has a sidewalk inspection, and potentially repairs completed, before it can be sold and there are no fees involved.

Effective July 1st, 2023, changes go into effect for the City of Bartlett Sidewalk Inspection requirements. (See more below)

Starting July 1st, there will be one initial inspection with a fee of $37.00 (plus 2% if credit card is used); if only caulking repairs are needed, then no additional permit is required; however, a Final Inspection needs to be called in (no re-inspection fee required). These inspections are good for 1 year from the inspection date.

If concrete repair work is needed; a permit is required for the concrete work. That fee is $72.00 (plus 2% if paid by credit card). Two inspections are required for concrete work, a pre-pour and a final, both inspections are included with that permit.

When the initial inspection is completed, a Sidewalk Guidelines is left at the house with the Inspection Sheet if repairs are required. (We can also walk you through how to read these Guidelines).

Additionally, if the property has no sidewalks, no inspection is required. A policy change was made on April 23rd, 2023 regarding this. Previously the City required inspections of both sidewalks and inlets (driveway aprons); now they only check sidewalks on Houses for Sale.

Unfortunately, at this time they can only take debit/credit card payments in the Code Enforcement Office. They are working on getting on-line payments set up, and hope to offer that in the next couple of months.

Jeremiah L. McGuire


Memphis, TN


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