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Trip to Knoxville Zoning

Zoning is for the birds, and driving in Knoxville is not for us.  We are better suited for small towns and country roads.  Nonetheless, we are getting initiated in to life in a big city.  The hard way.  But we have to save the birds!

The zoning department rejected our plans because they don’t allow chickens on vacant lots.  Well, at least not in residential zones.

The plans we submitted were for the Wade Lane address, which is the market garden lot.  All the work!  Planning, drawing, printing, and it was all rejected.  *sigh*

In the end, we scribbled out our plans on a piece of paper in the zoning office.  If I had known it was that easy to get a permit then I would have worked later yesterday and gone home to scribble out a plan.

All we had to do was move the coop to the same lot as the house, and make sure it’s at least ten feet from the property boundaries.

Steps we took to get a permit.

  • Drew up plans for the coop and its location.
  • Take the plans to the Knoxville Building Permits & Inspection – zoning department
    • 400 Main St., Suite 505; Knoxville, TN 37902
  • Notified Animal Control that we submitted our plans and are waiting for permit approval.
  • Zoning did not collect $50 today.  They don’t collect the fee until they approve the permit.

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A coffee house on a city homestead and creating open source plans, and sharing what we learn.


Learning how to find our way through homesteading and starting a coffee house, and keeping it running. Basically, we started a coffee house, but figured out no one wanted to give us wholesale pricing because we were too new, and too small.

We closed the coffee house and decided in order to get wholesale pricing, we would have to grow our own produce and start a buying club. Then reality hit. We now blog about reality.


Right now, we flip contents of homes, by way of estate sales.  Visit our Estate Freedom site for more information.


1. City Homestead
Setting up a homestead in the city.  We are blogging about our experiences, beginning with the estate sale that brought us back to Tennessee, and then what brought us to leaving Tennessee in the first place.

2. Domestic Kitchen
Setting up a domestic kitchen in Clinton, TN. We are using the Tennessee Cottage Food law as a guideline.

3. Market Garden
Setting up a market garden.

4. Coffee House
Setting up a coffee house in Clinton, TN. After this phase is completed, we will have a commercial kitchen instead of a domestic kitchen.


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