How Do I Rebuild?

If you lost your home in the recent Sevier County wildfires, use this information for how to get started with rebuilding your home.

Important Notice:

The city of Gatlinburg and Sevier County passed resolutions requiring debris be removed from affected private properties. In the city of Gatlinburg, debris must be removed by September 31, 2017. In Sevier County, debris must be removed by December 31, 2017.

Demolition permits

Sevier County is issuing Demolition permits to monitor the clean-up efforts of the fire damaged/destroyed structures. These permits will be issued through our Building Inspections department. The following information will be required for a permit:

  • Project address
  • Owners name, mailing address and phone number
  • Contractor (person doing work name)
  • Contractor phone number
  • Copy of Business License or Contractors License
  • Cost of project

Any Structural walls (includes retaining walls) that remain must be evaluated by a Tennessee licensed engineer. This report shall be submitted to the Building Inspection office for approval prior to a final inspection of site will be approved. 

There will be no fee charged for this permit. 

Click Here to download our PDF application or call 865-774-7120 for more information.

Those wanting to rebuild in Gatlinburg:

Sevier County Building Inspections


ASP provides new homes to families who have lost their home in a natural disaster on a limited basis to qualified applicants. Eligible applicants meet the following criteria:

  • Households owning a renters property that was damaged by the November 28th fire in Sevier County, TN, and that it is not practical/feasible to repair the property.
  • The total household income is at or below 100 percent of MRB income limits ($59,713 for a family of one or two, $68,670 for a family of three or more).
  • Families that did not have homeowners’ or renters’ insurance, or were demonstrably under-insured.

If you believe you or your family may be eligible for a new home from ASP, please complete the attached application packet and attach the supporting documents (links seen below). Your application will not be considered complete until ALL of the required documents have been received.

Please scan and email your completed application to or mail documents to:
Appalachia Service Project 4523 Bristol Highway Johnson City, TN 37601
After submission, please allow 2-3 weeks for ASP staff to process your application and contact you with details about the program. If you have any questions about your eligibility or ASP’s long-term recovery program, please call 423-854-8800 for assistance. 

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