City of Etowah                            

A City on the Right Track


Welcome to The City of Etowah!

We hope you will find useful information here that will assist you in making your
decision to visit, relocate or do business in the City of Etowah, Tennessee - the
Gateway to the Cherokee National Forest.

Etowah is located in East Tennessee on Highway 411 approximately 53 miles
south of Knoxville, 55 miles north Chattanooga and just 15 miles east/southeast
of Interstate 75. Etowah is also at the intersection of State Highway 30 and Highway 411.

Our goal is to make Etowah city government accessible and useful for our current
and prospective citizens. Whether you’ve lived in Etowah, Tennessee your entire life,
or are considering making your future home in Etowah, you will be able to find useful
information about Etowah city government and the surrounding area. Our goal and
pleasure is to serve the fine citizens of beautiful Etowah.




There will be a meeting of the Etowah Design Review Commission on Monday, November 7, 2016, beginning at 5:00 p.m., to be held in the Commission Chamber at City Hall, 723 Ohio Avenue. Two projects are on the agenda. 1) Façade improvements at 104 Ninth Street. 2) Façade Design review for the new public park at 618 Tennessee Avenue. This meeting is open to the public. Questions may be forwarded to Community Development at (423) 263-2202, option #3, or

CITY OF ETOWAH--PUBLIC MEETING NOTICE - There will be a meeting of the Etowah Commission on Monday, November 7, 2016, beginning at 5:30 p.m., to be held in the Commission Chamber at City Hall, 723 Ohio Avenue.Two projects are on the agenda: 1) Approve Bid for Rotary Park Masonry and Iron Work. 2) Authorization of Engineering for Etowah Carnegie Library Lift. This meeting is open to the public.


In response to a dog bite incident that occurred in the City of Etowah on March 9, 2016 involving an animal defined by City Ordinance as a "pit bull," the City Administration will be implementing a more stringent dog registration policy. As a reminder: all dogs being kept within the city limits of Etowah must be registered at City Hall. From this point forward, all dogs which are not assigned a specific breed by the veterinarian at the time of the rabies vaccination must be brought to City Hall to be photographed at the time of registration. As a further reminder, all dogs that are of the breeds known as pit bulls, or mixed breed pit bulls, or present the appearance and characteristics of dogs classified as pit bulls and the like, are banned in the City of Etowah by Ordinance #732, passed on October 22, 2012.

In January 2015 the Etowah City Commission voted to approve Ordinance 765, thus creating the Etowah Design Review Commission. This new Commission is tasked to enforce a set of criteria called the Design Guidelines of the Heritage District of Historic Etowah. These Guidelines regulate All construction and improvements related to the exterior surfaces of buildings located within the Heritage District as described in the Guidelines. Click this link to download the Design Guidelines. CLICK HERE

An application for a Certificate of Design Compliance must be submitted before any Building Permits are issued, and any construction, renovation or demolition work may be performed to buildings in the Heritage District (Roughly the Downtown area - consult the map in the Guidelines). The application can be found after page 22 of the Guidelines, or, you may contact the Department of Community Development at: to receive a copy by email.