A Closer Look at Annexation in Tennessee

The 108th General Assembly eliminated unilateral, nonconsensual annexation with the enactment of Public Chapter 707, Acts of 2014, and strengthened the annexation moratorium established by Public Chapter 441, Acts of 2013. The 2014 Act extended the review of state policies governing comprehensive growth plans and changes in municipal boundaries begun by Public Chapter 441 on which the Commission released an interim report in December 2013.

Cities can annex property only with the written consent of the owner or by referendum. Cities can annex agricultural land only with written consent of the owner.

The published report is available here as a PDF.