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You can file a request/concern in our Other category at www.mygovernmentonline.org , and we will get your concern and/or question addressed. Or you can contact Jenn Hatmaker at the Town Hall at 865-966-7057 or by email at jhatmaker@townoffarragut.org , and she will contact the Mayor and Board of Aldermen on your behalf.  If this is your first time filing a request online through the MyGovernmentOnline portal, please create an account. Click here for instructions on creating a MyGovernmentOnline account. Please be aware that a confirmation phone call from MyGovernmentOnline will be sent to the phone number associated with the new account within 15 minutes of account creation. The account will not be activated unless the call is answered. ( Administration - Farragut )

To make an appointment for a non-commercial road skills test, please visit https://dl.safety.tn.gov/_/ or call 866-903-7357, Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm.  ( Administration - Farragut )

New residents or those returning to Tennessee who hold a driver license from another state must obtain a Tennessee driver license no later than thirty (30) days after establishing residency. New residents will need to go to any of our full-service driver service centers that are located throughout the state. ( Administration - Farragut )

The TN Department of Safety mails every driver a courtesy renewal notice approximately eight to ten weeks before their license expires. Please read your renewal notice carefully. If you have misplaced your renewal notice click here for information on renewing a TN driver license on the TN Department of Safety and Homeland Security website. ( Administration - Farragut )

If your driver license has been lost, stolen or destroyed, you may be eligible to obtain a replacement online. Obtaining a replacement license does not change the expiration date of the original issued license. To obtain a replacement license online, visit the Online Services menu . A replacement license may also be obtained by applying in person at any driver service center . Click here for more information on applying for a duplicate or replacement license. ( Administration - Farragut )

To apply for a Commercial Driver License (CDL) a CDL knowledge test can be taken at a Full-Service Driver Service Center or through a certified CDL Third Party Program participant. Click here for more information on Commercial Driver License. Click here for a list of Full-Service locations. Click here for a list of certified third party testing organizations. ( Administration - Farragut )

For any new construction, additions, decks, deck replacement/repairs, screen porches, sunrooms, structural alterations, new or replacement gas/mechanical units, water heaters, swimming pools, and/or most accessory structures. Unless structural modifications are needed, building permits are not typically required for cosmetic work such as re-roofing, replacing siding, painting, flooring, etc. ( Building Codes - Farragut )

Building permits are required for a number of reasons. Approved permits and the accompanying building inspections help ensure that what you are proposing complies with current code requirements. This, in turn, helps provide for a safe structure and helps protect your investment. The failure to obtain building permits may also lead to an un-insurable structure or a structure that may need serious modifications or even removal in the future due to a lack of compliance with applicable codes. ( Building Codes - Farragut )

Fences up to a maximum of 7 feet in height do not require a building permit. However, the property owner is responsible for making sure the fence is on their property and not within the public right of way and/or any pedestrian easement. Also, fences are not permitted where they would impede the free flow of stormwater. Fences may also be removed without being re-installed if they are placed within utility, drainage, and/or construction easements. The best advice with regards to fence placement is to have a survey conducted so that the property boundaries and easements are known and future issues do not arise. ( Building Codes - Farragut )

You can file a request/concern online in the Other category at www.mygovernmentonline.org , and we will get your concern and/or question addressed. Or you can contact Jenn Hatmaker at the Town Hall at 865-966-7057 or by email at jhatmaker@townoffarragut.org , and she will contact the Mayor and Board of Aldermen on your behalf.  If this will be your first time filing a request online through the MyGovernmentOnline portal, please create an account. Click here for instructions on creating a MyGovernmentOnline account. Please be aware that a confirmation phone call from MyGovernmentOnline will be sent to the phone number associated with the new account within 15 minutes of account creation. The account will not be activated unless the call is answered.  ( Citizen Requests - Farragut )

Farragut Municipal Code Sec. 14-33. - Weeds . No owner, or agent of such owner of any lot, place or area within 100 feet of an occupied building which building is located within in the Town, shall permit on such lot, place or area, or upon any sidewalk, driveway, trail, greenway or path abutting the same, any weeds, grass, or deleterious, unhealthful growths, or noxious matter, that may be growing, lying, or located thereon to exceed a height of 12 inches. This section does not apply to the owner or operator of an operating farm.  If the grass/weeds exceed the maximum height of 12 inches feel free to file a concern by visiting www.mygovernmentonline.org and clicking on Solution Center. If this is your first time filing a request online through the MyGovernmentOnline portal, please create an account. Click here for instructions on creating a MyGovernmentOnline account. Please be aware that a confirmation phone call from MyGovernmentOnline will be sent to the phone number associated with the new account within 15 minutes of account creation. The account will not be activated unless the call is answered.  Once you have created a new account or logged in to an existing account, click on Solution Center to file your request. Click here for instructions on filing a new request. Once your request has been received, a member of Town staff will investigate the concern and you will receive updates via email. You may also log into the MyGovernmentOnline system at anytime to view your request by clicking on MY ACCOUNT. ( Citizen Requests - Farragut )

Concerns regarding animals such as animal abuse, animals running at large, excessive barking, vicious/dangerous dogs, rabies control or animal bites, please contact the Knox County Sheriff’s Office Animal Control Unit at 865-215-2444. For concerns involving wildlife, please contact the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency at 423-587-7037. ( Citizen Requests - Farragut )

The Town of Farragut does not have a noise ordinance. If problems persist, contact the Knox County Sheriff's Department at 865-215-2444. ( Citizen Requests - Farragut )

If the ATV is on the road without a license and/or the driver does not hold a license, contact the Knox County Sheriff’s Department at 865-215-2444. ( Citizen Requests - Farragut )

The Town of Farragut currently maintains four parks: Anchor Park: 11730 Turkey Creek Road  Founders Park at Campbell Station: 405 N. Campbell Station Park  Mayor Bob Leonard Park: 301 Watt Road  McFee Park: 917 McFee Road If your concern is located at one of the Town of Farragut parks, you can file a request / concern by visiting www.mygovernmentonline.org and clicking on Solution Center. If this is your first time filing a request online through the MyGovernmentOnline portal, please create an account. Click here for instructions on creating a MyGovernmentOnline account. Please be aware that a confirmation phone call from MyGovernmentOnline will be sent to the phone number associated with the new account within 15 minutes of account creation. The account will not be activated unless the call is answered.  Once you have created a new account or logged in to an existing account, click on Solution Center to file your request. Click here for instructions on filing a new request. Once your request has been received, a member of Town staff will investigate the concern and you will receive updates via email. You may also log into the MyGovernmentOnline system at anytime to view your request by clicking on MY ACCOUNT. ( Citizen Requests - Farragut )

Knox County Sheriff’s Office West Precinct ........................  865-392-1670  Knox County Sheriff’s Office Non Emergency ..................... 865-215-2444  Animal Control ..................................................................... 865-215-2444  Rural Metro / AMR Member Services .................................. 865-560-0239  Knoxville Volunteer Rescue Squad ...................................... 865-564-4821 Poison Control ...................................................................... 800-222-1222 ( Frequently Needed Phone Numbers - Farragut )

ELECTRICITY   Lenoir City Utilities Board (LCUB) ......................... 1-844-687-5282 GAS   Knoxville Utilities Board (KUB) .............................. 865-524-2911 WATER & SEWER First Utility District (FUD) ....................................... 865-966-9741 TELEPHONE   TDS Telecom .......................................................... 865-671-2100/1-888-225-5837  Charter Communications ........................................ 1-866-422-2200 ( Frequently Needed Phone Numbers - Farragut )

Knox County Solid Waste ..................................................... 865-215-5865  Tennessee Trash Service (Knoxville) ................................... 865-966-0086  Tennessee Trash Service (Lenoir City) ................................ 865-986-0127  Waste Connections of Tennessee ........................................ 865-522-8161  Waste Management ............................................................. 1-800-367-9662 ( Frequently Needed Phone Numbers - Farragut )

Chestnut Ridge Landfill ......................................................... 865-457-7810  Poplar View Landfill .............................................................. 865-525-7720  Tennessee Trash Service (Knoxville) ................................... 865-966-0086  Tennessee Trash Service (Lenoir City) ................................ 865-986-0217  Waste Connections .............................................................. 865-522-8161  Waste Management ............................................................. 1-800-367-9662  Knox Waste .......................................................................... 865-215-5865 ( Frequently Needed Phone Numbers - Farragut )

Burn Permits are issued through the Knox County Air Quality Department. To obtain a burn permit or to report burning without a permit call 865-215-5900. ( Frequently Needed Phone Numbers - Farragut )

Farragut Branch Library ....................................................... 865-777-1750 ( Frequently Needed Phone Numbers - Farragut )

VEHICLE REGISTRATION / CAR TAGS Knox County Clerk's Office (Farragut Branch) ....................... 865-966-5205  Knox County Clerk's Office (Cedar Bluff) ............................... 865-215-2385  Old Knox County Courthouse ................................................. 865-215-3620  Knox County Clerk's Office East Knoxville ............................. 865-215-2385  Knox County Clerk's Office Halls Office ................................. 865-922-5210  DRIVERS LICENSE RENEWALS & DUPLICATES (Non Commercial)  Old Knox County Courthouse ................................................ 865-215-3620  Knox County Clerk's Office East Knoxville ............................ 865-215-2385  Knox County Clerk's Office Halls Office ................................. 865-922-5210  Knox County Clerk's Office Cedar Bluff Office ...................... 865-215-8500  DRIVERS LICENSE TESTING CENTER  Strawberry Plains (7320 Region Lane, 37914) ..................... 865-594-6399  Maryville (318 Home Ave, 37801) ......................................... 865-981-2359  PASSPORTS  Knox County Clerk's Office Cedar Bluff ................................ 865-215-8500  Old Knox County Courthouse ............................................... 865-215-3620  Knox County Clerk's Office East Knoxville ........................... 865-215-2385 ( Frequently Needed Phone Numbers - Farragut )

City-County Building (Downtown) ........................................... 865-215-2000  Knox County Trustee's Office ................................................. 865-966-6611  Knox County Clerk's Office (Farragut Branch) ........................ 865-966-5205 *  Knox County Clerk's Office (Downtown Knox) ........................ 865-215-2385  Knox County Marriage License ............................................... 865-777-9476  Knox County Business License .............................................. 865-777-9476  Knox County Register of Deeds ............................................. 865-215-2330  Knox County Election Commission ........................................ 865-215-2480  * Please note, the Farragut Branch of the Knox County Clerk's Office offers select services. Please call ahead to verify your request can be handled at the Farragut Branch. ( Frequently Needed Phone Numbers - Farragut )

FarragutPress ....................................................................... 865-675-6397  Shopper News ...................................................................... 865-218-9378  Knoxville News Sentinel ....................................................... 865-521-8181 ( Frequently Needed Phone Numbers - Farragut )

New residents or those returning to Tennessee who hold a driver license from another state must obtain a Tennessee driver license no later than thirty (30) days after establishing residency. New residents will need to go to any of our full-service driver service centers that are located throughout the state. ( General Questions - Farragut )

To make an appointment for a non-commercial road skills test, please visit  https://dl.safety.tn.gov/_/ or call 866-903-7357, Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm.   ( General Questions - Farragut )

To apply for a Commercial Driver License (CDL) a CDL knowledge test can be taken at a Full-Service Driver Service Center or through a certified CDL Third Party Program participant.  Click here for more information on Commercial Driver License.  Click here for a list of Full-Service locations.  Click here for a list of certified third party testing organizations. ( General Questions - Farragut )

The Farragut Municipal Court has jurisdiction within the Town of Farragut over cases involving violations of Town ordinances and adopted codes. Since late 2009, the Farragut Municipal Court also has jurisdiction over automated traffic enforcement cases (Red Light Cameras). The Code of Ordinances are available to the public at https://www.municode.com/library/tn/farragut/codes/code_of_ordinances   ( Municipal Court - Farragut )

The Farragut Municipal Court can be contacted by calling the Farragut Town Hall at 865-966-7057 or by contacting the Court Clerk at 865-218-3363 or jhatmaker@townoffarragut.org . Court Staff cannot discuss the merits of a case or provide legal advice. Court Staff can assist with rescheduling a case in the event of a conflict or emergency. Failure to appear before the court on the day and time cited may result in an automatic default judgment. For more information about the Farragut Municipal Court, please visit www.townoffarragut.org/court .  ( Municipal Court - Farragut )

If found liable, the Judge may assess court costs and fines. Payment for court costs and fines are to be paid within ten (10) days of the judgment.  Court costs are set at $115.00. Court costs for ordinance violations and automated traffic enforcement (red light camera) violations should be paid to the Town of Farragut. You may pay in person at the Farragut Town Hall or mail your payment to 11408 Municipal Center Drive, Farragut, TN 37934. Make checks or money orders payable to "Town of Farragut". Cash payments cannot be accepted by mail, but can be accepted in person at the Farragut Town Hall. Fines for ordinance violations may be up to $50/day/violation for every day that the violation(s) exists. Fines for ordinance violations are to be paid to the Town of Farragut. You may pay in person at the Farragut Town Hall or mail your payment to 11408 Municipal Center Drive, Farragut, TN 37934. Make checks or money orders payable to "Town of Farragut". Cash payments cannot be accepted by mail, but can be accepted in person at the Farragut Town Hall.   Automated traffic enforcement (red light camera) violations have a civil penalty of $50 per violation. The civil penalty for automated traffic enforcement violations can be paid online at www.photonotice.com or in person or by mail at the Pine Ridge Office Complex, 706 S Illinois Ave, Suite D103, Oak Ridge, TN 37830. Make checks or money orders payable to "Farragut Traffic Enforcement Program". Cash payments cannot be accepted by mail, but can be accepted in person at the Pine Ridge Office Complex.   ( Municipal Court - Farragut )

Anyone cited to appear before the Municipal Court may present his/her own case before the judge unless the defendant is a corporation or limited liability company. This includes the right to present witnesses, documents, and other relevant evidence. The retention or use of any attorney is up to the discretion of the cited party. If the named defendant is a corporation or limited liability company, that legal entity must be represented by an attorney if it is to appear before the court. ( Municipal Court - Farragut )

The Town has four parks, one located in each quadrant of the Town. Anchor Park 11730 Turkey Creek Road Visit the Anchor Park web site for more details Founders Park at Campbell Station 405 N. Campbell Station Road Visit the Founders Park web site for more details Mayor Bob Leonard Park 301 Watt Road Visit the Mayor Bob Leonard Park web site for more details McFee Park 917 McFee Road Visit the McFee Park web site for more details ( Parks & Recreation - Farragut )

Town parks are open every day of the year from sunrise until 10pm, with the exception of Anchor Park, which is open from sunrise to dusk. Park restroom hours will vary seasonally. • Spring, Summer, Fall Restroom Hours (March-October): 8:00 am – 10:00 pm • Winter Restroom Hours (November-February): 8:30 am – 4:30 pm ( Parks & Recreation - Farragut )

The splash pad is open seasonally from early May through late September. Exact opening and closing dates will be updated on the Town’s web site once available. The normal splash pad operating hours are 10am until 8pm seven days a week. The splash pad may be closed daily from 2pm to 3pm for routine maintenance. We cannot always guarantee that the splash pad will be operating as it may be closed unexpectedly for maintenance or safety issues. ( Parks & Recreation - Farragut )

The Town has seven pavilions available for rental that can accommodate small gatherings and groups up to 200 people in size. To see the pavilion availability schedule, click here . Please note that if the date on the calendar is blank the facility is not available. Use the drop down menu at the top right hand corner of the calendar to switch facilities. To reserve a pavilion, click on the available date and follow the prompts. If you have never reserved a pavilion online with us you will be required to create an account. To reserve a pavilion by telephone, please call (865) 218-3375. Please note that when reserving a pavilion at McFee Park you are NOT reserving the splash pad. We cannot guarantee that the splash pad will be operating during your rental. ( Parks & Recreation - Farragut )

Natural grass athletic fields at Town parks open for the season during the first weekend of March and generally close at the beginning of November. Synthetic turf fields are available for rental year round. ( Parks & Recreation - Farragut )

Only organized groups that are able to provide proof of liability insurance with a minimum of $1,000,000 in coverage are able to reserve Town fields. Groups that can provide proof of insurance can reserve time through the seasonal field allocation process, or rent on a first-come, first-serve prepay basis. The field allocation process allows groups to rent a large amount of time prior to the next season and offers an installment method of payment. This process is done twice a year; once in January for the spring/summer season and again in June for the fall/winter rental season. Tournament rentals are also available. For more information on field rentals, click here . ( Parks & Recreation - Farragut )

Field rental prices are $20 per hour for natural grass fields and $40 per hour for synthetic turf fields. ( Parks & Recreation - Farragut )

Any reservations that were canceled due to inclement weather will be rescheduled if availability permits. We can also issue your group a credit for future use, or issue a refund to your group. ( Parks & Recreation - Farragut )

To check the status of the Town’s athletic fields follow us on Twitter   @ToFFieldUpdate To check the status of the Town’s volleyball league games follow us on Twitter @ToFVolleyball ( Parks & Recreation - Farragut )

Use of the Town’s athletic fields is by reservation only for two reasons: to avoid conflict with other user groups and the Town’s liability insurer and legal department require specific information and insurance for organized clubs or teams. If your club or team does show up to use the fields without a reservation you will be asked to leave. ( Parks & Recreation - Farragut )

The Town’s insurer requires that groups using Town fields have liability insurance. A policy can be obtained through most insurers; many sports organizations have a national governing body that will also sell these policies. For a sample copy of the insurance form, click here . ( Parks & Recreation - Farragut )

The Town Hall Community Room is no longer available to rent. Classroom space, as well as the gym and Assembly Hall, are available for rent at the Farragut Community Center. To reserve space at the Farragut Community Center, please call 865-218-3376. ( Parks & Recreation - Farragut )

For information on volunteering with the Town of Farragut, click here , or contact Merritt Piper at mpiper@townoffarragut.org .   ( Parks & Recreation - Farragut )

Food trucks (including ice cream trucks) are not currently permitted in Town parks. Park users renting pavilions can have food catered for their event, but food must be served in the pavilions. ( Parks & Recreation - Farragut )

Persons 12 years of age and older will need a valid State of Tennessee fishing license to fish at Anchor Park. Children under 12 years of age do not need a fishing license. ( Parks & Recreation - Farragut )

The Town offers a wide variety of programs, classes and special events throughout the year. . For more information about programming, click here , or contact Merritt Piper at mpiper@townoffarragut.org . ( Parks & Recreation - Farragut )

Because the parks are maintained with taxpayer dollars, any business or for profit group needs to arrange usage by calling Lauren Cox at (865) 218-3376. There is a $25 per hour fee and proof of liability insurance is required. ( Parks & Recreation - Farragut )

Founders Park at Campbell Station is available to rent for special events. For more information click here . ( Parks & Recreation - Farragut )

The Farragut Museum is open Monday - Friday from 11am to 2pm with the exception of holidays. For more information on the museum, click here . ( Parks & Recreation - Farragut )

Groups can tour the Museum during regular hours, docents are on duty to assist with questions. Groups can also arrange for tours outside normal museum hours by contacting Julia Barham at museum@townoffarragut.org. ( Parks & Recreation - Farragut )

Museum admission is free! ( Parks & Recreation - Farragut )

Occasionally the Farragut Museum will accept donations of historically and/or regionally significant items. However, due to limited storage, the museum is able to accept very few items. If you have an item you would like to donate to the Farragut Museum, please contact Julia Barham at jbarham@townoffarragut.org. ( Parks & Recreation - Farragut )

In general, all signs of a commercial nature that are intended to be viewed by the public. ( Sign Ordinance - Farragut )

You can apply for a special events permit online at www.mygovernmentonline.org and clicking on Permits & Licensing. If you have questions, please contact the Town’s Community Development Department (Planning Division) at 865-966-7057. ( Sign Ordinance - Farragut )

When you are erecting, structurally repairing (other than normal maintenance), replacing, altering, relocating, changing the panels of (including tenant panels on existing ground mounted signs), and/or changing the establishment being advertised on a sign. ( Sign Ordinance - Farragut )

The Town's level of service regarding drainage system maintenance is detailed in the latest adopted Stormwater Drainage System Management Policy (October 27, 2011). The summary of this document is as follows: The Town of Farragut is responsible for the administration and enforcement of stormwater and drainage management regulations and associated inspections, including maintenance of the stormwater and drainage system located in public rights-of-way along public streets and other public lands. Additionally, the Town is responsible for the administration and enforcement of floodplain management regulations and associated inspections. The Town of Farragut is not responsible for the maintenance of stormwater and drainage features located on private property nor within easements on private property. Private property owners are solely responsible for the maintenance and upkeep of stormwater and drainage features located on their property. Said stormwater and drainage features include (nonexclusively): a good surface cover such as grass to minimize erosion, drainage easements, pipes, open grass swales, detention/retention/sediment basins, oil/water separators, rainwater harvesting systems, pervious paving systems, rain gardens, proprietary water treatment devices etc. THE TOWN OF FARRAGUT RESERVES THE RIGHT TO DEVIATE FROM THIS POLICY FOR THE HEALTH, WELFARE, AND SAFETY OF THE COMMUNITY Should you need more detailed information regarding the policy, you may download it in .pdf format by following this link. Stormwater Drainage System Maintenance Policy ( Stormwater Matters - Farragut )

The preferred method of reporting an illicit discharge into the storm sewer system is to submit the issue as a request online via My Government Online . If you do not have access to a computer, you may call (865) 966-7057 and ask to file a citizen's request. Utilize the Citizen Request Program ( Stormwater Matters - Farragut )

Every person shall be required to obtain a grading permit from the Town when a site plan is required per the Farragut Zoning Ordinance or when a preliminary plat is required per the Farragut Subdivision Regulations. An application for a grading permit shall be submitted during the process of applying for either a site plan or preliminary plat. Download the Grading Permit form ( Stormwater Matters - Farragut )

Any persons who wish to make an alteration to a stream, river, lake or wetland must first obtain an ARAP. Examples of stream alterations that require a permit from the Tennessee Division of Water Pollution Control (division) include: » Dredging, excavation, channel widening, or straightening » Bank sloping; stabilization » Channel relocation » Water diversions or withdrawals » Dams, weirs, dikes, levees or other similar structures » Flooding, excavating, draining and/or filling a wetland » Road and utility crossings » Structural fill ( Stormwater Matters - Farragut )

Pursuant to the Tennessee Code Annotated, any person aggrieved by the imposition of a civil penalty or damage assessment as provided by the Town of Farragut's Stormwater Ordinance may appeal said penalty or damage assessment to the Stormwater Advisory Committee (SAC). Appeals should be made in writing to the Town Administrator within 30 days of being served with the damage assessment of civil penalty. Failure to appeal shall be deemed as consent of the violator to the damage assessment or civil penalty and it shall become final. The Stormwater Advisory Committee (SAC) meets every second Thursday of the month at 3:30 p.m. at Town Hall. ( Stormwater Matters - Farragut )

Section 14-502 of The Town of Farragut's Stormwater Ordinance specifically excludes swimming pool discharges as an Illicit Discharge as long as the water is dechlorinated (typically 3 parts per million / ppm chlorine). Some things to keep in mind before emptying your pool: - chlorine should be allowed to dissipate for a few days prior to discharge - discharge should be in a grassy area, as far away from waters of the state (Turkey Creek, Little Turkey Creek or Fort Loudoun Lake) as possible - rate of discharge should be such as to maximize infiltration into soil without forming a point source and - no soil erosion should occur. This policy applies only to pools that use chlorine as a disinfectant. Other disinfection products are not covered by this policy. Discharges from pools that use other disinfection products must either be routed to a sanitary sewer, or obtain a no-discharge (land application) state operating permit or point source discharge (NPDES) permit. So in short, yes, it is allowable to discharge your pool over your lawn. Just make sure you let the chlorine dissipate for several days before doing so and make sure the discharge is slow and steady to optimize infiltration. ( Stormwater Matters - Farragut )

The Town of Farragut is partnering with the National Wildlife Federation (NWF) to: 1. Promote the NWF Certified Wildlife Habitat Program to our community in order to educate citizens about easy ways they can support wildlife, specifically birds, bees, bats and butterflies in their own outdoor spaces, and  2. Work towards national recognition as a Community Wildlife Habitat. ( Wildlife - Farragut )

Farragut is one of the best places to live in the region and, as a result, has been undergoing continuous growth for many years. Through the Community Wildlife Habitat program, the Town will work with its citizens to conserve and protect its environment while creating more well-connected habitats allowing wildlife like birds, bees, and butterflies to continue to thrive. ( Wildlife - Farragut )

The Community Wildlife Habitat certification program has been running successfully for more than 40 years, with more than 100 communities certified nationwide. The certification will put Farragut’s name on the national map alongside other communities who have shown a commitment to creating and nurturing natural habitat.   ( Wildlife - Farragut )

The Farragut Wonderful Wildlife program is a community initiative largely dependent upon the participation and involvement of its residents for success. For Farragut to become a Community Wildlife Habitat it needs to meet a certain threshold in terms of minimum number of homes, schools and common areas that get the certification. As a resident you can do multiple things to contribute:  1. Register your own backyard or outdoor space for certification  2. Spread the word! Talk to and encourage your extended family, friends, neighbors, neighborhood schools etc. to sign-up for and participate in the program. Invite friends to take a tour of your backyard habitat once you get certified.  3. Get involved, participate and volunteer in environmental outreach programs that the Town organizes. ( Wildlife - Farragut )

The cost to certify a yard or garden is $20. Schoolyards certify for FREE. The fee can be paid online when you fill in your application.  ( Wildlife - Farragut )

The fee helps NWF increase declining habitat for bees, butterflies, birds and other wildlife nationwide! Additional benefits include: 1. A personalized certificate once your habitat is certified.  2. 10 percent off NWF catalog merchandise, such as a yard sign proudly declaring your yard as a certified Wildlife Habitat. 3. One full-year’s membership to NWF and a one-year subscription to its National Wildlife magazine. ( Wildlife - Farragut )

NWF sells signs online. Please visit the online store to purchase your sign. ( Wildlife - Farragut )

Whether participating in this program or not, one can always see snakes and other wildlife in Tennessee backyards. Participants in this program are typically satisfied with seeing an increase in birds, and insect pollinators, like bees and butterflies, in their yards and do not see increases in dangerous wildlife. Certainly, we ask that you use caution if you see an animal in your yard or space that is unfamiliar to you, and move a safe distance away.  The Knox County Sheriff’s Office Animal Control Division provides quality enforcement pertaining to public safety, animal control, and animal welfare. For all animal control calls 215-2444 or email animalcontrol@knoxsheriff.org . ( Wildlife - Farragut )

Unfortunately, due to privacy concerns, we are unable to share any names. We would encourage you to talk to others in your neighborhood and local community groups. ( Wildlife - Farragut )

You can still take part in the certification program. If you have a porch or a balcony you can use that to create a wildlife habitat. You will use the same application as people with backyards to apply for the certification. You may also want to consider participating by encouraging others to get certified. Consider talking to your neighborhood school or an official who takes care of the park/playground/common area in your neighborhood about becoming a certified habitat. ( Wildlife - Farragut )

The certification is a way for you to personally demonstrate that you manage your yard to be wildlife-friendly. When you move the certification for your yard ends, but you can recertify at your new location! The certification is not a legal document like a deed or an easement. The certification is a tool for you to look at simple changes that you can make in your own yard to create a beautiful and healthy space for you and the birds, bees, and butterflies that visit you there. ( Wildlife - Farragut )
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