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How Long Must a City Wait for a Warrant?

Reference Number: MTAS-1085
Tennessee Code Annotated
Reviewed Date: October 23, 2017
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Once the city building official applies for an administrative inspection warrant, the judge must make a decision immediately as to whether or not the warrant should be issued. T.C.A. § 68-120-117(d). The effect of this requirement of immediacy is that the property owner has no right to notice that a warrant is being considered, and the judge does not have to hear from the owner prior to making a decision on the warrant.