Electrical service cannot be provided to the customer until an approved electrical inspection is made. These inspections are completed by the State of Tennessee Deputy Electrical Inspector not Fayetteville Public Utilities.

To complete the State of Tennessee electrical inspection process, each permit must be purchased and submitted for inspection, and the inspection must be completed with a passed result. All failed inspections must be corrected and re-inspected.

To obtain an electrical permit
In most cases the electrical contractor purchases all permits since a valid state electrical license is required at the time of purchase. If you have a valid state electrical license, you may purchase a permit using one of the following options:

State of Tennessee
  • Visit the State of Tennessee’s permit site at www.core.tn.gov. This service is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
  • Call the State of Tennessee’s permit office at 615-741-7170. Office hours are Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Fayetteville Public Utilities’ Engineering Office
  • FPU serves as a purchasing agent and can assist with the purchasing of permits for the Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance Electrical Inspector.
  • FPU charges a $5.00 fee to assist with the purchase of State of Tennessee Electrical Permits. Multiple permits for the same address can be purchased with one $5.00 fee.
  • FPU’s office is located at 408 College Street West, Fayetteville, TN. Office hours are Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Please arrive by 3:30 p.m. to allow ample time to complete the paperwork.

To schedule an inspection
When you are ready for an inspection, submit the permit according to how it was obtained.
  • If purchased through the State of Tennessee, visit www.core.tn.gov or call 615-741-7170 Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • If purchased at Fayetteville Public Utilities, call our office at 931-433-1522 ext. 340.
  • Please purchase and submit permits for inspection at least 24 hours before the date the inspection is requested.
  • The State Electrical Inspector is available on Tuesdays and Thursdays for Lincoln County.

*Homeowners are allowed to purchase electrical permits on their primary residence for one project per year.
**Pools and hot tubs require separate inspections. It is very important that you have all pools and hot tubs inspected by the State Inspector.
***Solar equipment and generators require separate inspections. Per Public Chapter 177 (2021) the State Fire Marshall’s Office requires all solar equipment and generators be inspected by a state-certified inspector and that the utility be notified prior to installation.



Fayetteville Public Utilities allows for attachments to our poles under certain conditions. 

Some poles in FPU’s service area are owned by other entities such as AT&T and Ardmore Telephone Company, in which case the pole owner would need to be contacted for permission.

Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) regulates the rates charged for pole attachments, so the cost of pole attachments is not subsidized by electric rate payers.

Before any permits for pole attachments will be considered, the applicant must first have an active Pole Attachment Agreement with Fayetteville Public Utilities. The purpose of this permit is to ensure that pole attachments meet all standards set by FPU and the National Electric Safety Code as well as any city, state, or federal standards. Entities desiring to attach to Fayetteville Public Utilities’ poles can submit a Pole Attachment Agreement during normal business hours at FPU’s office located at 408 College Street West.

Entities with an active Pole Attachment Agreement may apply for new attachments or modify existing attachments using the procedure listed below.

Please submit ALL requests for pole attachments to pole-attach@fpu-tn.com with the following information:

  • Name and contact info (email and phone # at minimum) of person requesting to attach
  • Type of attachment
  • Address or description of where you plan to attach to FPU poles
  • Drawings, if available
  • Date needed by (we try to accommodate, but no guarantees)
  • Any Issues that you are aware of at this location

After FPU receives your email, an inquiry will be submitted to the appropriate person(s), and you will either receive a phone call or an email to let you know the outcome of your request and if there are any issues that will need to be resolved prior to attaching.

Please note that FPU does require you to submit requests and receive approval from FPU PRIOR TO attaching to our poles. FPU would greatly appreciate your cooperation, and we look forward to working with you in the future.

If you have any questions, feel free to call our office at 931-433-1522 ext. 340.



1. Temporary Services are allowed for the sole purpose of having electricity while constructing a permanent service. Any other use must have prior approval.

2. Temporary Services are valid for a period of 9 months and must be inspected by the State Electrical Inspector prior to being hooked up. After 9 months, the temporary service must be renewed and reinspected. Temporary Services may be renewed 3 times. After the third renewal, customers may be required to put in a permanent pole service if construction is not near completion.

3. Customers must sign an application and contract and pay a temporary service fee for each renewal.

4. The temporary service pole and equipment shall be furnished by the customer.

5. See FPU Standard Drawings for Temporary Services for additional specification details. 



Fayetteville Public Utilities is committed to providing customers with reliable, sustainable and affordable electricity, and FPU’s qualified tree trimmers help accomplish this goal by properly clearing trees growing into or toward electric lines. Although directional pruning may not improve the appearance of the tree, it is a responsible and reasonable approach to keeping people and property safe, electric services dependable and trees healthy. During routine tree trimming, crews also grind the removed limbs and brush to decrease the amount of waste placed in landfills and to reduce disposal costs.

Customers can assist crews with tree trimming efforts by:

  • Planting the right tree in the right place - Before planting trees, it is important to consider the available space and the size of the tree when it reaches maturity. Taller trees should be planted away from overhead utility lines. 
  • Considering the underground space prior to planting a tree - Always call 811 to have underground utilities located before planting. Since root systems vary depending on the type of tree, also consider the location of underground utilities and sewer lines when deciding the placement of a new tree.

Service and reliability are priorities for Fayetteville Public Utilities. Therefore, tree and vegetation management must be consistently maintained. Please click on the Who Owns What link below to view a diagram to aid in understanding tree maintenance responsibilities for the customer. 

Who Owns What? Utility-Owned Equipment vs. Customer-Owned Equipment

Refer to this diagram to aid in understanding tree maintenance and equipment responsibilities for the customer and the utility. 

Download "WHO_Owns_What.pdf"

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Considering a solar installation? Fayetteville Public Utilities and the Tennessee Valley Authority are here to help.

Reach out to FPU's Key Accounts/Economic Development Representative Nathan Taylor at 931-433-1522 ext. 184 or visit tvagreenconnect.com with questions, comments or concerns. 

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Illuminate the dark areas around your home with a security light from Fayetteville Public Utilities. 55w LED, 100w LED, 150w LED or 297w LED Night Lights are all available on the FPU Night Light Rental Program. The light rental is added to your monthly electric bill for convenient payment. If any repairs or maintenance are needed for your light, simply report it to FPU by calling (931)433-1522. Repairs and maintenance will be made Free of Charge and in a timely manner by the FPU service crew.

Lights are installed at no cost on FPU energized poles only!