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The Planning Commission guides growth and development as Nashville and Davidson County evolve into a more socially, economically and environmentally sustainable community, with a commitment to preservation of important assets, efficient use of public infrastructure, distinctive and diverse neighborhood character, free and open civic life, and choices in housing and transportation.

Metro Planning Department

The Planning Commission meets at 4 pm on the second and fourth Thursdays of each month in the Green Hills Room at Metro Southeast, 1417 Murfreesboro Pike.

Our meeting information line at 880-1006 provides the latest information on agendas and requests for deferral. It’s updated on the morning of every Commission meeting, and again as necessary until the meeting begins.

Planning Commission Meetings

The Metropolitan Council and the Metropolitan Planning Commission have revised the fee structure for services provided by the Planning Department, based on the actual operating cost of providing those services, as determined by a recent independent study. Among other changes, flat fees have replaced the sliding scales for PUDs, UDOs, SPs, and rezoning applications.

Applications & Fees

The Development Services page is here to help you find your way through the application and permitting process, whether you’re subdividing a residential lot, building an addition onto your home, or planning a large development. The links below will take you to the forms and information most often used by each of the Metro departments involved in development.

Development Services

Davidson County is divided into fourteen communities for planning purposes. By dividing the county into smaller portions, Metro Planning staff can engage more stakeholders in each community and plan for smaller areas, achieving a greater level of detail in planning.

Click on any of the communities, or any of the links, to learn more about each of the fourteen communities and their local plans.

Community Planning

We offer two types of services. The Public Access (On-line Mapping Application) and Commercial Access. Read below to find out more about each of these unique services.

Important Disclaimer Notice

The user understands that the entities which comprise Metropolitan Government make no representations as to the accuracy of the information in the mapping data, but rather, provide said information as is. The user knowingly waives any and all claims for damages against any and all of the entities comprising Metropolitan Government that may arise from the mapping data. This is not a legal document!

Mapping Services and Geographic Information Systems

The Department of Codes & Building Safety has just completed the first phase of the Results Matters performance management program. Managing for results is an integrated management system that focuses people, resources and organizations on results for customers. This program is part of the Mayor’s vision to be the best managed local government anywhere.

To achieve that goal, Codes has joined other Metro departments in moving to a “Results” orientation. A result is defined as a benefit or impact the customer experiences as a consequence of receiving the Department of Code’s products or deliverables.

Department of Codes and Building Safety

The mission of the Davidson County Assessor of Property is to discover, list, classify, and value all taxable property in the jurisdiction of Davidson County, Tennessee for Ad Valorem (according to value) tax purposes. The Assessor of Property is responsible to the property owners and taxpayers of Davidson County to ensure that all property subject to taxation is valued in accordance with state laws, that no property escapes the assessment process or is under-assessed, and that no property owner receives unauthorized preferential treatment. In the performance of these duties, it is the goal of this department to provide the highest level of professional service and technical assistance to the public on all matters relating to property assessment and tax policy.

Tax Assessor’s Office

The Metro Beautification and Environment Commission works to make Nashville clean, safe, and attractive. The commission coordinates the efforts of volunteers, city departments, business and community groups, and government agencies to provide environmental programs, beautification projects, as well as training and educational opportunities for the residents and visitors of Nashville and Davidson County.

The Commission comprises representatives from the 35 councilmanic districts appointed by the mayor to serve three-year terms. A group of Friends of Beautification provides advice and volunteer support.

Metropolitan Beautification and Environment Commission

The Mayor’s Office of Economic and Community Development (ECD) works to stimulate local economic activity through focusing and coordinating government resources.

Works with the Mayor and others to develop plans and incentives for attracting and retaining businesses;
Works as a liaison between new and existing businesses and the city’s; permitting and regulatory processes;
Acts as a source of business information and referrals in the Nashville area;
Administers the Nashville Foreign Trade Zone;
Facilitates and/or issues the city’s permits for film, special events, and parades;
Works to support and enhance tourism.

Mayor’s Office of Economic and Community Development

To preserve, protect, and document the history, historic places, buildings and neighborhoods of Davidson County through education, technical assistance, and advocacy.

The Metropolitan Historic Zoning Commission reviews applications to create new historic overlay districts and reviews and approves preservation permits in historic and conservation districts for new construction, alterations, additions, repair and demolition.

Historic Zoning Commission

The mission of the Mayor’s Office of Neighborhoods is to improve the quality of life in Nashville’s neighborhoods through a more informed, active and involved citizenry and enhanced governmental response to community needs.

Mayor’s Office of Neighborhoods

The Department of Public Works delivers a wide range of services that help define the quality of life for residents of Nashville/Davidson County. Over 300 dedicated Public Works employees work day and night to help ensure a safe, clean and convenient transportation network of public streets and alleys, and to provide an efficient system for managing trash and other waste in Davidson County. These “unsung heroes” repair potholes and public sidewalks; mow grass and trim tree limbs near Metro roadways; change traffic signal bulbs; create and put up street signs; and clean up roadside dumping and litter.

Nashville Public Works

Current Planning Department publications are issued in electronic form and can be downloaded at no charge; paper copies are available at the Planning Department office purchases, or by mail order. at prices which cover the cost of printing and mailing. Some older publications are available only on paper.

We also offer two weekly e-publications, “Planning Digest” on Tuesdays and “Development Dispatch” on Fridays.

“Planning Digest” is a brief, easily scanned collection of weblinks related to sustainable development, and “Development Dispatch” is a weekly email on regulations, permitting, and other issues of interest to builders and developers.


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