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Short Term Rental Property

Permit Information

Short Term Rental Property (STRP) is defined as a residential dwelling unit, containing not more than four sleeping rooms, that is used and / or advertised for transient occupancy. Owners of Short-Term Rental Properties (STRPs), are required to obtain an operating permit (Ordinance No. BL2014-951, Ordinance No. BL2014-909 and Ordinance No. BL2015-94). This law applies to all properties (including rooms and guest houses) rented for less than 30 consecutive days to the same occupant.

To Apply for a Permit

  1. Owner of the STRP must apply in person at the Metro Codes Department.
  2. Bring required documentation to the Metro Codes Department at the Metro Office Building, 800 2nd Avenue South, between 7:30 am and 3:00 pm Monday through Friday.
    1. Floor plan of residence showing number of bedrooms and location of smoke alarms. The floor plan can be hand-sketched (number of sleeping rooms will be checked against the tax assessor’s record). Floor plans shall show details of all levels of the house and any attached structures, location of windows, doors (interior and exterior) and locations of the required smoke detectors.
    2. Name, phone number, and email of person or business that will be the responsible party residing within a 25 mile radius.
    3. Proof of insurance of not less than 1 million dollars per occurrence.
    4. Proof of notification to owner of any property that shares a common wall or driveway with the proposed STRP.
    5. Proof of residence - driver license if applying for the owner-occupied (Type 1) permit.
  3. Determine short-term rental permit type (Type 1, Type 2, or Type 3).
  4. Pay $50 permit fee – cash, check or credit cards are accepted (a 2.3% processing fee will be applied to all credit card payments)
  5. Allow time (one to two weeks) for processing and approval.
  6. Post the operating permit*, contact information for responsible party, and occupation limits in a visible area in the rental property.

Incomplete documentation will delay processing

To Renew a Permit

Either:

  1. Bring all of the following to the Metro Codes Department:
    1. $50 annual fee must be paid in full at time of registration.
    2. Signed and notarized affidavit.
  2. Please bring the required documents and permit fee with you to the Metro Codes Department.
  3. Allow time for processing and approval.

Or:

  1. Mail the following to:
    Metro Department of Codes and Building Safety
    STRP Permit Renewal
    P.O. Box 196300
    Nashville, TN 37219-6300
    1. Check of $50 annual fee.
    2. Signed and notarized affidavit.
  2. Allow time for processing and approval.

If the owner and/or street address of the rental has changed, you MUST submit a new application.

Short-Term Rental Permit Caps

There is a cap on the number of non-owner occupied (Type 2) short-term rental properties allowed in each census tract of Davidson County. Use the Short Term Rental Permit Availability map to see how many permits are available where the property is located.

* This permit may not be transferred and does not convey with the sale or transfer of the property.

Questions? See our Frequently Asked Questions or email Clint Harper

Rental Types

Owners of Short-Term Rental Properties (STRPs), are required by the Metropolitan Government to obtain an operating permit.

Type 1: Owner-Occupied

(single-family, multifamily or duplex)

  • Are owner-occupied or associated with an owner-occupied principal residence on the same lot.
  • Include the rental of an entire dwelling unit to a single party of individuals, or
  • If only part of the unit, include at a minimum a sleeping room (with bathroom), is limited to a single party of individuals, and the owner is generally present during the rental

The address on owner's driver's license must match the deed as recorded with the Davidson County Clerk's office.

Type 2: Not Owner-Occupied

(single-family or duplex)

  • Are not owner-occupied or associated with an owner-occupied principal residence
  • Are single-family or duplex properties
  • Include rental to a single party of individuals

The Metro ordinance places a cap on the percentage of non-owner occupied single and two family STRPs allowed to legally operate in each census tract of the county.

Use the STRP Census Tract Map to check if the 3% limit of non-owner occupied single-family and two-family residential units has been reached within your census tract. This map is updated periodically, so please contact the Codes Department for the most up-to-date information.

Ownership information on your application must match the deed as recorded with the Davidson County Clerk's office.

Type 3: Not Owner-Occupied Multifamily

(Multifamily apartments and condominiums)

  • Are not owner-occupied or associated with an owner-occupied principal residence
  • Are in multifamily structures
  • Include rental to a single party of individuals

Ownership information or the address on your driver's license must match the deed as recorded with the Davidson County Clerk's office.

STRP Operation Information

Short Term Rental Property (STRP) operation is limited to properties that have no more than 4 bedrooms and are subject to the requirements spelled out in Ordinance No. BL2014-951, Ordinance No. BL2014-909 and Ordinance No. BL2015-94.

These requirements include but are not limited to:

  • Signs, advertising, or any other display on the property indicating that the dwelling unit is being utilized, in whole or in part, as a STRP is prohibited.
  • All STRP occupants shall abide by all applicable noise restrictions contained in the Metropolitan Code and all applicable waste management provisions of Chapter 10.20 of the Metropolitan Code.
  • The STRP shall have smoke alarms in all locations required by the Fire Marshal.
  • No recreational vehicles, buses, or trailers shall be visible on the street or property in conjunction with the STRP use.
  • No food shall be prepared for or served to the transient by the permit holder.
  • The principal renter of a STRP unit shall be at least twenty-one (21) years of age.
  • The maximum number of occupants permitted on a STRP property at any one time shall not exceed more than twice the number of sleeping rooms plus four.
  • Simultaneous rental to more than one party under separate contracts shall not be allowed.
  • The STRP owner shall not receive any compensation or remuneration to permit occupancy of a STRP for a period of less than twenty-four (24) hours.
  • The permit holder shall be responsible for collecting and remitting all applicable room, occupancy, and sales taxes required by state law or the Metropolitan Code.
  • A STRP permit shall not be transferred or assigned to another individual, person, entity, or address, nor shall the permit authorize any person, other than the person named therein, to operate a STRP on the property.
  • Upon the filing of three or more complaints within a calendar year regarding a STRP permit, the department of codes administration shall notify the permit holder in writing of such complaints. If the department of codes administration determines that violations of this section or any other ordinance or law relating to STRPs have occurred, the permit to operate a STRP may be revoked. Once a STRP permit has been revoked, no new permit shall be issued to the applicant for the same property for a period of one year.

The penalty for operating a short term rental property without a permit after July 1, 2015 shall be a fifty dollar fine. Each day of operation without a permit shall constitute a separate offense. Upon a finding that a short term rental property has operated without a permit, there shall be a one year waiting period from the date of such finding for the property to become eligible for a STRP permit.

Availability Map

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Check the Short Term Rental Permit Availability map to see if your property is eligible for a Short Term Rental permit.

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