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Conducting Special Events

A special event is any temporary event held on property owned and/or managed by the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County ("Metro"), including the right-of-way. A special event may last for many days or may be as brief as a partial day. Approval from the ADA Compliance Division is required whether or not Metro sponsors the event.

Special events must meet the current accessibility standards adopted by Metro, even if the event is not being sponsored by Metro. This ensures that barriers are addressed ahead of time, so all participants can enjoy the event. We recognize that some events have larger operating budgets than others, but the standards must be applied evenly. The ADA Compliance Division can assist you in determining possible solutions to accessibility challenges you may face during the planning and set-up of your event.

Your event must be approved by the ADA Compliance Division prior to the first day of the event itself, or prior to the first day set-up affects the surrounding area in certain ways, whichever comes first.

Non-compliance with ADA requirements may result in withdrawal of the approval to use the Metro facility or property in question for your event. You are, therefore, strongly encouraged to submit the Special Event application form (see below) as soon as possible, to allow yourself time to make any changes that may be necessary to come into compliance with ADA standards.

The form also contains "awareness material" - information you are responsible for knowing when you hold an event on Metro property.

There is no fee required for filing or receiving ADA approval for your event.

Special Event Application Form: You can print the application and fill it in by hand, or you can fill it in online and then print it (if you do so, please remember that the printed version still requires your signature). Our mailing address and fax number are on the form.

How to Contact Us

ADA Compliance Division
730 2nd Ave South
Suite 201
P.O. Box 196300
Nashville, TN 37219-6300

Phone (615) 862-8744
Fax (615) 862-6767
Relay Service 711

The State of Tennessee provides a relay service at 711 so people who use TTYs can have phone conversations with people who do not have TTYs.

This service is completely confidential, available to anyone 24 hours a day/7 days a week, for calls anywhere in the United States or its territories, at no charge to either person in the conversation.

Dialing 711 works whether or not the person placing the call is using a TTY, since operators who answer use voice and TTY.

Alternate numbers for the relay service

800-848-0298 Person with TTY calling someone without TTY.
800-848-0299 Person without TTY calling someone with TTY.

Internet Protocol (IP) Relay offers an alternative to 711 Relay (used with text telephone or teletypewriter). Anyone with an Internet connection can use IP Relay service (where both local and long distance calls are free of charge) at: Sprint IP Relay Service