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Public Works

Information About Permits

Effective 2/1/2014 - Uniform Requirements for Traffic or Police Officers Working at Permitted Right-of-Way Sites

Permits for Activities within the Metro Nashville Right-of-Way

Permit Types & Associated Fees

Credit/Debit Card Transaction Fee Change, effective January 14, 2010

Metropolitan Ordinance # BL 2008-218 was enacted to repeal Ordinance # BL 2001-777 in its entirety. Based on this legislative action, a convenience fee will be added to all credit and debit card transactions processed by the Metropolitan Davidson County Public Works Department. The fee of 2.3% is assessed by the electronic processing company and no part of the fee goes to Metro. Download this Visa / Mastercard payment form and fax it to the Permits office at (615) 880-3259 if you would like to use a credit card for this purpose

New Pavement Assessment Fee, effective November 1, 2009

Pavement Assessment Fee information

All permit-related fees are listed below. Click the link for each permit type below to download/open the application for that permit type.

Permit Types and Fees
PERMIT TYPE APPLICATION FEE VIOLATION FEE
PAVEMENT ASSESSMENT
- penalty for cutting a street that has been paved within the last five (5) years.
$500 + 20% of total cost to restore pavement. **New Fee Effective Nov. 1, 2009 n/a
TRENCH CUT
Trench Cut Application (PDF)
Trench Cut Application (DOC)
- fee for excavation when the width is 6' or less.
$55 per 50 linear feet $165
SURFACE CUT
Surface Cut Application (PDF)
Surface Cut Application (DOC)
- fee for excavation when the width is greater than 6'.
$55 per 50 linear feet $165
EXCAVATION (FLAT FEE)
Excavation Application (PDF)
Excavation Application (DOC)
- fee for excavation that is less than 50' in length or 6 square yards.
$55 up to 50 linear feet $165
LANE CLOSURE*
Lane Closure Application (PDF)
Lane Closure Application (DOC)
- fee for closing a lane or traffic for construction purposes or special events.
$55 for up to 5 days, +$10 for each day after the 5th day $165, +$30 for each day after 5 days
STREET CLOSURE*
Street Closure Application (PDF)
Street Closure Application (DOC)
- fee for closing street temporary for construction purposes or special events
$55 for up to 5 days, +$10 for each day after the 5th day $165, +$30 for each day after 5 days
DRIVEWAY PERMIT*
Driveway Permit Application (PDF)
Driveway Permit Application (DOC)
- fee for ROW activity relating to the maintenance or installation of a commercial or residential driveway. AREA SKETCH WILL BE REQUIRED.
$55 for up to 5 days, +$10 for each day after the 5th day $165, +$30 for each day after 5 days
SIDEWALK CLOSURE*
Sidewalk Closure Application (PDF)
Sidewalk Closure Application (DOC)
- fee for closing sidewalk for construction purposes or special events.
$55 for up to 5 days, +$10 for each day after the 5th day $165, +$30 for each day after 5 days
PARKING LOADING ZONE
Parking / Loading Zone Application (PDF)
Parking / Loading Zone Application (DOC)
- fee for parking in a loading zone for loading & unloading for more than time allotted by the Traffic & Parking Commission
$15/day per location per vehicle $45
ENCROACHMENT
Encroachment Application
- fee for any aerial, underground, or building (including awning, sign, canopy, fiber optic cable, etc.) that encroaches on metro right of way. All encroachments must be approved by the Metro Council.
$250 $750
SIDEWALK CAFE
Sidewalk Cafe Application
- fee for permits for downtown businesses to have sidewalk dining.
$100/year per location $300
TRAILER/DUMPSTER*
Trailer / Dumpster Application (PDF)
Trailer / Dumpster Application (DOC)
- fee for placing a trailer, dumpster, or storage units in the right of way
$10/day, not to exceed $2000 $30/day
PERMANENT STREET CLOSURE
Permanent Street Closure Application
$300 n/a
STREET RENAMING
Street Renaming Application
$200 n/a
EASEMENT ABANDONMENT
Easement Abandonment Application
Easement Abandonment Contacts
$300 n/a

Map to the Metro Nashville Public Works Permit Office

720 S. Fifth Street, Nashville, TN 37206
The Permit Office is on the ground floor (downstairs) in the back of the building.
Email: pwpermits@nashville.gov
Phone: (615) 862-8782