Information About Permits
Permits for Activities within the Metro Nashville Right-of-Way
Permit Types & Associated Fees
Credit/Debit Card Transaction Fee
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.
Select the permit type from the following list for applications and fees information.
Penalty for cutting a street that has been paved within the last five (5) years.
- Permit fee: $500 + 20% of total cost to restore pavement
Fee for excavation when the width is 6' or less
Fee for excavation when the width is greater than 6'
Excavation (Flat Fee)
Fee for excavation that is less than 50' in length or 6 square yards
Fee for closing a lane or traffic for construction purposes or special events
Fee for closing street temporary for construction purposes or special events
Fee for right of way activity relating to the maintenance or installation of a commercial or residential driveway
Fee for closing sidewalk for construction purposes or special events
Parking Loading Zone
Fee for parking in a loading zone for loading & unloading for more than time allotted by the Traffic & Parking Commission
Fee for any aerial, underground, or building (including awning, sign, canopy, fiber optic cable, etc.) that encroaches on metro right of way
Fee for permits for downtown businesses to have sidewalk dining
Trailer / Dumpster
Fee for placing a trailer, dumpster, or storage units in the right of way
Permanent Street Closure
Permit Office Contact Information
720 S. Fifth Street
Nashville, TN 37206
The Permit Office is on the ground floor (downstairs) in the back of the building.
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