ORDINANCE NO. O98-1191
AN ORDINANCE TO REGULATE TEMPORARY SIDEWALK ENCROACHMENTS BY STREET VENDORS, SIGNS AND
WHEREAS, the primary purpose of the public streets,
sidewalks, and other public ways is for use by vehicular and pedestrian traffic;
WHEREAS, vending and commercial displays on such
public ways promotes the public interest by contributing to an active and attractive
WHEREAS, street performers contribute to the unique
character of the city and promote the cultural and artistic heritage of the city;
WHEREAS, reasonable regulation of any temporary
encroachment on public ways is necessary to protect the public, health, safety, and
WHEREAS, the regulations contained herein are not
intended to prohibit or hamper speech which is protected by the First Amendment, but
merely to regulate specific activities to ensure that the public ways remain safe and
useful for their primary purpose and are attractive to tourists and the public.
NOW THEREFORE, BE IT ENACTED BY THE COUNCIL OF THE METROPOLITAN GOVERNMENT OF NASHVILLE
AND DAVIDSON COUNTY:
SECTION 1: That Chapter 13.08.040 of the Metropolitan Code of
Laws is hereby amended by deleting the existing language, and by substituting in lieu
thereof the following:
- No person shall stop, stand or park any wagon, pushcart, automobile, truck or other
vehicle, or erect any temporary stands, signs or otherwise, upon or within any public
property of the metropolitan government for the purpose of selling or offering for sale
any goods, food, wares, merchandise or products of any kind, nor shall any person sell or
offer for sale, upon or within any public property of the metropolitan government, any
goods, food, wares, merchandise or products of any kind. The prohibitions contained in
this subsection shall not affect or apply to any agreement with, or the written approval
of, the respective department, board, agency, officer or other person having control or
custody of that particular property. (Ord. 91-114 § 1, 1992)
- 1. It is unlawful for any person to obstruct any public way, including alleys, roadways,
sidewalks and streets as defined by Sections 12.04.010, 12.04.315, 12.04.335, and
12.04.375 of the Metropolitan Code, except as authorized by law. This subsection shall not
- Any street vendor operating with a proper license or permit issued by the county clerk
under subsections (A)(3) and (4) of this section that satisfies this ordinance.
- Vendors exclusively engaged in the sale of newspapers, magazines, periodicals or other
such written items provided that the requirements for clearance at intersections set forth
at Section 13.12.190 are satisfied and who do not utilize a cart, wagon, or any other
mobile device or vehicle to sell such written materials.
- Solicitation of donations by a non-profit organization or the sale of merchandise by a
non-profit organization which constitutes, carries or makes a religious, political,
educational, philosophical or ideological message or statement related to the purpose of
the non-profit organization.
- Produce sellers licensed pursuant to the provisions of Chapter 6.104.
- Persons to whom a privilege has been extended under the provisions of Section 13.36.020
allowing them to come upon or take any position upon the area of the curb market or the
auxiliary curb market.
- In conjunction with, and as part of, an organized program of conventions, professional
meetings, seminars and other similar events, any individual distributing free samples of
goods from his or her person or vendors, merchants, exhibitors and salesmen who exhibit,
demonstrate, or solicit orders for goods at any such event.
- These exceptions shall operate to create a privilege and not a franchise or license. In
the event the exceptions stated in this subsection are repealed or otherwise revoked, the
provisions of this ordinance shall then apply and any wagons, pushcarts, stands, signs,
displays and any news and literature distribution racks no longer excepted shall be
removed at the owners expense.
- Definitions. Within the meaning of this section, these terms shall be construed as
a) "Commission" shall mean the Metropolitan Traffic and Parking Commission.
- "To obstruct" shall mean to so occupy the public ways so that the free use and
enjoyment thereof by the public is in any way interrupted or interfered with, or such that
the free ingress and egress to or from any building fronting on any public thoroughfare is
- "Public way" shall mean all areas legally open to public use and used and/or
intended for vehicular or pedestrian traffic, including public streets, alleys, sidewalks,
and roadways, but excluding any public property of the metropolitan government.
- "Public property" shall mean all property, real and personal, belonging to the
Metropolitan Government, excluding that which is used and/or intends for use by vehicular
or pedestrian traffic and defined herein as a public way.
- "Street vendor" or "vendor" shall mean any individual, including an
employee or agent of a group of individuals, partnership, or corporation, who sells, or
offers to sell services, food, beverages, goods, or merchandise on any public way whether
such activity involves the sale of such items from the vendors person or by use of a
- "License" or "permit" shall mean the form issued by the County Clerk
evidencing that the vendor is allowed to sell or offer to sell goods and services on the
- "Stand" shall mean any table, tarp, display, bench, booth, rack, handcart,
pushcart, wagon or any other fixture or device which is not required to be licensed and
registered by the department of motor vehicles, and is used for the display, storage, or
transportation of food, beverages, goods or merchandise on any public way.
- "Special event" shall mean any occasion officially recognized by the
Mayors Office of Film and Special Events including, but not limited to fairs, shows,
exhibitions, municipality-wide celebrations, festivals and other similar events, within a
specifically defined area of the municipality for a specified period of time.
- "Business" or "property owner" shall mean any individual, including
an employee or agent of a group of individuals, partnership, or corporation who is a
tenant in or who owns property abutting the public way.
- "Pedestrian" shall mean a person who is walking or otherwise traveling on the
- "Sign" or "sandwich board" shall mean any portable sign used to
convey information of a commercial nature.
- "Street performance" shall mean any theatrical, musical, visual, or other
presentation for entertainment purposes on the public way. "Street performer"
shall mean any person or group of persons who conducts a street performance.
- Distance - All measured distances and distance requirements addressed in this regulation
shall be distances measured in a straight line from the nearest edge of the vendors
stand or sign to the nearest edge of the object from which the sign or stand is to be
- It is unlawful for vendors of goods or services not meeting the exception in subsection
(A) (1)(a) above to sell, display, or offer for sale any food, beverage, goods, or
merchandise on a public way before acquiring a street vendors permit from the County
Clerk. To acquire a permit, a vendor shall apply for a permit from the County Clerk and
must provide all information, on a form supplied by the County Clerk, necessary to
determine whether a particular permit may be issued.
- The application must include, but is not limited to, the vendors full name, home
address, permanent business address (if any), telephone number, drivers license
number, three copies of a current full-face photograph of vendor, three current full-face
photographs of each of vendors employees, proof of identity for each vendor and/or
employee and proof that any other required permits or authorizations have been obtained.
- The application shall also state a brief description of the nature and character of the
food, beverages, goods or services to be sold and shall be accompanied by a photograph of
the vendors stand(s).
- If the vendor is employed by or is an agent of another, the application shall state the
name and business address of the principal or hiring person, firm, association,
organization, company or corporation.
- Vendors with multiple stands, displays, carts, wagons or any other means by which to
offer goods or services to the public must procure a permit for each space occupied.
- Vendors not holding a general vending permit who wish to offer goods and services to the
public in conjunction with any special event shall apply for a temporary vending permit.
- Any vendor engaged in the sale of food or beverages must, in addition to the above
requirements, comply with the following:
- Vendors of food and beverages shall be required to maintain a health permit from the
local health department in addition to the general vending permit. Upon application for
the general vending permit, vendors of food and beverages shall have their applications
forwarded to the health department for approval and shall submit their equipment for
- Upon approval by the local health department, the food and beverage vendor shall be
subject to inspection by local health department officials as provided for by law at
- The application must include a provision indemnifying and holding harmless the
Metropolitan Government from any and all claims arising out of the vendors
operation. Applicant must provide the Mayors Office and Special Events with a copy
of a certificate of liability insurance with a minimum coverage of one million dollars
($1,000,000). The policy must name The Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson
County as additionally insured. Certificate must accompany the application.
- Any intentional misrepresentation on the application by a vendor shall constitute
grounds for denial, suspension or revocation of a permit.
4. At the time of application, a vendor shall pay an annual permit fee of $100.00.
Vendors seeking a temporary vending permit shall pay a fee of $25.00. No vendor shall be
permitted to obtain any temporary permit(s) authorizing vending in excess of ten (10)
days, cumulatively, during any twelve (12) month period. Any vendor who wishes to conduct
operations for more than ten (10) days per year must obtain a general vending permit.
- Application Processing.
- Upon receipt of an application, the County Clerk shall:
- Ensure the application is complete. Applications which are not complete shall be denied
and returned to the applicant.
- Ensure that all fees have been properly paid and that a Certificate of Insurance has
been provided. Applications for which all applicable fees have not been paid or which do
not contain a Certificate of Insurance shall be denied.
- Determine whether the applicant has been convicted of violation of this ordinance during
the twelve (12) month period preceding the application. If the applicant has been
convicted of three (3) or more violations of this ordinance during the preceding twelve
(12) months, the application shall be denied.
- Ensure that vendors offering foods or beverages have obtained all necessary licenses,
permits, and/or inspections in accordance with subsection 1(B) (3)(F) herein. If the
required permits, licences and/or inspections have not been obtained, the application
shall be denied.
- Take reasonable steps to verify the truthfulness of the information provided on the
application. Applications found to contain false information shall be denied.
- If the application is for a temporary permit, determine the number of previous temporary
permits obtained during the previous twelve (12) months. No more than ten (10) temporary
permits may be issued during any 12-month period. Applications requesting temporary
permits in excess of this number shall be denied.
b)The County Clerk will notify the vendor in writing of the decision to issue or deny
the permit and, if denied, the reason for denial. The County Clerk will provide the
notification as soon as is practicable, but in no case shall notification occur later than
thirty (30) days after the filing of a properly completed application. In the event an
application has not been granted or denied within thirty (30) days from receipt for
filing, an interim permit, renewable at ten (10) day intervals, shall be issued to the
applicant. Additional interim permits shall issue until such time as the application is
granted or denied. The permit shall be valid for one (1) year after issuance and shall be
renewable upon expiration in each subsequent year so long as the vendor remains in good
standing and has been convicted for no more than three (3) violations of this ordinance in
the previous 12-month period. In the event that a vendor is denied a permit, either upon
application or at renewal, the vendor shall have an opportunity to appeal the denial as
described in subsection (C)(4).
6)Restrictions. The granting of a permit confers a privilege, not a franchise or
license. A permit does not guarantee a particular space or that any space or particular
space will be available.
- The sale of goods or services by street vendors is limited to the CC and CF zoned
- Sales of goods or services by vendors on roadways or streets is prohibited and no sales
from vendors to vehicles on the public roadways shall be permitted.
- Each street vendor must prominently display the permit, in addition to any Business Tax
License the vendor may be required to possess, and if a vendor of food or beverage, the
health permit must also be prominently displayed. I.D. badges issued by the County Clerk
are to be worn at all times by vendors and their employees and are not transferable.
Vending operations in violation of this provision shall be ordered removed until the
deficiency is corrected.
- Vending at the Nashville Convention Center, the Municipal Auditorium, and the Nashville
Arena shall be in compliance with the more particular regulations set forth in the
Metropolitan Code at Chapter 6.32.
- Street vendors operating on the public way agree to indemnify and hold harmless the
Metropolitan Government from any cause of action arising from the operation of the vendor.
- Street vendors operating within the CC and CF districts in the area on Second Avenue,
between Broadway and Church Street, and on Commerce Street, between Second and Third
Avenues, are subject to the additional restriction that they must be located only in
marked spaces, a map of which is available from the County Clerk. These spaces will be
occupied on a first come first serve basis. Spaces shall not be assigned or reserved in
- The owner of any wheeled and mobile vehicles, temporary stands, signs or displays or
racks shall gain no right to compensation by virtue of being forced to move to allow
access to utilities, regardless of the length of time incurred thereby. Nothing herein
shall be construed to prohibit or otherwise affect the practice of vending on any public
roadway, street or sidewalks during the course of any event as defined in Section 2(h)
hereof for which the Metropolitan Government has given its official written permission to
close or otherwise alter the normal, everyday use of any public roadway, street or
sidewalk for a specified, limited period of time.
- Permits are non-transferable.
- The sale of fresh produce shall be in compliance with the more particular regulations
set forth in Chapter 6.104.
- The operation of the Curb Market and Auxiliary Curb Market shall be in compliance with
the more particular regulations set forth in Chapter 13.36 of the Metropolitan Code.
- The Commission shall have the authority to publish and enforce such other regulations
related to vending, street performers, and other temporary sidewalk encroachments as shall
be necessary to effectuate this ordinance and to ensure the free flow of pedestrian and
vehicular traffic and to ensure the safety of the public.
C.Suspension, Revocation or Denial of Permits.
1.Any permit issued under this ordinance may be suspended or revoked by the Commission
for any of the following reasons:
- Fraud or misrepresentation in the application for the permit; or,
- Fraud or misrepresentation in the course of conducting the business of vending; or,
- Conducting the business of the vending contrary to the conditions of the permit and/or
these regulations; or,
- Conducting the business of vending in such a manner as to create a public nuisance or to
constitute a danger to the public health, safety or welfare; or,
- Cancellation of health department authorization for food or beverage vendors.
- The Commission shall consider the following factors in determining whether a permit
should be suspended or revoked:
- The number of citations for violation of this ordinance previously received by the
- The number of previous suspensions and/or revocations imposed upon the vendor; and
- The number of occasions for which the vendors permit was subject to suspension or
revocation and was not suspended or revoked; and
- The seriousness of the violation or misrepresentation and the danger to the health
and/or safety of the public presented by the vendors misrepresentation,
noncompliance and/or misconduct; and
- Whether or not the condition subjecting the vendor to suspension or revocation is of a
nature that has been or can be corrected.
3. Upon suspension, revocation or denial of the issuance of a permit, the Commission
shall deliver written notice to the permit holder or applicant stating the action taken
and the reasons supporting such action, and the right to reconsideration of that decision
as set forth below. The written notice shall be delivered to the permit holders or
applicants place of business or last known address. Placement of such notice in the
U.S. mail shall constitute delivery. A permit which has been suspended shall remain
suspended until such time as the condition causing the suspension has been corrected to
the satisfaction of the Commission. A permit which has been revoked shall remain revoked
for one year following the date of revocation. No vendor whose permit has been suspended
or revoked may apply for a new permit during the period of suspension or revocation.
4.Any permit holder or applicant whose permit is suspended or revoked or whose
application for a permit is denied may within fifteen (15) days of the date of that action
notify the Commission that the permit holder or applicant desires reconsideration of that
decision. A hearing of the request shall be scheduled for the next regular meeting of the
Commission. The suspension or revocation shall remain in effect pending the hearing. At
the hearing, the permit holder or applicant will be afforded an opportunity to be heard
and to present facts and witnesses on his own behalf. The permit holder shall not be
entitled to an adversarial hearing or to examine any witness except those the permit
holder may present on his or her own behalf.
Permits may be renewed, provided an application for renewal of the permit and the
required fee are received by the County Clerk no later than the date of expiration of the
existing permit and provided that the vendor has no more than three (3) violations of this
regulation within any twelve-month period. A vendor whose permit has been revoked may
submit an application upon the expiration of the revocation. Applications received after
that date shall be processed as new applications. The Commission shall review each renewal
application to ensure that the vendor is in full compliance with the provisions of this
regulation. If the Commission determines that the vendor has complied with the above
requirements, the Commission will renew the permit for one year.
- Any person who offers merchandise for sale in violation of this regulation or who
violates any other provision of this regulation shall be punished as follows:
1. First Offense $250
2. Second Offense $350 (within one (1) year of the first offense)
3. Third Offense $500 (within one (1) year of the first offense)
4. Fourth offense and all subsequent offense $500 (regardless of the time period since the
third or last offense)
All fines paid pursuant to this section will be deposited into the General Fund of the
2.The permit of any person who offers merchandise for sale in violation of the
regulation or who violates any other provision of this regulation may be suspended. The
permit of any person who seriously endangers the health and/or safety of the public by
misrepresentation or violation of this regulation or who is convicted of three (3) or more
violations of this regulation during any twelve (12) month period shall be revoked.
SECTION 2:That Chapter 12.40.160, Chapter 6.76.070, and Chapter
6.104.050 of the Metropolitan Code of Laws is repealed.
SECTION 3: Should any court of competent jurisdiction declare
any section, clause or provision of this Ordinance to be unconstitutional, illegal or
unenforceable for any other reason, such decision shall affect only such section, clause
or provision so declared unconstitutional, illegal and unenforceable, and shall not affect
any other section, clause or provision of this Ordinance, it being the intent of the
Metropolitan Council that all other provisions of this Ordinance remain in full force and
SECTION 4: That this Ordinance shall take effect from and after
its final passage, the welfare of the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson
County requiring it.
Sponsored By: Eileen Beehan
AMENDMENT NO. 1
BILL NO. 098-1191
I move to amend Bill No. 098-1191 by amending Section I.E. thereof entitled
"Penalties" by deleting the word "punished" and in its place
substituting the word "penalized" and by deleting the word "fines"
wherever it appears therein and substituting the word "penalties."
I further move to amend Bill No. 098-1191 by amending Section I.B(6)(b) thereof by
deleting said section in its entirety and in its place inserting the following:
(b)Nothing herein shall exempt any vendor from the provisions of Section 12.52.130
regarding sales to persons in vehicles from a street or sidewalk.
Sponsored By: Eileen Beehan
ADOPTED: May 19, 1998
AMENDMENT NO. 2 TO ORDINANCE NO. O98-1191
I move to amend Ordinance No. O98-1191 by amending Section 1, Sub-paragraph B. 6.
Restrictions. f), by inserting after the phrase "CC and CF districts", and
before the phrase "in the area on Second Avenue", the following phrase:
"on Demonbreun Street, and".
Sponsored By: Leo Waters
Adopted: August 3, 1998