An ordinance to amend Title 17 of the Metropolitan Code of Laws, the Zoning Ordinance of the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County, Section 17.16.060.B (Uses Permitted with Conditions: Medical Uses-Veterinarian), by establishing a new measure for building bulk and clarifying the standards for boarding of companion animals as an accessory use to veterinary clinics(2001Z-004T), all of which is more particularly described herein.


SECTION 1. That Title 17 of the Code of Laws of The Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County, be and is hereby amended as specifically described in Exhibit A, attached hereto and incorporated herein; and

SECTION 2. BE IT FURTHER ENACTED, That this ordinance take effect immediately after its passage and such change be published in a newspaper of general circulation, the welfare of The Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County requiring it.

Sponsored By: Vic Lineweaver


· By amending Section 17.16.060.B Medical Uses: Veterinarian to modify the building bulk standard for Veterinary Clinics and clarify the conditions for a boarding kennel as an accessory use to a clinic, by adding the underlined language and deleting the language struck through:

Section 17.16.060 Medical Uses

B. Veterinarian. The building footprint of veterinary Veterinarian offices and facilities shall be limited to two thousand five hundred square feet of gross floor area per establishment in the mixed use, office, commercial, and shopping center districts, with no more than two establishments per lot. No size limitation shall apply in the CF district. The following shall apply:

1. Animal boarding shall occur within completely enclosed structures.
2. Landscape Buffer Yard. Outdoor exercise yards shall be completely fenced and used only between seven a.m. and seven p.m. Where such outdoor activities abut a residential zone district or district permitting residential use, landscape buffer yard Standard B shall apply along common property lines. A six-foot opaque vertical fence may substitute for landscaping; however the buffer yard width of landscape buffer yard Standard B shall still apply along common property lines.
3. Boarding Kennel. Kennels for the boarding of companion animals not undergoing medical treatment are may be permitted as an ancillary use subject to the following conditions.
a. No more than thirty percent of the gross floor area of the veterinary clinic may be used as a boarding kennel.
b. No outdoor kennels or runs are permitted.
c. No part of any building or structure in which animals are housed shall be closer than fifty feet from any existing residence located on an adjacent parcel.
d. Cages. For a kennel, each animal shall have sufficient space to stand up, lie down and turn around without touching the sides or top of cages. Cages are to be of material and construction that permits cleaning and sanitizing. Cage floors of concrete, unless radiantly heated, shall have a resting board or some type of bedding.
e. Watering of Animals. All animals shall have fresh water available at all times. Water vessels shall be mounted or secured in a manner that prevents tipping and shall be of the removable type.
f. On-Site Waste Collection. All on-site waste shall be housed either within the kennel building or an accessory structure, and all waste shall be disposed of in a sanitary fashion no less frequently than one time per week. The drainage of all liquid by-products from the kennel shall be discharged into a permitted sanitary sewer line or septic tank and shall not be disposed of by way of storm sewers, creeks, streams, or rivers.
g. Building Temperature. Enclosures must be provided which shall allow adequate protection against weather extremes. Floors of buildings, runs, and walls shall be of an impervious material to permit proper cleaning and disinfecting.
h. Security Residence. The building footprint of an accessory security residence, if provided, shall be in addition to the maximum permitted building footprint of the veterinary clinic. All standards of Section 17.16.030.C. shall be met.

Section 17.20.030 Parking requirements established.

Table 17.20.030

Land Use Minimum Parking Spaces
Veterinarian 1 space per 200 300 square feet


Introduced: June 5 , 2001
Passed First Reading: June 5, 2001
Referred to: Planning Commission- Approved 8-0 (8/16/01)
Planning & Zoning Committee
Deferred to September Public Hearing: July 3, 2001
Passed Second Reading: September 4, 2001
Deferred: September 18, 2001
Passed Third Reading: October 2, 2001
Approved: October 4, 2001
By: Mayor Bill Purcell
Effective Date: October 8, 2001