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Budget at Work: Regulation, Inspection, and Conservation

Soil and Water Conservation

In fiscal year 2019, the Department of Soil and Water Conservation entered into a Memo of Understanding with the Water Department. Soil and Water Conservation is now part of Metro Water Services located within the Stormwater Division. This move will allow Soil and Water to work seamlessly with Stormwater personnel focusing on watershed programs such as stream bank stabilization, water quality issues, and soil management.

Codes Administration Updates

To combat the negative effects of short-term rental properties, or STRPs, the Codes Administration has collaborated with renowned short-term rental compliance and monitoring vendor Host Compliance to provide a 24/7 hotline for citizens to report complaints. Now residents with STRP problems such as parking, trash, and noise can reach out to the HOST Compliance call center at any time and the operators will try and resolve the issue. HOST Compliance benefits not only residents in the community, but also the STRP owners and operators, by assisting them with monitoring home activity while they're gone. With this software, Metro is keeping both STRP owners and guests responsible and ultimately maintaining a high quality of life in Nashville and Davidson County neighborhoods. STRP complaints within Metro Nashville and Davidson County can be filed online at or by calling the HOST Compliance hotline at 435-STR-HELP (435-787-4357).

Fiscal year 2018 also marks the retirement of long-time Director Terry Cobb. Cobb served as Director of Codes for 28 years and under five Nashville mayors. Wade Hill has been appointed as the Interim Director until a permanent Director is selected.

Beer Board Updates

Under Executive Director Benton McDonough, the Beer Board office has designated specific hours each week for permit holders, potential applicants, and citizens to discuss issues and questions regarding Beer Board rules, regulations, and policies with Inspectors. The newly established Inspectors' office hours gives both customers and the general public opportunities to learn about the various requirements of the Beer Board and what needs to occur for entities intending to sell beer in Metro Nashville and Davidson County. Inspectors' office hours are held on every Monday from 7:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. For questions, please contact the Beer Board at 615-862-6751 or email