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The Pre-Submittal Conference

The Pre-Submittal Conference is a service to guide you through the land development, building permit, and grading permit process in Nashville. Pre-Submittal Conferences have been developed to ensure that specific issues may be resolved through effective communication. These conferences are held at the design phase and can eliminate significant re-design of sites and/or buildings.

Pre-Submittal Conferences are scheduled for Monday afternoons in 45 minute time increments. A preliminary plan and basic project information should be available prior to scheduling the conference. All Development Services departments are represented at the Pre-Submittal Conferences, including: Zoning Examiners, Codes, Plan Review, Urban Forester, Fire Marshal Plan Review, Public Works (Traffic Engineer, Ramps & Curbs, Solid Waste), Water Services (Water Services Availability and Stormwater / Grading / Drainage), Planning Department, and usually Nashville Electric Service. The Pre-Submittal Conferences are open to your entire design and construction team.

At this meeting the applicant is asked to make brief presentation of their project and then the staff reviewers comment and discuss site and project requirements to be addressed for the project within the scope of their individual responsibilities. Whether your project is new construction or a rehab of an existing building during the conference, a cursory review of the site and construction project is discussed and feedback is given by all the represented departments to all stakeholders present.

During the Pre-Submittal Conference, we encourage the design team to make notes to capture the salient issues and comments and following the conference to forward a copy to the Development Services group for distribution following the conference.

Pre-Submittal Conferences are held in the Davidson Room on the 2nd floor of the Metro Office Building, 800 2nd Ave. South, Nashville, TN 37210. To schedule a Pre-Submittal Conference to discuss your project, contact Teresa Patterson at 615-862-6614 or