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Disaster Preparedness and Response Information for Owners of Properties in Historic Overlays and Properties Over 50 Years of Age

Tornados, floods and other natural disasters have inflicted enormous suffering and property damage across many parts of Davidson County. The Metro Historic Zoning Commission offers the following information to assist historic property owners in recovering from a natural disaster.

Contact Us

Email historicalcommission@nashville.gov or call 615-862-7970, extension 0.

Obtaining a Preservation Permit

We are currently issuing expedited Preservation Permits. We have staff in the field issuing simple rehabilitation permits but you can also contact us at the address or email above with a general scope of work. For those in Germantown and Five-Points, MDHA has partnered with us to expedite their review in conjunction with ours. Most repairs do not also require a Building Permit from the Codes Department.

What Assistance Is Available for Historic Properties?

The Metro Historical Commission/Metro Historic Zoning Commission can provide technical restoration services to owners of historic properties and cemeteries affected by a natural disaster. Staff will consult, free of charge, with nonprofit organizations, churches, and private citizens about damage and recommend repairs to historic properties. Services include telephone/email consultations, copies of technical articles, and on-site inspections and general evaluations. Photographs of storm related damage can greatly facilitate telephone/email consultations about your historic property's needs. Although we cannot make recommendations we do have list of service and product providers that are familiar with older buildings.

The federal tax code provides a twenty percent tax credit for the substantial rehabilitation of income-producing historic buildings that meet the Secretary of the Interior's Standards for Rehabilitation.

The president has approved Tennessee's request for Major Disaster Declaration. Individuals can register with FEMA in the following ways:

  • Apply for disaster assistance online or call 1-800-621-3362.
  • Those with disability or hearing loss and use TTY, call 1-800-462-7585.
  • Those who use 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS), call 1-800-621-3362.

Although there are no special federal, state or local grants currently available to owners of historic properties affected by natural disasters, historic properties may be entitled to additional consideration from private insurers and state and federal relief agencies. Be sure to indicate on all claims or requests for assistance that your property is or may be historic.

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