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Historic Zoning Demolition Permit and Delay

In order to protect historic structures the Historic Zoning Commission may delay the issuance of a demolition permit for 90 days in order to mitigate planned demolition including documentation, salvage of historic materials, dismantling of historic structure for education in construction technology, relocation, or other appropriate measures.

No residential structure may be demolished, without approval, if it meets the following criteria:

  • The residential structure was originally constructed before 1865;
  • The residential structure is reparable at a reasonable cost; and
  • The residential structure has a historical significance besides age itself, including, but not limited to, uniqueness of architecture, occurrence of historical events, notable former residents, design by a particular architect, or construction by a particular building.

For more information, please refer to Ordinance BL2006-936.

Salvage Opportunities

The Metro Historical Commission Foundation is in a partnership with Nashville's Preservation Station to accept donations of salvaged materials that generate funds for the non-profit.


  • Contact the Metro Historical Commission Foundation and let them know you are interested in learning more about the donation program.
  • The Foundation may need to schedule an appointment to view the items. If the donation is accepted, the Foundation will sell it to Preservation Station.
  • The Foundation will issue a charitable receipt to you.
  • You will arrange for transfer of the salvageable goods to Preservation Station.

The Tennessee Preservation Trust also accepts salvage donations. Visit Preservation Station for contact information and to learn more about the type of items the store carries.

Someone interested in donating items that may not be of interest to Preservation Station can also receive a charitable donation letter for items donated to Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore.