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Planning Department

How Can the Planning Department Help You?

The Planning Department provides design guidance, reviews zoning and subdivision applications, and shapes public policy related to growth, preservation, and development. The Planning Department provides guidance and recommendations to the Planning Commission. We are committed to proactive, community-based planning founded on public participation, and to the building of livable, sustainable communities. Our mission statements

Our Community Design team works on NashvilleNext (the city's comprehensive long-range plan), updates and amends community, neighborhood, transportation, and corridor plans throughout Davidson County, develops community priorities, and provides advice on the creation of livable, appropriate development based on each community's design character, needs, and goals.Participants at workshop

Our Land Development team processes and reviews subdivisions, zone changes, and other applications related to the zoning code, advises the community on the application and approval process, and answers numerous property questions from the public daily.

The following two links are taken from a "Guide to Planning and Zoning" published by the Planning Department in fall 2015:

How the development review process works

What each zoning district allows

Participants at Visioning WorshopOur Mapping/GIS team provides numerous maps and digital data for Metro Departments and the public and maintains a complete and accurate set of Davidson County maps that show the location, size, and boundary of every land parcel in the county.

Our online property maps provide information on zoning and land use, and our what your zoning allows page explains zoning classifications.

Our Capital Improvements Planning team works on Nashville's capital improvements budget, a planning tool to prioritize and coordinate investments in long-term, durable improvements. In doing that, the team works with communities, Metro Councilmembers, and Metro departments to prioritize budget items.

The Planning Department is located on the second floor of the Metro Office Building at 800 Second Avenue South, one block north of the 2nd/4th Avenue exit on Interstate 40. Map and directions

Our front counter is open 7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. Development applications, zone changes, and other filings are accepted at the front counter until 3:30 p.m., or until noon on filing deadline days. The Planning Department office is open 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Our postal/shipping and delivery address:

Metropolitan Nashville/Davidson County Planning Departmentexterior photo of our building
800 Second Avenue South, PO Box 196300
Nashville, TN 37219-6300

Planning Department general number: 615-862-7150

Service counter, for applications and zoning/subdivision/development questions:
615-862-7190 or

Staff directory by name and service provided