An ordinance to amend Title 17 of the Metropolitan Code of Laws, the Zoning Ordinance of the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County, Section 17.16.060.B (Uses Permitted with Conditions: Medical Uses) by clarifying that a veterinarian may use a portion of the veterinary clinic for an indoor kennel (Proposal No. 2000Z-026T), all of which is more particularly described herein.


SECTION 1. That Title 17 of the Code of Laws of The Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County, be and is hereby amended by making certain changes in the Official Zoning Map for Metropolitan Nashville and Davidson County, which is made a part of said Title 17 by reference, as follows:

Section 17.16.060 Medical Uses

B. Veterinarian. Veterinarian offices and facilities shall be limited to two thousand five hundred square feet of gross floor area per establishment in the mixed use, office, commercial, and shopping center districts, with no more than two establishments per lot. No size limitation shall apply in the CF district. The following shall apply:

1.  Animal boarding shall occur within completely enclosed structures.

2.  Landscape Buffer Yard. Outdoor exercise yards shall be completely fenced and used only between seven a.m. and seven p.m. Where such outdoor activities abut a residential zone district or district permitting residential use, landscape buffer yard Standard B shall apply along common property lines. A six-foot opaque vertical fence may substitute for landscaping; however the buffer yard width of landscape buffer yard Standard B shall still apply along common property lines.

3.  Kennel. Kennels may be permitted as an ancillary use subject to the following conditions.

a. No more than 30% of the gross floor area of the veterinary clinic may be used as a kennel.

b.  No outdoor kennels or runs are permitted.

c.  No part of any building or structure in which animals are housed shall be closer than 50 feet from any existing residence.

d.  Cages. For a kennel, each animal shall have sufficient space to stand up, lie down and turn around without touching the sides or top of cages. Cages are to be of material and construction that permits cleaning and sanitizing. Cage floors of concrete, unless radiantly heated, shall have a resting board or some type of bedding.

e.  Watering of Animals. All animals shall have fresh water available at all times. Water vessels shall be mounted or secured in a manner that prevents tipping and shall be of the removable type.

f.  On-site waste collection. All on-site waste shall be housed either within the kennel building or an accessory structure, and all waste shall be disposed of in a sanitary fashion no less frequently than one time per week. The drainage of all liquid by-products from the kennel shall be discharged into a permitted sanitary sewer line or septic tank and shall not be disposed of by way of storm sewers, creeks, streams, or rivers.

g.  Building Temperature. Enclosures must be provided which shall allow adequate protection against weather extremes. Floors of buildings, runs, and walls shall be of an impervious material to permit proper cleaning and disinfecting.

SECTION 2. BE IT FURTHER ENACTED, That this ordinance take effect immediately after its passage and such change be published in a newspaper of general circulation, the welfare of The Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County requiring it.

Sponsored by: Vic Lineweaver


Introduced: October 3, 2000
Passed First Reading: October 3, 2000
Referred to: Planning Commission - Approved 6-0 (10/12/00)
Planning & Zoning Committee
Passed Second Reading: November 9, 2000
Passed Third Reading: November 21, 2000
Approved: November 22, 2000
By: Mayor Bill Purcell
Effective Date: December 2, 2000