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Bill BL2020-234 (as amended)

An ordinance providing for the waiver of certain building permit fees for the repair or rebuilding of property damaged as a result of the March 3, 2020 tornado.

WHEREAS, a devastating tornado moved through Davidson County in the early morning hours of March 3, 2020, destroying hundreds of homes and businesses and causing significant damage many others; and

WHEREAS, the damage from the tornado resulted in the Declaration of a State of Emergency by Mayor John Cooper; and

WHEREAS, the repair and replacement of homes, educational facilities, businesses, and other structures will be costly and will create an economic hardship for many residents and business owners as they recover from this disaster; and

WHEREAS, the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County desires to assist its residents and small businesses as they rebuild their lives by waiving all or a portion of the fees for building permits.


Section 1. (a) Notwithstanding the provisions of Title 16 of the Metropolitan Code, and conditioned on the provisions of subsection (b) of this section, fees shall be waived for all property owners (or their authorized agents), whether for residential or commercial construction, for a building permit obtained for repairing or rebuilding an owner's property.

(b) Conditions:

1. The permits are obtained to repair damage to the owner's property caused by the March 3, 2020 tornado.

2. The permits are obtained on or before June 30, 2020.

3. The permits are issued to construct, alter, repair, enlarge, move or demolish any building or structure or part thereof or any appurtenances connected or attached thereto.

4. The owner must provide evidence satisfactory to the director of codes administration or his designee that the work is being performed as a result of damage as provided in subsection (b)(1), above.

5. Property owners who paid building permit fees for tornado related damage prior to the effective date of this ordinance shall be entitled to a refund if they provide evidence satisfactory to the director of codes administration or his designee that the permit was obtained for work resulting from damage as provided in subsection (b)(1), above.

(c) In order to be eligible for the permit fee waiver, the property owner or their authorized agent must sign an affidavit on a form prescribed by the Department of Codes Administration attesting that the permit fees are not eligible for reimbursement from property insurance or other funding sources.

Section 2. This ordinance shall take effect from and after its passage, the welfare of The Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County requiring it.


Jeff Syracuse, Zulfat Suara, Burkley Allen, Russ Bradford, Kyonzté Toombs, Tanaka Vercher

Legislative History

IntroducedMarch 17, 2020

Passed First ReadingMarch 17, 2020

Referred toBudget and Finance Committee
Codes, Fair, and Farmers Market Committee

Amended and Passed Second ReadingApril 21, 2020

Deferred to April 21, 2020April 7, 2020

Passed Third ReadingMay 5, 2020

ApprovedMay 6, 2020

ByMayor Cooper's signature

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Last Modified: 05/25/2020 4:10 PM