An ordinance amending Title 17 of the Metropolitan Code, Zoning Regulations, by amending Sections 17.04.060 and 17.16.250 pertaining to recording studios as an accessory use in residential districts, all of which is more particularly described herein (Proposal No. 2012Z-024TX-001).


Section 1. That Section 17.04.060 of the Metropolitan Code, Zoning Regulations, is hereby amended by adding the following new definition for “home recording studio”:

“Home recording studio” means a facility located within a residential structure or accessory building used for sound recording and mixing, including but not limited to, the recording of instrumentalists, vocalists, bands, and voiceovers.”

Section 2. That Section 17.16.250 of the Metropolitan Code, Zoning Regulations, is hereby amended by adding the following new subsection E.:
“E. Home recording studios.
1. The home recording studio shall be conducted in a dwelling unit or accessory building by one or more occupants of the dwelling unit.
2. Home recording studios shall have no more than one full-time employee not living within the dwelling of the home recording studio location, and shall have no more than ten clients, customers, musicians, or other visitors at the home recording studio per day.
3. Sufficient off-street parking shall be provided for clients and customers on a paved or graveled area not exceeding twenty five percent of the lot area for residential property per section 16.24.330 of the metropolitan code.
4. The home recording studio shall at all times comply with the noise restrictions contained in section 11.12.070 of the metropolitan code.
5. The home recording studio shall not be advertised by signs, exterior displays or interior displays of goods visible from the outside, or any exhibit whatsoever that would indicate that the dwelling unit or accessory building is being utilized for any purpose other than a residence.
6. External structural alterations not customary in residential buildings shall not be permitted.”

Section 3. That this Ordinance shall 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: Megan Barry, Ronnie Stein, Sandra Moore, Anthony Davis, Lonnell Matthews, Peter Westerholm, Erica Gilmore, Doug Pardue, Karen Bennett


Introduced: October 16, 2012
Passed First Reading: October 16, 2012
Referred to: Planning Commission - Approved 7-0-1
(November 8, 2012)
Planning & Zoning Committee
Deferred: December 4, 2012
Deferred to January 15, 2013: December 18, 2012
Deferred to April 2, 2013: January 15, 2013
Substitute Introduced: April 2, 2013
Passed Second Reading: April 2, 2013
Deferred: April 16, 2013
Deferred Indefinitely: May 7, 2013
Withdrawn: August 18, 2015

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