An ordinance to amend Title 17 of the Metropolitan Code, Zoning Regulations, pertaining to Short Term Rental Property (Proposal No. 2014Z-021TX-001).

WHEREAS, short-term rental of homes can provide a flexible housing stock that allows travelers a safe accommodation while contributing to the local economy; and

WHEREAS, short-term rental of homes can provide homeowners an opportunity to hold property in difficult economic circumstances or as an investment; and

WHEREAS, hotel taxes from short term rental of homes can be used to promote travel and tourism and to support the local tourism industry; and

WHEREAS, the needs of long-term residents should be balanced with the allowance of short-term rentals.


Section 1. That Section 17.04.060 of the Metropolitan Code is hereby amended by adding the following new definitions:

“Transient” means any person who exercises occupancy or is entitled to occupancy of any rooms, lodgings or accommodations for a period of less than thirty (30) continuous days.

“Short Term Rental Property (STRP)” means a residential dwelling unit containing not more than four sleeping rooms that is used and/or advertised for rent for transient occupancy by guests as those terms are defined in Section 5.12.010 of the metropolitan code. Dwelling units rented to the same occupant for more than 30 continuous days, Bed and Breakfast establishments, boarding houses, hotels, and motels shall not be considered Short Term Rental Property.

Section 2. That Section 17.08.030 of the Metropolitan Code, District Land Use Tables, is hereby amended by adding “Short Term Rental Property” as an accessory (A) use in all zoning districts that allow residential use.

Section 3. That Section 17.16.250 of the Metropolitan Code is hereby amended by adding the following provision as subsection E.:

“E. Short Term Rental Property (STRP). A STRP is permitted as an accessory use in all zoning districts that allow residential use provided a permit has been issued for operation of the property as a STRP pursuant to section 6.28.030 of the metropolitan code.”

Section 4. The provisions of this ordinance shall be enforced from and after July 1, 2015.

Section 5. 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: Burkley Allen, Charlie Tygard, Peter Westerholm, Anthony Davis


Introduced: October 7, 2014
Passed First Reading: October 7, 2014
Referred to: Planning Commission
Planning & Zoning Committee
Deferred to December 2, 2014: November 4, 2014
Substitute Introduced: December 2, 2014
Deferred to January 6, 2015: December 2, 2014
Deferred to February 3, 2015: January 6, 2015
Passed Second Reading: February 3, 2015
Passed Third Reading: February 24, 2015 - Roll Call Vote
Approved: February 26, 2015
Effective: March 6, 2015

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