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Property Standard Codes

Section 16.24.330—Exterior Property Areas

All property areas are to be maintained in a safe, clean, and sanitary condition.

  • Premises are to be kept free of an accumulation of trash, junk, and debris
  • No Inoperable and/or unlicensed vehicles are allowed
  • All motor vehicles must be parked on a hard surface (concrete, asphalt or gravel)
  • Fences shall be constructed from materials designed for that use and shall consist of materials manufactured and/or treated to prevent rust (metal fences) or decay (wood fences).
  • Other accessory structures, (i.e. sheds, carports, detached garages, etc.) must be maintained
  • Tractor-Trailers are not allowed on single family or two-family residential properties
  • A single school bus may be parked or stored on a single family or two-family residence provided the driver resides at the property and the bus is operated by a private or public K-12 school or school system in Davidson County.
  • Weeds and grass must be kept below twelve inches in height.

Section 16.24.400—Occupancy Limits

No more than three unrelated adults can occupy a dwelling unit. This regulation applies to all dwelling units, no matter how many bedrooms the dwelling unit may have.

Article VI.—Dwellings and Structures Unfit for Human Habitation, Occupation, or Use

(Sections 16.24.560 through 16.24.660)

The provisions of this article established the procedures the Codes Department uses to assess the condition of structures and dwellings in order to determine fitness for occupation and use.

Chapter 11.12 – Offenses Against Public Peace (Noise)

It is unlawful for any person to: Operate or allow the operation of any sound amplification equipment so as to create sounds that are plainly audible from the boundary line of the nearest residentially occupied property. For multifamily structures, including apartments, condominiums, or other residential arrangements where boundary lines can not readily be determined, it shall be unlawful to operate or allow the operation of any sound amplification equipment so as to create sounds that are plainly audible from any point within the interior of another residential unit in the same complex or within the boundary line of the nearest residentially occupied property. For purposes of this section, “sound amplification equipment” means a radio, tape player, compact disc player, digital audio player, television, electronic audio equipment, musical instrument, sound amplifier, or other mechanical or electronic sound-making device that produces, reproduces or amplifies sound. This subsection shall not apply to a special event, mass gathering or other permitted activity by the metropolitan government or its boards or commissions. Further, the provisions of this section shall not apply to entertainment facilities constructed to provide outdoor entertainment owned by metropolitan government or its agencies and parks under the control of the board of parks and recreation. For the purpose of this subsection, “plainly audible” means any sound which clearly can be heard by unimpaired auditory senses.

7.24.020 -Alcoholic Beverage Use Restrictions

A. It is unlawful for any child under the age of nineteen years:

  • To be present in an automobile on any public street or highway when alcoholic beverages are consumed therein;
  • To be present in any public park not under the jurisdiction of the metropolitan board of parks and recreation or in any other place of public resort and be a companion of or otherwise associated with any person who is consuming alcoholic beverages;
  • Provided, nothing herein shall apply to establishments licensed to serve alcoholic beverages.

B. The provisions of this section shall not apply to a child who is accompanied by his parent, guardian or other adult person who has obtained written consent from the parent or guardian for the child to be present at such place. (Prior code § 5-1-32)

7.24.040 – Alcoholic Beverages In Open Containers
A. It shall be a violation for any person, while in or on a street, alley, sidewalk, parking lot, parking garage or other area generally open to the public, except (1) enclosed structures, (2) premises owned by scientific, religious or educational institutions, or (3) premises specifically permitted or licensed for the on-premises consumption of alcoholic beverages or beer; to have in their possession beer, ale, wine or other alcoholic beverage for the purpose of consumption in a glass, aluminum, or metal container unless such container is commercially sealed.

B. Possession of beer, ale, wine or other alcoholic beverage in an open container not permitted in subsection A hereof shall be prima facie evidence of having said beverage for the purpose of consumption (Ord. 92-322 §§ 1, 2, 1992)

11.08.010 – Offenses Against The Person
A person commits assault who:
  • Intentionally, knowingly or recklessly causes bodily injury to another; or
  • Intentionally or knowingly causes another to reasonably fear imminent bodily injury; or
  • Intentionally or knowingly causes physical contact with another and knows the other will regard the contact as extremely offensive or provocative. (Ord. 90-1339 § 1 (29-1), 1990; prior code § 29-1-2)
11.36.110 – Carrying certain weapons prohibited—Exceptions.
  • It is unlawful for any person within the urban services district, to carry, publicly or privately, any dirk, razor concealed about his person, sword cane, loaded cane, slung-shot or brass knucks, Spanish stiletto, belt or pocket pistol, revolver or any kind of pistol, except the army or navy pistol usually used in warfare, which shall be carried openly.
  • It shall be the duty of every police officer who sees any person with or knows of any person carrying the weapons named in this section to immediately arrest every such person.
  • The provisions of this section relating to carrying of deadly weapons do not extend to police or other officers or persons who are entitled by law to carry such deadly weapons, nor do they extend to the act of handling or moving such deadly weapons in any ordinary business way. (Prior code § 41-2-11)

Parking and Paving Requirements

Motor vehicles must be parked on a hard surface, asphalt, concrete or gravel. Any permanent parking areas containing five or more spaces must be surfaced with a hard-surfaced, dustless material.

Vehicles cannot be parked on the grass. No more than 25% of the total lot area of a residential parcel can be paved and used for vehicle parking.


The following rules apply to signs in Davidson County:

  • Portable signs are not permitted in Davidson County.
  • Sign locations can be in violation as well, i.e. if the sign is located too close to or in the right of way.
  • Signs cannot be placed on public property without permission, including on utility poles, light poles, and bus benches and utility boxes.
  • Banners can only be used to announce a grand opening, closing, and must be permitted.

Contact the Metro Codes zoning division to determine specific requirements that may affect your proposed sign before the sign is installed.


A full list of codes of the Metro Government of Nashville and Davidson County, TN can be found here.

Metro Nashville ContactsPhone Numbers
Abandoned Motor Vehicles On Private Property615-862-6590
Accident Reporting (non-emergency)615-862-8600
Auto Theft615-862-7612
Bus Schedules615-862-5950
County Clerk (general info)615-862-6050
Dogs Running at Large615-862-7928
Electric Service (NES)615-736-6900
Fire Marshal615-862-5230
Metro Parking Info615-862-5622
Street Clousres615-862-8782
Tree Hazard615-862-6488
Unsafe Buildings-Residential615-862-6590
Wrecker/towing Regulation615-862-6777