FAQs

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Permits

Any home (or portion of a home) being rented for less than 30 days, regardless of whether or not the owner lives on the property, is considered a short-term rental (STR) and a permit is required if the property is located in Davidson County. You can read more about this on Metro Nashville’s website »

Review Metro Nashville’s eligibility requirements for both owner occupied and non-owner occupied short term rentals here » Owner occupied permits are not currently restricted by zoning except in certain circumstances. Non-owner occupied permits are only allowed in certain zones, as noted on Metro Nashville’s site.

If you are unsure of your property’s zoning, you can check that on the city’s parcel viewer here »

There can be extenuating circumstances with overlays, zoning types, previous permit revocations tied to the property, etc. that may affect an individual property’s eligibility for a permit. As such, it is always recommended that you contact the Codes Department zoning division and/or an attorney for specific input related to your unique situation. (You can find attorney contact information on our Vendor Directory.)

There are multiple steps in the process of applying for and receiving a short term rental permit in Nashville. Refer to Metro Nashville’s website for the comprehensive details on obtaining a permit »

The city requires documented proof of written notification to owners of all adjacent properties. Adjacent properties are defined as those bordering yours, even if across the street or an alley. Send your letters registered or certified mail so you receive notifications of delivery attempts (these notices are what you will provide as proof). Make note that you must inform property owners, not residents. Use the Parcel Viewer to determine adjacent properties and locate owners’ mailing addresses.

Review Metro Nashville’s eligibility requirements for both owner occupied and non-owner occupied short term rentals here » Owner occupied permits are not currently restricted by zoning except for special circmstances. Non-owner occupied permits are only allowed in certain zones, as noted on Metro Nashville’s site

Taxes

STR owners are required to remit business, sales, and hotel occupancy taxes to the city and state. Nashville’s Office of the Treasurer website has detailed instructions on how to properly register and remain compliant in regards to taxes »

Online booking platforms collect and remit general sales and use tax for Davidson County and the state of Tennessee., and the county hotel occupancy tax.  You must collect and remit the taxes yourself if you book directly with your guest.

Hotel occupancy taxes are due on the 20th of each month for the month prior. The form to complete and submit with your payment each month can be found online here »