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Short Term Rental Checklist

Nashville, TN

Apply for Short Term Rental Property Permit

There are multiple steps in the process for receiving a Short Term Rental Property permit. Being prepared before you meet with a zoning examiner to start the application process can greatly reduce delays or repeat trips to the Development Services Center. Do not list a property or unit online until you have received a permit, or you will be ineligible to apply for a permit for one year.

You can download this short-term rental property checklist to help guide you through the process.


Create a Floor Plan

Applicants shall provide a floor plan (official or hand drawn) that includes all of the rooms available for rent with location of windows, doors, and smoke detectors identified (see example floor plans). Smoke detectors (UL217 certified) are required in all sleeping areas, in every room in the path of the means of egress from the sleeping area to the exit, and in each story within the sleeping unit, including basements. Reminder: there is a maximum of four sleeping rooms per Short Term Rental Property permit. Properties with more than four bedrooms cannot be permitted as a Short Term Rental Property.


Proof of Liability Insurance

Proof of insurance evidencing homeowner's fire, hazard, and liability insurance. Liability coverage shall have limits of not less than one million dollars per occurrence. In some cases, the listing company, such as Airbnb, may offer the appropriate insurance to meet these requirements.


All applicants are required to notify adjacent property owners prior to applying for a permit. Download the notification template. Proof of written notification will be required to obtain a permit.

For each such adjacent property, proof of written notification shall be:

  • A signature of an owner;
  • a signed receipt of U.S. registered or certified mail addressed to an owner; or
  • Notice from the U.S. Postal Service that registered or certified mail to an owner was refused or not timely accepted.
  • the adjacent property is owned by the Metro Government, notification is not required.

Details and instructions on how to identify and notify adjacent property owners.


Homeowners Association Statement

Applicants must provide a statement that they have confirmed that operating the proposed STRP would not violate any Home Owners Association agreement or bylaws, Condominium Agreement, Covenants, Codes, and Restrictions, or any other agreement governing and limiting the use of the proposed STRP property.


Notarized Affidavit

The applicant shall provide a notarized affidavit confirming that all of the information provided during the application process is true and accurate.

If the owner of a property wishes to use a property manager or rental company to apply for the permit on their behalf, they must fill out and sign this notarized affidavit authorizing the third party.

Contact us to learn more about this process.

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