Nashville Short Term Rental Regulations


The requirements for short-term rentals to be operational in Nashville are:

  • Must follow all of the Metro Codes
  • All short-term rental occupants will follow the code for noise and trash regulations
  • The property is required to have operational smoke detectors
  • No recreational vehicles, buses, trailers should be visible on the street
  • No food is allowed to be prepared and served to guests
  • Minimum age of the renter is 21 years old
  • The number of guests can't be more than twice the amount of bedrooms, rental to multiple parties at once isn't allowed
  • No one can rent out the short-term rental if it is less than 24 hours
  • The permit holder is responsible for collecting all state taxes
  • The responsible party should have their name and phone number displayed in the short-term rental, answering any calls 24/7
  • The short-term rental permit shouldn't be transferred to another person
  • The license can be revoked by the courts if there are three violations
  • Changes in ownership of the property will cancel the permit.

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Short-term rentals are currently legal in Nashville.

There is a checklist of things that are required to obtain a short-term rental license in Nashville. Everyone must have everything completed on this list to receive a permit.


  • Floor Plan with everything labeled
  • Have proof of Liability Insurance
  • Proof that all neighbors adjacent to the property have been informed of the new short-term rental (look on the website for the type of proof needed)
  • Two forms of proof that the property owner is a residence(for owner-occupied)
  • Proof that all taxes and fees are paid
  • Must provide a person who will be considered the responsible party if anything goes wrong (must live within 25 miles of property)
  • Provide a homeowners association statement to ensure that short-term rentals won't violate any homeowner bylaws
  • A notarized affidavit saying that all information is correct
  • Meet with the zoning director to start the application process once all documents are provided
  • After the application is entered a meeting with the Fire Marshal Inspector is required
  • After the Fire Marshal Inspector has approved next is to pay the permit fee of $313
  • Once the permit is issued a picture of the permit must be posted with the listing
  • The owner is required to remit all required taxes

After one year, the owner must renew the license to stay compliant with all of the short-term rental laws.

Once receiving the license is when you can finally list the property to be rented out.

If you go to the website, you can find a sheet with the checklist on it


Nashville is home to one of the strongest short-term rental alliances, NASTRA. They're run by Megan McCrae - she can be reached at

Fines and Fees

The city will determine the fine based on the punishment, and the courts can revoked the permit if three violations have occurred.

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