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City Leaders Consider Changing Nashville Noise Ordinance

City Leaders Consider Changing Nashville Noise Ordinance

CREATED Jan 16, 2014

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – City leaders are considering changing the noise ordinance in Nashville after growing complaints from residents.

The biggest concern has been what some have called, "noise pollution." 

"It gets bad enough that I couldn't talk to you this close, I'd have to yell you have to come over right next to me to have a conversation," said one local. "That's terrible!"

As it is now, the city's noise ordinance doesn't apply to live performances downtown, but a great deal has changed since the law was last modified in 2008.

Metro Nashville council member Robert Duvall, who wrote-in some of the last changes to the bill, said it may be worth limiting how loud those live performers can be, too.

"I would easily say I've had a dozen complaints that doesn't sound like a lot, but it's a lot when you figure we live in the south east part of Davidson County and not downtown," he said.

Metro Councilwoman Erica Gilmore said several bars and restaurants have already come up with agreements to limit the noise their performers make. She said she prefers that approach instead of legislation.