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Old 03-02-2014, 06:26 AM
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Hello there -
We are considering a move to Nashville area. Back home, we have an antique book and paper business. We mainly do shows and sell online, however our 'workshop' is set up in a 2-car garage sized outbuilding on our property where we live. If we are home on weekends, we put an ad on craigslist saying such, and people can come and browse boxes.

We have never had a problem with zoning, as it wouldn't be much different than having a garage sale, but before we relocate we would want to find the best area to fit our use back home.

Looking for an area of Nashville that would accommodate something like this - not on a busy road but a fair amount of traffic (not dependant on that, though). Really need to know where we can have a mixed-use of the property without ever having to change how we do things back home here.

Thanks !!
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Old 03-02-2014, 06:31 AM
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You should probably contact the zoning department in Nashville and ask them what area they have zoned or will zone for your workshop.
I'm not sure it would make a difference but it never hurts to ask.
Also, you may want to look on the outskirts of Nashville in the smaller towns. There are a lot of Amish areas there and locating closer to them might be helpful but it could also hinder your business.
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Old 03-02-2014, 06:54 AM
Location: Brentwood, Tennessee
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In Nashville, it is an issue with a long, contentious history. A lot of people really do NOT want tons of cars coming through the neighborhood and parking in the street. This is an old article, but it demonstrates the acrimony:

Metro Council roundly rejects home-based business bill | Nashville City Paper

Currently, the guidelines are, if you can see it, hear it or smell it, it is prohibited. There are regulations, as you can see here:

Resources for Starting a New Business in Davidson County | Davidson County Clerk

You will need a home occupancy permit. See item #15.
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Old 03-02-2014, 07:58 AM
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You probably need to check zoning etc.

I know Franklin limits the number of yard sales a year you can have.
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