NASHVILLE, Tenn (WTVF) — Metro Codes officials are having to remind construction crews that overnight parking is not allowed in neighborhoods or on highways or roads.
Construction is popping up just about everywhere from downtown to suburban neighborhoods, and it's what you can expect for a city on the rise.
As new homes and subdivisions are being built, the more the neighborhoods are becoming saturated with tractors, dump trucks and trailers; and if you see these trucks parked over night, Metro Codes says that's illegal.
An ordinance in Nashville says commercial trucks can only be parked in neighborhoods, on bridges or streets designated loading or unloading.
"With all the growth we're experiencing, we gotta act as a team and hopefully the folks that are doing the works in the neighborhoods and building they're going to do their part and they're going to move along and when they're done loading and unloading they're going to take off," Eben Cathey, spokesperson for Metro Codes.
Please call 615-862-8600 to report. There is a provision to remove these vehicles.
Trucks are not allowed to park on the street except while actually loading/unloading. Further, no semis or other trucks having a load capacity of 1 and ½ tons or more can be parked on residential property. Copies of the applicable ordinances are included below.
12.40.180 - Trucks—Parking prohibited.Description: permanent link to this piece of content
The parking of trucks or motor vehicles of more than eighteen thousand pounds gross weight, or of trailers or semi-trailers whether or not attached to tractors, is prohibited on any of the streets within the jurisdiction of the metropolitan government at any time of day, except that this section shall not apply to trucks, trailers or semi-trailers so parked while actually engaged in loading or unloading.
For purposes of this section, "streets" includes all streets, roads, highways, avenues, boulevards, publicly owned rights-of-way, bridges, tunnels, or other public ways dedicated to public use and maintained for general public travel within the area of the metropolitan government.
In addition to all other available remedies, whenever any police officer finds a vehicle in violation of this section, such officer is authorized to move such vehicle, or require the driver or other person in charge of the vehicle, if present, to move the same to a position off the roadway.
16.24.330 – Exterior property areas.
K. Motor Vehicles.
Except as provided for in the zoning code, no inoperable or currently unregistered motor vehicle shall be openly parked or stored on any premises within the area of the metropolitan government. Furthermore, no vehicle shall be at any time in a state of major disassembly or disrepair, nor shall it be in the process of being stripped or dismantled, nor shall it undergo a major overhaul, including body work, on any private property within the area of the metropolitan government. This section shall not apply to a motor vehicle on the premises of a business enterprise involved solely in the repair, renovation or servicing of motor vehicles, or a vehicle inside a structure or similarly enclosed area designed and approved for such purposes.
Except as provided in subsection (K)(1), the parking, storage, or accumulation of an inoperable or unregistered motor vehicle on any premises within the area of metropolitan government, the disassembly, stripping, dismantling, or major overhaul, including body work, of any motor vehicle, or the parking or storage of any motor vehicle in a state of major disrepair on any private property within the area of the metropolitan government, shall constitute a nuisance detrimental to the health, safety and welfare of the inhabitants of the area of the metropolitan government. It shall be the duty of the registered owner of the motor vehicle, the owner of record of the property, or the person in possession of the private property upon which the motor vehicle is located, to abate the nuisance through the removal of the motor vehicle from the area of the metropolitan government, or to have the motor vehicle stored inside a fully enclosed structure or similarly enclosed area designed and approved for such purposes.
Every motor vehicle located on private property shall be either stored inside a fully enclosed structure or similarly enclosed area designed and approved for such purposes, or parked or stored in a safe manner on a paved or graveled area, other than a sidewalk. Such paved or graveled parking area for private residential property shall not exceed twenty-five percent of the total lot area. In any case where this provision is found to be in conflict with any provision included in Title 17, Zoning, of the metropolitan code of laws, the zoning provision shall prevail. This subsection shall not be applicable to any vehicle for which a valid disabled driver license plate or placard has been issued pursuant to Tennessee Code Annotated § 55-21-101, et seq., and is visibly displayed on or in the vehicle. Further, the provisions of this subsection shall not apply to the parking of automobiles during special events on property under the control of the metropolitan board of public education.
Painting of motor vehicles is prohibited unless conducted inside an approved spray booth.
Every motor vehicle parked or stored on a paved or graveled area of any residentially-zoned property pursuant to subsection K.3. of this section must contain an engine, radiator, hood, all doors, trunk lid, bumpers, fenders, four wheels with inflated tires, all windows, both front and rear windshields, a battery, a gas cap, and a complete exhaust system. An exception to citation for violation of this subsection shall be made if a vehicle is missing no more than two of the aforementioned parts.
Trucks. On any residential property containing a single-family or two-family home, no truck with a maximum axle-load capacity of more than one and one-half tons shall be stored or parked anywhere on the property.
Tractor-Trailers. On any residential property containing a single family or two-family home, no tractor-trailer (or portion thereof) shall be stored or