Home recording studios in Nashville can open for business once again.

A longstanding law restricting client visits to home-based businesses in Nashville has been eliminated by the city’s Metro Council in a new bill, allowing home recording studios to legally operate in the city for the first time since 1998.

Enacted on July 8, the amended ordinance now permits up to six customer visits per day between the hours of 8 a.m. and 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday. To qualify under the new regulations, recording studios and other businesses that host customers on site and/or employ those who live outside the dwelling must first apply for a “home occupation” permit that requires proof of written notifications to owners of adjacent properties, as well as an affidavit verifying that the business does not violate any homeowners or rental agreement. The applicant must also be “a natural person or persons or trust” and be the legal owner or renter of the property with a lease of at least one year, among other prerequisites.

Additionally, the ordinance allows only one home occupation permit per lot in single-family and two-family zoning districts and only one permit per person, regardless of how many properties they own. Permits also cannot be transferred or assigned to another person or be authorized to any person who is not listed on the permit. Permits are rendered null and void if the business owner’s residency is terminated.

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