NashView Puts Permits, Parks, and Precincts on the Map

February 26, 2018 7:57 am PDT | Open Data

Would you like to see all the building permits issued in your neighborhood in the last three months? If you live in Nashville, Tennessee, you don’t have to wait in line or fill out a request to get this information. You can use an interactive map on your mobile device.


Nashville Launches NashView

The Metro Government of Nashville and Davidson County recently launched NashView, a responsive and interactive map that helps Nashvillians find out what’s happening in their community, down to the neighborhood-level. Citizens can search by:

  • Region – a council district, school district, or ZIP code
  • Place – police precincts, libraries, parks, and schools
  • Pins – incidents from day-to-day life, including building permits, street and sidewalk improvements, and 311 requests, known as hubNashville requests


Nashville Citizen Connect App


Residents can type in their home or work address in a search box, then drag and zoom to discover and add relevant information. They can also create free accounts to build and save custom searches and map views.


Rapidly Growing Population Requires Greater Efficiency

Nashville is one of the fastest growing cities in the country. The U.S. Census estimates that the 14-county Metro Nashville area grew by 30,875 people per year between 2010 and 2015, more than double the national rate for that time period. Now, it’s suggested that the number has risen to 100 new residents a day.

With the NashView site, the city can serve more people, more easily than ever.

“We are constantly looking for ideas and community feedback to improve services,” says Keith Durbin, Metro’s Chief Information Officer. “The more people use NashView, the more we can tailor the experience to meet the community’s needs and enhance the services that matter most to Nashville.”

The site can help all kinds of groups, as well, including non-profit organizations, private businesses, journalists, and property owners.


Nashville Promotes Successful Launch

Metro Nashville’s team celebrated the successful launch of NashView on Twitter:

Metro Nashville Tweet


The team is proud to have such a user-friendly tool available. “It was important to us to develop a tool that didn’t require a PhD to use,” says Durbin. “Residents should have the ability to see what’s happening around them and easily pinpoint information they care about and can use to their benefit.”

The NashView site is powered by Socrata using the Citizen Connect application — see how the application can help empower and inform your city's constituents.