These documents are provided to contractors, builders, and restaurants as a convenient reference point. After reviewing the documents, feel free to contact us for further information at (615) 859-2740.

Contractors will need to come to the Public Works office to complete the Land Disturbance Permit. All TDEC permits must be approved and associated fees paid prior to the City being able to issue a Land Disturbance Permit. (See checklist below.) Buffer Zone Informational Document from TDEC (PDF)


Land Disturbance Permit Checklist

The developer is responsible for obtaining all permits required by agencies and/or governmental entities having jurisdiction. There may be additional forms and/or permits that are required other than what are listed above.

Guide for Restaurant Managers

Restaurant facilities use hundreds of gallons of water each day to clean equipment, floors, utensils, dishes, matting, and exterior areas. Improper waste handling and cleaning practices can cause waste to enter the local stormwater system. For example, placing waste into a leaky dumpster, not cleaning outdoor spills properly, dumping waste into storm drains, etc. are examples of incorrect waste management and have the potential to pollute our local waterways.

If chemicals and waste are not handled properly, they have the potential of polluting our local water bodies through stormwater runoff. Wash mats, filters, cans, etc. in a janitor's sink or near the kitchen floor drain. This ensure the wastewater will flow to the sanitary sewer system and not through a stormwater conveyance.

Recycle grease and oil to avoid it ending up in a drain, parking lot, storm sewer or a dumpster. Grease clogs drains, it has a bad odor and is unsanitary. When grease enters sewer lines, it can cause blockages which can result in raw sewage spills. Clean grease traps as often as recommended. Do not pour grease into sewers, storm drains or dumpsters.

Before cleaning outside, sweep up as much debris as possible. This helps prevent excess trash from entering the storm drains. Use dry clean-up methods for spills instead of washing it down. Washing it down only spreads the debris right into the storm drain.

When cleaning, use the most environmental-friendly product as possible. Dispose of cleaning rags properly.

Inform your employees. They are more likely to follow the best management practices if they understand how their actions affect the environment. Clearly label areas where drainage, storage, and washing are acceptable. Train employees on how to use dry clean-up materials. Make pollution prevention part of an employee's evaluation.

These tips should go a long way in helping restaurants maintain a clean and safe environment not only for the local waterways, but for staff and guests alike.


The stormwater hotline number is (615) 859-2740.

This is the number for the collection of information regarding water quality concerns.

In addition to calling the hotline number to report a violation, you may also complete the Stormwater Violation Reporting Form.


Reduce Stormwater Runoff

Here is a list of what residents, Home Owners Associations, and commercial applicators can do to help reduce pollution in stormwater runoff:

  • Dispose of pet waste properly
  • Limit use of pesticides and fertilizers, apply per manufacturer's instructions
  • Plant native vegetation
  • Wash your vehicle at a commercial car wash or in a yard
  • Properly maintain your vehicle and recycle used oil
  • Use, recycle, and dispose of household chemicals properly
  • Clean paint brushes in a sink and use water-based paint when possible
  • When draining a swimming pool, make sure chlorine is not present
  • Have your septic system maintained and pumped regularly

View a complete list of Tips to Reduce Stormwater Runoff (PDF).

Resources for conservation and going green.

Informational brochure from the Water Environment Federation on Pets, Pollution, and Water Quality (PDF)

View videos on stormwater quality.

All About Trees

Oak Trees Native to Tennessee (PDF)
Tree Identification (PDF)
Tree Maintenance (PDF)
Tree Planting (PDF)
Tree Watering (PDF)

View a video on the importance of using native species in your landscape.


Fun and environmentally-friendly events and information for the entire family, check out these links:

Water Conservation

For citizens, the greatest benefit of water conservation is cost savings which are realized within your home. By reducing the amount of water consumed, the lower the homeowner's water and sewer bills are. For a municipality, this reduces the amount of water received at the wastewater treatment facility and can help reduce the frequency of sanitary sewer surcharges.

For the homeowner, it also helps to install energy efficient appliances. This not only saves on water consumption, it also reduces energy costs.

Run appliances with full loads. Use the shortest wash and rinse cycles available. Avoid the permanent press cycle which can use up to an additional 10-20 gallons of water.

When washing dishes by hand, brushing your teeth, shaving, washing your face, or washing the car, do not let the water run continuously.

Take shorter showers and use a water-conserving showerhead (less than 2.5 gallons per minute) rather than taking baths which can use 30-50 gallons of water.

Water the lawn when absolutely necessary. Trickle irrigation systems and soaker hoses are 20 percent more efficient than traditional sprinkler systems.

The EPA has launched an enhanced set of web pagesto provide information and resources for meeting the water infrastructure challenges faced in communities across the country.


  • Dumping one quart of motor oil down a storm drain can contaminates 250,000 gallons of water.
  • About 10 - 15 percent of all motor oil purchased leaks onto streets.
  • The oil from one car engine can produce an eight-acre oil slick.
  • Twenty five million tons of rubber wear off of cars in America each week. This tire dust contains zinc and other metals which can become pollutants when they enter our waterways.
  • The average homeowner uses up to 10 pounds of chemicals on their lawns annually.
  • Around 50 percent of all household hazardous waste (PDF)is in liquid form.
  • Paved surfaces and rooftops cover on average up to 80 percent of an urban-developed area.
  • Water runs off of paved surfaces up to 10 times as fast as a non-paved surface.
  • There are many benefits to stormwater management - one is that it will help improve our overall local water quality.
  • Everything we do impacts our environment and the quality of the water, air and resources we consume on a daily basis.

Residential Brochure (PDF)
WaterWorks! Brochure (PDF)

What You Can Do To Make A Difference

  • Help label storm drains (PDF).
  • Maintain your vehicle properly.
  • Don't wash your car in the driveway, instead, wash it at a commercial car wash or in your yard.
  • Don't wash down your driveway or sidewalk with a hose, instead, sweep it.
  • Control pests in your yard and garden without using chemicals, instead, use organic products.
  • Plant native plants instead of invasive species.
  • Follow correct landscape watering guidelines.
  • Don't drain your pool, spa, or hot tub unless all chemicals have been removed from the water.
  • Don't litter.
  • Report illegal dumping by calling (615) 859-2740.
  • Stormwater Brochure: What it is and how to help correct it (PDF)


The stormwater hotline is (615) 859-2740.

This is the number for the collection of information regarding water quality concerns.

In addition to calling the above-listed hotline number, please fill out the Stormwater Violation Reporting Form.

Stormwater Utility

Effective July 1, 2012, the City of Goodlettsville implemented a stormwater utility fee to assist in addressing the water quality and quantity issues within the City and to help the City remain in compliance with the EPA's (Environmental Protection Agency) and TDEC's (Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation) NPDES (National Pollutant Detection and Elimination System) stormwater MS4 (Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System) permit.

As part of this solution, the City has established an on-going program to address quality and quantity issues.  We are addressing water quality and drainage issues, both small and large scale, to the best of our ability, while preparing for the future and growth of the City.  In recent years, the City established its first stormwater ordinance to address water quality issues discovered by TDEC and the EPA in order that we may work together for the benefit of each citizen to improve our water quality which in turn, improves our quality of life.  

The City has chosen to enhance its stormwater program by incorporating a stormwater utility to better and further address surface water quality and quantity issues.

Informational brochure (PDF)on the stormwater utility rate structure effective April 1, 2014.

Frequently asked questions regarding the stormwater utility are available on the FAQ section of the website or by clicking here (PDF).

Stormwater Utility Ordinance (PDF)

Stormwater Utility Credit Manual (PDF)(valid on commercial accounts only)