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Community Development Department Mission

To assist citizens and businesses in achieving compliance with the laws and policies adopted by the Reno City Council, the Truckee Meadows Regional Planning Agency and the Nevada Legislature in a customer and business friendly manner, and improve neighborhoods and housing opportunities for disadvantaged residents.

The Community Development Department is responsible for the physical and economic development of the City. The activities of the Department range from maintaining the long range plans for the City to reviewing plans for new buildings and issuing business licenses.

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Fee Changes

The Regional Road Impact Fees (RRIF) changed on March 20, 2017.  Please see the 5th Edition Year 2 Indexing Brochure rev 03-03-2017 for more details. 

On July 1, 2017, many of the Community Development Department fees will change, and on January 1, 2018, the fees based on valuation will changed.

Ordinance Change for Plumbing and Electrical Apprentice and Journeyman Certificates

Amendments to the Reno Municipal Code Title 14; Chapter 14.04 entitled “Building and Housing Code” were adopted by City Council on May 11, 2016.  The amendments include Apprentice and Journeyman certification requirements for all persons engaged in Electrical and Plumbing work conducted within the city limits, for any work that requires permits issued by the City of Reno.

For more information, please view the Journeyman webpage at You may also contact

Services Available at the 2nd Floor Counters and Online

Building Permits

Inspection Requests

Business Licenses

Planning - Engineering Services

Located within the Planning Division are Medical Marijuana Establishment Zoning Verification Letter Applications and Ordinance 6335

Administrative Interpretation Request Form for Title 18, "Annexation and Land Development".  A request was made by the City Attorney for "justification of the existing policy of exempting the Regional Transportation Commission (RTC) road projects from obtaining a grading permit and reconciliation of the language of the SUP/Variance (LDC14-00015) with the existing policy".  Please read the Administrative Interpretation 15-01

Sewer Payments

Parking Tickets

Services Available on the 12th Floor and Online


Homeless Programs

Housing Resources

The Nevada Housing Division announces the Hero to Home Mortgage program which was designed to honor those serving or who have served our country with the dream of home ownership.  

Section 3  

Information from the 09/21/2016 Affordable Housing Workshop

Comment Card Questions and Suggestions - Distributed at meeting
* During the workshop, comment cards were collected. Those comments that were not able to be discussed during the time allotted have been circulated to the workshop panelists for their remarks. Additionally, responses will be updated to the website as they are received.

Questions Answered (Updated 02/03/17)

Community Development News

  • City explores revisions to adult business ordinances

    The City of Reno is exploring changes to the Reno Municipal Code (“RMC”) related to adult businesses and is beginning a period of public outreach to seek feedback on the proposed changes.

    08/01/2017 4:31 PM

  • ReImagineReno-TN

    City of Reno releases draft of Master Plan

    The City of Reno has released the first draft of its updated Master Plan. “We are excited to present this draft to the public, as it represents an important milestone in the Master Plan update process,” City Manager Sabra Newby said.

    07/24/2017 11:58 AM

  • City of Reno adopts new Fee Schedule

    Effective July 1, 2017, the City of Reno will implement a new Fee Schedule. As part of the 17/18 budget adoption, Council approved the City’s updated list of fees and charges for services, utilizing the results of a fee study conducted by Fiscal Choice Consulting. It was the first fee study done at the City of Reno since 2006.

    06/19/2017 9:06 AM

  • ReImagineReno-TN

    City of Reno Master Plan process moving forward

    There will be a Joint Special Meeting of the Reno City Council and Planning Commission on Wednesday, May 31, 2017 at 3 p.m. The entities will discuss ReImagine Reno, the project name of the City of Reno’s Master Plan update.

    05/30/2017 8:57 AM

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