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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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Reno's Master Plan

Fee Change on March 20, 2017

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. 

Wells Avenue Neighborhood Plan Parking Standards

TXT17-00003 (Wells Avenue Neighborhood Plan Parking Standards) -- updated 02-21-2017

A request has been made to amend the Reno Municipal Code Title 18, Annexation and Land Development, Chapter 18.08, Zoning, Section 18.08.406(f), Wells Avenue Neighborhood Planning Area Overlay District, to amend the parking standards within the Wells Avenue Neighborhood Plan Area.  

It is anticipated that the Reno Planning Commission will hear this item on March 1, 2017 at 6:00 p.m.  If you would like to provide comments or would like more information about this project, please contact Heather Manzo, Assistant Planner at (775) 334-2668 or email her at

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)

Historic Preservation Awards

The City of Reno’s Historical Resources Commission is seeking nominations for its annual awards program for outstanding achievements in Historic Preservation. The nomination deadline is Wednesday, April 5, 2017.
Awards are given in six categories. Two categories — Distinguished Service and Advocate — are given to an individual or group. Three categories recognize outstanding work related to the preservation of Residential or Non-Residential properties and Historic Landmarks. The final category honors an outstanding Historical Project, such as a publication, research project, media production, or other initiative.
The Historical Resources Commission first introduced its Historic Preservation Awards in 1997. Previous recipients include The Lake Mansion, Brasserie St. James, the Reno Historical App, the Masonic Lodge/Reno Mercantile Building, the Historic Reno Preservation Society (HRPS), and the Depot.
This year’s recipients will be announced and recognized by the City of Reno in May as part of National Preservation Month.
The nomination form, detailed descriptions of the six categories, and a complete list of past recipients are available. For more information, email Jeff Borchardt at

We Want to Hear from YOU

As customers of the Community Development Department, we value your opinion, and appreciate your feedback.   Please take a moment to complete our Online Survey, and provide us with your thoughts.  If you prefer to complete the survey at a later time, please click on the Online Survey link listed in the blue column on the left.  Thank you for your time.

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