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Community Development Department


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.

Important Information

Learn about the proposed Regional Technology Fee.

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Reno's Master Plan

Newlands Neighborhood Nomination to the National Register of Historic Places -- new

The Community Development Department will be holding a meeting to discuss the nomination of the Newlands Neighborhood to the National Register of Historic Places.  Please see the Current Planning/Engineering Cases and Projects page for more information. 

On-Premise Digital Signs

On December 2, 2015 the Reno City Council adopted the ordinance associated with TXT13-00002 (On-Premise Digital Sign Ordinance). The adopted ordinance is now in effect.   

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 that require permits issued by the City of Reno.

For more information, please view the adopted Ordinance No. 6400.

If you have questions or comments please contact Dan Holly, Building and Safety Manager, at (775) 334-3805 or fax (775) 334-2043.  You can also email and/or call Reno Direct with any input or questions at (775) 334-4636 or

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.  

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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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