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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 Links

DRAFT On-Premises Digital Sign Ordinance

The Reno City Council is scheduled to meet on November 18, 2015 where it is anticipated they will hear the first reading of the draft ordinance which incorporates changes made by the Reno City Council at the November 4, 2015 meeting.  Reno City Council meets in City Council Chambers located at One East First Street, Reno, NV  89501.  The agenda for the meeting will be posted at City Hall and on the City Website by going to the meeting portal on the Friday before the meeting. 

For any questions, please contact Heather Manzo at (775) 334-2668 or send email to Heather Manzo.

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Learn about the proposed Regional Technology Fee.

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Reno's Master Plan

Proposed Ordinance Change for Plumbing and Electrical Apprentice and Journeyman Certificates

Public workshops concerning the proposed ordinance changes were held on October 5, 2015 and October 22, 2015.  A schedule of future workshops and/or meetings will be posted soon.

The proposed rule pertains to the adoption of amendments to Reno Municipal Code Title 14; Chapter 14.04 entitled “Building and Housing Code.” by adding new Sections, and to RMC 14.04.120, entitled “Uniform Plumbing Code,” and amending Sections and and adding an additional Section to RMC 14.04.125 entitled “National Electric Code.” The proposed rule includes 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.

You may view the proposed ordinance in order to formulate data or arguments here: Title 14 Amendments updated 08-31-2015.

The Business Impact Statement was prepared pursuant to Nevada Revised Statute (NRS) 237.090 to address the proposed impact of requiring certifications for all Apprentice and Journeyman Plumbers and Electricians engaged in Plumbing and Electrical work conducted within the City limits.

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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