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Who We Are

The Capital Projects Division consists of engineers and technicians who are responsible for the inventory, construction, major repair, and maintenance of assets and infrastructure owned by the City.  Examples of assets and infrastructure are buildings, parks, streets, storm drains and sewers.

We provide engineering, surveying and project management services for Public Works and other City departments, such as the parks department and Police and Fire. We oversee the design and construction of new facilities as well as improvements to existing facilities. We work closely with contractors and consultants to ensure all assets are built to city specifications and stay within budgeted limits. It is our job to maintain and protect your investment.

Recent Capital Projects

  • Security System Upgrade Community Assistance Center
  • Residential Street Rehabilitation
  • National Bowling Stadium Improvements
  • The Virginia Street Bridge Project Starts May 2014. Learn more by clicking the image below. 

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Excavation & Encroachment Permits

The City of Reno requires all contractors who perform work within the right of way to be licensed and bonded with the City.  To be added to the City's list of licensed and bonded contractors please review the criteria and submit a completed Contractor's application

Once contractors are bonded they may apply for an excavation and encroachment permit to work within the City right of way. Working without a permit can result in penalties in the amount of triple the total permit fees for a first offense and quadruple the amount for the second offense.

Permit applications, drawings, and traffic control plans are submitted to Capital Projects at City Hall, 1 E. First Street, 8th Floor, where they are reviewed and approved. Once they are approved, contractors obtain their permit at 1 E. First Street, 2nd Floor. Approval time for most standard applications is approximately three business days.

Pavement Management

The Pavement Management division of Public Works is responsible for acquiring inventory and condition data for the City's pavement infrastructure. A Pavement Management System (PMS) is a tool used by engineers for cost effective project planning. The goal of a PMS is to minimize maintenance and rehabilitation costs while improving overall pavement conditions.

The City of Reno currently manages 680 miles of streets, 20 miles of alleys, and 100 parking lots.

Street Maintenance and Rehabilitation

For more information about street rehabilitation and preventative maintenance go to our Street Rehabilitation page.  You will find links to maps and lists of our current neighborhood street projects as well as a link to the Regional Transportation Commission's web site for additional street projects.

Special Assessment Districts

A Special Assessment District (SAD) is an arrangement between property owners and the City of Reno to help fund infrastructure improvements and benefit the adjacent property owners.

SADs are created for the City's Neighborhood Street Rehabilitation projects as well as the Regional Transportation Commission's (RTC) arterial and collector street rehabilitation projects.  SADs are typically created for street projects. Sometimes SADs are created by petition for commercial or industrial development opportunities or where participants desire to bring their infrastructure up to City standards so they can be accepted and maintained by the City.

For more information please visit the Special Assessment District web page or contact the City of Reno's Assessment District Coordinator at (775) 321-8353.

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