Governor Sisolak signs emergency directive to order non-essential businesses to close

Please pay attention to our COVID-19 web page, our social media, emails and other credible sources of news for the most recent updates and information.

For Customers:
The Community Development Department is adjusting its processes and procedures in response to COVID-19. The changes allow business operations to continue for customers without requiring face-to-face interactions. Read this information for how these changes may impact you if you normally do business with the Community Development Department.

For Businesses:
Per the Nevada Health Response COVID-19 Risk Mitigation Initiative, all non-essential businesses have been ordered to temporarily close to the public until April 16, 2020. Read this guide for additional information on operational restrictions and mandatory closures for certain types of businesses. The latest information will be available at Reno.Gov/COVID19.

In an effort to provide relief for businesses affected by the COVID-19 business restrictions, the City of Reno is extending the time for businesses to pay their license fees. The deadline for any business license fees due between March 27, 2020 and April 30, 2020 may be extended 30 days. Any other business that has been unable to pay fees due to the COVID-19 state of emergency may request an extension on a case by case basis. If you have questions, please call 775-334-2090 or email Due to high call volume, please leave a voicemail and a staff member will call you back as soon as possible. 


The Community Development Department is responsible for the physical development of the City. The core service areas of the department include: housing and neighborhood development, planning, engineering, building and safety inspections, and business licensing.

Electronic Building Permit Submissions

We are now accepting electronic submittal of building permit applications and plans.

Learn more about Electronic Building Permit Submissions

Community Development News

Meetings and Events

Motel Inspection Program Community Workshop

The City of Reno is hosting three public workshops to gather community feedback on the proposed Motel Inspection Program. The purpose of the program is to:

  • Preserve existing affordable housing units while ensuring they are safe and properly maintained
  • Mitigate blight within the city
  • Support efforts to revitalize downtown

During the workshops, City staff will present a draft ordinance that would require motels to maintain adequately clean, safe, up to code, and aesthetic housing that contributes to the desired livability and appearance of Reno. The program also would require annual inspections of motels. 

The public is invited to these workshops to learn more and provide input about the potential impacts of the proposed program.

Workshop Dates:

  • Tuesday, February 6 at 5:30 p.m. at Reno City Hall in Council Chambers (1st Floor)
  • Monday, February 12 at 5:30 p.m. at Reno City Hall in Council Chambers (1st Floor)
  • Thursday, February 22 at 5:30 p.m. at Reno City Hall in Council Chambers (1st Floor)
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