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

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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.

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Nominations are open for 2016 Historic Preservation Awards

Post Date:03/16/2016 10:37 AM

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 Friday,  April 8, 2016.

Historic Preservation 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 City of Reno is excited to continue to honor our historic heritage,” says At-Large City Councilmember David Bobzien, the Council Liaison to the Historic Resources Commission. “The Preservation Awards were brought back last year after being postponed due to budgetary cutbacks in 2010, and we look forward to recognizing the great historic preservation work being done in our community.”

The Historical Resources Commission first introduced its Historic Preservation Awards in 1997. Previous recipients include The Chism House, Lake Mansion, neon sign collector and restorer Will Durham, the Reno Historical app and website, and The Depot. View full category descriptions and a list of past winners.

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 at For more information, contact Jeff Borchardt at 775-677-6882 or


The Lake Mansion at 250 Court Street in Reno was a 2009 award recipient in the "Historic Landmark" category. Photo credit: Lee Molof  

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