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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. 


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Temporary homeless overflow shelter now open

Post Date:06/30/2016 9:07 AM

The City of Reno and Volunteers of America (VOA) of Northern Nevada have collaborated to open a temporary homeless overflow shelter in Reno to help those in need. The shelter opened yesterday and served 75 people.

“This is a critical resource for our community,” Reno City Manager Andrew Clinger says. “The homeless people in Northern Nevada need a safe place to sleep when our primary facilities are full, and I’m excited that the City of Reno and our regional partners were able to work together to make that happen.”

The temporary overflow shelter will be available on a first-come, first-serve. Check-in will be at the Community Assistance Center (CAC), located at 335 Record Street, at 7 p.m. nightly.

The City of Reno’s overflow shelter flooded in February 2016 and subsequently had to be shut down. Since that time, the City of Reno and VOA have operated a temporary overflow shelter at the CAC. The new off-site temporary shelter will accommodate up to 100 people, a significant increase in capacity.

The City of Reno and Washoe County are working together to find a permanent overflow shelter, as part of the new Cooperative Agreement. This Cooperative Agreement for services related to the operation of the CAC between the City of Reno, Washoe County, and City of Sparks renews the commitment of all three jurisdictions to support the operations of the CAC. All three entities approved the agreement in respective meetings earlier this month.

The Agreement identifies the roles and responsibilities of each jurisdiction and commits the minimum funds per the new formula which was recently amended and approved by the Transitional Governing Board on April 29, 2016. The new funding formula increases funding for homeless services in our community by 48 percent, from just more than $2 million to $3,021,878. The City of Reno’s share is $736,982.

View staff’s June 15, 2016 presentation to Reno City Council for more information.
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