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

City of Reno asks for public input on Downtown Action Plan

Citizens can participate in online survey, charrettes, and Council meeting

Post Date:09/26/2016 10:42 AM
The City of Reno is offering several opportunities for citizens to give input on its Downtown Action Plan, which was authorized by Reno City Council on April 13, 2016 and supports the City’s Thriving Downtown and University District strategic priority.

First, the public can complete the Reno Downtown Action Plan Online Survey now. Citizens have until October 16, 2016 to take the survey, which should take just a few minutes to complete.

The survey is an integral part of the City’s Downtown Action Plan process. The Action Plan will identify priorities and actions to guide improvements in downtown Reno over the next several years.

Second, there are three upcoming public design and planning charrettes, focusing on opportunities to revitalize downtown Reno, at the McKinley Arts and Culture Center auditorium. Media is invited to participate as well. The meeting schedule is as follows:

Tuesday, September 27
  • 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Charrette – Public Working Session
Wednesday, September 28
  • 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. - Progress Update to Working Groups. Discussion of Charrette in context of the common themes developed during the five working group sessions last month: Vibrant Economy; Public Realm and Urban Design; Transportation Solutions; Downtown Experience; and Housing and Livability.
  • 3:30 – 5:30 Charrette – Public Working Session

Third, there is a Special Meeting of the Reno City Council on Wednesday, September 28, 2016 at 6 p.m.

What: Special Meeting - “Downtown 101”
When: Wednesday, September 28, 2016 at *6 p.m.
Where: Reno City Hall, first floor, Council Chamber, 1 East First Street in Reno
Who: Reno City Council
*This meeting will take place after the regular meeting of the Reno City Council and Redevelopment Agency Board, which starts at 10 a.m.

Council will take Public Comment. While no formal action will be taken at the meeting, Council will hear the following presentations:

B.1 - Best Practices in Downtown Management including private/public models for marketing, maintaining, improving and implementing downtown improvements.

B.2 - Opportunities for Reno including challenges, opportunities, improvements, and priorities.

B.3 - Consultant observations and first impressions of downtown Reno.

Brad Segal, President of Progressive Urban Management Associates (PUMA), will lead all three presentations. The City of Reno entered into a consultant agreement with PUMA in an amount not to exceed $99,800. View the Staff Report for more information on the goals and timeline of the Downtown Action Plan.

Meetings can be streamed at or viewed on Charter Channel 194.

Downtown Reno at night

Return to full list >>

Meetings and Events